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Wedding in a Tuscan Castle. Wedding Party

Top Class Wedding in a Tuscan Castle

We had our wedding at Castello di Vincigliata in Tuscany, and it couldn’t have gone better. Luba was referred to us by a good friend at the beginning of our wedding planner search. We conducted several interviews and ultimately chose Luba. Overall our experience was very positive. Luba is VERY organised, meticulous, intelligent and really stayed on top of us to get things done. She uses online tools (aisle planner) to organise the wedding and we had video calls to discuss progress on a regular basis. We planned our wedding from Canada so there was no way we could have done it without her. Luba knows a lot of boutique vendors in Tuscany which really helped us customise the wedding. I personally liked that she got us to focus on the important things and save money on things that were superfluous. She was also helpful in taking care of the little things like sun umbrellas, fans and welcome gifts which actually made a big difference. It is very helpful that she is fluent in Italian and English. The actual wedding day went very well without a single hitch. We were very happy how smoothly the ceremony and party went. The best part about Luba was that she really cared about delivering a top class wedding for us and has now become a friend. - Daniel P.,  Totonto

Classic and Glamourous Wedding at Turner Hill Mansion

Thank You for the Wonderful and Unique Wedding!

Wedding Party Fun in Boston

Luba was my wedding planner and exceeded every possible expectation of a very type A, detail-oriented bride. I initially didn't think I needed a planner but closer to the wedding decided that I would love some help in coordinating the day such that me and my family didn't have to feel like we were "working" and could enjoy every minute. I don't think my day would have been as flawlessly executed nor as enjoyable for me if I hadn't hired Luba. I interviewed 7 different wedding planners and Luba stood out to me as not only the most organized, responsive, and warm but also the most passionate about wedding planning and helping to create a memorable and unique event. - Lisa D., NYC

Enchanting Wedding in Ravello, Italy

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Luba to plan our Italian coastal wedding. It was a daunting task, to say the least. We're busy professionals living in San Francisco, and about four years ago we fell in love with the Amalfi Coast in Italy. After getting engaged, we searched all over for wedding locations -- California, Hawaii, even Boston. No matter where we looked, we kept thinking of our magical vacation in Ravello. We needed help, and a lot of it. Thankfully, we were introduced to Luba, who specializes in planning destination weddings in Italy. We were incrediby fortunate to have done so. Her knowledge of the area, her professionalism, and her care & understanding for our needs were all above and beyond either of our expectations. From scoping out and picking the location of our rehearsal dinner, to interfacing with boat charter companies, to negotiating prices with Italian-speaking drivers, she did it all. Every time we spoke with her, the inevitable anxiety of a wedding continued to subdue until we felt confident of a genuinely magical experience. And at the end of the day, that is exactly what it was. I cannot recommend Luba highly enough -- she will make your Italian wedding a thing of dreams. - Arcady S.,  San Francisco

We were Lucky to get Luba for our Cape Cod Wedding!

We feel so lucky to have found Primavera Dreams! We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we decided to host a nearly 200-person Russian-Jewish wedding in my family's Cape Cod backyard - but Luba came to the rescue! She worked closely with us through our year-long engagement to think through every detail, from major vendors to heel protectors for people who wore stilettos in the grass. Luba is proactive, lighting fast to respond, and has a very calming effect on a stressed out bride. She also quickly understood our vision to host a literary-themed wedding and made creative suggestion for how to entertain our guests. More than anything, Luba has an invaluable network of vetted, professional, wonderful, flexible, well-priced vendors that help you navigate the otherwise overwhelming wedding vendor marketplace. She found us our photographer (amazing), hair & make-up (so talented), DJ (unbelievable combination of DJ, live singing, and live saxophone!), videographer (great and had a drone), luxury outdoor toilets, and tent company (so professional). Every single one of these vendors was FANTASTIC on every level, and we cannot be more thankful that Luba found them for us! Because Luba is bilingual, we also asked her to MC the wedding since we had a Russian & American crowd. We felt so comfortable having her lead the evening because she knew every single detail. When unexpected things happened (electricity briefly went out in the caterer's tent so the entree got delayed), Luba checked with me and tweaked the evening's schedule on the fly so that none of the guests noticed. I absolutely recommend her services without hesitation if you're looking for a professional, organized thought partner, coordinator and planner on your wedding journey! We'll always be thankful to Luba for helping us pull off the PERFECT day! - Leah Z.

Peonies-Filled Interfaith Wedding at the Elm Bank Gardens

Luba was invaluable in helping us plan our wedding from across the country! She was proactive from the very beginning in helping with our venue search, and was incredibly organized and kept us on track and on top of all the details throughout our nearly 2-year engagement. Luba was quick to respond to everything and dive into anything we wanted to research. On the day of, she handled everything with grace and professionalism - we felt like the whole day went perfectly and we were truly able to enjoy ourselves! Her kind and calm demeanor and her diligence and passion for weddings make her a great person to entrust your big day to! - JingJing C.,  Seattle

Fairy-tale Wedding in a Renaissance Castle in Tuscany,  Italy

We bless the moment when we asked Luba, the founder of Primavera Dreams to take us under her wing and organize our wedding in Italy. It was Luba’s suggestion about Castello Vicchiomaggio. This castle, standing alone on top of the hill was grandeur, but at the same time very homey. How amazed we were to learn that this Castello for a year hosted Leonardo Di Vinci. What a feeling.... - to live in a suite where Mona Lisa was painted and walk the same floor as Leonardo was walking....What a feeling.... - to see winery fields and true Tuscany still valley through your window.... What a feeling to have your wedding vows in the Venetian style courtyard with your very own Romeo and Juliet Balcony... But then comes the entire preparation...Food, flowers, invitations, media crew, place settings, ceremony, cake, and even fireworks.... Step by step, without stress, but firmly, PrimaveraDreams under the leadership of Luba conducted our challenging project from “A to Z”. Hundreds of small and big сhallenges and obstacles were fully managed and eased off for us by Luba. The day of the wedding could not be more organized and yet relaxed and perfect! Luba and her amazing associate Dina sent us all the way to the journey of enjoying our party and not worrying about anything. A year and a half of hard work were crowned with a unique evening for everyone. Say "THANK YOU" is not to say anything. Our gratitude is boundless!!!! But, once again: Thank You PrimaveraDreams, which turns dreams into reality and makes your wedding a fairytale! - Irina P.,  Boston

Lake Como Italy Celebration

Lake Como Italian Delight

In October 2016 we celebrated my husband's 50th anniversary in Italy, on a beautiful Lake Como. It was a big 3-days event with 3 dinners, 2 concerts, one cooking class, and 2 excursions. I was looking for help to organize all these activities, find the right venue etc. Luckily, I found "Primavera Dreams" and I have no longer needed to look for help anymore. I felt relieved right away. 
The total number of guests was 75. 
Luba is very knowledgeable, attentive, efficient and positive. She speaks Italian and French and it seems she knows everything in Italy. - Natasha S., California

Alumni Reunion

Luba is amazing! She helped to make our high school reunion a truly unforgettable event! It wouldn't have been nearly the same if not for her energy, meticulous attention to details, and good humor! She was able to accommodate our requests while adding some great ideas of her own. Thank you, Luba, for making it such a success! We fully recommend Luba and her team to anybody looking to make their event a very special occasion! – Anna B., New Jersey

Destination Reunion in Portugal by Primavera Dreams
Destination Event in Portugal

International Reunion

When I was invited to our school reunion, I hesitated to RSVP. I am usually not the biggest fan of what I call "artificial joy", mandatory entertainment, old friends that you barely recognize, "chicken or fish" food and loud bands. I was so happy that I decided to go! Luba was the sole organizer of the event, and it was better than perfect. She took care of everything. She invited people all over the US, Canada, and Europe, the venue seamlessly used modern technology, the food was excellent, the entertainment was witty and funny. - Luba S., Boston

Private Event: Hebrew Life Fundraiser

Fundraising Events

Planning an important event is a challenge. To make it both successful and memorable is art. Luckily, there are people who have the innate ability to put all the pieces of the event mosaic together so that the end result exceeds everyone’s expectations. Luba Gankin is one of those rare finds. She is the person if you are planning a big event and want it to be a worthwhile experience.
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center often holds various events: research symposiums, go to professional trainings, staff holiday parties, fundraisers, etc. We have been very lucky to have Luba help us run a few major fundraisers. Being a true professional with exceptional organizational skills, she started preparations ahead of time by identifying the best vendors in the area, by choosing the most advantageous location, by making sure that everything was completed according to the schedule. - Alexandra D., Boston

Wedding ceremony in Boston

My husband and I can't say enough about Luba. From the beginning, Luba has been there for us as a consistently reliable source of knowledge, advice, comfort, and organization. We looked into a few different planners, but we knew from our first meeting that we wanted to work with Luba. Her care and attention to us as a couple and calm demeanor showed us instantly that Luba was exactly what we needed. Throughout the wedding planning process and now beyond the wedding itself, Luba has been there for us for the smallest of questions to helping sort out last-minute vendor changes. Luba stayed on top of the wedding coordination and timeline when we didn't have time to, working on our behalf behind the scenes and looping us in for decisions when needed. Luba even attended one of my final dress fittings in downtown Boston so that she could learn how to bustle my dress. Where we most needed help was the wedding weekend itself, and Luba's contributions to the weekend were above and beyond. Luba stayed at a hotel near our venue the weekend of and was a calming, helpful source for everyone involved. From coordinating with vendors to assisting the florist in the set-up on the day of (who later told us she could not have completed it all without Luba!), to making sure everything was easy and magical for my husband and I, Luba really made the weekend an incredibly beautiful experience for all involved. We feel that we now have a friend gained from the process, and are looking forward to staying in touch with Luba. We can't recommend her enough! xoxo, The Christmas'. - Sharon C.,  Seattle

The Jewish Ceremony in Ravello, Italy
Weddings with Cats VIP in Cape Cod
Jewish Ceremony at Elm Bank, Wellesley MA
Wedding in a Tuscan Castle in Italy
Primavera Dreams with the newly married couple, Cambridge, MA

City-Chic Wedding

We enlisted Luba's help a bit late in the planning process after recognizing that we needed someone to keep things on course the day of the wedding, especially for the ceremony, & to manage set-up & breakdown logistics. Luba suggested solutions before we even recognized that there was a problem (i.e. the necessity for our officiant to have a mic), streamlined communications with all of the vendors & ensured everyone was on schedule. She was always available & responsive.

Luba went so far beyond the responsibilities of a "day of" wedding planner. She was a true advocate - ensuring everything was absolutely perfect & exactly what we wanted. For example, we wanted to do a Jewish challah bread-cutting ceremony during dinner, so Luba taste-tested the highest-regarded challahs in the area before selecting the one that would be served to our guests. She even baked the "display" challah used in the ceremony herself! It was beautiful, delicious & her personal contribution to our day was such an honor. - Shannon R., Boston

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