The Creation

Meet Jana Ingraham, the founder and owner of Design A Dream Events.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jana has always had a deep passion for designing and planning.  After going back and forth with trying to decide what she wanted to do as her long-term career, Jana had the opportunity to assist with a handful of weddings and events starting in 2008. Immediately, she knew she was born to be an Event Planner! Jana threw herself into the business, soaked up as much as she could about the industry, and dove head first into every possible class, workshop, and seminar.  Ultimately, this lead to the launch of Design A Dream Events in 2012 continuing to coordinate numerous weddings and events ...And we must say, the rest is history!  In her leisure time you can find her in the gym, loving on her family, or soaking up the sun by the water!


Jana's promise to you

"I promise to coordinate and manage any and every detail you need. You can rest assured that I'll be the first to arrive and the last to leave at your event, as well as orchestrating every moment in between. I can promise I will give every event my all, and treat each of them uniquely as their own, because they are. Most of all, with all my being, I will do whatever it takes to keep your event running smoothly and successfully! I will not let you down. "

- Jana Ingraham

Meet The Team

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Our Philosophy

Planning your wedding or event should be enjoyable and memorable.  To be successful in this industry, you have to have a passion​, organizational skills, be detail-oriented and can multitask.  I guarantee; We are that!  Our goal is to set ourselves part from other coordinators and never allow events to be alike.  This is your special dream, designed especially for you.  Our team works well under pressure, and we are flexible with any situation or surprise that may occur.  

Success and exceptional quality for each and every event is our ultimate goal.  Planning is a sophisticated profession that only few can accomplish with grace and triumph.  We go above and beyond the typical coordinators.  We will blend our experience and creativity with your ideas, uniqueness, and dreams to turn them into a reality. 

Design a Dream Events was founded and created by a woman who had an event planning personality starting at a very young age.  Jana, the owner of Design A Dream Events, was given the nickname "D.O." at the age of two by her family.  What does "D.O." stand for you ask?! Detail Oriented! Growing up, Jana was always the one planning surprise parties for her friends + family, or taking over the details for the next great adventure they had planned.  She loved everything that went into the decorating and coordinating aspect, as well as the contagious excitement it gave the people she loved.  Even though Jana wasn't aware that one day she would be the owner of a wedding + event planning company, the universe knew! That nickname would be the beginning to a great journey that is now called Design A Dream Events!

Jana Ingraham

Owner || Lead Event Planner || Designer

Pam Villanueva

Executive Assistant Event Coordinator

Laiken McManigal

Assistant Event Coordinator

Meet Pam! She is originally from Acapulco, Mexico where she received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. While in Mexico, she also assisted in weddings & events, where she discovered her love for the wedding industry. Pam is all smiles and hugs, which all of our clients love! She is energetic, organized, and hardworking. Other than weddings + events, she is passionate about makeup, cooking, and the beach! 

Meet Laiken! She is a Michigan native who moved south to chase warmer weather and sunshine!  She's a senior at UNCW working towards her B.A. in Communications Studies with a focus in Integrated Marketing.  Laiken has always had a strong love for weddings. Her attention to detail and organization skills flourish in the wedding industry.  In her spare time you can catch her hanging out with friends and family, singing to the latest karaoke hit, and drinking copious amounts of coffee! 

Tiffany Sheets

Assistant Event Coordinator

Meet Tiffany!  She is a recent graduate from UNCW with a major in Business Management and Leadership as well as a major in Recreation with a concentration in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Planning Management.  Tiffany's interest in wedding planning began at a young age drawing wedding dress designs and creating extravagant weddings on paper.  She is now starting to pursue that dream here at Design A Dream Events!  In her spare time she is a dance teacher, enjoys art, and runs her new photography business!

Tressa Amico


Meet Tressa!  She is our newest addition to our Design A Dream Team! Tressa graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Associates in Arts.  She believes her passion for wedding planning stems from her detail oriented personality, and attention to detail.  She's loves everything about weddings, and hopes to pursue a career in the industry.  Tressa has a wonderful talent in calligraphy, and a passion for painting and drawing. When she's not working, you can find her on the beach with her and enjoying her free time with her friends.

Design a Dream Events has an internship program for anyone who shares the same passion and philosophy as we do!  Each internship lasts a minimum of 6 months.  If you are interested in an internship, feel free to contact us.  We would love to have you on board.

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