Dogwood Events began as a dream quite a few years ago, but officially opened in 2012. We are a boutique event planning and design company specializing in creating and producing fresh, one-of-a-kind weddings. Our owner, Courtney Porter, started Dogwood Events after years of producing events for several country clubs in Northern VA. She grew up in Lynchburg, VA, received a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech and now lives in Leesburg, VA. Having spent her childhood as a ballerina, she believes that each event should flow like a well-choreographed dance. She thrives on coming up with out-of-the-box ideas and truly creative designs. She loves a good laugh and throws around the word “y’all” like a true Southerner. She is known for her calm demeanor, her inherent sense of style and being a complete hopeless romantic. Her guilty pleasures are dancing her butt off, a good cocktail (bonus points if it includes champagne), playful pit bulls, and seriously gorgeous blooms.

We create and produce events across the lovely state of Virginia. We also love to break out our luggage and passports whenever we can, so naturally we are beyond thrilled when we get the opportunity to plan destination events. We are so blessed to work with some of the most talented people in the industry (on the planet?) and are listed as preferred planners at venues across Virginia. Event planning is a beautiful marriage of design and logistics and we are experts in both. Our lives are constant whirlwinds of timelines, fabric swatches, paint chips, floral samples and event décor; we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here at Dogwood Events, we believe in seeing the positive in every situation, treating everyone with the southern grace and hospitality that we were raised with, and finding a reason to celebrate every single day. We also believe that honesty is always the best policy and that laughter is the best medicine. We don’t do stuffy and we never take ourselves too seriously. We understand that each event is completely unique and that each of our clients have different needs. You deserve to have an event that is distinctly yours, and have as much fun as you possibly can while planning your event. We are here to make these things happen and keep your event stress-free. We plan each event with the intention of giving your guests an unforgettable experience that they will remember fondly forever. Your event will be designed to reflect your individual personality and style and planned with a meticulous attention to even the smallest of details.


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