May 20

Ask a Planner – Meet the Panel

We are gearing up for a new feature on the Murasaki Media blog – Ask a Planner. Have a question that you would like a professional event and wedding planner to answer? Look no further! We are taking our cameras to three different planners to get their perspective and answers to your questions. But first, meet our current panelists below. They are an incredible set of talent.


Melissa Barrad – I Do… Weddings!

I Do…Weddings! was founded in 2003. A San Diego native, with a degree in Advertising from San Diego State University, Melissa was recently featured on the Women’s Entertainment (WE) show, “The Wedding Planner.” She combines her design background with an attention to detail, which create timeless and unique celebrations. Melissa’s work has been featured in Modern Bride, Exquisite Weddings, Ceremony Magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Insider and Green Wedding Shoes, and numerous other publications. Her portfolio boasts an impressive roster of events ranging from a ceremony in the heart of Africa, a vintage hotel in Palm Springs, overlooking La Jolla Shores at the Scripps Seaside Forum and a wedding complete with a petting zoo.


Amy Vargas – First Comes Love

Tiger Woods, Wolfgang Puck, Will Ferrell and Kim Cattrall have all trusted Amy with their events. As founder and lead event planner at First Comes Love, Amy is a sought-after wedding and event planner, having the pleasure of working at over 50 Southern California venues. She has been featured as a wedding expert nationally in 944 Magazine, NBC, FOX News and more. She also sits on the board for the San Diego chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding and the Association of Bridal Consultants. From cocktail receptions, charity galas, designer brunches, weddings and more, Amy has been planning events for over a decade. No matter how large or small the challenge, Amy specializes in creating flawless events with elegant and personal flair. When she’s not planning weddings Amy enjoys learning about new wines and traveling. One of her life goals is to visit every country in the world.


Julie Scrivener – The Best Wedding for You

Julie Scrivener, is the owner of The Best Wedding For You, providing wedding planning and coordination services to the San Diego area. After graduating from Fordham University in New York City with a Finance and Marketing degree, Julie decided that she wanted to combine her creativity and organizational skills with her love for special events. As a wedding and event coordinator, she is dedicated to exceeding her client’s expectations on a daily basis. Developing a personal relationship with each client is the key to making each event unique and an affair to remember. She personally assist couples with all their wedding plans down to the smallest, and often most important, details that create the day of your dreams.




Stay tuned for more Ask the Planner video posts. If you have a question that you would like our panel to answer, email your question to or comment below.



One Response

  1. Danielle says:

    Ooh! I’m excited!

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