Meet the Team: Caroline Parrone
We've heard you're interested in meeting our team! While the Stella team is small (but mighty) our Stella Family is made up of tons of fantastic vendors who work at Stella every weekend to ensure your event is a huge success. We'll be spotlighting our team members in the weeks and months to come! Can't wait to introduce you to our crew!
Meet Stella's Event Manager: Caroline Parrone
Caroline has over 15 years of event experience and has been with Stella Plantation for a little over 2 years. Her credits include everything from 1,200 seated gala fundraisers to intimate wedding celebrations. With many of her years spent working with non-profits, Caroline is budget focused with a particular love of logistics.
(photo from Austyn-Marie Captures)
What is your favorite thing about events at Stella Plantation: "It's so hard to choose just one thing. I love that Stella is so customizable. We have had so many creative clients and vendors and I'm always amazed at what people come up with! I also come from a family of photographers, so I love the endless backdrops for photos.
I also love watching people enjoy Stella. When someone is thrilled by the 250-year-old Oak Trees, is able to get away from the city, or picks a ripe satsuma off one of our citrus trees, it makes me happy."
(photo from Austyn-Marie Captures)
What piece of advice do you give to couples getting married at Stella: "It goes by so quickly! I always advise that you try to stick by each other during the reception. That way you experience the celebration together. In regards to the logistics of the wedding, I highly recommend either a first look, or (if you don't want to see each other) adding a cocktail hour to mask the time you're away from your guests. That way you are able to fully enjoy your reception!
In regards to the budget - I ask each of them to name the top 3 things that they think are the most important. We weight the budget towards those 3 things. It's a great conversation starter for the couple and usually gets the priorities of the couple on the table early in the process. "
What piece of advice do you give to people hosting their corporate events at Stella: "Let us help you! We love creating an event that is tailored to your group, and no one knows all the things we can offer better than us! Come to us with an idea and we will happily help you to make small changes that enhance the experience."
(photo from Mark Eric Photography)
(photo from HD Photobooth Co.)
"I feel like every event I do is my new favorite. I love getting to know my clients and feeling like we
really are friends at the end of the process."
From a Friendor (Vendor Friend)- Jeff Hirsch Photography says: "Caroline is an event coordinator who leaves nothing to chance when it comes to planning details large and small. She’s always got “Plan B” waiting in the wings just in case something happens to “Plan A”. And since we are all subject to Murphy’s Law and the whims of Mother Nature, she’s usually got Plan C-D-E and F ready too...just in case. Adaptability is key when it comes to dealing with rapidly changing situations and Caroline is always calm, cool, and ready with a new solution."
From our Stella Brides:
"Caroline was amazing to work with, from the initial planning stages right through to making sure everything ran smoothly on the day, always professional, and ready to help with any last minute details with a smile. This coming from a bride who DID forget a couple things and she was a life saver!" - Lyndsay
"Caroline made planning a wedding from nearly 2,000 miles away the easiest process as well. She went above and beyond for us- she kept us on track and thought of every single little detail. Without her amazing relationships with the best vendors, her constant support & thoughtfulness, we would never have been able to achieve our dream wedding. Working with Stella and Caroline produced the best night of our lives- our guests cannot stop talking about how beautiful, fun, unique & memorable our wedding was." - Katherine
"Caroline not only understood my vision, but she also went above and beyond to make my vision better than even my (now) husband and I could even imagine." - Kat
"Caroline was amazing through the entire planning process and even better on the wedding day. She truly cared about us and made sure this day was perfect and special for us. From the beginning she strove to understand who we are and what we care about (good food, good drinks, beautiful scenery and a good time for all of our guests). She had creative ideas for décor, guest favors, and photo ops to make the day extra special for us and our loved ones. She made Stella Plantation and the wedding day “ours,” and went above and beyond to take care of all the little details on the wedding day so we could enjoy the experience (gathering items to send home with us, paying the vendors, gathering cards, providing bug spray, the list goes on). She also understood how stressed I got from planning the details, and made the process simple and easy to take as much stress from me as possible. I really can’t say enough about what an amazing wedding planner she is – she is simply the best. We couldn’t have done it without her." - Mallory
(photo from Dark Roux Photography)
Tell us something you don't like: "I do not like those lists of 'things you should never do at your wedding/event.' They are so judgmental. I think if you like it, do it. Your guests will enjoy it because you do! And this girl has never met a mashed potato bar she didn't like."
(photo from Nola Mini Sessions)
Caroline lives in New Orleans with her husband, Ben, their son, Charlie, and their pup, Tallulah.