Jamie Mercurio Photography

Jamie Mercurio Photography






kara has over 16 years of experience in the event industry, starting as an event lead for foster's downeast clambake located in her hometown of york, maine.  after 8 seasons, she shifted interest and began handling marketing + social media for her family-owned company, marshall tent and event rental.  in 2011, kara decided to seriously pursue an event planning career and accepted a position at a large event planning + catering firm in washington, dc.  kara hit the ground running, focusing on corporate and political events in the dc area - landing her first event with special guest, president barack obama.  the next few years as an event designer in dc were a thrilling career experience - learning expert planning techniques by executing large-scale events + weddings at many of washington, dc's most notable venues (see below) - ranging in size from 100 to 1,200.  


during her last year in dc, kara planned + executed a large fundraising event with first lady michelle obama.  after a memorable time in dc, kara relocated to the san francisco bay area and accepted a position at uc berkeley's international house as the events coordinator. 

in the spring of 2015, kara moved back to her home state of maine to be closer to loved ones.  currently she is the marketing + business development manager at marshall tent and event rental while offering day-of coordination + event design in her personal time. 

kara is a jack-of-all-trades type of planner - enjoying nights at home overlooking the josias river crafting paper flowers, making earrings, gift baskets, wreaths, greeting cards, crowns, and attempting floral design.  when not working, she can be found reading, walking the beach with her husband, or snuggling with their himalayan cat.


National Venue Experience

| Maine |

Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick

Josias River Farm, Cape Neddick

Portland Ocean Gateway, Portland

Marianemade Farm, Wiscassett

Foster's Downeast Clambake, York

Maine Maritime Museum, Beth

Broadturn Farm, Scarborough

| San Francisco Bay Area |

International House, UC Berkeley

San Franscisco Winery, Treasure Island

| San Juan, Puerto Rico |

Hacienda Siesta Alegre, El Verde, Rio Grande

| Washington, DC |

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History  Smithsonian Castle
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian National Zoo
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum 

Smithsonian National Building Museum
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. National Mall

President Lincoln's Cottage

Andrew Mellon Auditorium

DAR Museum

Crime & Punishment Museum

Notable Career Events

Democratic National Committee featuring keynote remarks from President Barack Obama, Private Residence (50 guests)

 Event Designer, A Main Event; Washington, D.C.

Democratic National Committee featuring guest of honor, First Lady Michelle Obama, Private Residence (175 guests)

Event Designer, A Main Event; Washington, D.C.

Association of Legal Administrators, Smithsonian Museum of American History (1,200 guests)

Event Designer, A Main Event; Washington, D.C.

Capital One “Cherry Blossom Parade Celebration,” National Mall (100 guests)

Event Designer, A Main Event; Washington, D.C.

Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Smithsonian National Zoo (200 guests)

Event Designer, A Main Event; Washington, D.C.

 Town Hall Meeting with Ran Paul, International House at UC Berkeley (400 guests)

Public Events Coordinator, International UCB, Berkeley, CA

President Mr. and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Walker's Point Residence (200 guests)

Event Supervisor, Foster's Downeast Clambake; Kennebunkport, Maine

"Working with Kara was absolutely the best decision I could have made — she was so much fun to spend time with and kept everything with the wedding relaxed, seamless, and beautiful."

"I feel like every time I looked up and was either nervous

or excited or sad or anything at all, I saw Kara in the

vicinity somewhere and instantly felt a sense of peace.

Kara is really good at her job, but also an amazing presence."


Jamie Mercurio Photography


"Aside from being a joy to work with, Kara is a truly wonderful person to spend time with.  You’d be lucky to have her around on your wedding day.  She is fun and driven but cool, calm, and collected."

"By far the best and most organized planner ever. I'm so happy she was a part of our day. It was truly amazing how they took care of details I wouldn't even have known to ask about in the first place."   

"Kara was diligent, organized, and quick when it came to little things and an expert in every sense of the word when it came to the big things." 

Lisa Blume Photography

"Not only is Kara an excellent and thoughtful event planner, she also provides a friendship and human touch that is so reassuring as you approach one of the biggest days of your life. She reminded me to stay in the present, focus on the positive, and that it all happens so fast – so enjoy every minute of it. Kara understands the entire process, not just the wedding logistics."



Jamie Mercurio Photography


photo cred

these ladies are some of the most talented photographers i've seen and are a total pleasure to work with. 

thank you for everything.