Emily and Team

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Owner and Visionary, Emily Sullivan, has called New Orleans home for the past 15 years. From her very first night in town (think Goldmine and Flaming Dr. Peppers) until now, she has embraced everything about the city and considers herself a tried and true local. She showcases her love for the city in every wedding she creates. Hospitality is her spiritual gift and many times she can be found cooking for friends or making dinner plans to meet up the city’s best restaurants. 


She started her business back in 2006 as a single mom and has established herself as a go to planner in the area by creating a business that is always evolving and staying relevant in the industry. The business and daily struggles that come along with entrepreneurship have made her very passionate about educating others in the industry and she has spoken to groups including NACE, Wedding MBA, ILEA, Catersource and The Special Event. 

Emily created the Intimate Weddings division of ESE in 2016. Over time she recognized a growing need for clients who want a fabulous NOLA wedding without the hassle of long term planning and long guest lists. She assembled a team of exceptional venues and wedding creatives to offer an all inclusive destination for gorgeous intimate weddings and elopements. 

Emily Sullivan, Owner/Visionary

Olivia Alman has been working in the event industry since 2009.  In 2014, she moved to New Orleans to get her Master's degree and never looked back.  Her hospitable personality and unwavering work ethic have allowed her to be an integral part of countless events for numerous festivals and venues around the city.  Her love for second lines, to-go cups, and Creole cuisine has kept her in the Big Easy, but her love for producing memorable events for clients has led her to the lead planner position at Emily Sullivan Events. She is now the lead planner overseeing both Intimate Weddings and Wedding Management. 


When she's not working an event, you can find her grabbing a cold one with friends in Uptown or enjoying live music at any one of New Orleans' music venues.  She's a mom to 2 furry sons & loves spending time with family back home in Mississippi & with her brother's family in Asheville, NC.

Olivia Alman, Lead Intimate Planner