Emily Sullivan, Owner and Lead Planner
Owner and Visionary, Emily Sullivan, has called New Orleans home for the past 15 years. From her very first night in town (think Goldmine and Flaming Dr. Peppers) until now, she has embraced everything about the city and considers herself a tried and true local. She showcases her love for the city in every wedding she creates. Hospitality is her spiritual gift and many times she can be found cooking for friends or making dinner plans to meet up the city’s best restaurants.
She started her business back in 2006 as a single mom and has established herself as a go to planner in the area by creating a business that is always evolving and staying relevant in the industry. The business and daily struggles that come along with entrepreneurship have made her very passionate about educating others in the industry and she has spoken to groups including NACE, Wedding MBA, ILEA, Catersource and The Special Event.
As a Southern Girl, she has built countless relationships with local vendors. On wedding days, Emily is a master problem solver and logistics queen. She has a calm demeanor which helps her clients feel at ease and able to enjoy the day.
Her time off is spent traveling with her 2 boys, Lake and Taylor, who have a goal of visiting all 50 states together.
Dim Sum Pity Parties
Diet Coke Substituting Diet Pepsi for Diet Coke
The Beach NFL Referees
Getting up Early Covid-19
Olivia Alman has been working in the event industry since 2009. In 2014, she moved to New Orleans to get her Master's degree and never looked back. Her hospitable personality and unwavering work ethic have allowed her to be an integral part of countless events for numerous festivals and venues around the city. Her love for second lines, to-go cups, and Creole cuisine has kept her in the Big Easy, but her love for producing memorable events for clients has led her to the lead planner position at Emily Sullivan Events. She is now the lead planner overseeing both Intimate Weddings and Wedding Management.
When she's not working an event, you can find her grabbing a cold one with friends in Uptown or enjoying live music at any one of New Orleans' music venues. She's a mom to 2 furry sons & loves spending time with family back home in Mississippi & with her brother's family in Asheville, NC.
Thoth Sunday Popping Knuckles
Fresh Flowers Haribo Gummy Bears (Albanese is the only way to go)
Dry Shampoo Tomatoes
SEC Football NOLA cockroaches and termites
Olivia Alman, Lead Planner for Wedding Management and Intimates
Chelle (pronounced Shelly) is a long time member of the ESE Team. She assist the team on multiple items throughout planning including hotel management and securing permits. She also oversees many of the day to day operations in the office and makes sure that our teams are prepared on site for each event. Chelle is super crafty and makes umbrellas, cake pulls, etc for many ESE clients.
Chelle is also an accomplished vocalist and has performed with many bands throughout the city in the last 20 years. She loves the city of New Orleans and it's traditions, food and music. One of her fondest memories is reigning as Empress XVI of the Krewe of Caesar in 1995.
Wedding Cake Cleaning House
Saints Football Snakes
Chelle Maxwell, Head of Operations/Asst. Wedding Planner
"Emily and her team are bananas. The very concept of how they approach weddings is unbelievable. From the decor to having everything on time, it's remarkable how these people are still with their heads on straight. A fantastic team to work with that only produces high quality!"
- Jorge (Cinematographer)
Emily is absolutely AMAZING! I feel like there is nothing she can't do! She makes you feel like you're the only bride she's working with and always makes herself available if you need her. She knows what she's doing and she will be 100% honest with you about it all. She definitely becomes more than a planner to you and makes you feel extremely comfortable to go to her with just about anything. I really could not say anything negative about my experience with Emily and if weddings were a regular thing, I would most definitely be working with her for all them!
-Rachel (Bride) Sept. 2018
"As a business owner it is such a pleasure to work with Emily Sullivan Events. Emily and her team understand that as coordinators you have to be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. They do an incredible job of being what people need at the appropriate time. Inevitably something is bound to go wrong, but Emily and her team always finds a way to not only solve the problem but make it look like there was never anything wrong in the first place. She takes a common sense approach to events where everything that’s planned or coordinated “makes sense” in a way that leaves you wondering why people do things any other way. I can’t stress enough how this takes the pressure off of both vendor partners as well as the clients themselves. ESE is truly one of the best of the business hands down.
- James (Musician)