Unexpected details that tell your unique story

Exceeding your expectations

In a setting as beautiful as Lake Tahoe, your wedding should not only exceed your expectations, it should be personal, thoughtful, tasteful and unforgettable. At Elise Events, our goal is to wow you and your guests through unexpected details that tell your unique love story. We believe in developing a relationship with each of our clients to fully understand and execute their vision. We love unique requests, big and small, because this gives us a chance to get creative and tell your story as a couple. Every precise detail, ranging from invitation typography to floral composition, is meticulously selected in order to produce a one-of-a-kind event.

We want each of our clients to walk into their venue and think, “This is so us!”. Getting to know you as a couple helps us craft a very intentional design with every last detail selection that not only looks stunning, but also creates an experience your guests will never forget. To us, design is more than just picking out the details. It’s about creating a bespoke vision that speaks to the couple. Your wedding day should be an invitation into your relationship. We strive to create a unique and individual brand that sets the tone for your weekend celebrations. At Elise Events we accomplish this by evoking emotion through all of the senses from taste to smell and from sound to touch. We combine your vision with the natural scenery and local charm of Lake Tahoe, to create the wedding you have imagined.

We pride ourselves on years of developing a little black book of vendors and estates not accessible to the public, specializing in luxury weddings and private estate events. Principle Designer and Owner Danielle Tolleson’s attention to detail and unique design aesthetic has landed Elise Events in top wedding publications such as: Flutter Magazine, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Carats & Cake and Black Sheep Bride. Elise Events was recognized as producing one of Style Me Pretty’s Most Beautiful Weddings of 2016.

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Danielle Elise Tolleson

Danielle Elise Tolleson grounded her career in the event industry in 2008 in the Sonoma/Napa area. After relocating to the Reno/Tahoe region she found a unique niche for Event Planning and Design in an area immersed with creative opportunity. Surrounded by raw and organic nature, paired with inspiring sights and scenery, Danielle had the perfect canvas to embark on her new adventure, Elise Events. Meticulous attention to detail, professional demeanor and flawless execution are her brand. Elise Events specializes in social events and weddings. Today, Danielle is best known for her uniquely creative eye, strong, yet calm presence, and designing elegant and stylish spaces that give every event a unique sense of personality.

“Since I was a young girl my world has been a fascination with all creative outlets in life. I could spend an entire day looking at linen fabrics, textures and color swatches. My world is at its brightest when I am designing, implementing, executing and building innovative and new possibilities. For me, planning an event is about creating. It is about creating something unforgettable; generating a lasting experience, environment and emotion. It is the build of anticipation for something magnificent and most memorable. Planning is about listening and understanding a client’s visions and dreams, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. It is a joy and privilege to be invited into my client’s lives and to bring them that unforgettable day and memory that will last a lifetime.”



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Julia Miravalle




Danielle, from Elise Events, helped us bring our ideas to life. She has an ability to digest your thoughts and concerns and turn those into a unique experience that encompass’ every detail of the wedding. Her process is inclusive, inspirational, and tasteful. All the coordinating with vendors and preparing of details was handled with expert care!
— Evan David (Groom)
I can honestly say that with one bridesmaid down, and an extra dress and bouquet to spare, my husband and I considered asking Danielle to be in our wedding. As crazy as that may sound, I had talked almost daily with Danielle for nearly a year and had developed a bond that had surpassed wedding planning by leaps and bounds. Danielle had become, and continues to be, like family! Looking back on our wedding day, there isn’t a single thing we would’ve changed. To this day, our friends and family still comment that it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to. A compliment we owe to Elise Events! If you’re looking for a wedding planner with a uniquely creative eye and unyielding desire for perfection, Elise Events is “the one!”
— Marisa Zumwalt, Bride
When your only daughter is getting married, you can’t help but want perfection. Thanks to Elise Events, we got exactly that. Founder and Creative Director, Danielle Tolleson, is firm yet gentle, professional yet personable, and creative yet methodical. From beginning to end, Danielle worked tirelessly in pursuit of transforming my daughter’s vision to reality. Along the way, Danielle offered recommendations, best practices, and – best of all – her creative ideas. Somehow each one was seemingly more beautiful and unique than the last.  As the mother of the bride, I could not have dreamt of a more perfect wedding planner for my daughter’s wedding. Hiring Elise Events was the best decision we made – next to welcoming our son-in-law into our family. While the wedding has come and gone, our love for Danielle will remain. If you’re looking to enjoy the wedding planning process with your daughter – and have a truly beautiful and unique wedding day – Elise Events will deliver beyond your wildest expectations.
— Colleen Manak, Mother of the Bride
Every little detail is just amazing,” we heard from nearly every guest throughout the weekend. Our response was simple and honest, “It would not have been possible without Danielle.
— Lauren Sondel, Bride
I knew that we would need a wedding planner to help us with our private estate wedding in Tahoe, but I never imagined we would be so blessed as to find someone like Danielle from Elise Events! Beyond that, what makes Danielle so special is how much she cares about her clients. My mom, husband, and I had so many phone calls with her throughout the process and she was always organized, patient, and totally there for us. Her passion and dedication to our wedding was incredible, and we could not have asked for a better experience. I would absolutely recommend Elise Events to anyone!
— Rachel lewis, bride
Having Danielle by our side while we planned our wedding was the best decision we made. Her attention to detail and decisiveness were exactly what we needed while planning one of the best days of our lives. She has a great eye and sense of style and we never doubted any advice or decisions she made. The day of was carefree and seamless because we knew she was there and we were left to enjoy the day stress free! Danielle should be the first vendor you choose for your wedding! Everything else will fall into place easily afterward. We remain in close contact and have developed a great friendship with Danielle! Not only is she amazing at her job, but she is a kind and wonderful person!
— Danielle Munley, bride