Based in the heart of Wine Country, Ybarra Events is an Event Planning Company that will not only ensure your event runs smoothly, but also make sure your personality shines through in the details. Whether you're looking for something elegant and sophisticated, or quirky and cute, when we are done, your event will emerge representing Uniquely You!
Ybarra Events Team at Wedding Wire World 2019
About James and Tara
Tara and James are a husband and wife duo that pride themselves on their customer service, creativity, and calming demeanor. (Much appreciated in a Wedding Planner!)
Even in her youth, it was clear Tara was destined for Event Planning. At the age of 10, she was practicing her interior design skills by rearranging furniture, sewing her own clothes from repurposed hand-me-downs, and alphabetizing and rearranging every nook and cranny of her childhood home. I’m sure her parents appreciated every bit of it.
Tara’s wedding experience started in 2002, when she took up the position of a Photographer’s Assistant. She loved capturing the secret or unplanned moments of adoration shared between the couple. As Photography advanced to digital, she found herself missing the darkroom, and looked for another creative outlet. Tara then found baking and started working as a Pastry Chef making wedding cakes for a local bakery. After witnessing a coworker drop a cake upon delivery, she decided she would rather deliver something a little less fragile! A Florist she had been networking with had been attempting to coerce her into joining forces, and so, Tara conceded and began learning all there was to know about the meanings of flowers and traditions floral brings to a wedding. Making boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, and all other floral décor was wonderful, but after a few years, Tara felt the absence of bearing witness to the joy taking place throughout the entire day of the event. After contemplation, she came to the realization, with her combined passions for planning, organizing, and decorating, Wedding Planning was her true calling! She went to school for Event Planning, and with the support and encouragement of her husband, Tara and James opened Ybarra Events for business in 2013! Now Tara has combined her collected skills and passions to become the ultimate Wedding Planner! She has her previous vocational experience in addition to being a Certified Event Planner, Registered Minister (Just in case!), TIPS Certified, and CPR Certified.
James is the best Assistant Tara could hope for. Not only is he an amazing and supportive husband and father, but his customer service, attention to detail, and uncanny ability to anticipate the wants and needs of others have set him apart in the working environment. A previous review likened James to a superhero, speeding around the venue, spotting and solving problems before others have a chance to notice them. Tara states, “His wit and charm make him likeable and easy to work with, and he’s so lucky to never be free of me. Not at work, not at home…never!” (Insert maniacal laugh). James lovingly responds, “Yeah, she’s the boss at work and at home. I’m just the brawn.”
It is clear these two are an unbeatable planning combination for a successful and fun-loving event.
Tara, James, and their three daughters
Alycia and her spouse Michelle
Alycia has always had a passion for theatre and performing arts. She feels at ease in front of people and enjoys acting and singing. She grew up in Southern CA and recently moved to Sonoma County.
After starting the planning process for her own wedding, Alycia realized how important it was for her and her partner, Michelle, to have someone that felt comfortable up there at the alter with them. Realizing how much she loved planning her ceremony and thinking about the importance of it, she looked into becoming an officiant. With her background and affinity for weddings, it was the perfect fit. There is always room for more LGBTQ-friendly vendors, and Alycia, being part of the LGBTQ community herself, would help them feel at ease and connected.
Alycia met Tara while networking through her own Officiant Company, Something Blu. They met for coffee to chat industry, and immediately felt a kinship. After referring each other's companies for a while, Alycia expressed an interest in learning more about the planning portion of weddings. Excited at the prospect, Tara and James invited Alycia to come along as an Assistant Planner on a few weddings to see how she liked it. Alycia enjoyed the unique, fast-paced, quick thinking environment wedding planning presents. Tara and James were extremely impressed with her natural talent and problem-solving skills. Alycia has the same calming demeanor and timely responses James and Tara pride themselves on, and they feel lucky to have found someone so trust-worthy and similarly minded. Alycia went to school for Event Planning and joined the Ybarra Events Team shortly after. A master juggler, she still runs Something Blu alongside planning weddings for Ybarra Events.