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!
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 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!
WOW..where to even begin. First of all I think it speaks volumes when your family uses the same wedding planner for three events in a year! Carrie and her team are truly the most talented group in the area. Not living in Florida when you are trying to plan a wedding can be stressful but Carrie took all of that stress upon herself. She is responsive and thinks of every detail months before the wedding. She is easy to communicate with and makes the process so easy. Our wedding had a lot of personal touches that Carrie went above and beyond with. She communicated with all of our vendors ahead of time and is very organized. Her husband even constructed the most amazing escort card table to look like a football field!!! The best decision we made was hiring Carrie Darling Events. Carrie’s talents are priceless. – Kelsey
Carrie is AMAZING! If you think you don’t need a day of planner, you are wrong! Carrie made the weeks leading up to my wedding less stressful! Not to mention the day of ran SO smoothely because of her! She is incredibly easy to work with and will put you at ease! I didn’t worry about a thing the day of because she was there. The timeline she created was perfect and helped everyone in my bridal party and vendors know what was going on. AND she contacted all the vendors so I didn’t need to. She is one of a kind! Someone you want there the day of! You will NOT be disappointed with Carrie! – Kelsey
Carrie is the absolute best!! From the day we engaged her until our wedding day she was the consummate professional. I wanted the reception to be at my parents’ house and she made my vision come to life. Her husband Matt designed a branch centerpiece for the tent that was truly a one of its kind piece of art. Her attention to detail and creativity are amazing. Every table looked like a masterpiece. The flower arrangements were visually stunning. The way everything came together exceeded all of my expectations! She has a great work ethic that truly paid off as she paid attention to every detail of the entire day. Not only is she talented but she is so nice and a pleasure to work with. She listened to our ideas and executed on all of them. I had countless people telling me it was the best wedding they have been to and a lot if it was thanks to Carrie. She made the process stress free. Our wedding day was truly a magical day and I cannot thank Carrie enough for all of her hard work and dedication to our day. I would highly recommend Carrie to anyone as she is truly the best! – Kelsey
Where do I even begin?! Carrie Darling and her team made our dream wedding a reality. From day one, she was a consummate professional. She answered every single question I had (and there were a lot!), and she had the most amazing and creative ideas. A destination wedding is so tough to plan, and Carrie made it seem like an absolute breeze. With only a few inspo pics, she was able to create the EXACT decor vibe that we wanted, and I was completely blown away at how beautiful our ceremony and reception spaces looked. Carrie also made sure that our day was executed flawlessly. She ensured that we, our families and wedding party were all relaxed and knew exactly what was going on. When I threw her a curve ball and wanted to change something at the last minute, she effortlessly made sure that it happened. I could not recommend Carrie and her team enough. Every aspect of her service was exceptional. – Kelsey
Carrie Darling at Carrie Darling Events is an amazing wedding planner/coordinator! She made my wedding more beautiful then I could have ever imagined. I worked with her for over 2 years in planning my wedding and she was always punctual, helpful, suggestive, and understanding. I had multiple guests at my wedding tell me that they cannot believe how smoothly everything ran and how beautiful it was. Of course, I had to give all the credit to Carrie! I would not change one thing about my wedding! I would recommend anyone getting married in southwest Florida to hire Carrie to help with their wedding! She succeeded beyond my expectations! – Hilary
At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to hire a wedding planner because, I thought it would be over my budget. But, I am so glad I found Carrie Darling. From our first phone conversation, I knew I had to hire her for my wedding. She’s fabulous! I don’t know how I would have got through the day without her. Carrie was very flexible in creating a custom package for my needs. Part of my package included event design of the room including florals, décor & custom pieces based on my chosen theme, sea glass. My proposal looked great and I was so excited to see it come to life. I work in events for a living and I’ve seen a lot of weddings so, I had really high expectations to begin with. When the big day finally arrived, the décor and flowers blew me away! All Carries designs exceeded my expectations. Her vision and creativity is amazing! All my guests were really wowed. In addition to her creativity, Carrie is so organized, detail oriented and professional. I didn’t have to worry about a thing because, I knew Carrie had it covered. Choosing Carrie Darling Events was the best Wedding decision I made. – Kara
I knew right away that Carrie Darling Events would be the perfect fit for my husband and I when planning our wedding from across the country. Carrie adds such a unique and creative touch to every event she does. She had to balance many different personalities and always addressed each situation with patience and understanding. She put me at ease many times when I thought I was in “wedding crisis” and we ended up with a more magical evening than I ever could have imagined. She helped me fine tune my ideas and really listened to what I had envisioned to make my wedding dream a reality. She also has the patience of a saint…A trait that comes in handy when you need someone to reassure you that everything is handled in the months, weeks and days leading up to your big day. The only downside to having her as your wedding coordinator, is that when all is said and done, your going to miss having an excuse to call, chat and plan your big day with your new friend! – Evelyn
Carrie Darling and her husband Matt are the best! From my first conversation with Carrie, I knew I found my planner! She is amazing! I gave her one idea and she completely ran with it! My wedding was gorgeous! I can only describe it as Epic! Carrie attention to all the details is perfection! When I walked in, it was like walking into a dream! Her husband, Matt, brought all of her designs to life and they were gorgeous! My guests are calling my wedding, “The Wedding of a Lifetime!” Carrie was not only my planner, she is now my friend! I will definitely be calling her for the next event! She is patient and very understanding! Plus Carrie thinks of everything! I was never stressed once while planning because I knew Carrie was there to handle everything for me! She is truly the greatest wedding planner ever, hands down! Thank you Carrie Darling for a magical day and night at our wedding! – Genalle
Carrie did an amazing job for my daughters wedding on May 28, 2014 at the Marco Island Marriott. Carrie came highly recommended and we were not disappointed! She was truly amazing with all she did for us. It was hard planning a destination wedding knowing we would not be able to go down and see and meet people before the wedding. Carrie assured us that we were in good hands and she would take care of everything the day of the wedding so we didn’t have to worry or do a thing but get ready for the big day! Carrie did as promised! From the ceremony to the cocktail hour then on to the reception everything was magnificent! She was truly there for anything that was needed. I can not say enough good things about Carrie. If you are looking for a wedding coordinator you need not look any further…Carrie is your person! – Cathy
Carrie Darling Events with Carrie Darling was the best decision that my husband and I made when it came to planning our destination wedding in Marco Island, Florida. Carrie is not only the sweetest person, but she is very professional, and obviously – super organized. Carrie made planning our wedding easy as pie! She recommended fabulous vendors that we are thrilled with, she helped design our flowers, welcome bags, and all of the final touches that put a special mark on our most special day! Carrie was very hands on with everything from start to finish, from the smallest details, to the biggest moments. You will not find a more passionate planner around – I’m totally convinced! Carrie even helped wrangle our enormous wedding party into a top notch rehearsal (which included itineraries for our family!) – which turned into the most wonderful wedding day!! We can’t thank Carrie and her team enough for letting us trust her with our Wedding! If you are considering a planner, consider Carrie Darling Events, they are truly amazing and talented, you’ll be in wonderful hands!! – Michelle