Why?

White sage is an evergreen perennial shrub native to the Southern California area.   

White sage is highly regarded, dating back to ancient cultures, for its healing and sacred properties.

 

The intention of honoring, calming, and clarifying is the foundation for all we do.

 

 Honoring the intentions of your vision, providing calm direction, and guidance to clarity.

 

Does this sounds like the partner you are seeking? 

How?

Planning With Intention

We believe the foundation for any plan is to reflect on ones intentions. Our intention is to:

  • Build a strong connection with you based on trust.

  • Facilitate a clear vision of your unique dreams. 

  • Listen and support your needs and concerns.

  • Provide guidance and creative solutions. 


We believe, despite the many decisions, planning your wedding CAN be an amazingly fulfilling experience. 

We engage with our clients every step of the way through our cutting-edge online planning platform, Aisle Planner.  

Who?

Brooke

Founder & Senior Planner 

Brooke Baker has been in the event industry since high school. She started as a Server, moved up to Head of Staff, and eventually became Staff Coordinator.  She then worked under a local planner  part time for five years as an Assistant Wedding Planner.  While events took a sidecar Brooke acquired a decade in private wealth practice management.  She contemplated staying in the finance industry, but could not deny her passion for weddings and events.

 

With roots in financial planning, Brooke finds many similarities in the event industry--the level of confidence clients place in her integrity, comprehensive budgeting management, and the role of a structured planning process. 

 

After planning several weddings for friends and continuing to receive referrals from vendors, Brooke decided to take the leap and open White Sage Wedding & Events.   

 

 From her first experience as a server, the magic of events enchanted her.  Getting to play a role in someone’s special day brought her endless enjoyment and made “work” not feel like “work.”  

 

Her personal style is colorful, bohemian, and green.

 

 Her home is adorned with vibrant colors, patterns, plants, crystals, and beach findings.  

 

She is most content with a leisurely evening at home with friends gathered in her yard--sitting around the low feasting table under warm light and soft hugging tree branches, sipping local wine and enjoying fresh foods from her garden. 

When she is not buzzing with wedding plans, she is hiking, gardening, cooking, or frolicking at the beach with her Mastiff mix, Marley. 

Christina

Senior Planner 

Christina Banman fell into the event industry in 2015 when she decided to take a chance and leave the world of real estate. Her journey began with an internship with an international event producer, Erika Lohmar, thanks to her alma mater of Cal Lutheran University.  She then transitioned into a position as a full time planner with Along Came Mary Events whom she continues to freelance produce large corporate events for clients such as Hallmark, Fox and Hulu. This has provided her a wide scope of experience in the industry. With her passion for food and entertaining, weddings and events was the perfect fit for her. 

 

She was raised on an avocado orchard in Santa Paula and grew up helping farm her families properties in Texas and Washington state. She frequents the farmers market as a way to stay connected with the local farm community. Food is one of the many elements in an event that can help bring people together and spark engaging conversations.

Communal feasting tables, family style eating and warm summer nights under market lights are some of her favorite things. This led her into the exciting world of farm dinners with Outstanding In The Field, working production with a special emphasis in location scouting that took her to Bermuda and back. 

 

After gaining experience with events in Los Angeles and around the world Christina made the move back to Ventura County in late 2017. She landed in Meiners Oaks just under half a mile from Brooke and couldn’t be happier. She now spends free time renovating her new home and 30’ Islander Sailboat with her harbor patrol huny. 

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

---

Phil Jackson

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” 

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Amy Poehler

Denise

Lead Planner 

Denise Rider is from Santa Monica, California and has had a passion for events ever since she can remember. She has always felt a connection and is rooted to the event world, whether in planning family gatherings, coordinating trips for friends, or volunteering for various organizations. She continued to be involved with school and leadership group events, and her love for planning flourished. 

 

Once she began college at The University of Arizona, she began coordinating events for her sorority, Tri Delta, where she realized how carrying out events for an organization with a mission was extremely fulfilling. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, she moved to Israel and began traveling the world. It was while living in Australia that Denise earned a degree in Event Management.

 

Her professional journey began when she landed back in LA and began working full time for an Award Winning Producer and Designer, Kimberly Seeherman, owner of Events by Fabulous. She continues to freelance produce for Events by Fabulous doing large non-profit and corporate events for clients such as CHLA (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), Humane Society, Heal the Bay, and In-N-Out. These last several years she has gained a wide range of experience allowing her to have a broad vision for creativity on all weddings and events. 

 

With the stars aligned and her ability to work free-lance, she, accompanied by her music producer boyfriend, moved her ventures to beautiful Ojai. She was lucky to meet Brooke right away and begin what she believes will be a life long friendship. 

 

Her excitement for weddings and intimate gatherings have always been true to her heart. Denise’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, and contagious enthusiasm is what drives her to execute concepts flawlessly. Her pleasant, calm, and helpful demeanor will ensure an amazing experience.

Making someone's day truly special is what brings her joy and happiness. 

 

If she is not planning the next gorgeous wedding or event, you will find her doing yoga, cooking delicious food, enjoying nature, and spending time with her wonderful boyfriend. She enjoys coffee in the morning and sipping delightful wine in the evenings under the Ojai moon, often while enjoying country music or reading a good book. 

Lindsey

Lead Planner 

Lindsey has loved hospitality and "making things happen" since she was tiny. She comes from a long legacy of master celebration planners, and knows the value and art of “the gathering”. Hired by family friends since she was a teen to run parties, Lindsey's event expertise expanded as she moved from catering, to production managing, to directing theater, and eventually producing. Her hybrid background in food service and entertainment makes her event planning style practical, highly structured, but also theatrical - with special emphasis on storytelling. 


Over her multi-dimensional career Lindsey has worked on the production side for companies such as Netflix, VH1, Industry Opera Company, Milagro Theatre, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Most recently, she served as an event planner at Nike WHQ supporting over 200 internal events per year. 


A Los Angeles native, but Ojai local, Lindsey is deeply rooted in her home-state of California with a large network of industry professionals. She is a great fit for couples who are in search of special entertainment or want to incorporate spirituality/ritual into their ceremony. 


Lindsey is so excited to work with you! She’d like you to know is that she takes the ageless practice of celebrating very seriously. She views it as something sacred and will always approach a celebration with integrity and focused intention. She is highly intuitive and gifted at tapping into the soul of your vision. 


Though heart-based in her approach - creating systems and executing tasks super fun for her! You can trust that not only will you be cared for, but the work will get done quickly and with excellence. 

 

When she's not planning events, Lindsey enjoys landscape photography, studying the mysteries of the Universe, practicing yoga, visiting museums, and directing theater. 
 

Claire

Production Assistant

Claire is our go to gal!  She is currently a student at UCSB.  She has worked with Brooke since 2013 and is able to anticipate any need!

Leah

Production Assistant  

Leah's is based in Westlake Village, Ca.  Her resume really says it all with experience in fine art, management and marketing.  But what we love most is her creative spirit.    

Jen

Production Assistant

Jen was a fantastic help during the Fall 2018 season.  She will be taking some time off to welcome her first baby in the Spring of 2019 but we are excited to welcome her back once she is ready!

Ally

Calligrapher & Bartender

Our talented calligrapher, based in Ojai, Ca.  With a growing portfolio her art can be found about in Ojai on many a menu board and wine bottle. Ally specializes in personalized design services and event signage.  Explore her offerings under our menu! 

Catering!?Meet our sister brand. White Sage Catering is located in Ojai, California and serves the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas. ​​Specializing in elegant, rustic cuisine using organic sustainable ingredients inspired by international flavors. From detailed weddings and fundraising events, to our private chef services, yoga retreats or office parties, our personal attention will ensure a level of taste you can expect from White Sage Catering.

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Our Mission

To honor the intentions of your vision, provide calm direction and guidance while creating beautiful events,

that enable you and your guests to focus on making memories.

805.798.4331

brookeb@whitesagewedding.com

226 West Ojai Ave. Ste 101 # 210

Ojai, Ca 93023 

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