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I was born in Santa Barbara, graduated from Santa Barbara High School (Go Dons), and then graduated from the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management Program through Santa Barbara City College. I had no plan to work as a wedding consultant, and in fact, wanted to be a chef. After working a few kitchen jobs, plus a number of jobs outside of the food industry, I ended up working as the assistant to the chef at a local catering company.
It didn’t take long to realize, while I love the smell of the kitchen, the hustle of getting a meal out and the challenge of designing a menu, what I really had a passion for was creating and providing the best experience possible for the guests.
I quickly learned the art of serving guests, managing a team of servers and balancing the needs and wants of the host with the logistics of the event. For more than 10 years I have planned and produced events, incorporating my culinary education with my love of guest services.
In 2009 I won Santa Barbara Independent Wedding Planner of the Year, served as President for Santa Barbara Event Professionals, and I have planned and produced more than 400 events.
In November 2011, after 15 months of dating, I married Paul, the true love of my life. In May of 2013 we welcomed to the world our son Dax, a fiery independent little boy. Shortly after having our son, I decided to leave my full time job and start my own planning company. It’s been a fun and wild ride helping couples create their perfect day.
I once had a bride tell me “you’re firm but funny” in fact, she had it printed on a shirt for me to wear at rehearsal :)
When I’m not busy picking out linens and designing floor plans, I’m enjoying early morning walks with my toddler, cooking in the kitchen with my hubby and rough housing with our 5 year old English Bulldog, Mayzielynn.
I’m looking forward to hearing all about you!
My name is Melissa Younce, my friends call me Mel! Thank you for visiting my website, Engaged to be Wed.
Long before the flurry and high energy brought by vendors setting up and guests arriving, there is a special moment I look forward to with every event. It is the moment I arrive on the property for the first time, and the venue is a blank space. It is a moment of grand possibilities. I love it. It is when I am most inspired. Nothing brings me greater joy than creating an event that brides, grooms, and party guests will fondly remember forever.
I love the clink of champagne glasses, toasts given by the best man, however corny or sentimental they may be, and that sometimes awkward, but always adorable first dance. There isn’t anything about a wedding I don’t love. The truth of the matter is I’m a sucker for love and a good party.
Photos by: ByCherry Photography and Austin and Dara Photography