Founded in 2007 by Aletha VanderMaas, Pearls Events is an event planning boutique with offices in Grand Rapids and Traverse City serving clients planning celebrations throughout Michigan.
We plan, design and coordinate Michigan events with our dedicated team of four.
We have a studio space in downtown Grand Rapids for meetings, but because many of our clients live out of town, we also meet regularly via phone and Skype.
Aletha fell in love with events over fifteen(!) years ago while working in catering. After earning her bachelor of arts in fashion marketing, she accepted a position with the world's largest Christian communications company.
After four years in the publishing industry, Aletha infused her love for customer service, weddings & sales and marketing by creating Pearls Events. Her desire to create an event that reflects the client is her number one priority.
Aletha enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and their son, Eames, while they work in their yard, travel the country in their Volkswagen and entertain friends on their patio. They live in Grand Haven with their Yorkie, Olive.
Mary is a certified wedding planner and has a background in the hospitality industry. She is the lead planner for our Up North division, based in Traverse City, Michigan.
Mary joined the Pearls Events team in 2010. She loves to have fun and make people laugh, but also knows how to get the job done. Helping couples enjoy one of the best day of their lives is her goal.
When Mary isn't working, she enjoys a good movie, gardening, walking, boating, trying new recipes, volunteering at church, and entertaining friends & family in her home. Mary's dream is to have a healthy, happy family and be a full time wedding planner. Mary lives in Interlochen with her husband, Scott, their son, Braden, and their Vizsla, Cooper.
Leah is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a Bachelors degree in Communications. She joined the Pearls Events team in 2012 and is very excited to begin her second season coordinating events.
Leah has assisted with the planning and coordinating of many corporate and personal events. She has a passion for people and parties and she thoroughly enjoys working with the Pearls Events team!
When she's not working, Leah loves baking, travelling, and spending summers at the beach.
Leah discovered her passion for working with brides while working as a bridal consultant at a local bridal salon during college. After four years at Calvin College, Leah graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Business with a marketing concentration.
Leah began her Pearls Events journey as an intern and loved the job so much that she joined the team for the 2013 wedding season. She loves seeing the whole event come together and working as a team to make it work.
When she isn't involved in weddings, Leah works as an Account Manager at a local marketing firm. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, family and friends, traveling, and putting her creativity to good use.