Irie Event Design is a full-service event design and coordination firm based out of Pittsburgh, PA.
With combined backgrounds in fashion, event design, hospitality, and the music & entertainment industries; my design-driven team specializes in creating purpose-filled experiences that bring your individual style to the forefront.
We pride ourselves on building long lasting, meaningful connections with our clients, while creating a celebration that is both unmatched and unforgettable. It is our goal to create a space where you can laugh, be inspired, and most importantly feel supported throughout your wedding planning journey.
From the moment you hire us, we make it our mission to get to know you on a deeper level. We want to know about your love story, your families, your likes and dislikes, where you’ve been and everything in between. It is through these details that we can cultivate an experience for your guests that is not only unique, but undoubtedly you.
We take you on a journey of color palettes, patterns, textures, floral arrangements, lighting, and ambience as we strive to encapsulate the authentic beauty of your love through each and every element. We present our ideas to you using mood boards, imagery, samples, and swatches. All you have to do is choose!
Our collaborative and transparent planning portal allows you to follow along as we manage vendor sourcing, timeline creation, budget management, floorplans, contract reviews, and all of the logistical aspects involved in bringing your vision to fruition. Whether you want to be involved every step of the way, or prefer to be hands off, all of your planning information is meticulously organized in one location, available at your fingertips.
The day you've been dreaming of and planning for is finally here, and your only job is to be fully immersed. After all is said and done, you have become our friends, our family, and an imprint on our hearts. It is an absolute honor to finally witness your commitment to one another, and to watch you absorb all of the love and happiness that surrounds you on this day.
We guarantee an experience you'll want to relive.
Having previously worked as a Venue Coordinator for Allegheny County, a Special Events Manager for a Pittsburgh music venue, and in the hospitality industry for over 5 years, my diverse experience paired with my calming, creative nature and inviting approach provides my clients with a peace of mind as we work together to create a bespoke experience tailored to their individual love story.
Becoming a mother in 2020 has given me a deeper realization of how fleeting time really is, and how important it is to soak in life's milestones and hold them close to your heart. I wholeheartedly believe that your most precious moments should not only be celebrated, but truly felt and absorbed, and my greatest joy lies in giving my couples the ability to do just that.
When I’m not creating wedding & event magic, you’ll likely find me exploring the outdoors, sipping a glass of rosé on my porch, or planning my next travel adventure. My faith and my love for my family guide every decision I make. I could not imagine my life without my amazingly supportive husband and our one-year-old son, who is the light of our lives and the driving force behind Irie.
As someone with a creative spirit, I am continuously inspired by nature, architecture, and the natural beauty of the organic world.
I feel endlessly fortunate to get to work creatively and form incredible relationships with my clients – all while witnessing their beautiful love and planning the most important day of their lives. I can’t wait to dream big with you!
"She made mine and my husband’s dream wedding come to life and I don’t have enough words to express how thankful I am to her and her team! Our wedding was a bit different given that we were going to have 2 separate ceremonies on the same day, there were so many cultural pieces that were incorporated and Irie just knocked it out of the park.
Sarah is so creative, kind, and just so dang good at her job. I’m a visual person and her ability to make mood boards is incredible and it really helped us understand what our day was going to look like. Her research skills when it came to identifying vendors, décor, etc. were top notch. She advocated for our wants and needs with vendors leading up to the day and also on the day of.
While I wish we lived closer to each other so we could’ve met more in person (since she’s so great) – the distance didn’t stop Sarah from being super communicative. She was really good about texting, calling, and emailing within a short period of time. Given her experience in event planning – she was able to give us more insider knowledge on expectations, trends, cost, etc. which was very helpful. She’s also stayed in contact since our wedding – debriefing on the day once we got back from our honeymoon which I really appreciated.
You won’t regret choosing Irie to help plan your next event, wedding, etc – they’re definitely worth it!"
Ranjana Kodwani | 4.30.22
"She made our venue even more beautiful than what is already was. My husband and I agree, hiring Irie was the best money we spent with planning our wedding. Sarah is extremely personal and responsive with any concerns/questions. I would hire her a million times over."
Brianne Silverman | 5.13.22
"I was so ready to cancel this wedding and just elope multiple times before we hired Irie, as we had soooo many bumps and problems along the way. Sarah fixed every single problem and ensured that everything went perfectly and stress-free. We had vendors back out last minute and she smoothly replaced them. Our budget changed when our car died, we had to replace our gas line, and I lost my job, all in the two months before the wedding, and she made sure we achieved the right aesthetic on the new budget. The shuttle carrying most of the family got lost, and she made sure the wedding schedule stayed on track. She handled all of our vendors, requests from our families, and all of the changes with such positivity! I could not have thrown such a fantastic party without Irie!”
Lauren Schricker | 11.20.21
"When we had difficulty with our rental reservation just days before the wedding, Sarah stepped up and made calls and drove to the vendor in person to make sure everything was handled. She was supportive of our ideas and input, and helpful when we needed advice. Irie was everything we could have asked for and more. During the reception, Sarah and Molly were such a joy to have and they made everything flow flawlessly! We couldn’t recommend them more and are so grateful for all their help!”
Maggie Barbini | 10.2.21
"It will truly be one of the best decisions you will make during the planning process! As an experienced wedding and event professional, I highly recommend Irie Event Design and all of the members of their team. I have worked with Sarah and Molly for years, and from then to now, their design ideas, attention to detail, easy-going yet hard-working but still FUN personalities have consistently surpassed my expectations. You will not regret making this investment for your wedding or event! Irie is one of the most talented and professional teams in the wedding and event industry."
Natasha Learn | 7.9.21
"These two have such a feel for design. They used colors, textures, lighting, and accents to create the overall “modern boho, earthy vibe", we envisioned. They captured the very essence of our personalities, it was literally “so us! Our favorite part of the planning process was our dinner & drinks where we hung out for hours catching up and discussing wedding plans. We became genuine friends throughout our time working together. They were always a text or call away. Sarah even saved the day when 2 vendors backed out, due to covid, a week before the wedding. Everything they did was absolutely above and beyond. Everything they touched turned to gold. IRIE was worth every cent we spent.”
Rachel Bukenberger | 8.22.20
"They listened to the vibes we wanted, and sharpened it until there was no explanation necessary. Guests arrived, and they just ‘got it.’ Many of the smaller details Shaunden and Sarah recommended on decor were the most raved about from my guests, and the big picture elements (I’m talking festival worthy lighting and sound cues, floor layout, and timing my day to ‘build’ the energy to the very last song) were executed flawlessly. As a team, Shaunden and Sarah are so kind, and keep your happiness front and center. They are honest, helpful, and offer creative solutions that turn your wedding day pain points into your favorite moments of the day. If you want a wedding day that is authentically yours: Hire Irie Event Design.”
Heather Davis | 6.22.19
"She was an absolute angel during the entire process. We met with her over a year in advance and she was in regular contact with us from that moment, from answering questions super late at night to responding to my many insane emails with care and attention and patience. We loved her and literally could not have done it without her. She made the whole experience perfect and stress-free."
Sian Haffner | 1.19.19
"They kept checking in with me and my husband all day to see if we needed anything. I couldn't believe how perfectly and quickly they got the room switched for the reception, and the lighting and music for the ceremony were absolutely perfect. The entire building was spotless too and there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out throughout the evening. I could not possibly imagine a better place or people with whom to share our special day!!”
Laura Hoffer | 9.8.18
"Sarah and Shaunden did an incredible job planning our wedding from start to finish with us. They were patient, organized, helpful, and laid back (which helped relieve my stress, especially on the actual wedding day).”
Emily Bowman | 8.5.17