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 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 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.
Jayki Levy | East Coast Regional Location Manager
Jayki Levy was born and raised in Manhattan’s TriBeCa where she got into the service industry at the age of 17. She attended Fairfield University for both undergraduate and graduate school with counseling as her concentration but always had a strong attraction to hospitality. Having lived in New York, Connecticut and now Boston, Jayki has worked at some of the most reputable establishments in flawless execution, service and event coordination such as Ritz Carlton, Boston. Jayki understands Hospitality and 5 star service at its core and knows how important the listening component is to planning any event. Her zeal for people and service coupled with her enthusiasm and dedication to excellence make her easy to work with eager to go above and beyond.
Melissa Diver | Northern California Locations Manager
Melissa is a dynamic and creative professional with over 5 years of event planning and marketing experience, managing both private and corporate events throughout the Bay Area. Melissa leverages strong project management and organizational skills shown through her experiences with organizing, managing, and implementing large scale events ranging from weddings, partner events & sponsorships,
user summits, tradeshows, corporate meetings & retreats, company picnics, holiday parties, and other private events. She is passionate about helping her clients select the right venue and design to execute their creative vision and make events more memorable. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking vegetarian food, creating various crafts & DIY projects, rooting for the San Jose Sharks, and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle Sadari | Los Angeles and Orange County Regional Location Manager
Danielle leads our Los Angeles and Orange County events, as well as successfully runs the Los Angeles branch of Couture Events, a San Diego based boutique styling and coordination studio. After graduating from the University of San Diego she moved right into the heart of Hollywood and has been pursuing a career in event coordination. She is organized, outgoing, and thrives under pressure. Her personal style is simple and classic with an eclectic flare. Danielle loves fashion, good food, and recently discovered a love for running (she was somehow convinced to train for and complete a half-marathon this past Labor Day!). Los Angeles is filled with talented people and brilliant ideas and she feels blessed to work among them.
Cassy Anderson | Northern California Locations Manager
Cassy has been planning events since 2010 and brings a unique perspective to the EWE team. Having owned her own boutique planning studio, she understands the operational ins-and-outs of event management (and loves to geek out on those details!) and as a previous EWE bride herself, she can truly relate to the planning process from the client’s perspective.
She brings an acutely high level of organization and creativity and is constantly looking for ways to make every event one-of-a-kind. When she is not at an estate with her infamous clipboard, Cassy enjoys practicing yoga, backpacking and taste-testing her husband’s home-brewed beer.
Nancy Ly | Community Manager
Nancy Ly is our go-to for branching out and developing Estate Weddings and Events’ website and social media. You have probably interacted with her on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Blog, Google+, or other! With writing experience from receiving her B.A in English at University of California, Santa Barbara and current work towards an M.A in Mass Media Communications at San Diego State University, Nancy combines her passions of technical media production and public relations experience to create an interactive environment within the Estate Weddings and Events community. She enjoys making our many estates and events shine and getting to know our newest followers or clients, such as yourself!