Wedding & Special Events Planner


Samantha Potter creates, plans, and coordinates dream weddings for clients of all types, from simple events to unique and extravagant productions. As an experienced event planner, Samantha brings the element of elegance from her 35+ years of experience. Samantha’s unique background gives her a powerful understanding of how to create a successful event for the clients of The Lodge. Her first big career move was traveling from Manchester, England, where she was born and raised, to the U.S. in 1982. In 1999, Samantha began to manage the “Imperial” Ballroom, the largest ballroom and event center in Orange County. This 20,000 sf event center hosted events for MAC cosmetics, the Walt Disney Co., and John Laing Homes, among others. Moving to Northern San Diego County in 2008, Samantha began her flourishing business of planning weddings in the Temecula Wine Country. During this period, she created a new model for wedding planning, by offering “all-inclusive” weddings packages and working with award winning professionals in creating first class events for her clients. Her experience in working with private estates and mansions as wedding and special event venues, has her much sought after as the premier planner for these styles of weddings and special events. Samantha has also had the rare opportunity to raise and work with medium to large exotic cats, including, lynx, serval, lions and tigers. Her experience in raising an exotic cat on her own from a kitten to two years, was an invaluable lesson for her, which taught her patience and gave her a better understanding of exotic animals. This rare fusion of cross-training in both wildlife husbandry and special event planning, poises Samantha with unique advantages in creating how an event facility is perceived by prospective clients. With a comprehensive knowledge of every winery and event facility in the Temecula Wine Valley and surrounding areas, Samantha offers a vast resource, which will enable her to garner the most business possible for The Lodge. The combination of these unique skill sets allows Samantha to be the driving force behind daily sales and operations. With countless satisfied couples and a myriad of dream weddings to her credit, Samantha is the Temecula Wine Country wedding planner of choice. She continues to build her wedding and event planning business through her website,“” and looks forward to making The Lodge a “Magical Place”.