What's In a Name?

Confessions of love have forever been documented in song lyrics. THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE takes its inspiration from The Smiths' song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." Lara G. Mahler, founder and owner, spent years falling in love and breaking hearts, all the while guided by the wit and wisdom of various Morrissey lyrics.  Her life came full circle moments before walking down the aisle- her friends, family and future husband stood by her as the song filled the air, capturing yet another life long memory.  This song for Lara G. Mahler is a representation of memory, and that is simply what we are set out to do at TPIM- help couples create moments like this on their wedding day that they will obsess over for the rest of their lives. 


THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE was born in Ridgewood, Queens with the idea that couples should never feel like they are going into debt while planning their wedding.  Everyone deserves a little support during the most emotionally charged time in their lives. That being said, leave the stressful stuff to us!

Love is love!  Our job is to help couples of all religions, race, and sexual preferences.  We aim to make the planning process collaborative, fun, and stress free, regardless of the size of your event.


Lara mahler

Owner and Lead Head Planner

Lara G. Mahler is originally from Toronto, Canada, and moved to New York City in 2007 where she received her MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  

She has many loves and obsessions- Her passion for weddings and helping couples see their vision through on their wedding day was manifested through her first love of dance and performance. This part of Lara's life has influenced her creativity and ability to think outside the box. Lara inherently has a calming presence, is a great listener, provides logical solutions, and can comfortably improvise when under pressure. 
Her love for people, weddings, and creativity is how TPIM was born and how it continues to grow.

The TPIM Team

Erin Elsham-Patzner

Associate Planner/Coordinator

9 years ago, Erin packed 2 suitcases and gave-up her midwest life for the greatest city in the world. Is it 10 years until you are a New Yorker?? A controversial topic, but she has seen it all living in Brooklyn with her husband and two adorable dogs and working in NYC during the week. When not trying to make her dogs insta-famous, or flying on a trapeze, she is constantly scouring the internet and social media for new trends, making new connections and exploring venues. Erin has corporate planning experience, planning large company retreats, large holiday parties and more. With these developed skills, Erin planned and executed her own wedding in August and achieved her personal goal of an affordable and absolutely stunning wedding in the heart of NYC. Before she even was married, Erin knew she didn't want the planning process to be over on August 18, she found TPIM and the stars aligned!


Chelsea Zic

Assistant Coordinator

Chelsea was born and raised in Astoria, New York where she studied vocal performance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. After high school, Chelsea went on to study Mass Communication at SUNY Oneonta. During her time in college, she was given the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain where she developed her Spanish language skills. After taking an events planning course, Chelsea fell head-over-heels in love with coordinating events. During her time at TPIM, Chelsea has assisted Lara and Erin in website design and content, as well as coordinating and executing weddings across the boroughs of NYC. A proud, self-proclaimed nerd, Chelsea enjoys playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons in her spare time. Music is one of the most important parts of her life- some of her favorite bands and artists include David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, and Radiohead. She also enjoys adding to her ridiculously expansive makeup collection, to the chagrin of her wallet.