About Us

Carrie Darling

Since the age of 4, a common request of hers was, “Mom, may I have a pen and a piece of paper”? There was always an idea to write down, a character to sketch, or a story to create. It was around the same time that she studied Disney stage shows on home video, and began choreographing her own shows, complete with a cast. She held rehearsals with her younger sister including music, dancing and costume changes. The need and skill to entertain and audience was instilled in her before kindergarden.

As time went on, Carrie observed as her parents prepared to have parties in their home for Halloween, Christmas or Birthdays. They may have used simple paper decorations, but the time they took to make their Chicago basement feel festive made an impression. Carrie’s love for entertaining guests extended to the invitees that attended her parent’s parties.

At the age of 7, (when the family moved to Marco Island, FL) she was enrolled in formal dance classes. For 13 years, she participated in competitive tap, jazz, ballet, modern, character, production and hip-hop. Another layer was developed in entertainment, stage lighting, dressing the part and sparkling sequins that caught your attention.

As an adult, her dreams were realized when she danced on stage at Walt Disney World in front of thousands of guests. Keeping in character, she “kept friends” with famous princesses such as Belle and Mary Poppins. As a final note, Carrie graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business.

Event Planning is an avenue that allows all of her talents to come alive. Creative sets, music, color, costumes, makeup, imagination, sketches, grand entrances, and overall just making the guests go “Wow”, ensuring that they leave with the satisfaction that they were entertained. Choreographing the details in every aspect and weaving in unique touches help define the quality of her events and her high level of expectation. Setting her aside from others? Why the option to get “Carried Away” of course!

Matt Darling

Besides having a great last name, Matt thrives as Carrie Darling Event’s Workshop Manager. Jack of all trades, he is a large part of what makes us different. Matt is extremely talented and creative, so when we are looking to create a unique bamboo ceremony structure for a Bride, or 9′ Barn Walls for a Western Party- he can make it happen!

While he took shop classes in school, he has a natural ability for constructing custom pieces. All we have to do is plant the seed, and he takes a concept and runs with it. Whether it is a unique fire concept, custom lit sign or unique shaped table – he can create it! He also comes up with the BEST signature drink concoctions! Matt allows Carrie Darling Events to provide an additional level of custom service to our customers, and it is truly exciting!

The Company

The company was established in 2007 and is a preferred vendor at numerous Southwest Florida resorts and venues. We have been interviewed for Wink’s TV’s “Out and About in SWFL”, Visit Florida, Coastal Life and BBJ Linen’s “Ask the Experts”. Carrie Darling Events is proud to also be a decor sponsor of local charity events including the Naples Music Festival and the Imagination Ball organized by the American Cancer Society. Our work has been published in several BLOGS and publications including Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons BLOG and Weddings Illustrated.

Weddings are our specialty, but we also love assisting with Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Birthdays, “Will You Marry Me?” Dinners, and Local Events! You can always follow our recent events on Social Media.

We only take one Wedding/Event a weekend because we feel that our clients deserve special one-on-one attention and a fine level of service, especially on your Wedding Day! There is no hand off once you sign the contract. Carrie will be your contact from start to finish.

Carrie Darling Events is based in Southwest Florida (Marco Island, Naples, Ft. Myers, Sanibel/Captiva) but we are open to traveling anywhere. We look forward to working with you!