Our Team


Ana Vargas Ana Vargas


Production Assistant, Transportation Liaison for Weddings and Corporate Events, Lady in Waiting

Ana Vargas can be found doing an assortment of jobs for the Sterling Engagements team, as she is one of our regular Jill of Trades! Her can-do attitude and ability to learn quickly landed her a regular job on our production team as well as a handful of other tasks. Ana is our regular liaison for shuttles and transportation; she consistently coordinates logistics between our drivers, guests and bridal parties. She can also be found as our Lady in Waiting and as well as often assisting our Grooms with their men on the big day. Ana started with us while in school as an intern originally and has gone above and beyond ever since her very first day on the job. We love having her onsite for our weddings or events as she makes any day better by just being present. Her love for family and tradition can be seen at any of our events by looking in her eyes as she sets up all of the extra special details.

Born in El Salvador and raised in sunny Southern California, Ana is a dreamer and a true romantic. She has always loved weddings and special events because she loves seeing families come together, and more importantly- people's dreams coming true. Ana has been planning all her big family celebrations and parties since she was 14. She even hand makes all of her invitations! Ana recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in hotel and restaurant management with an emphasis on special events. When she's not traveling or tending to her family, you'll find Ana baking and trying out new recipes or elbow deep in her latest art project.

Favorites

Favorite Song:

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You- Lauryn Hill Version

Favorite Coffee Drink:

That depends...

Hot:

Pumpkin Spice Latte

cold:

White Chocolate Mocha, Iced but not blended

Favorite Cocktail:

Long Island Ice Tea

Favorite Restaurant:

Cook's Tortas

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Mini Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Favorite Blog:

Style Me Pretty & Pretty Chicky

Favorite Venue:

Maravilla Gardens!

Favorite Gown designer:

Maggie Sottero

Favorite Shoe:

Vans Classic Clip-On

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

Guests reactions to the details

If you were an animal what would you be?

A Dolphin =)

Jocelyn Garrity Jocelyn Garrity


Production Assistant, Sterling's Bridal Stylist Extraordinaire/Fashion Guru, Blogger for our series Bold, Chic & In Love

Jocelyn Garrity is another one of our regular Jill of Trade's for Sterling Engagements. First and foremost she is an incredible stylist and therefore was immediately deemed our in-house Bridal Stylist/Fashion Guru. Jocelyn has assisted many of our brides in getting ready on the big day and additionally offers a la cart styling services both prior to and on wedding day. Most recently she's used her stylish knowhow to assist Bridesmaids with getting ready by tying their Two Birds Bridesmaids Collection dresses in an abundance of ways. So we have now added Two Birds stylist extraordinaire to her long list of qualifications. Because of her keen sense of style she also writes regularly on our blog for our Fashion Series "Bold, Chic & In Love". When she's not styling for us, you can find Jocelyn regularly on our production team for both weddings and events. Jocelyn started with us from the beginning and graduated our intern program jumping in full force with our team. Jocelyn is our ray of sunshine and always has a smile on her face which is contagious. An old soul, she consistently touches all those around her with her wisdom and calming spirit.

Jocelyn grew up in Los Angeles and is an absolute city girl. She loves fashion, events, and all things glamour. She was first drawn to production when she was asked to produce a lookbook for a non-profit fashion show, Hope in the City. After producing the shoot four years in a row, she decided to look into more opportunities to produce. Weddings were the first thing that came to mind and she has been lucky enough to work with some fabulous wedding coordinators along the way, Sterling Engagements being the first and most prominent. She is also a personal wardrobe stylist, which gives her a phenomenal eye for design. Jocelyn is great with people and loves the energy and even stress that comes with working weddings. She enjoys the challenge of making everything as smooth, calm, and beautiful as possible.

Favorites

Favorite Song:

Diva by Beyonce or Shelter by Ray Lamontagne

Favorite Coffee Drink:

Soy Latte with 2 Raw Cane Sugars

Favorite Cocktail:

Glass of Moscato or Rose

Favorite Restaurant:

Bottega Louie

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Crab Cakes

Favorite Blog:

Style Me Pretty and Atlantic-Pacific

Favorite Venue:

Vibiana and Smog Shoppe

Favorite Gown designer:

Monique Lhullier

Favorite Shoe:

Christian Louboutin

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

When the Groom sees his bride

If you were an animal what would you be?

A Lion

Michaela Bray Michaela Bray


Production Assistant, Our Original Sterling Lady in Waiting

Michaela Bray was one of our very first interns and the Original Lady In Waiting for Sterling Engagements. She has an innate ability to jump in head first to things and is a logistics queen. She's a strong multi-tasker too, which is necessary when you're in charge of the bride and her maids on the big day while at the same time juggling photographers, videographers and the groom with his men. Michaela is soft spoken, always organized and has the ability to stay calm under pressure, we love her for this! For our corporate events, she's also an asset and often times in charge of staff and vendor check-in for large groups. Michaela is such a pleasure to be around and truly one of the most polite people you will ever meet, which is why we know we're lucky to have her be such a core part of our team.

Born in Arkansas and raised in California, Michaela first became interested in events during high school after helping with minor events at her high school and youth sports organization that she coached at. She went to Cal Poly Pomona where she studied Hospitality Management and learned a lot about how to make guests happy and the business side of events. Today, she still coaches and actually plans events for the youth sports organization.

Favorites

Favorite Song:

I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

Favorite Coffee Drink:

It depends...

Hot:

Carmel Macchiato

Cold:

Carmel Frappuccino with extra carmel please!

Favorite Restaurant:

Bubba Gumps

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Bruschetta

Favorite Blog:

Oh Lovely Day

Favorite Venue:

Westlake Village Inn

Favorite Gown designer:

Pnina Tornai

Favorite Shoe:

Benjamin Adams

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

Right before the bride walks down the aisle; she always gets so nervous but is so happy that the big moment is finally here!

If you were an animal what would you be?

Dolphin

Star HansenSamantha Pierce


Production Assistant, Lady in Waiting

Coming Soon!

Favorites

Favorite Song:

Every Other Way by BT

Favorite Coffee Drink:

Soy cinnamon dulce latte over ice

Favorite Cocktail:

Cosmopolitan

Favorite Restaurant:

Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Avocado Eggrolls

Favorite Blog:

Style Me Pretty

Favorite Venue:

Vibiana

Favorite Gown designer:

Vera Wang

Favorite Shoe:

Cathy Jean Wedges

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

The exchanging of vows

If you were an animal what would you be?

A Hummingbird

Star Hansen Star Hansen


Associate Planner, Blogger for our series DIY with Star and Star's Favorite Things, Crafter Extraordinaire

Star Hansen is our Associate Planner as well as a regular blogger for the Sterling Blog series DIY with Star and Star's Favorite Things. We like to consider Star our very own Martha Stewart for her keen craftiness and extraordinary baking skills. Not only is she a whiz with her hands but she's also filled with warmth, sweetness and a big heart! Star is everything you would want in a wedding planner, she's poised and proper, honest, loyal, very creative and detail orientated. Star also possesses uber DIY talent that you love to have on your wedding day to improvise when needed. Her ability to organize, direct and manage comes in handy with all of your wedding day logistics and we're thrilled to have her shine on so many of our bride's big days. We also are so happy to welcome her back after recently becoming a new Mommy to Baby Dax!

A born and raised southern California girl, Star has always enjoyed entertaining, event planning and weddings in particular. Growing up, she collected bridal magazines and inspirations in excited anticipation of her own wedding. Married in 2008, Star planned all of the details for her big day and enjoyed every minute of it. She went on to assist family, friends and friends of friends with planning their weddings. Star has become known for her attention to detail, creativity and resourcefulness. An avid crafter, Star has introduced brides to DYI wedding details and created banners and other décor for weddings and events. Star also has a background in project management and has led various corporate events.

Favorites

Favorite Song:

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Favorite Coffee Drink:

It depends...

Hot:

Hazelnut Latte

Cold:

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee (which I sadly only get when I travel to the Midwest or East Coast)

Favorite Cocktail:

Dirty Martini with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives or A Glass of Syrah

Favorite Restaurant:

Geoffrey's Malibu

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Tuna Tartare

Favorite Blog:

Style Me Pretty & 100 Layer Cake

Favorite Venue:

Beverly Hills Hotel & Rancho Chiquita

Favorite Gown designer:

Jim Hjelm & Monique Lhuillier

Favorite Shoe:

Tory Burch flats

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

The details that make an event unique

If you were an animal what would you be?

A Bird

Tori SepianTori Sepian


Assistant to Alexandra, Production Assistant, Staff Liaison for Weddings

Tori Sepian is an extension of Alexandra's right hand and a regular production assistant for Sterling Engagements. She's also in charge of all staffing, scheduling and logistics for our events. During the week, you'll find her in the Sterling office keeping things calm, cool and under control. Tori has a very important task in the office and that's to assist Alexandra in the everyday juggling of our weddings, events and so much more. She does so with grace and we're so lucky to have her incredible help with making the office function well and stay organized. Tori has a sick sense to jump into any situation and make it better almost instantly, she's a quick learner and always going out of her way to put smiles on our faces. Tori loves this industry and it's ever so apparent with each and every event we do. We love having her in the office but of course onsite at events is where she really shines.

Tori was born and raised in sunny California. She grew up surrounded by a huge family so celebrations and parties seemed to happen quite often. Tori loves to cook which is why she is the chef in her family besides, of course, her uncle who actually went to culinary school. It was in her blood to be a chef. But when she got a call from Alex on one Thursday night, everything changed. Alex was in need of an extra assistant to help her organize one of the largest events in Sterling Engagements had ever produced. Throughout the week Tori fell in love with the fast pace and exciting atmosphere she was experiencing. Culinary school may be a thing of the past, replaced by her new love….Weddings and events!

Favorites

Favorite Song:

Anything Maroon 5

Favorite Coffee Drink:

It depends...

Hot:

Carmel Macchiato

Cold:

Tazo Shaken Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Favorite Cocktail:

Long Island Ice Tea

Favorite Restaurant:

Neptune's Net

Favorite Hors d'oeuvre:

Crab Cakes

Favorite Blog:

Hello! Lucky and Snippet & Ink

Favorite Venue:

Vibiana

Favorite Gown designer:

Vera Wang

Favorite Shoe:

Steve Madden

Favorite Part of a wedding or event:

The groom right before he sees his bride and then the look on his face when he does finally see his bride.

If you were an animal what would you be?

A Dolphin

Join Our Team


Interested in joining our team? We're always accepting resumes! Please email us yours today for consideration and we'll contact you when we have openings. Curious about the event industry? Want to learn more? Be sure to ask about our internship program when you contact us.

the team

Sterling's 2011 Team Appreciation Dinner
Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Taylor Photography