By Virginia Aster
Brides, weddings, and parties… these are thoughts that many girls have on their minds growing up. This was no different for Lina Wallace, our wedding/ event planner and owner of A Stunning Affair, an all-inclusive company catering to each and every whim of any prospective client. Spending a great deal of her youth drawn to anything and everything involving parties, little did Lina know that her part-time flower arranging job and classes in floral design while pursuing her Liberal Arts Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Fashion Design at California State University, Northridge, would lead to her life’s passion… becoming a wedding and event planner.
Certification as a Professional Bridal Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) soon after embarking on her dream job in 2006 provided clients from every walk of life with the utmost in customized service. Continuing involvement in ABC as a committee member led to planning and designing numerous events including a Southern California function at Dodger Stadium which was subsequently published in the 2010 edition of The Knot, a popular bridal magazine. Additional planned events have been highlighted on-line in Hostess with the Mostess, Style Me Pretty, Project Wedding and L.A. Style Unveiled. Participation in the Event Planning Conference held in Cancun, Mexico, acquainted Lina with destination venues and resorts for any client that might be interested in an extraordinary locale.
Whether formal, casual, classic or contemporary, events have ranged from the intimate with 25 guests to the elaborate with over 400 attendees, taking place at the Burbank Equestrian Center, L.A. River Center, Café Pinot, Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Terranea in Palos Verdes, the Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara and many other locales in neighboring Pasadena, Malibu, and Ventura.
Initial consultations with A Stunning Affair?introduce clients to the tasks ahead. Overwhelming as they may seem, all are promptly put into perspective and organized by the experienced planner. Budgets, venues, specific themes, and color palettes are discussed and any requested design suggestions are provided. If desired, destination events are researched. Based on ideas, a customized folder is then prepared for the client containing venues, flower arrangements, tablescapes, lighting, music and reception designs. Any idea is considered, with some of the best laid plans evolving from a single spontaneous thought. As plans are finalized, a detailed timeline is prepared for each client and vendor to ensure smooth sailing on the day of the event.
The event planner is on hand to be sure each moment at the party is worry and stress-free culminating in a truly special one-of-a-kind celebration. A Stunning Affair handles any type of event in your life, be it launch parties, birthday parties, corporate events, bridal and baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs—you name it, the company can plan it. Numerous testimonials from past events have indicated that working with Lina has made their event simply the best party ever! Known for her utmost attention to detail, Lina has built her reputation by becoming each client’s “right hand” on this most important day. Any and all concerns are promptly addressed by the planner. Currently, Lina and her most competent assistants are available to make sure that any occasion turns into a celebration extraordinaire.