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A Poem

Photo Credit: Jesse Rinka Photography

Take two women,

educated at MBA level,

working for Corporate America, 


missing something,

the magic.

Take two women,


inherently creative,

 intensely organized,

and you get,


Learn more about our story and expertise below.


Our Expertise

Our work ranges from event planning & design to corporate retreats, event staffing & consultations.

We have serviced large brands such as Volvo Cars and worked with top tier social media influencers to plan and design their events. Our team has worked locally, regionally and internationally; managing a myriad of gatherings such as destination weddings and corporate conferences. 

Keep scrolling to learn about our Ethos and Leadership!


Our Ethos

Our magic is borne out of an insistence on creating bespoke, highly personalized and tailored experiences.

 We require the same attention and quality service be given to our backyard weddings and private events as we give to our multi-day retreats and celebrations. Our staff and planning team members are each personally vetted by our co-founders for this reason. Where people gather, we make it special. That's our Dhalia promise.


That's the Dhalia Experience.


Our Couples

Our clients are the authors of their event stories and are encouraged to bring their most authentic and raw selves to the planning table. We work to bring that authenticity out in our events by focusing on creating experiences that are true reflections of our clients.

Our couples are just as much interested in the journey as in the end product. They and already know who they are and what they like - we're just here to bring their visions to life. We encourage our couples to be open about their needs, even if their need is to say "I have no idea how to execute this, and I need help". 


Our Leadership

Melissa Diaz

Co-Founder & President

"I genuinely enjoy the entire planning process from beginning to end. Plus, the ability to combine my background in Finance & Accounting, with my 10+ years' work in Hospitality & Operations has been a dream.

 We manage budgets in the hundreds of thousands ++ , and value how invested our clients are in their events. We make sure to mirror that investment in our service, as that is what differentiates our work and turns our clients into repeat customers." 


If I could spend the majority of the year camping in the Catskills, I would. Family is everything to me, and my two kids are the most awesome kids you will ever meet. No seriously, you should meet them!

melissa diaz president dhalia events

Deliece Knights-Barnett

Founder & CEO

"Perspicacity and meticulousness are my strengths, and my focus is always on the end result. I've leveraged my MBA and years of corporate experience at the VP level to create a company that is backed by solid business and service acumens. I'm convinced our clients refer us not only because of our attention to detail, but because we internalize their "vibe" and "energy".  


If my husband would get on board, I'd probably adopt as many cats as could fit in our house! I also believe it's fact that salty snacks are the best kind of snacks and that dancing is the cure for pretty much everything. 

luxury wedding planner deliece knights

We are ready to help you create your Dhalia Experience. 

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