An Exceptional EventWedding Planner

About us

An Exceptional Event, led by Shawn Marie Carnall and based in Virginia’s beautiful Loudoun County, offers wedding planning, consulting and coordination services with a speciality in Day-Of Coordination.

I have been planning events for almost 20 years – ranging from weddings at venues all throughout Northern Virginia to meetings and conferences throughout the country. As a wedding planner, my job is to be focused on all the details that go into making an event flow smoothly – so you can concentrate on each other. Choosing a planner is a very personal choice – it’s a “trust” relationship as we will work very closely together. I love what I do and taking care of people and their details is what I do best.

It is my greatest joy to help make exceptional events happen – I look forward to taking care of you at yours!

What makes us unique
  • Specialize in Day-Of Coordination
  • Personalized package of services for each couple
  • 20 years of event planning experience
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What our customers are saying
From the very beginning, Shawn Marie brilliantly managed the innumerable shifts, changes and adjustments in both the planning and execution of our wedding with grace and poise. We simply cannot say enough about her steady hand, coordination with all vendors, encyclopedic knowledge concerning all things.
- Christine & Troy
Thank you so much for everything you did for Sean and I yesterday. We truly had the best night of our life and enjoyed every moment! We were just overwhelmed with how well everything turned out and knew we couldn’t have pulled off such an amazing event without you! Thank you again!
- Lauren & Sean
Thanks so much Shawn Marie. We just got to NOLA for our honeymoon. We had an absolutely amazing day. Thanks for everything you did. Can’t imagine pulling it off without you. Brava!
- Amanda & Victor
​One of the reasons I hired Shawn Marie was because of her personality. She has a very calm personality, but you can tell that she can take control when she needs to. I knew that my mom and others in my wedding party would respond well to her and they all loved her.
- Anne
​Shawn Marie is very thorough, organized, and worked exceptionally well with the vendors. She took care of EVERYTHING the day of the wedding and before. My husband and I (not to mention our families too) had a wonderful time at our wedding and we credit a large part of that to Shawn Marie.
- Leny