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About La Luz

Founded in 2010, we have rebranded and expanded into what we now know and love as La Luz Weddings & Events.  During our 20+ years of combined experience, La Luz has had the honor of planning and coordinating events throughout the United States and abroad- can you say destination wedding in Belize?! We pride ourselves on building personal relationships with vendors, guests, wedding parties, and most importantly our treasured clients to provide effortless and stress-free coordination for everyone!   


Your wedding day (or quinceñera, baby shower, bat mitzvah, company holiday party, AGM, or any celebration) should be incredibly enjoyable for your guests and magically unforgettable for you.  We can make that happen by turning your event dreams into reality. No dream is too far out of reach for La Luz! There’s nothing like reminiscing about your special day and feeling such a sense of love and joy- with absolutely no stress attached.  We want that for you! Your love deserves to be immortalized in beautiful, joy-filled, and stress-free memories.

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Photo Credit: Natural Touch Photography

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Photo Credit: Natural Touch Photography

Meet our Planners

or "Boss Babes"

Hi there!  I’m Shelby Wolfe, founder of La Luz.  As a certified international wedding and event planner, I have over 10 years of private and corporate experience and my past clients attribute the success of their weddings and events to my personable, enthusiastic, organized, detail-oriented, and creative skill sets. (Be sure to read their testimonies here and five-star reviews on Google, The Knot & Wedding Wire!)  Consults bring us together as strangers, but by the time the big day comes, a beautiful and natural relationship has grown throughout the planning process.  Thank goodness, or else you’d probably be really weirded out when you receive my family’s annual goofy Christmas card.


When I’m not creating wedding and event magic, you can find me having a PJ dance party with my three littles (4, 2.5, & 1...with another on the way!) and hubby in our living room.  I cry during cute animal videos, laugh during fragrance commercials, and hide under a blanket during scary movies- JK.  I. DO. NOT. watch scary movies.   Zumba is my exercise- well, that and taking care of three bambinos.  I love dry wines, margaritas (rocks, no salt, please), and my creamer with a little bit of coffee.  Let me buy YOU a drink so that I can get to know all about you and your wedding or special event dreams!

Hellooo, I’m Courtney Garnham! Honesty is one of my key values. With that in mind, I’ll let you know up front that the most important part about choosing your wedding and event planner is their personality. So why would you choose me?  


I love to be relaxed, friendly, and, at times, sarcastic with my clients. If we are chatting via email or text, please be aware, I like to break professional decorum and send an emoji or GIF. This helps us create a fun working relationship and allows you to feel comfortable asking me anything. By the time that we get to your wedding day, I want our relationship to be easy. After all, I may have to climb underneath your dress to help with the bustle!


I have been in the wedding industry for 8+ years learning the ropes in a variety of positions from sales manager to venue director. This wide knowledge base gives me foresight in the event planning process helping to alleviate any potential stressors along the way. 


Outside of weddings, I'm a mom of a very smiley baby, two doggos, and am married to the love of my life. Believe it or not, we are high school sweethearts and even “dated” in middle school. We love to go on hikes, play at the lake, and generally enjoy all things outdoors!


So, that’s me in a nutshell. I’d love to meet in person and start talking about you.


Meet our day-of coordinator

Hello there, my name is Lauren Ott! I have spent the last three years planning my own wedding and simply cannot wait to make your wedding or special event simply amazing. 

I know that planning a large event can be stressful and overwhelming, I want to make the experience as fun and memorable as possible. I am easy going, personable and friendly but I can be sarcastic and funny. I want to make you feel comfortable from the beginning so your big event can be as fun as possible! 

Outside of helping you plan your big day, I enjoy spending time with my family and five (yes five!) dogs. In the summer you can find me at Sawmill or any of the amazing local breweries and in the fall you can find me in front of whatever screen is playing football (Preferably the Philadelphia Eagles) from 11am- 8pm. I am from Bucks County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and miss soft pretzels on a daily basis. I have been married to my husband, Red for almost two years now. I love music festivals, breweries and “the birds”. I have been in New Mexico for going on five years and have made Albuquerque our home. 

Meet your assistants

Virginia is a bright and extremely talented (ask her to sing or play one of the 3 instruments she plays) event assistant.  She is a creative soul with a keen eye for detail. This mama of 2 is a goofball who can brighten any mood and knows just when and how to get down to business.  Having Virginia on our La Luz team makes each event unique, memorable, and above all- stress-free!


Photo Credit: Cassia Karin Photography


Photo Credit: Brittney MundyPhotography

If we could sum up our beautiful Michaela in three words, they would be organized, efficient, and vivacious!  If we need something done, done quickly, and done well, there would be no hesitation in asking Michaela. She knows her stuff and if there’s something she doesn’t know, it won’t take her long to figure it out and find a way.  We’re honored to have her on our La Luz team!

Our sweet Raquel is a force to be reckoned with!  She is a workhorse at every event and certainly in her home with her two sassy girls.  If your DJ plays any Selena song, Raquel will be groovin’ out on the dance floor, probably teaching your guests how to Bidi Bidi Bom Bom!  She’s there for anything you ask for and everything you didn’t know you needed.  Having Raquel on our La Luz team makes every event super fun to be at!

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