Meet the Author/Designer

Hi! I'm Whitney Wing Drake, owner of Essential Planner Company and host of the companion podcast Essential Wedding Podcast.

I'm a wife, homeschool momma, wedding coordinator, author, podcaster, and educator -- and I'm incredibly passionate about creating ways to help you bring your best self home.

I have a degree in Philosophy from UCLA and I am currently a Graduate Student at Dallas Theological Seminary. I am also a Certified Facilitator (i.e. relationship coach) certified through Prepare/Enrich.

Whitney Wing Drake, authorIn 2007, I founded a wedding coordination company and named it Wish Wonder Dream. It is incredibly humbling to share that when I sold Wish Wonder Dream 12 years later it was the highest rated coordination company in Los Angeles* among many other accolades including induction into the inaugural class of the Knot Hall of Fame. 

I've had the privilege (and I don't use that word lightly) of planning more than 500 beautiful weddings. Most took place in sunny Southern California, but I also worked in Napa Wine Country, London, England and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

You might have seen me on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, as Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick's wedding coordinator throughout season 4 of the show. I've also had the pleasure of planning weddings for other celebrity clients, including Claire Jude Demorest (the lead actress in "Star" on Fox) to music producer Josh "Ammo" Coleman, Kayla Ewell (from "Vampire Diaries") to Tanner Novlan (from "Parenthood"), Marcus Grant (a VP at Def Jam Records) among others.

My international speaking engagements included the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners Annual Conference in London and the Roberto Miranda Educational Seminar for Brazilian Wedding Professionals.  And after selling my company, I became a college instructor and taught the Wedding and Event Certification Program at Collin College. 


As a busy wife, mom to a 10 and a 7 year old, and a business owner, it has become crucial over the years to establish healthy routines, a realistic outlook of how much I can/should try to do in one day, and habits that include rest, relaxation, and time for introspection. The product line at Essential Planner Co. is designed with kindred spirits in mind. Whether you are married, single, a freelancer, a home-based business owner, etc. I know we can all benefit from intentional planning and tools that encourage us to play to our strengths and make the most of our days. There are so many tools out there for corporations and employees, but my goal is to create tools that help us bring our best selves HOME. 

Essential Planner Co. is a family-owned business, operated from my home in Greenville, South Carolina.  


My Work Has Been Featured In:


From the Archives:

(A highlights reel of some of the weddings I coordinated)

(Scene from Rich Kids of Beverly Hills season 4 E! Network)

(Reminiscing about highlights of the year 2011.)

("A Toast To California" event I coordinated/co-hosted with Get Married Magazine in 2011.)

(One of the first promo videos I shot back in late 2010. I just had my first baby girl and headed back to the office. And by office, I mean living room).

(Taking it ALL the way back to one of my first weddings in 2007 with my sister/side kick.)