Jamie Ehrsam | Co-Founder/President
Throughout her experience as a wedding and events coordinator, owner Jamie Ehrsam found many beautiful event venues, but quickly realized there were few luxurious, exclusive sites that would impose no time limits, tourists, or traditional banquet hall constraints. An idea was born literally in her own backyard: An abundance of amazing private homes and estates would provide ideal settings for the exclusive events she had envisioned. Based on this vision, Estate Weddings and Events now provides an online resource or luxury private estates around the world that are available for weddings, events, and corporate retreats.
Luke Whittaker | Co-Founder/Business Dev.
Luke graduated from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Statistics. After graduating, he worked for GenProbe, a biotech company located in San Diego, Ca and quickly realized that his passion for people, innovation and his entrepreneurial spirit were not being fulfilled.
Soon thereafter, he teamed up with Jamie in 2007 and launched EWE, which has been thriving on their innovative, yet simple business model. Surround yourself with the best & brightest, who love what they are doing each and every day!
Claire Lewis | Director of Client Relations
Claire Lewis will often be the first person to greet you and answer any questions you may have about planning your estate event. Her friendly and personable demeanor make her an asset to the Estate Weddings and Events team, and she takes great pleasure in seeing you through all parts of the process from scheduling your first estate visit to executing your vision on the day of your event. Claire graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Communication and a minor in the History of Art and Architecture. In her free time, she loves to make succulent arrangements, homebrew craft beers and put her love for crafts to work!
Taryn Walker | Director of Special Events
With more than five years of event planning experience, and having gone through the estate wedding process herself, Taryn brings both sides of the wedding equation together. Taryn is no stranger to coordinating large-scale events such as Vogue Fashion Shows, Golden Globe parties, Premiere Wine Auctions, and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Having had an estate wedding herself, Taryn understands every concern you may have, and can relate to your situation with true sincerity. She is passionate about helping her clients find their own voice for their wedding beyond picking colors and fabrics, and believes that there are no rules to imagination and the creative process. You will find that Taryn is receptive to your ideas, and is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Taryn is happily married with a young daughter, and can honestly say that her estate wedding was the happiest day of her life.
Cindy Souza | Director of Membership Services
Cynthia Souza has been helping to build emerging growth companies in the technology sector for the past 5 years. Prior to joining Estate Weddings and Events she worked for Demandforce, a SaaS company that helps small businesses thrive in the Internet economy. After having her own dream wedding this January and moving to San Diego, she found the opportunity to use her knowledge of the power of online marketing and her passion for the wedding and events industry play out perfectly by becoming a part of Estate Weddings and Events. She is dedicated to help the members of Estate Weddings and Events showcase their beautiful properties and excited by all feedback, both positive and negative about the member experience.
Laura Bass | Regional Sales Manager New York
Laura Bass is an experienced events professional who has been planning and executing large-scale events in the New York area for over five years. With a background working in Development for many notable non-profit organizations, Laura has held fundraisers at some of Manhattan’s most prestigious venues, including The Plaza, The Central Park Boathouse, and The Metropolitan Club. While she enjoys planning fundraising events, her true interests lie within the wedding and events industry. After planning her own wedding in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, Laura discovered her love for wedding planning. As a native New Yorker, Laura is passionate and knowledgeable about the area, and looks forward to helping clients execute the event of their dreams.
Julia Maushart | Special Events Coordinator
For the last five years Julia Maushart, Director of Special Events, has made a career out of making people’s visions come to life. While her experience includes weddings and various social events, her passion is in corporate event planning. She prides herself in helping companies find the ideal venue for their ideal meeting, reception or celebratory getaway. Whether it’s a holiday party to thank associates for a year well done or a incentive trip for the top players, Julia and Estate Event Group will make it happen!