Paulina + DaveCalliote Canyon | Ojai CA | June 7, 2014Go Back To Kind Words
Paulina + Dave"Hi Sonia! We just got back from our honeymoon so now I have some time to email everyone. I know my father thanked you already, bu..."
Hi Sonia!We just got back from our honeymoon so now I have some time to email everyone. I know my father thanked you already, but I just wanted to personally thank you and Cate so very much for helping plan the wedding of our dreams. It was absolutely perfect and wouldn't have changed anything about it. I truly appreciate your hard work and constant communication. You made the process much easier and less stressful! Once again, thank you!-Paulinaclose review
Jess + DrewOjai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | June 7, 2014Go Back To Kind Words
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!
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!close review
Alan & Dara
P.S. Come visit us East!
Courtney + DaveOjai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | September 7, 2014Go Back To Kind Words
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..."
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.close review
Molly + ClintButterfly Lane Estate | Santa Barbara CA | July 14th, 2012Go Back To Kind Words
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.close review
Lindsay + AmberVilla Santi Di Bella Vista | Malibu CA | August 25, 2012Go Back To Kind Words
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.
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.
Rachel + RayRancho Dos Pueblos | Santa Barbara CA | August 8, 2010Go Back To Kind Words
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!close review
Cameron + PaulOjai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | July 16, 2011Go Back To Kind Words
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!close review
Nancy + GregBacara Resort and Spa | Santa Babara CA | September 10th, 2011Go Back To Kind Words
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!close review
Gabriela + BrianMontecito Country Club | Santa Barbara CA | September 11th, 2011Go Back To Kind Words
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!close review
Amy + ChrisRancho Dos Pueblos | Santa Barbara CA | May 12, 2012Go Back To Kind Words
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 :)close review
Jessica + MikeMontecito Country Club | Santa Barbara CA | September 2, 2012Go Back To Kind Words
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!close review
Stefanie + JonahOjai Valley Inn & Spa | Ojai CA | September 15, 2012Go Back To Kind Words
Stefanie + Jonah"I don't know where to begin about Sonia and XOXO Bride. She had me at hello! Our first conversation was perfection - she totally "..."
I don't know where to begin about Sonia and XOXO Bride. She had me at hello! Our first conversation was perfection - she totally "got" the vision and the vibe that my husband and I had for our wedding and she never ceased to amaze us with her spirit, professionalism and attention to detail throughout the entire process. I adore Sonia! She is not only a fabulous wedding planner, but a special person as well. She exudes warmth, kindness and professionalism with all that she does. She is extremely responsive, organized and detailed about everything...and is a total delight to work with. Sonia helped bring our vision to life, creating a magical and unforgettable weekend from start to finish. I would HIGHLY recommend Sonia to plan anyone's wedding or special event. She is a star in every way!close review