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Featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Rustic Ojai Wedding

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Featured in OnceWed ~ Elegant Ojai Resort Wedding with Erich Mcvey

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Featured in The Knot ~ Vintage Boho

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Featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Montecito, California Wedding from Stone Crandall

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Featured in California Wedding Day ~ Traditional Ojai Wedding With A Splash Of Spanish Flair

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Featured in Ruffled Blog ~ Romantic Bohemian Ojai Wedding

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Featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Santa Barbara Wedding from XOXO BRIDE + Braedon Flynn Photography

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Featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Malibu Wedding from Annie McElwain

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Featured in Junebug Weddings – Coral and Teal California Wedding

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Featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Ojai Wedding from XOXO BRIDE + Michael & Anna Costa Photography

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Featured in Green Wedding Shoes ~ Vintage Circus Wedding: Stacey + Josh

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Featured in C Magazine ~ Labor of Love

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Featured in California Wedding Day ~ Cathryn + Gael

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Featured in The Knot ~ Rachel + Barry

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  • Jess + Drew

    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | June 7, 2014
    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa ~ Jess + Drew
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    Jess + Drew

    "Dear Sonia, "Thank you" hardly does justice to the amount of gratitude we feel for you! We are so blessed to have had such a kind,..."

    Dear Sonia, "Thank you" hardly does justice to the amount of gratitude we feel for you! We are so blessed to have had such a kind, talented and thoughtful Planner on our team!! We could not have asked for a more perfect wedding, and we are so appreciative of all of your hard work on our behalf. Thank you for making our day incredibly special and absolutely gorgeous!! Wishing you a great summer and a fabulous wedding season!
    Much Love,
    Jess & Drew

    Dear Sonia, Dara and I are so deeply appreciative of your guidance, creativity, counsel and personal concern throughout our one year odyssey. You killed it!! What a phenomenal, magical, 3 day event. You are a true professional and we would like to give your recommendation to anyone at any time; on a personal note, we feel connected to you in a very personal way and hope to see you and Rob the next time we are in Ojai, which should be soon!
    XOXO,
    Alan & Dara
    P.S. Come visit us East!

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  • Courtney + Dave

    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | September 7, 2014
    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa ~ Courtney + Dave
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    Courtney + Dave

    "Hi Sonia, I hope you are doing well! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since Dave and I got married! Time really flies..."

    Hi Sonia,

    I hope you are doing well! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since Dave and I got married! Time really flies.  I wanted to send you a big THANK YOU for everything you did to make the wedding such a success. I loved every minute of it and was not stressed AT ALL the day of. I just had an absolutely great time, as did Dave, from beginning to end. Every detail was beautiful from the invitations, to the flowers, to the furniture, draping and chandeliers in that kick-ass barn! And the next day every person was talking about how good the music was! Always a great sign when there are a ton of people still on the dance floor at the end of the night. I’ve been having a blast going through all of Braedon’s photos over the last couple weeks. So many great memories. We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Thanks so much for everything, Sonia! You are a rock star.
    XO,
    Courtney

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  • Molly + Clint

    Butterfly Lane Estate | Santa Barbara CA | July 14th, 2012
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    Molly + Clint

    "I suppose I’ll start from the beginning. In looking for a wedding planner I contacted a handful of people who looked as though t..."

    I suppose I’ll start from the beginning. In looking for a wedding planner I contacted a handful of people who looked as though they would fit our vibe. Some were unresponsive, some were cold and then there was Sonia. I sent her an email and I received a call from her first thing the next morning – the only planner to actually call me rather than just email me back. She immediately exuded warmth and KNOWLEDGE. She started answering questions I had in my head that didn't even realized I was thinking. We booked her upon our first meeting. Sonia is impressively organized, enthusiastic and connected. We booked every vendor based on her recommendations and were thoroughly satisfied with each and every one. When asked by our officiant who our planner was, upon hearing it was Sonia, he sighed with relief, “you've got the best”, he said. Did I mention that she was 8 1/2 months pregnant on the day of? Sonia kicks ass and does it with a genuine smile on her face. She’s passionate about her industry and her company and it shows. We had a full production of a wedding. Everything from the forks to the furniture had to be sourced, brought in (and taken out) and all was done so with grace and serious precision. Sara-Lee was also on had the day of, and displayed the same kindness and professionalism that I
    had come to expect from XOXO Bride.

    Hire them, I tell you! They are the real deal.

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  • Lindsay + Amber

    Villa Santi Di Bella Vista | Malibu CA | August 25, 2012
    Villa Santi Di Bella Vista ~ Lindsay + Amber
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    Lindsay + Amber

    "If you want an organized professional that is accessible, a high function multitasker, creative talent, attentive listener, works ..."

    If you want an organized professional that is accessible, a high function multitasker, creative talent, attentive listener, works well under extreme unexpected conditions and personable, hire Saralee Franchi. Saralee far exceeded our expectations and is sincerely more than incredible. We faced several challenges inclusive of a venue change and vendor replacements during the planning and implementation of our daughter’s wedding. Saralee successfully navigated our journey working seamlessly with and between numerous vendors and her “Day Of “scheduling ability is astonishing. Transforming a private estate bringing in every item and coordinating over ten vendors requires immeasurable talent,
    which is exactly how I define Saralee Franchi, immeasurable talent.

    Sonia,
    My name is Bonnie Molnar and Saralee Franchi was our wedding planner for the Molnar/Lopez event 8/25/12. I think when someone does an exceptional job it should be recognized. This wedding posed alot of challenges on several different levels and Saralee’s services were impeccable, she was always professional, always easy to reach when we needed her, and had some amazing ideas to incorporate into the wedding. I wanted to take a moment to share her talents with you…to have someone of her caliber working with you is an incredible asset.I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend your services to anyone who wants an exceptional wedding. Respectfully, Bonnie Molnar.

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  • Rachel + Ray

    Rancho Dos Pueblos | Santa Barbara CA | August 8, 2010
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    Rachel + Ray

    "Amazing wedding planner. We had a LOT of little details to execute and she did so perfectly. Sonia is on it. Went way beyond the c..."

    Amazing wedding planner. We had a LOT of little details to execute and she did so perfectly. Sonia is on it. Went way beyond the call of duty.

    Love her!

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  • Cameron + Paul

    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | July 16, 2011
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    Cameron + Paul

    "I can't say enough positive things about Sonia Hopkins and the team at XOXO Bride. She made planning a wedding not only manageable..."

    I can't say enough positive things about Sonia Hopkins and the team at XOXO Bride. She made planning a wedding not only manageable but fun! Sonia is extremely organized, responsive to any questions or requests but also very calm and reassuring. Everyone loved working with her including opinionated family members! Our wedding was the most memorable day and an event that we couldn't have gone more smoothly. We owe it all to XOXO for keeping everyone on track and all vendors organized. Sonia and her team are knowledgeable, well connected in the industry, creative, friendly, fun and organized. I would recommend them to any bride or family looking to take the burden of all the minute details that planning a wedding entails off their plate and confidently into someone else hands!

    Thank you to the entire XOXO team for making our wedding even more amazing!

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  • Nancy + Greg

    Bacara Resort and Spa | Santa Babara CA | September 10th, 2011
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    Nancy + Greg

    "I have nothing but the best experience with XOXO Bride. Sonia has been my rock through the entire planning process. She is on poin..."

    I have nothing but the best experience with XOXO Bride. Sonia has been my rock through the entire planning process. She is on point, extremely organized, reliable, full of creative ideas and always go above and beyond! Working with her for a year has not only made me appreciate the value of her skills but I have also learned from her. If I could give her 10 stars, I would! Sonia is absolutely amazing at what she does and you can count on her to deliver! She far exceeded my expectations and I hope you will have the pleasure of working with her!

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  • Gabriela + Brian

    Montecito Country Club | Santa Barbara CA | September 11th, 2011
    Montecito Country Club ~ Gabriela + Brian
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    Gabriela + Brian

    "Working with Sonia Hopkins from XOXO Bride was an absolute joy! We happened to bump into her while checking out my wedding venue a..."

    Working with Sonia Hopkins from XOXO Bride was an absolute joy! We happened to bump into her while checking out my wedding venue and she immediately began giving us awesome ideas and extremely valuable tips. We decided right then to find out if she was available for my wedding date. My wedding was a perfect dream come true and it would not have been so if it weren’t for Sonia. She always listened so well and really understood our vision. Her knowledge and experience is invaluable and her taste is always impeccable! Not one thing went wrong the day of (or if it did, I never knew about it. I had such a peace of mind knowing that we were in such good hands with Sonia.

    She is absolutely wonderful!

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  • Amy + Chris

    Rancho Dos Pueblos | Santa Barbara CA | May 12, 2012
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    Amy + Chris

    "Sonia is a wonderful person and professional to work with! We immediately clicked on our vision and she was so easy to work with t..."

    Sonia is a wonderful person and professional to work with! We immediately clicked on our vision and she was so easy to work with through planning our wedding (which was no small feat given that we had to bring EVERYTHING to our site from bathrooms to flowers). She was easy to get in touch with, on top of her game, and covered ALL the bases!

    She definitely knows what she's doing :)

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  • Jessica + Mike

    Montecito Country Club | Santa Barbara CA | September 2, 2012
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    Jessica + Mike

    "Saralee was fabulous to work with! I manage programs and budgets for a living so I was a hands-on and detail oriented bride. For a..."

    Saralee was fabulous to work with! I manage programs and budgets for a living so I was a hands-on and detail oriented bride. For almost a year, Saralee patiently answered questions, provided recommendations, and talked me through difficult decisions. She went above and beyond in several areas that saved us money and made life easier (e.g. picking up linens to avoid a delivery fee and lending me frames for table markers). That said, her greatest value was what she did the day of the wedding. This is truly her moment to shine. She was a step ahead of me at every turn. She effortlessly handled issues that arose (e.g. ceremony musician cancelling last minute and guests stealing each other’s seats). She
    proactively took on tasks to make our day run smoothly. She made sure the photographer got shots of things with personal significance, reminded the band of our song selections, packaged up family heirlooms so they wouldn't get left behind, and probably a million other things I didn't notice because I was having the time of my life. There is absolutely no way I could have made it through that day without Saralee. To all brides who are wondering if they really need a coordinator, I can’t recommend it enough. Even the most capable and organized brides do not want to deal with these issues on their big day. You need a trusted third party (not your mom or maid of honor who are also trying to enjoy themselves and being pulled in a million different directions) to troubleshoot and organize. After a year of making decisions, you will be so ready to turn it over to someone else and Saralee is the right person for the job! Finally I just want to add that Saralee is a sweet person who wants her clients to be happy and seems to genuinely love weddings and all they represent. At one point during the reception, I noticed her looking down at the party from a balcony and smiling.

    Thank you Saralee!! We appreciate all that you did for us!

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