Celebrations has been in the business of events, weddings, celebrations, flowers, laughter and joy for so many years now, that it’s second nature to us. It’s not a bad industry to be in – bringing happiness to clients from around the world; making their dreams come true; and creating memories that last a lifetime.
It’s hard to believe that we began as a one-person operation, based in the Cayman home of JoAnne V. Brown – an operation that has grown into an exceptional events company with multilingual, talented planners, floral artists and designers from every corner of the globe – yet we still offer that one-on-one personalized touch that has existed from the beginning.
Celebrations and JoAnne V. Brown, CEO, have been featured in myriad television programs shown in many countries, along with premier publications, news articles and indeed any media focused on corporate and social event planning, particularly weddings.
The Celebrations team simply eats, sleeps and breathes events. We’ll do whatever it takes, fly wherever we need to, and create miracles from scratch to exceed your expectations each and every time. We make the impossible possible and the impersonal personal, and picture perfect.
So let Celebrations take you on a magic carpet ride to your event destination. Just think of us as your genie in the bottle, with no limit to the wishes granted.
When it comes to amazing events and unforgettable weddings, you might consider JoAnne V Brown to be your fairy godmother. After all, she has been making wishes come true since 1985, creating unique memories for brides, grooms, and anyone who recognizes the importance of quality combined with a touch of magic.
JoAnne (or “Miss Jo” as she is affectionately known) was born in Jamaica and educated in the United Kingdom, but she has called the Cayman Islands “home” for most of her life.
Over the years, her large Caribbean family has hosted many VIPs, including Jamaican dignitaries, Hollywood celebrities, and even British royalty. It therefore came as no surprise to those who know this remarkable, personable and organised woman, that she would start her own events company. She had always shown a great deal of interest in designing and hosting parties, discovering a flair and talent for the business at a young age.
Her years of dedicated hard work, personally overseeing every event, have won her and her staff accolades from many of their peers. Thanks to her impeccable taste, eye for detail, and unprecedented personalized service, she and Celebrations have been featured in leading international wedding publications and media outlets, including The Travel Channel’s Weddings Away and the Style Network/E! Entertainment’s My Destination Wedding with The Knot, dazzling an audience of 58 million viewers worldwide.
JoAnne is a regular speaker at international wedding and event conferences, and was named one of 2010’s A-List Wedding Planners by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.
Travel + Leisure + Romance magazine christened her the Fairy Godmother of destination weddings, probably because she always has her wand at the ready.
Originally hailing from Lima, Peru – Mary Ann has made her way to the top of the wedding & special events planning industry in the Caribbean through her innate passion for bringing beautiful ideas to life and the experience of having planned hundreds of weddings & events for thousands of guests and VIP clients.
Mary Ann’s move to Grand Cayman brought to life the idea that planning weddings could be a career. Upon the birth of that notion began a trail of gleeful brides and happy clients. With hundreds of testimonials under her belt, Mary Ann now manages the Special Events Department and is the Head Planner.
Mary Ann planned the wedding of pro-athlete Jimmy Rollins – Baseball shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has worked on events for other top names such as Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Wisin & Yandel, Daddy Yankee, etc; she has also planned the opening events for Health City Hospital in the Cayman Islands.
Along with the flair for planning weddings, concerts and special events, Mary Ann has a degree in Business Administration under her belt and has headed the planning of promotional campaigns and events for corporations such as Toyota, Dulux, Astra Zeneca, etc.
Mary Ann has planned both traditional and non-traditional weddings for couples of all faiths and cultures including Jewish, Indian, Christian, Persian, Catholic & more, spanning islands across the Caribbean for both local and destination brides.
Mary Ann says “Every wedding is so unique and special for me… I think the feeling of leaving a wedding and saying goodbye to the client and seeing their faces with their ‘beyond happy’ eyes is just priceless.”
Originally from Hungary, Dora has lived in Spain, Norway, New Zealand and has traveled the world extensively . With a degree on Tourism, Hospitality and Management and an acquired passion for Weddings and Events, Dora has made the Cayman Islands her home.
She loves the beach, staying active, great conversations and being surrounded by family and friends. With a positive spirit and love for life, Dora is always striving to make the best of every situation both in and outside of the office; a key trait for any successful planner.
Cassie South is our free-spirited Canadian who has made her life all about connecting with a diverse range of people and creating positive memories. Cassie has combined her educational background in travel & tourism as well as her years of experience in the hospitality industry to develop her career as a Planner in the international market.
“I feel inspired every day by the team and by every client I connect with. With weddings, I love finding out the personal details about the couple’s story so I can truly discover what is most meaningful to them, what they want to look back on – I then use as many resources as possible to create something unforgettable with them and for them.”
Cassie has traveled the world to learn and grow in the area of tourism, residing in South America before settling in to the paradise that is the Cayman Islands. Cassie has since devoted her career to Caribbean destination weddings & special events as a Celebrations Planner. “The Celebrations team is truly such a diverse range of people who share the same passion for events. It is beyond rewarding to see everyone’s unique skills come together when collaborating in order produce something magnificent.”
Radiating positive energy & creativity, Cassie adds a unique charm to every client experience.
Cheerful and refreshingly vibrant, Andrea Gergely is thrilled to be a part of the Celebrations Team! Hailing from a small town in Eastern Hungary, Andrea realized her love for travel and exploration early on in life, having resided in both Budapest and Ireland before making the paradise of the Cayman Islands her home for many years. Inspired by the beauty of the European aesthetic, Andrea fell in love with the excitement of throwing stylish events in her early years of college – a love that later developed into a full-fledged career.
“It always excites me to see the big picture come to life when I organize, plan & create something; there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing a client walk away happy or positively surprised!”
Before life took her down the path of the hospitality & special events industries, Andrea was a Primary School Physical Education coach – her passion for fitness and nutrition is also something she actively practices in her daily life, both industries allowing her to surround herself with life’s most precious values – love, health and happiness.
Andrea is currently our U.S. west-coast based Planner, assisting the Planning Department with all tasks and events remotely.
Angela Bauer is the latest addition to our ever-growing team of experienced event professionals. Originating from a small town in the south of Brazil, Angela has lived in various parts of the world to expand her skill set and education, while experiencing her love of travel at the same time. Having resided in Ireland and traveled the globe (from Eastern Europe to South Asia), it was during a visit to the Cayman Islands in 2015 that she fell in love with the sun, sea and relaxation of the Caribbean before calling it home shortly thereafter.
It was during the planning phases for the weddings of her three brothers that she fell head-over-heels in love with the industry and the lasting memories that every special event creates – from weddings to corporate events and absolutely everything in between. Angela’s favorite part of being a Planner? “The big smile of satisfaction and the feeling of walking away after a successful event is the best! Happiness is what this career is about and there could be nothing better!“
Angela has a love and passion for all things beautiful, which compliment her career as a Planner and allow her to remain grounded and calm in the fast-paced industry. Some of these favorites include nature, animals, and the moments of peaceful reflection involved in Yoga – in fact, Angela has been practicing the art of yoga for over 5 years now.
“My favorite part about working for an establishment like Celebrations Ltd. is the high standards of the company. Excellence is demanded and delivered by the exceptional team and I am proud to be able to add to that.”
Hailing from Szeged, Hungary, Celebrations Ltd. Designer Maya Tompai joined the team in 2013 and has since become well known for her ability to turn any opportunity for décor into the client’s exact wishes and desires – whether an elegant banquet function or whimsical beach festivity. At age 22, Tompai opened up her own floral shop in Hungary, establishing herself as a young entrepreneur and designated floral professional. Having made her start in the design and production of wedding floral and décor, Maya soon rose to notoriety locally for her artistic abilities as well – now regarded as a guru in the design of fashions such as dresses and accessories made entirely out of flowers for both editorial and events. Being in the Cayman Islands, a community of never-ending functions and celebrations, the creative opportunities are endless – additionally, as a member of the Celebrations Team, the events are always of a magical caliber with an unprecedented guarantee of quality. Of her time with Celebrations, Maya says “working under the direction of the ‘Caribbean Wedding Queen’, Jo Anne Brown, has been an unbelievably rewarding experience and living in Paradise has afforded me endless sources of inspiration on a daily basis. I am truly blessed.”
Armed with creativity, talent, experience and a standard of excellence, the Celebrations Production Team is a formidable diverse group of men and women who work with our Planners & Designers to bring all of our events to life. Within this group, we have florists, carpenters, prop builders/installers, lighting/sound technicians and more. The Celebrations Team has over 45 full time staff working in-house, forever collaborating to make every project come to life as magically as possible. The award-winning team has been recognized in wedding & event publications/media around the world including Brides, Style Network, Martha Stewart Weddings, Event Planning University, Destination I-Do, Bridal Bar, and more. Our wonderful team has also been the subject of a 6-part documentary series by the Travel Channel called “Weddings Away” which followed our staff for months to document their day-to-day work and our extraordinary clients.