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I am recently married, proudly Italian, and adopted. I am a business woman, an equestrian, a tastemaker and a mentor among many other things.

I love to honor the legacy of my family and be the best version of myself in all things, but especially in hospitality. I love nothing more than being known for throwing great parties - because what client doesn't want their planner to be the kind of person they want to go to party with, right?

I have jumped out of planes, ridden in hot air balloons and have eight yes, EIGHT!) tattoos. I have lived in another country, driven in a stock car race, and I proudly own my very own motorhome. I am also food obsessed and driven by all things sparkly (like a big magpie essentially).

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This website is the 360 degree story of my life and what I have learned thus far (and continue to learn every day). I hope to share with you within these blogs what I accomplish, what I fail at, what matters to me and how in the end we are not all as far apart as we may seem. The human factor is truly a beautiful thing, and having humanity for the world around me is my mission.

My ethos, the very spirit of who I am manifests itself in my beliefs and aspirations and this is where I am going to share all of what develops that, drives that and shapes that.

My life, designed by me. Shaped by many factors. and lived honestly and with intention. My hope is to continue to live my life walking to the beat of my own drum while never judging anybody else's beat. So I welcome to this space all those souls who share these beliefs and revel in this kind of magic, created by love, kindness, education, tolerance, some sage burning, and a belief that faith - regardless of religion can carry us all through the storms that we will inevitably weather.

I look forward to sharing all of the facets of my life here; from my adventures in Wedding Planning (10 years strong owning my own business!), to my Managing Partner journey in my family’s hospitality business that is approaching 80 years in business. Throw in a dash of travel, a whole lot of amateur equestrian competitive goals and a smidge of Italian obsession and you have just scratched the surface. I am obsessed with the pursuit of excellence in life. I love to create events, weddings, restaurants and moments that make people FEEL things.

Merry & bright, and all things good vibes ✨✨

Merry & bright, and all things good vibes ✨✨

As an event and wedding planner/producer, restaurant owner, and overall human I feel that it is a duty and vitally important to never lose my sense of wonder. Imagination brings creativity and fun to every celebration I am fortunate enough to bring to life, and it...
A day for taking stock.

A day for taking stock.

Today was a ”take stock” kind of day. Have you ever had one of those? Like when life goes all the directions except the one it’s supposed to and there is a resounding chorus of WTF in your head? This has been my week. A few things I know in my almost 45 years on a day...
That one person at the pizza party

That one person at the pizza party

✨Worth noting -> A wise and very inspiring friend reminded me today that at every pizza party, there is always someone who doesn’t like pizza. Think about it. 😳 So today’s moment of wisdom is such a good one. As a planner, restaurant owner, and just as a human...
Introduction Friday with Michelle Durpetti

Introduction Friday with Michelle Durpetti

My face when I know it’s Friday and I survived another week! 😂 And also whenever I see gorgeous floral, obviously. Especially when it’s from my talented friend Kesh Events 🥰 Ok so I have not done an Introduction Friday in a minute, so here we go – allow me to...
My experience becoming a Knight of Alba 

My experience becoming a Knight of Alba 

I can say with almost 100% certainty that I never once thought I would be able to say this – but I am officially a knight. Dame Michelle Durpetti has a pretty cool ring to it, right?! Ok, so how am I a knight? and where, exactly? Good questions, here is a little...

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