The Event Planning Company That You Can Trust

When it comes to wedding planning, floral arrangements, and event coordination, trust none other than Occasions by Emily in western North Carolina. Our team has more than 10 years of experience in the industry, and we are knowledgeable about the best ways to make any event more special and personalized. From planning to coordinating celebrations, we have you covered.

Meet The Team

Michelle Nelsen

As a native of Western North Carolina, I love the outdoors and am not afraid to get my hands dirty! I love to paint and be creative with flowers, yarn or anything available.  I’ve been married 7 years now and I have two young kids, a handful of chickens, a dog named Coco, and Oscar the cat. As you can imagine my daily routine is quite entertaining. The fuller my days, the happier I am.

I love, love, love being a wedding planner and designer! Helping others is a lifelong passion for me. I really enjoy working with people, and can get along with just about anybody (including the occasional grumpy relative).  I have been in the wedding business since my own wedding, which I attempted to plan and handle all on my own. I quickly realized I would much rather focus on the fun aspects, and let someone else make all the details come together. It was the best decision I made during the planning process, and I couldn’t have imagined it being any better…truly! I now use my optimistic view and practical approach to even the most stressful challenges help brides from all over the country.


Thank you for taking time to read a little bit of my story.  I look forward to hearing yours as we work together to create your perfect day.

Lead Planner and Designer

Annette Lotz

I was born in Alabama, but have made my home in North Carolina long enough to call it home (not giving away my age here). I am a really creative person and find incredible fulfillment in planning and designing weddings with Occasions. Learning each new client’s dream and then making that concept into a living, touchable experience is my favorite.

In my spare time I also spend a lot of time creating, focusing especially on 3-D multimedia collage pieces (you can see a sample here), jewelry, painting, knitting, photography, and upcycling absolutely any cool treasure I can find. My family includes my husband (of 25 years!!!), 3 handsome boys and even more handsome dog, Maximus. We spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, working in the yard and gardens, and riding in my Mini Cooper with the top down.


I look forward to meeting you so that I can help you create the wedding of your dreams

Wedding and Floral Assistant

Excellent Multitasker and Planner

The owner of our business has a very calming presence even during high-stress situations. Despite being under pressure, she can efficiently work and properly organize any special occasion. Additionally, she is always ready to accept and face new challenges. Regardless of the complexity of the project, she is willing to work on it and do her best to meet the expectations of our clients.

For our owner, party planning never gets old. Her favorite part of the job is to see couples truly enjoying themselves—loving the special day that she helped create. That is why, as people celebrate in their own way, she creates unique ideas that could make events more fun and entertaining.

Why Choose Our Team

  • We are great listeners.
  • We are hardworking and creative.
  • We are skilled in providing practical solutions to event-related problems.
  • We skillfully manage many tasks at the same time.
  • We stay cool under pressure.
  • We have a creative eye for special occasions.
  • We have a lot of industry experience.
  • We have a strong attention to detail.
  • We never stop learning and keeping ourselves updated with the latest trends in the industry.
  • We were included in the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards and WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards.