Lauren James Events is a luxury provider of event planning services in the Philadelphia region. Owners and visionaries Lauren Lerner Akman and Jamie Nadeau have a combined 21 years of experience planning over 2,200 events and over 175 weddings. Lauren and Jamie began as colleagues, but quickly became great friends. They were able to form a strong bond not only professionally, but personally because of their passion for planning events and a keen eye for attention-to-detail. In the seven years that they spent working side by side their dream of owning an event planning company gradually became a reality. Their close personal and family relationships drive them to make everyone else's family moments as special as they would expect for their own. Their dedication and relationship-driven style with their clients will provide not only a flawless event, but a memorable experience as well. Together they will bring your vision to life, step-by-step. No milestone is too small to warrant a celebration or too big to expect attention to even the smallest detail.
Lauren Lerner Akman
Every little girl dreams of her own parties and wedding day. Lauren is no exception. She has dedicated her career to achieving her clients' every vision no matter how lofty. Lauren has succeeded in captivating her clients and their guests through mesmerizing décor and creative details that come to life. Her creativity is inspired from extensive European travel as well as studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
Owning an event planning company was first conceived after Lauren graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. She set her goal into motion and gained world-class training by working at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. In her Sales Coordinator role she had the opportunity to sell wedding room blocks and interact with brides and their families; she immediately wanted more. When an opportunity presented itself within the Meetings and Special Events team the promotion was obvious. Lauren was a natural fit. In her seven-year tenure in the Meetings and Special Events department, Lauren held three positions, most recently Senior Manager. Lauren's high-standards and expectations of perfection and personal attention have contributed to the high praise her clients have for her work.
When Lauren isn't planning events she can be found traveling, biking, boating and making memories with her family and friends at the Jersey Shore. Lauren is a Certified Wedding Planner from her time spent working at The Ritz-Carlton and continues to give back to others through her charity work with Preakness at the Piazza benefiting the MS Society, Alex's Lemonade, Cycle for Survival, Blue Cross Broad Street Run and Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure.
Jamie is a perpetual planner. When she is not hosting flawless and luxurious events for her clients, she is planning for the next "big thing". She is a natural connector; the type of person that brings friends, families, teams and colleagues together in memorable and creative ways that might not otherwise have been were it not for her dedication, persistence and passion for making all occasions special.
After receiving her Hospitality and Tourism degree from Arizona State University, Jamie relocated to San Francisco where she began her career with The Ritz-Carlton at their Half Moon Bay property. After her exposure to premiere weddings she knew she had found her career path. A Philadelphia girl at heart, Jamie returned to her roots on the east coast to continue her career with The Ritz-Carlton. Her event planning skills made Jamie an obvious choice to be part of the team. Her seven-year tenure proved to be an asset as she advanced in the Meetings and Special Events department, holding three positions, most recently the Associate Director. Her glowing client reviews speak for themselves.
Jamie enjoys the smaller details in everyday life and has an exceptional eye for style and decor. When she isn't planning events she can be found traveling to Miami, Park City and the Jersey Shore, enjoying the local restaurant scene and being active outdoors. Jamie is a Certified Wedding Planner from her time spent working at The Ritz-Carlton and makes time to give back through her charity work with Preakness at the Piazza benefiting the MS Society, and Alex's Lemonade, and annually participates in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.