We love every minute of living the Sunshine Coast and it would be our honor to help you plan your awesome Sunshine Coast Wedding. You chose the Sunshine Coast or are thinking about the coast for your wedding for the same reasons we love living here. Amazing outdoor views, proximity to nature, amazing beaches, gorgeous forests and the relaxed coastal vibe, it is a fantastic choice for your wedding! Your wedding will be a little different from many you may have been to, we don’t need to transform a ballroom in a space or make a space something it is not. The scenery, venues and beaches are already breathtaking, add the relaxed coastal vibe and your wedding will be one people are talking about for years.
If you want a no stress, well-run, beautiful wedding that ties your love story into the gorgeous surroundings then you are in the right place. We only plan weddings on the Sunshine Coast (including Powell River!), we know and love this special place and after seven years of planning weddings we know the wedding industry here inside and out.
After a successful 10 + year career in the event industry in Vancouver, Melissa Tripp founded Coastal Weddings and Events after returning to the beautiful Sunshine Coast community where both herself and her husband were born and raised. While their main focus is weddings, Melissa and her team has extensive experience with events that range from elopements, multi-day conferences, gala dinners, sporting events, community celebrations, Christmas parties, real estate openings, tours, reunions, family and children’s events, magic shows, meetings, fundraisers and of course, weddings.
Melissa has a passion and love for events that started 20 years ago in High School. After completing a Public Relations degree, she soon found her way into the corporate event planning world. After living and working in the Vancouver area for 10 years refining her event planning skills and organizing just about every type of event you can imagine, she and her husband returned to the coast shortly after her son Owen was born in 2008.
Coastal Weddings was founded in 2010 and now has 3 wedding planners who together have planned well over 150 weddings. Her clients rave about her warm and calm demeanor and amazing sense of style and seeming effortless ability to bring together all the pieces of a wedding with ease, and a little humor! (or a lot after a long day…) She, her two boys and husband live in Halfmoon Bay and in their free time you can find them out on the water in the summer or at the ice arena in the winter!
Before her move to the Sunshine Coast of BC in 2001 with her husband, Kori ran a cosmetic counter in a popular retail chain. It is there where she fell in love with the event planning side of her job. In 2007 Kori had her first child and it was while taking part in various children’s activities on the Sunshine Coast that she met Melissa and her family. She joined Melissa and the team at Coastal Weddings and Events in 2010.
Kori has been with Coastal weddings since the beginning. She started as a wedding assistant but quickly became a wedding planner. Her up front and realistic approach to wedding planning as well as her energetic and can-do attitude are qualities both clients and colleges appreciate. Her professional manner and calm demeanor allow for any unexpected problems to be handled with ease. Clients can relax and enjoy their special day knowing that she has everything under control.
When she is not working you can find her relaxing at her favorite beach with her kids or at the rink watching her son play hockey.
Born in Alberta and raised in the Kootenay’s, Amanda came to the Sunshine Coast to visit family and fell in love with the amazing beauty.
Amanda joined the Coastal Wedding team in 2012, starting off by assisting Melissa and Kori with décor. Whether carrying logs up steep hills or arranging beautiful centerpieces she was always willing to do what was needed. Amanda has now worked her way up to design and planning and still holds true to doing whatever is needed to have a successful and worry-free day for her clients and make their vision a reality.
When not working the busy wedding season you can find Amanda spending time with her family at the beach, hiking the local trails or simply enjoying the sunset.
Ben (husband to Melissa) is a computer analyst by day who joins Coastal Weddings as our main Photobooth operator and is great at getting everyone involved and excited about the photobooth.
Ben is also our main lighting and installation installer. On any major installation, custom construction project or amazing lighting design he will have had a major role in bringing it to life. He is the one behind the scenes making these sketches and drawings come true!
"Melissa was my wedding angel. I was working out of town, and she took care of everything for me. My wedding was flawless and that was all because of her."
"From the first time I approached Melissa inquiring about her availability, to the last moment when we said goodbye at the end of our wedding, she was exceptionally professional yet caring and accommodating. In every step of the way, she made me feel our day was most important, and made it her purpose to put together the most wonderful day for us."
“Kori is a wedding planning rockstar! She is extremely easy to communicate with and made the whole wedding planning process fun."
Principal Planner & Designer
p: (604) 720-3698
Contact us for a free consultation or to find out more about holding a wedding or event in our beautiful region of British Columbia. We service the entire Sunshine Coast, from Langdale / Gibsons, to Egmont and Powell River.