Hi! I’m Sonja DeGoria, Owner, Event Planner & Designer of Sonja DeGoria Events. I’ve been planning parties for as long as I can remember, from tea parties with my dolls as a little girl, my high school proms then onto the large scale weddings I do now. Each event is so unique and fun you really can’t have a bad day making others smile, or I guess in my case now, it’s more likely I can’t go through a wedding without shedding a tear when the bride walks down the aisle. Without fail at every wedding I’ve done, it happens! That’s what I love about what I do, I become so close to my clients that at the end of the process I can call them friends.
I started my Event Planning journey while working in New York City for a financial firm as a Junior Planner about 15 years ago. During my time there our department worked on everything from employee training to large scale recognition trips. This is where I really learned the foundation for the logistics of what goes into planning an event. Over the years I got married and made the move to the “burbs” and was blessed with our little boy and a few years later our daughter. After my son was born, I was able to stay home and enjoy being a mom, however I missed having my creative outlet of designing events. It was at that point I realized I could start my own journey as Sonja DeGoria Events. That was 10 years ago and here we are!
I would say my passion within the business is to create an event reflective of each individual client. I love hearing their vision, creating whatever world they want to be in on their big day and ultimately bringing it to life. Also, one of my personal passions in life is travel. I’ve been bit by the travel bug and am fortunate to have been able to experience some astonishing places. Everywhere I go I can’t help but see potential design concepts in old world architecture or centerpiece ideas when visiting gardens, seeing local flowers or simply exploring new places.
Maya Angelou once said “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”. I think she was onto something.