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Anna Chatilo

1 September 2019

I cannot say enough great things about Grace. My husband and I had a simple vision for our wedding: have fun, make our guests feel welcome, and be stress-free. Grace listened to what we wanted and performed way above expectations! Her attention to detail blew us away. She gave us a thorough timeline leading up to the wedding so we had clear expectations about which decision needed to be made when. She is a great communicator, and took all the vendors off my hands. Any time we needed a suggestion or felt stuck, Grace helped us move forward. She handled our rehearsal dinner (setup AND cleanup), ceremony and reception. She was recommended to me by my maid of honor who was married two years ago and my husband and I feel extremely lucky that Grace was able to help with our wedding! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a planner who really listens, is experienced and truly cares that the day will go the way YOU want it. More...



5 July 2019

If I could give an extra star I would! Grace helped us navigate the crazy world of wedding vendors and always had amazing advice for best practices and how to turn conceptual ideas into something really special. Honestly, she blew us away with how flawlessly all the details came together! As the bride, I was able to go into the wedding day and not even have a concern or thought about how things were going at the venue - I had so much confidence and faith in Grace and she killed it! In addition, she made the whole process FUN, which to me is as good as it gets. I would recommend Grace to anyone for event planning - we are still getting compliments from guests about how great the day was and that is in large part due to her efforts to get us across the finish line! More...



8 October 2018

Grace was a rockstar. I don't know what I would do without her help, ideas, and humor.


Jennifer Richardson

25 July 2018

We hired Grace to run our 20th annual fundraising event and she was top-notch professional and handled all of the relations with the auction company. We would hire her again for any large event. She knows when to say no and knows when to take your input and try to create a good solution. More...


Hannah Hamilton

25 July 2018

You put together a fun incredible event for Herban Feast Fall Celebration


Jay Jensen

25 July 2018

Grant & Jensen Floral Events has used Smiling Rose
We love graces enthusiasm for detail and always looking out for the Clients expectations & working with a complementary relationship with her vendors!
See you soon
Jay Jensen



4 August 2017

Grace and Erin with Smiling Rose were the best to work with. Grace, who owns Smiling Rose, was very organized from day one. I never had an issue getting ahold of Grace and her responses were always quick. She was a great soundboard throughout the planning process and provided great advice. One of the best things she did was completely own the rehearsal. Our officiant was my husband’s father who had never officiated a ceremony before. Needless to say we were all rookies. Grace took over and ran the entire group through the ceremony flow, which was the biggest help! Our families were so impressed! She also has décor you can borrow for your big day. We ended up borrowing a lot for the welcome party we hosted the night before our wedding. This was a great perk of working with Grace. Erin was whom we had for our actual day. We received multiple compliments on Erin from our guests at how wonderful she was on the big day. She was so sweet and handled everything flawlessly. My husband and I always knew where we had to be and what we had to be doing. Grace and Erin worked hand-in-hand up to our big day and they were the perfect duo. I would recommend Smiling Rose to any bride or groom! Worth every penny! More...



29 July 2017

Grace is the reason our wedding was as beautiful as it was. She is also the reason we had a stress-free and smooth wedding day. She was supposed to be our month of/day of coordinator, but she was so much more than that. We asked her to do so many tasks that were technically not specified in our contract (like figuring out babysitting options for guests with children, researching the best deals for a hotel suite for us the night before and night of the wedding, finding reasonable hotel blocks and other accommodation for our guests, and researching rehearsal dinner venues). She simply told us "yes, I can take care of that, no problem."

In addition to all the extra help she provided, she was incredible in the days leading up to our wedding. We decided to DIY our decor (driftwood with succulents/moss for centerpieces/cake table decor and hurricane vases filled with water and white orchids with clear beads at the bottom for our centerpieces/aisle decor), which definitely made more work for Grace. I had become quite the control-freak during our nine months of planning, but had to hand off everything to her to set up/decorate as she saw fit because I would not have time the day of the wedding. She did a better job decorating our space than I ever could have done. Not only is she a fabulous coordinator/decorator, she also provided decor items for free as part of her services. All of our hurricane vases and votive candles holders (plus floating candles and votive candles) were provided by Grace. Grace also picked up our cake from our vendor (since they did not deliver to Vashon Island where our wedding was located) and made sure it was kept cool until our ceremony started.

She was completely calm throughout our planning and wedding day, even when we had hiccups (like us losing our marriage certificate). Honestly, I would have been a basket-case at our wedding without Grace. She is a gem, and we can't thank her enough for everything she did for us.



24 June 2017

Grace truly is the biggest asset that you can have on your wedding team. I had Grace for my day-of wedding coordinator and I cannot say enough nice things. I am a rather organized bride and Grace put me to shame. She is so organized and due to her extensive industry knowledge, she thinks of things that would have never even crossed my mind. My day went off without a hitch because of how incredible Grace is. She is cool under pressure, a talented communicator and all around amazing to be around. Her energy is exactly what I needed for my wedding and she meticulously managed endless details and vendors. I could not have had my wedding day without Grace, she was the most valuable person to have by my side. You will not find someone as dedicated, thoughtful and all around talented as Grace. I was beyond impressed with her and her team. I highly recommend her to anyone that wants a flawless wedding. More...



18 November 2016

Grace is a beautiful & rare hybrid of creative and realistic. Her catering background has attributed to an excellent eye for detail, and (at the risk of sounding like a broken record) I can't say enough how much her realism enhances her events in the long run. She plans beautiful events, but also events that just *WORK* which is huge. While she's a master at "making-it-work" -- an important skill in the events industry -- I think she's super great at her job because she plans things in a way that make sense.

Her diligence and dedication to her clients is another huge motivating factor for us in recommending Grace. She's fun and funny, but also extremely client-focused and it shows through in the creative details she incorporates into her events. (Please note, I was not a bride but a vendor partner. The date provided was solely so I could leave this lovely lady a review.)



16 January 2016

Do you need a team that is going to be there when you need them,and when you didn't realize you'd need them? Take care of all the details, and the ones you hadn't thought of yet, so you know need to worry? And make sure that you are having the time of you life (along with your partner, mom, siblings and all of your guests)? Then hire Grace and her team at Smiling Rose. They came in and knocked our socks off. And did it with a fun and relax air about them. Having Smiling Rose as a part of my wedding was one of the best decisions I've ever made. More...



12 September 2015

In our initial meeting, Grace asked questions about details that hadn’t even occurred to me yet and made sure that she totally understood who we are as a couple and what we were looking for to create our perfect wedding. She got me so excited about all of the possibilities and then took it upon herself to make them all come true. Her services were especially invaluable the day of our wedding as she made sure everything went off without a hitch. The venue was so beautifully decorated, guests were taken care of, the ceremony went exactly as planned. Grace truly went above and beyond what I had expected in a wedding planner and I honestly don’t know what would have happened had it not been for her. Any problems that arose were taken care of before I even heard about them and I was able to be totally present and enjoy the day. We were able to leave the ceremony and have everything that was left behind totally taken care of. Our wedding was so stress-free and beautiful, I can’t thank Smiling Rose Planning enough for all of their hard work and the part they played in such a special day. More...

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