After three years living in Barcelona and five years in New York, Marisa returned to Charlottesville, Virginia - where she attended UVA - to raise her family and enjoy this wonderful small-town with its big-city sophistication.
Her extensive career offers her a wide variety of experiences that she regularly draws on while planning weddings and events. While working in film and television production in New York, she honed her logistic expertise along with her creative skills. Her work includes working on big budget Hollywood films including: 27 Dresses, Across the Universe, Ghost Town, and When In Rome and also cutting edge indie flicks. She worked as a commercial production designer and set decorator further developing her creative sensibility and style.
The Gates of Central Park, where she met her husband and fellow Orpha Events teammate, Nate Braeuer, was one of the highlights of her career in New York City. She managed 600+ volunteers & staff members, helping to oversee the project installation, working alongside artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude and their incredible project directors.
Orpha Events formed in 2010 as the perfect marriage of creative passion and organizational finesse. Orpha is the middle name and nickname of Marisa’s grandmother, who inspired her through her generosity of spirit and amazing ability to spread joy and love.
Marisa approaches each client with an open ear, a fresh perspective and a desire to create the most unique, memorable and spectacular event.
Not Your Average Wedding Planner
A graduate of NYU film school and a seasoned filmmaking veteran, Nate re-located to Charlottesville in 2008, after 15 years of working in film and television in New York City.
His quiet, collaborative style is keenly sought-after by brides, grooms, and photographers, alike. He discreetly moves behind the scenes in an unobtrusive way.
Nate brings a sensibility to his filmmaking that captures each romantic moment - the joy, the love, the beauty, and the magic.
Photo by Susan Parmar Photography
Lead Event Designer & Planner
We add joy, beauty, originality, and creativity to people's lives.
Orpha is the nickname and middle name of Marisa's maternal grandmother, who embodied love, joy and comfort. We aim to honor her legacy each and every day by creating joyful and meaningful weddings and events.