“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Holden’s interest in events and design started when he was 12 or 13 years old, watching television shows about weddings, wedding planners, and fashion. That interest turned to passion as he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University. After several years of working for another event company, he chose to take the leap and open Holden Michael Events.
“I want my clients to feel cared for throughout the entire planning process, knowing they can rely on my team and I to create the perfect wedding day. This is a very special period in a couple’s life, and I feel privileged to work with them and their families during this time. I love getting to know my clients and building relationships that often last long after the wedding day is over.”
Holden believes in living well and dreaming big. When not working, he enjoys music, dining out, and spending a quiet evening with a good book. Holden always starts his day with coffee and have an affinity for Starbucks. Cocktail hour is a sacred time, usually involving a martini. “I’m constantly looking for ways to make daily life more enjoyable, whether it be in a lunchtime manicure or a surprise night out with my partner.”
Holden has planned over 275 weddings, ranging from vintage-inspired barn celebrations to glamorous museum events. “It’s the great joy of my life to create world-class, memorable experiences for my clients and their guests. I would be thrilled to do the same for you!”
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” —Oprah Winfrey
Derrick brings a breadth of guest service and behind-the-scenes production experience to HME in his role as Event Manager. Derrick provides Month of Coordination services, in addition to assisting Holden at larger events. His favorite part of the wedding day is that brief moment right after the officiant says, “you may now kiss your spouse” and the couple’s faces light up with joy and excitement – like it’s the first time they’ve kissed.
Prior to working at HME, Derrick designed lighting and additional production elements for a variety of theatrical productions across Michigan. His attention to detail and understanding of how subtle components take an event to the next level makes him an extremely valued member of the team. Additionally, his ability to multitask while focusing his attention on the guest’s experience and comfort helps to fulfill our mission at HME.
A passionate LGBT advocate, when not working on events Derrick enjoys spending time on the beach, volunteering with local theater groups, and exploring his faith.
“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.” -Roald Dahl
Sarah comes to HME as an Event Coordinator with over 5 years of experience in various sides of the industry. From coordination, to venue management, to bar service, she is extremely well versed in all aspects of the wedding industry.
Sarah graduated from GVSU with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and an emphasis in Meeting and Event Management, and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She fell in love with weddings because she loves a well- designed space, and any reason to celebrate. Sarah is passionate about weddings because of the intention behind every decision and is excited to continue helping couples make memories they’ll hold onto for the rest of their lives.
When not working for HME, Sarah’s never found a hobby she didn’t love! An avid reader, amateur ceramist, and calligrapher, she’s always usually either finding something new to try. You can often find her cozied up with an industrial sized cup of coffee and her cat!
“Life is a party. Dress like it” -Audrey Hepburn
Megan recently completed her business and political science degrees at Hope College. She is a full-time marketer/business developer at a custom furniture shop downtown Holland, and she enjoys exploring the wedding industry on the weekends! From a young age, she’s been obsessed with bridal shows such as “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Wedding,” so it is no surprise that she has found a passion in helping plan weddings and special events. She just can’t get enough of it!
When not working, Megan can be found doing a variety of things. She loves binging old period romantics on Netflix, trying the new coffee shop on the block, spending a night “out on the town” with friends, and petting any dog in sight. Seriously, she has a real affection for animals!
“All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” -Viola Davis
Danielle is currently studying Business Administration at Grand Valley State University. Her favorite part of the wedding day is watching guest’s faces light up as the couple walks down the aisle.
Prior to working as an event assistant, Danielle was very active in planning events in her hometown, and found her love for weddings when beginning at Holden Michael Events. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm for her work is evident at every event.
When not working for HME, Danielle can be found crocheting, reading a good book, or cooking up a meal for her friends and family.