The Celebrations Family

For over 25 years, the Celebrations team of creative event planners and designers have brought 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 Grand Cayman, home of Jo-Anne V. Brown. An operation that has now 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 its founder, Jo-Anne V. Brown, are regularly featured in a myriad of television programs, print publications, and prominent websites. Appearances include The Knot, Style Me Pretty, BRIDES, Cayman Skies, Cayman Vows, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine, Modern Luxury Brides, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Inside Weddings and Wedding Wire. We featured in a 6-hour documentary series on The Travel Channel, Weddings Away: Cayman Islands, as well as a 1-hour reality TV program with The Knot.

The Celebrations team simply eats, sleeps, and breathes events. We make the impossible possible, the impersonal personal, and the picture-perfect.

Please fill out the contact form, and one of our fantastic planners will be in touch for your free initial consultation!

Joanne V. Brown

Founder, CEO & Creative Director

Famed as a fairy godmother of destination weddings, Jo-Anne V. Brown is the leading wedding planner and event designer in the Caribbean. Revered as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Wedding Planners in the World by Event Planning University and honored with the title of “A-List Planner” by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, Jo-Anne is known for her professional and friendly approach to creating weddings and events. Making dreams come true for more than 25 years; Jo-Anne does not design weddings – she designs experiences.

As an integral part of the community in the Cayman Islands, Jo-Anne is the first choice for producing events for international incentive groups, local events, and community celebrations for private companies, and the local government.

The local and destination weddings Jo-Anne has designed and produced are published in a coffee table book called “Caribbean Wedding Style”, showcasing a stunning selection of diverse weddings. Jo-Anne also welcomes the opportunity to travel and share her knowledge through speaking engagements at conferences and events worldwide. Her congeniality, captivating speaking style, and moving story make her a crowd favorite at every event.

Our Team

Mary Ann Mehigan

EVENTS TEAM

Originally from Lima, Peru, Mary Ann made her way to the top of the wedding & special events planning industry in the Caribbean. She achieved this through her passion for bringing beautiful ideas to life and the experience of planning hundreds of weddings & events for thousands of guests and VIP clients. After receiving many testimonials, she now manages the Special Events Department.

Mary Ann has a degree in Business Administration under her belt. She has headed the planning of promotional campaigns and events for corporations such as Toyota, Dulux, and Astra Zeneca. She’s also worked on events for top names such as Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee and planned the wedding of professional Baseball player Jimmy Rollins.

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.”

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Cecilia Bustamante

EVENTS TEAM

Cecilia is our city-chic Event Planner, born and raised in the beautiful country of Mexico. Her passion for building relationships compliments her Hospitality and Tourism degree.

She jumped right into the team, working with event planning, and helping to organize upcoming special events. A few years ago, Cecilia visited Cayman while on a cruise. “I fell in love with the place, I told myself I’ll come back one day — and now here I am. Happy to do what I love!”

Her passion for planning is visible in every single event she does. She believes in the magic of transforming thoughts and dreams into memorable weddings and events. Working at Celebrations with a full production team allows her to magically transform the same spaces in so many different ways. “I love my Special Events team. Ever since the first day I joined, I felt a warm welcome from everyone, and that made me feel like part of this big family.”

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Brianna Kane

EVENTS TEAM

Growing up in Niagara Falls, Canada, Brianna received her schooling in Marketing and Event Management. She further worked as an Event Coordinator along the brink of the Mighty Falls during beautiful summers and bitterly cold winters. While visiting Grand Cayman on vacation, she instantly fell in love with the gorgeous sandy beaches, kind people and incredible wildlife. Over the next few years, a plan was made to leave the cold Canadian winters behind. Brianna, her boyfriend, and two dogs can now call Cayman home.

A love for the sun and passion for events brought Brianna to Celebrations, where she continued creating and producing beautiful Weddings and Special Events.

“When I discovered Celebrations and all the dreams they were making come true, I knew I had found the absolute perfect job! I love coming to work every day to create with this amazing team, every day is truly a new incredible adventure!”

Niña Dela Paz

EVENTS TEAM

Niña Dela Paz, originally from the Metropolitan area of the Philippines was graduated with bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management in one of the prestigious University in their country. She worked in customer service industry for several years before she finally decides to come to the island. She loves beaches so much and simply fell in love with Cayman. She started working in Celebrations in the year 2017. Their family has a business back home in the same industry, owned and managed by her mom, that’s why she’s very excited when she was transferred to Special Events department and started helping the team create extraordinary events.

“I am always excited every time I go to job sites to help the team and see how things transformed into something magical.” -Niña

Melody Martin

HR MANAGER

“Melody joined our Human Resources department in 2022 and has over 10 years of experience in the industry. Human Resources is an ever-growing passion for her, and has always been her career of choice as it allows her to develop many relationships with wonderful people both locally and internationally.

Melody has obtained two HR degrees; a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management at The International College of the Cayman Islands, where she graduated top of her graduate program. Throughout her career, Melody has had success in providing support and guidance to all levels of professionals including senior managers, executive staff as it relates to talent acquisition and retention, training and development, employee relations, and the development of organizational culture.

In her spare time, Melody enjoys travelling, spending time with her family especially her son, home organizing and getting lost in a good book! She also enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for local initiatives through her own efforts or her membership in The Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman.

Melody is happy to be a part of the Celebrations family as the HR Manager, she looks forward to strengthen the HR function to benefit of all team members and creating a sustainable high performance culture for the company.”

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Carolina Manuel

ACCOUNTS

Born on the island of San Andres, Colombia, Carolina moved to the Cayman Islands in 2000. She has worked as an Accounts Assistant with Celebrations since 2008 and since then has witnessed the company expand and flourish tremendously. Carolina foresees many more years of dedication to Celebrations and is delighted to continue her journey with the company.

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Carisse Ramos

PURCHASING

Carisse is the magical fairy of getting things done. Originally from Manila, Philippines, Carisse supports the special events team at Celebrations. With a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and two years under her belt in the events industry, there’s no problem that she can’t solve. “I love the sense of accomplishment when I am up against a deadline, we only have one shot at getting it right — and it always turns out better than we could have imagined!”

Carisse is inspired daily by the Celebrations team and the support and encouragement they provide.

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Kerry Ann Reid

LAUNDRY

Kerry Ann joined Celebrations two years ago after moving from Jamaica to live with her husband. She had heard of Celebrations while in Jamaica when she saw our Win a Wedding competition on Facebook.

She works in our laundry department and expresses her love for seeing the end result, when everything comes together, you appreciate your work more.