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About James Abel

James Abel is a premier event designer and planner known for his elegant and practical style. With over 30 years of experience, he has a reputation for understanding and incorporating his clients' personal taste into their special events. He has orchestrated countless weddings and events throughout the United States and abroad, including celebrity and political fundraisers and corporate events for well-known brands such as the Consumer Electronics Association (CES), Proctor and Gamble, Sheridan & Co, Oceana, Scalamandre, JP Morgan Chase, ABN Amro-Sage, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

James is an expert at creating unforgettable weddings and events, and can make any client's dream a reality. He has the unique ability to work within a client’s specified perimeters, creating events that are as fun to plan as they are to experience. He particularly enjoys the challenge of transforming spaces, and has worked in destinations as diverse as the elegant Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a historic barn in the Texas hill country, and the sandy beaches of Anguilla.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, James has always appreciated the sensory aspects of events, and holds degrees in fine art, art history and business. His southern roots are what set him apart from other event planners, as he is known for being a hospitable and gracious host, even in the most stressful of situations.

His designs have been featured in the blog Style Me Pretty, as well as the magazines Elegant Bride, The Knot, Weddingwire, New York Magazine and Town and Country. Let James help you create an event that is both beautiful and memorable.

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