THE INDEX

Claire

I’m the wedding and event problem-solver, trouble-shooter, planner and orchestrator behind Claire Duran Weddings and Events.

I’m a Stanford and Maryland graduate with a Doctorate in Public Policy that has made my home here in DC with my husband, Nayel, and our daughter, Mila.

With creative roots grounded in ballet, music and art, I have designed and planned visionary local events and destination weddings that radiate grace, class and elegance.

I believe in lovingly and carefully planned events; mindfully designed and perfectly executed. I believe that this next chapter of your story deserves to be defined by an elegant celebration; one that exudes your personal style and fulfills your every goal. And I believe in you and your vision for your special day.

Which is why a Claire Duran wedding or event is always a thoughtful masterpiece, designed with care, devotion and a humble heart to reflect and translate your vision into a day you’ll never forget.

OWNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Liz

Liz is our official details devotee. An out and proud logistics nerd, Liz is here to ensure that your vision for your wedding or event is expressed and delivered beautifully.

Liz is the kind of person that salivates over to-do lists, treats a spreadsheet with the same kind of reverence as an antique manuscript or a delicate exotic flower, and happily blends her appreciation for beautiful things with her passion for planning to lighten your load and cultivate your event masterpiece.

Before starting at CDWE, Liz spent five years planning and hosting international education fairs and corporate events. She believes in pairing aesthetics with logistics to bring to life the unique personality and character of an event.

When she’s not nose-deep in a color-coded chart, timeline or spreadsheet, you’ll find Liz outdoors with her husband and their two kiddos, as they hike, run, bike, swim and explore everything nature has to offer.

lead event coordinator
and director of digital design

Maja

Maja is the ultimate troubleshooter. Calm, confident and in possession of the kind of witty charm that effortlessly endears her to clients and vendors alike, we like to joke that Maja could be shipwrecked, yet still be utterly stress-free. (And oh boy, would that shipwreck be organized!)

Maja's favorite part of her job is the day-of execution. Seeing the ideas and dreams of her clients come to life in an event they’ll cherish forever? Priceless.

Prior to being part of the CDWE family, Maja was directing big budget PR campaigns for companies like Nestlé, L’ebel and United Airlines. But even though she was doing incredible work, Maria soon realized her passion was in the event planning and design element of her job … and so the CDWE happily family grew to three!

When she has space in her calendar (and she’s not taking Karaoke selfies … totally a thing. Check out her Instagram stories!), Maja loves to fill her life with travel adventures. Being able to explore new countries and create new memories fuels her and inspires her event design style.

Principal planner, destination chapter

Ian

Ian is the behind-the-scenes guy, coordinating logistics and operations from Washington, DC. He executes day-to-day tasks to ensure the team has everything they need to execute your big day without worry or fear. 

Ian is a people pleaser and the consummate team player. He does whatever it takes to set the team up for success, which is great news for all parties involved. Whether it’s coordinating travel, mailing gifts or save the dates, connecting with vendors, or helping newly engaged couples schedule their consultations, Ian goes above and beyond to make sure every detail is efficiently handled. 

Ian is originally from Detroit and loves all things Michigan. He and his wife Andrea live in Silver Spring, MD with their son Bennett. Ian loves spending time with his family, quoting entire episodes of The Office or Seinfeld, and of course jamming to 2006 Justin Timberlake classics (you know what they are). 

office manager

- cristobal balenciaga

"Elegance is elimination."

our motto:

After one of our destination brides revealed that champagne contains less calories than wine (winning), our bubbles fandom was officially solidified.

01.

PROSECCO

Claire’s fave: Red velvet or vanilla with lemon. Liz’s fave: Carrot cake (Claire’s totally making a face right now. She’ll never get over the fact she had to skip cake at Liz’s wedding.) Maja’s fave: Vanilla with dulce de leche.

02.                           

CUPCAKES

Team bonding or fitness building? Either way, Liz and Claire love their daily barre where they laugh at each other’s (lack of) tucking skills. Maja is fancier and has her own personal trainer in the DR.

03. 

PURE BARRE

Claire and Liz love the old-school classics (and singing them at church – they do great harmonizing together!). While Maja takes over the internet with her karaoke skills.

04. 

SINGING

Claire trained for over 20 years. Liz took classes when she was young. Maja dreamed of being a backup dancer for Madonna and touring the world with her, All of us share a passion for going to the theatre and watching companies perform.


05.

BALLET

**Some of the above things are only just OK in Ian’s book. He does, however love anything to do with Michigan, Justin Timberlake, and preaches his love for Little Caesars regularly. And, he will deny it, but he can also do a mean Michael MacDonald impression! 

PREVIOUS SET

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06. my FAVE scent: 

chanel no. 5

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07. gimme all those

MACARONS

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08. I LOVE

WALKS IN THE PARK

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09. secret talent: 

SALSA DANCING

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1o. LIFE IS BETTER WITH

CAPPUCINOS

THINGS

FAVORITE

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