founder / planner / designer
Saskia Winter founded MOOI weddings when she followed the love of her life and moved from Amsterdam to San Francisco. Saskia has a Bachelors Degree in event production from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Equipped with a background as a festival, photoshoot and theater producer and having attended numerous weddings as a photography assistant, she could not visit one more wedding without wanting to jump in and save the day.
In a way, weddings are small festivals, so the step to wedding planning was easily made.
Besides running MOOI weddings, Saskia owns and runs PHOENIX , an event space in the East Bay. Here she throws numerous Bridal Showers, Baby Showers and Rehearsal Dinners, but also Dance Parties, Singer Song Writer’s Salons and Art Gallery Openings.
Saskia and MOOI designer Jenny just recently embarked on a new adventure in interior styling called MOOI spaces.
Saskia lives in Alameda, an island in the San Francisco Bay with her husband, photographer Benjamin Winter, and their crew of 3 littles : Daisy Dawn, Josie Jay and Mose Mezarim. They all hope to be in a family band one day.
Besides everything to do with weddings, Saskia loves: sewing, dancing, sailing, biking, mangoes, kettle corn, camping, family life and the smell of salty water.
designer / planner / coordinator
I am continuously amazed and inspired by the variety with which couples express their commitment. Together, we toss out old traditions, make up new ones, and create an experience that perfectly captures their unique personalities. I take great pride and delight in making sure that the bride and groom enjoy their day while I manage the details behind the scenes.
Whenever a couple asks me whether or not something is “normal” for a wedding, I encourage them forget about what everybody else is doing and focus on what is important to them. Let’s make a new normal. Brightly colored linens? Awesome! Have a llama walk down the aisle? Let’s make it happen! A three-day campout? So fun! (All of these and more have happened, by the way)
My journey to wedding planning began in New York City at a boutique graphic design firm when I volunteered to plan the annual holiday party one year. I loved every minute of it—planning the menu, coordinating the set-up, managing the staff. I was hooked! After the party was over, I returned to my design job, but the seed for an alternative career was planted. A few years (and a move to San Francisco) later, I pursued my interests through many facets of the event industry before focusing on a career in weddings.
When I’m not preparing for a wedding, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. Sometimes the cookies go onto a cute plate for fun photography and food styling, and sometimes they go straight into hungry mouths—or both!
I would love to chat about every detail of your plans to see if I would be the right fit to make your wedding day as amazing as you dreamed!
Benjamin graduated from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Art & Design Program with an emphasis in Photography and has been photographing professionally for 10 years now.
He has a candid and journalistic approach to wedding photography. Ben believes the spirit of the wedding day will take care of itself, and that he 'captures' it beautifully without forcing moments. Ben believes there is a time and place for 'posed' pictures, but in the end, your favorites are going to be the unplanned, honest, joyful moments that just happen..
Ben has lived and worked throughout the Europe for 7 years. This cross-reference of culture has shaped his photographic style and opened his sense of aesthetic possibility. Since every wedding is unique, he is happy to tailor a package that fits your day perfectly.
Contact Ben to talk about your day, budget, and vision. He'd love to celebrate the sanctity of the wedding day via gorgeous images.
designer / stylist
designer / stylist
Jenny has been making things beautiful for as long as she can remember: sewing, knitting, weaving, painting, writing and designing. Her event design experience began while working in non-profit fundraising. There she developed, planned and designed dozens of fundraising galas, dinners, tournaments and receptions. She loved making stunning experiences that also served to benefit the many amazing organizations at which she had the honor to serve.
In more recent years, Jenny has expanded her design experience into a number of clothing brands. Currently, she designs a clothing and textile brand for children (Jenny Irene) and a line of tees, totes and bags (boro boro shop). She also works as a commercial photo stylist, assisting photographers and art directors in achieving their artistic visions for web and print photography.
She is skilled in executing many different design aesthetics and can help you bring your vision to life. Whether you need help choosing colors for your wedding, creating a custom installation for your next event or a whole new look for your office, Jenny will bring her years of experience and creativity to make your project stylish, unique and beautiful.