Meet our small, hands on team
We’re the team. A small, attentive group of highly creative action-takers who care deeply about your wedding plans and creating the perfect day you deserve.
The Pinnacle team were absolutely incredible! I was planning my Charleston wedding from Boston, MA and they made it easy and stress-free! I was not an easy bride – I kept changing my mind, forgetting things, emailing constantly…and they handled it all with grace and ease. I couldn’t have asked for a better team for my wedding day. Everything went off without a hitch. I felt like I had friends running my entire wedding day and not once did I worry about how things were going. They made sure we were handled with care for the entire year we planned together and even after the wedding when I had a few questions. If you are planning your wedding, you need to trust Pinnacle!!
Kristin, Bride | Via The Knot
From his first DJ service at 14, and after a long and successful career in the music industry, Stuart launched Pinnacle with a focus on exceptional service and attention to detail. He has revolutionized how a wedding company works with couples, plans their day and invests in their memories.
He started Pinnacle’s wedding planning services with a single goal in mind: to make wedding planning affordable, fun for the couple and a better experience from engagement until sendoff. A planning planning experience that was positive, fun and most of all, better.
In 2015 this innovation and leadership was recognized by The Knot, naming him one of their very first “Ambassadors” worldwide. 26 wedding professionals who advised decisions at The Knot, acted as brand advocates for programs and initiatives, and educate and inspire fellow wedding professionals.
And for 8 straight years Pinnacle has won every award possible thanks to our amazing couples – including being members of The Knot Hall Of Fame.
Stuart continues to guide the entire Pinnacle team to set the bar higher and higher and try to make each wedding we do the best one yet. Including yours! He still gets excited when someone trusts us with their day and wants you to know that we all really, really care about your wedding.
In his spare time, (haha) Stuart enjoy hanging out with his family, and long distance backpacking in remote areas for thier hiking channel on Youtube.
Linda, Head of Wedding Planning
Linda was born in Zimbabwe to Scottish parents and lived in South Africa for most of her life. She has traveled the world and loves experiencing different cultures and new adventures.
Linda owned and managed her own wedding and design company in South Africa for 15 years, which catered to set and event design, including weddings. Linda and her family decided to move to America and settled in Charleston because of its rich history and art. They have become to love what the city and the community has to offer. For Linda, becoming part of the Charleston wedding world has been a dream come true.
She has always been a very creative person, and designing and constructing sets for stage design and planning beautiful weddings was always her way of expressing that.
The opportunity to explore America has become one of her passions. Linda loves hiking, swimming, yoga, painting and reading. However, her family and pets are always her main priority.
She feels blessed to be able to live and work in a place like Charleston and to lead the Pinnacle planning team.
Denise, Lead Planner
Denise has been part of Pinnacle since “Day 1” and Stuart’s partner in the design of our planning packages, marketing and communications and other “business-y” stuff.
She was instrumental in assisting Stuart in creating the first “Complete” full service package here at Pinnacle and for a time was the only member of the planning team who helped clients on this particular package. Denise also transitioned Pinnacle to our current version of online planning software and was in charge of all aspects of our “aisle planner”offering to couples.
These days, Denise’s work is more behind the scenes, and with a particular focus on her standby role, should someone need assistance or help.
A proud and active Mom of twin girls, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, golf, travel, history, Instagram and mentoring young professional women on leadership roles in the workplace and advancing their careers.
Tomi, Lead Planner
Born and raised in South Carolina, Tomi completely understands the charm of southern ways and style because she’s lived it all of her life. She was raised to believe in the good of everyone and, following in her father’s footsteps, has never met a stranger.
As a young child Tomi always loved challenges, puzzles, pieces of things to make a whole and she’s carried that same solution oriented personality with her throughout life. When she wasn’t harassing her older sisters, being the family jokester or playing a sport she was out looking for the next challenge or mystery to solve. She chose to attend college in Charleston because of some of her favorite memories from family trips growing up. And, like most of us that live here, fell in love with Charleston and decided to make it a permanent home after graduating.
Wedding planning just naturally occurred for Tomi as she was looking for a career to apply her creativity and love of puzzles and helping others achieve their own impossibilities. She has the uncanny ability to take images from someone’s thoughts and expressions and turn them into a tangible outcome. The fulfillment comes for Tomi when the bride and groom walk in on their wedding day and the reality of their dreams unfolding right in front of them lights up the room like the most elegant chandelier you can imagine.
The joy she feels in that moment for the couple is the ‘why’ we all hope to have when we think of the paths our lives are all on.
More to come!
We’re preparing our other team members for their ‘first look’ 🙂
In the meantime, why not get to know us in person? We’d love to chat!