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The Pauleenanne Design Team is here to execute your event planning, design, and invitations brilliantly!  Our Rochester event planners, led by owner Pauleen Vacca, will work tirelessly to ensure your day is flawless.  Learn more about our team below!


pauleen-anne-design-2016-1Pauleen Vacca | Head Event Planner & Designer

Being immersed in the events and marketing field for over nine years, Vacca has worked with many notable clients and companies, both nationally and abroad, including Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Gap Inc., Shakira, and Drake.

She has a B.A. in English Writing from St. John Fisher College with minors in Communication and Digital Technologies & Culture.  Vacca has also continued her education in the areas of Interior Design, Marketing, and Business.

After working in both Rochester and New York City, Vacca opened Pauleenanne Design in 2011.  Today, she has planned dozens of events from iconic weddings to signature birthday parties to seamless corporate events.

When not busy with the business, Pauleen enjoys exploring downtown Rochester, spending time with loved ones, and dreaming up her next Disney vacation.


Joelle Steeves | Event Planner

Experience in both corporate events and weddings, Joelle is passionate about making sure each event is as unique as the clients.  She believes it’s all in the details, and loves the reaction everyone has to seeing their vision become a reality.  

Joelle has over three years of event coordinating and design experience.  Starting out as an intern, Pauleenanne Design is thrilled to have Joelle as a part of our event team.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Joelle holds a B.S. in Communications and Marketing.  Aside from event planning, she is an avid writer and social media guru.

When not busy in the event and marketing world, Joelle can be found experimenting with new recipes, trying out restaurants and bars in Rochester or perusing a local bookstore.  She loves to travel whenever possible – she’s already been to 8 countries and doesn’t plan on stopping!


Mary Vacca | Event Planner

When her daughter, Pauleen, opened the business, Mary was incredibly supportive in assisting in any way possible.  She has worked with numerous weddings, private social gatherings, and styled shoots.  As, Pauleenanne Design grew, so did it’s mother-daughter team.

In addition to working with Pauleenanne Design, Mary has hosted and planned countless events, from cocktail parties to dinners to trade shows.

Mary has a knack for efficiency and details.  Her nurturing personality, as well as her ability to keep calm in any crisis, makes troubleshooting a breeze.  She loves assisting in design production, and ultimately creating an experience that adds to the amazing memory of every clients special day.

In her free time, Mary enjoys sewing, making something chocolatey and, Irish dancing around Rochester with the Shannonside Ceili Dancers.


Patti Ehrmantraut | Event Planner

Patti has been involved with Meeting and Event Planning for more than 25 years.  She got her start as the Meeting Manager at the former Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, now Thomson Reuters.  While there, Patti discovered how much she loved designing and executing unique and memorable events.

Her work has taken her throughout most of the US and Caribbean.  She has a B.S. in Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology and earned the prestigious CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation in 1999.  She currently sits on the Board of the Eastern Great Lakes Chapter of MPI as the VP of Finance.

Patti wears several different hats, and is also the owner of Traut’s Treats, a homemade candy and gift basket company.  When not working at one of her businesses, Patti loves spending time with family and friends, traveling and following sports, especially hockey.  She is a longtime season ticketholder for her favorite team, the Rochester Americans.


Looking to work at Pauleenanne Design?  Join our Rochester event coordinator, Pauleen Vacca, through an internship.

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