WE'RE Your team of wedding day advocates helping you stress less and build an intentional marriage.

Even if you've always dreamed about your wedding day, the realization that it's finally here can be overwhelming. As soon as the fun begins, you're stuck balancing decision fatigue, deadlines, and conflicting opinions of vocal friends and family.

Here at Olive Branch Events Co. (OBEC), we're not ones for conventional weddings. Whether you dream of an intimate elopement, a cozy micro-wedding, or a large celebration with family and friends, your celebration should reflect your unique relationship.


When my husband and I planned our wedding over six years ago, we wanted to celebrate OUR story OUR way: simple, no fuss, with live music and copious amounts of food.
It was totally us!

We believe a memorable, stress-free wedding day provides a solid foundation for lasting marriages. That's why our team at OBEC takes care to honor YOUR story. By taking tedious planning tasks off your plate, providing relief from the chaos, and honoring your unique personalities, you can be fully present to enjoy your special day.

Our couples are the heart and soul of what we do. Whether you’re looking for wedding management, professional organization and design savvy, or complete guidance through every little detail, you can think of us as your advocates.

We are no strangers to the ebb and flow of emotions that come with weddings. Sure, we handle the design and organizational side of planning, but we also provide a listening ear.

Not only do we help you have an AMAZING event, we help you usher in a new chapter full of new adventures with the one you love. We’re here to help you navigate everything from planning, to logistics, to communication. No matter your vision, we will support you every step of the way, ensuring that your day aligns with YOUR wishes, not anyone else’s.

It is YOUR wedding.

Trust me. I get it. As a professional event planner with over seven years of experience, there is one thing I NEED you to know...

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As the original head, heart, and hands behind OBEC, I’ve planned events of all shapes and sizes. Hands-down, weddings are my favorite. Not because of intricate planning and meaningful details (which I love), but because of people like you. Nothing is more life-giving to me than people gathering together. My husband says it’s my servant’s heart, and he's right! I love people!

My favorite part of a wedding day is when everything we've created comes to life. And let’s be honest, we all know I’ll be crying through your vows with you. The food, the flowers, the combined efforts of everyone involved from friends to family to vendors - that's why I love what I do.

My son would say I am the best mama out there, always making him giggle. He is my everything! My dog would say I give good belly scratches and spoil her, though not as much as I did pre-baby (she resents me a little for that).

When I’m not elbows-deep in planning, you’ll find me spending time with my family, reading, or raving about good quality food and music.

When you work with me, you’ll feel supported. You can think of me as a close friend. A friend who provides unconditional support and a listening ear. But also, a friend who keeps you focused on the task at hand without ever losing sight of your vision. After all, we’ve got a wedding to plan! 

hi there! i'm deanna

owner and lead planner

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We believe that the smallest details can make the biggest impact. We value relationships and want to foster an atmosphere of hospitality that seeks to bless others. Because people are the most important aspect of what we do, we ensure that the client experience is top notch. We hope that the personalized touches and the genuine care and concern that we have for you and your guests are evident in your experience with us. 

I WILL ALWAYS ADORE A SOLID PLAN AND PRETTY DETAILS, BUT NOTHING IS MORE LIFE-GIVING TO ME THAN PEOPLE GATHERING TOGETHER.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO

Mid-century modern meets industrial cabin. It's a bit eclectic but it works. In a true Midwesterner way, I'd also like you to know that most of the stuff in my house is thrifted. My superpower is my resourcefulness - something you definitely benefit from when you hire me!

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MY HOME STYLE

It's not that I have it all figured out, but I have found marriage just keeps getting better and better. Most couples think marriage is two independent people, living their lives, together. But a lasting marriage is built on WE, not you and me. Marriage means you're now one. One team. That also means you should aim to be each others' biggest fans. Don't ever stop saying I love you. Fight for each other. Thank each other for all that you do! And let go of the expectation that your spouse has to be perfect.

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Food: Pho and street tacos, on rotation
Beverage: London fog latte
People: Definitely my son and my husband.
Place I've Traveled: Vietnam. I cannot wait to go back!
Color: Olive green. Obviously.
Hobby: Reading
Music: Indie/Alternative. Bon Iver for life.
Thing that makes me happy: dogs,  food, plants and fresh flowers



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Kelly has been on the team since almost the beginning, starting out as an assistant! She has been leading weddings with OBEC since 2019!

Kelly comes with corporate event planning experience and fell in love with logistics and the process of planning at a young age. She cares deeply about whoever is in her presence and wants the best for them. Because of this, she will be your biggest cheerleader on your wedding day.

When she is not planning events you can find her checking out new restaurants and shops around Madison, traveling to visit family and friends, holding her friends' babies, and cheering on her beloved Packers and Badgers! 

KELLY

lead planner

molly

ASSOCIATE PLANNER

ELLIE

ASSOCIATE PLANNER

AVA

ASSOCIATE PLANNER

Sweet as honey and someone you can always count on, Molly joined the team in 2020 and has been such a tremendous joy to the OBEC team! While handling even the most complicated of events, you can expect her to show up  ready to make your special day happen smoothly and with a smile on her face!

Ellie and Deanna always can't get over how alike they are! Ellie has quite the entrepreneurial spirit and is exactly who you want in your corner to dream and cast a vision for your special day. When she's not working OBEC weddings, she runs a podcast and her own company, Willow & Rye!

With over 5 years of event experience, Ava is one of the most experienced on our team. She is so capable and her go-getter attitude is absolutely perfect for weddings. You can always count on Ava to get the job done! Ava also brings a unique perspective as she also was an OBEC bride! <3

Amanda

Event Assistant

Chloe

Event assistant

casey

barketing manager

Hands-down, the sweetest girl you'll ever meet. Amanda is a ray of sunshine and makes everyone around her feel instantly loved and special. A quick conversation Amanda will leave you smiling and feeling instantly comfortable.

Chloe is an interior designer by day and brings her immense experience in set design to life on wedding days. She's also planning her own wedding at the moment!

Her superpower is sleeping and barking at strangers. She wins worst employee award, but she boosts our morale when wedding season gets ruff. She does truly win over our clients, so she's doing something right. Was demoted from cutest team member, thanks to Baby Bo.

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