Marissa Mortimer, one of the most sought after planners in the New York metro area, has a career in Special Events dated from 1998. She sang professionally for wedding ceremonies, playing a small role in a couple’s special day, as she watched the procession, blessing of the rings, and the like, becoming inspired to see herself in the wedding industry four years later. At 20 years old, Marissa began with planning fundraisers, New Year’s Eve galas and social events. Over the next few years, she was commissioned by financial advisers to plan their seminars. Mastering the corporate spectrum, she started to gather the knowledge of producing an event from start to finish. After building a strong foundation in the field of special events, Marissa incorporated Lavish Occasions, LLC, in March of 2005.
As of 2021, and with over 400 events with 100% satisfaction under her belt, Marissa has become a Special Events expert. In 2006, she was named one of the ‘Top Ten Entrepreneurs under 35’ in the New York metropolitan area by Industry magazine. Another achievement was being selected to teach her craft at Wagner College to hopeful Wedding Planners. Since 2007, Marissa has trained hundreds of planners, designers and coordinators. Among her taught classes are the Certified Wedding and Event Planning, Professional Events Coordination and Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding and Event Design courses. Marissa credits her own Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology for her calming demeanor, intuition, smarts and good judge of character. Marissa has been a keynote speaker at several event conferences and began her own line of educational seminars and events in the Spring of 2016.