Event Design Mastermind
Sasha Souza grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and cultivated a background in theater arts before starting her first event planning business. Since 1995, she has planned hundreds of weddings & social events.
She is also a featured event planner in numerous wedding magazines and blogs as well as having been a planner on the Style Network TV show “Whose Wedding is it Anyway???” Sasha and her work are frequently featured on television programming including CBS “Early Show”, ABC’s “Primetime” wedding series special, “Inside Edition”, “Eye on LA”, and “In Wine Country”, “Get Married” and on “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” for SyFy, among other shows. Sasha has shared her expertise with colleagues and brides around the world. She got her start with speaking engagements when she was a featured celebrity speaker at the Conde Nast Bridal Group’s Wedding March – part of the March on Madison series. She is now a regular speaker at The Special Event Show, Catersource and The Rental Show Conferences and is an active keynote speaker for events around the world. Her speaking engagements have taken her all across the United States and internationally to Canada, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Japan, Trinidad, the Bahamas and South America. All to educate her peers & couples about the hottest trends in wedding & event design. She was honored by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the first Top 25 Trendsetters in the wedding industry…the only planner in the San Francisco Bay Area to ever receive the honor. She was also a member of the prestigious advisory panel. Sasha Souza is a Master Wedding Planner, one of just over 60 in the world, and a distinguished member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Currently, Sasha sits on the advisory board for Catersource Conference & Tradeshow.
Sasha believes strongly in giving back to the community that has provided so much for her. From 2008 – 2012, she was the Events Chair for the SEARCH Foundation and served on the Executive Committee. SEARCH helps event industry peers who are faced with catastrophic loss & illness. Sasha was also the Founding President of the National Board of Directors for Wish Upon A Wedding from 2009 – 2013. Wish Upon A Wedding is the U.S.’s only wedding wish granting non-profit for couples facing terminal illness.
Sasha published her first book in January 2010, Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design. Her second book, Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire debuted in January 2015.
Are you an event industry creative looking to expand or redefine your brand? Sasha now offers the Consultancy for Creatives!
Mellysa Levy has been with Sasha Souza Events for over 15 years. Starting out helping with wedding & event day management, she was hired full time 12 years ago and brings a high level of detail to Sasha Souza Events.
Mellysa has a keen eye for structure as well as an extensive background in catering and special event rentals. With her forte in visual and costume design and impeccable client relations, Mellysa brings her upbeat personality, go getting attitude and customer service skills to Sasha Souza Events. Mellysa manages all aspects of operations for Sasha Souza Events including customized site searches, detailed scale CAD schematics as well as client/vendor relations.
Mellysa is imperative in handling the day to day operations of the company as well as management of the event day & design of the setup. Mellysa was also a member of the Founding Board of Wish Upon a Wedding serving as Volunteer Coordinator for both the Northern California & National Boards of Directors from 2009 – 2012. Mellysa is the winner of the Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Event Planner of the Year for 2013.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lacey began her event planning career at Sasha Souza Events where she completed an internship while pursuing her degree in Recreational Management from California State University East Bay. Upon graduation, she accepted a position working with Sasha Souza Events as an Event Planner where she works directly with clients with their wedding planning and event logistics. Always eager to take on new challenges, she looks at each wedding or event as an opportunity to create overwhelmingly amazing guest experiences.
What drew Lacey to become an event planner was being able to combine her background in finance and corporate organization with the artistic and more creative artistic nature of events. Lacey really shines bright when a client creates creative touches at their event where she can assist with the creation and implementation of the creative work . It is then that she is able to draw on her own imagination to create a once in a lifetime experience.
The philosophy of Sasha Souza Events is simple: successful events each and every time. It is so important to have the right team for the day of your wedding, one that shares a vision and can handle the overwhelming details. Sasha Souza Events believes 100% in the team we have put together. From our caterers and lighting company to our floral designer and bakers, we make it easy for you to design your event.
Sasha Souza Events was first established in 1995 and specializes in full service wedding and event design & coordination. Being considered among the top event design & coordination companies in the nation is a great honor and Sasha Souza Events always strives to create unique, fun and interesting events for the guests to experience. The company has also been the recipient of the Special Events magazine Gala Award, ISES Westie Awards & the Event Solutions Magazine Designer of the Year Award.
The first book from Sasha Souza; Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design was published in January 2010 by Beaufort Books and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of an event designer — showcasing their trademark “approachable design ™” to give everybody something that they can take away and utilize in their own events. Sasha’s second book, released in January 2015, Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire features images from many of Souza’s beautiful events, Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire offers event inspiration, practical advice, design ideas, design-your-own suggestions and directions, color palettes, real wedding and celebration images and descriptions, and other party tips for both the party throwing layman and event industry professionals. Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire provides helpful commentary and visual aid to help you design your next small to large, casual to formal, or simple to sophisticated celebration.