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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 Morrisey 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.

TPIM is non discriminatory: love is love! My job is to help couples of all religions, race and sexual preferences. I aim to make the planning process collaborative, fun, and stress free, regardless of the size of your event.

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 me!

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.


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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE offers planning and coordination services for every couple, Lara believes that everyone, no matter the budget, should feel special and taken care of during such an emotionally charged time.

TPIM offers, Day Of Direction, Month Of Planning, Partial Planning, and Full Planning, each package is customizable to fit your needs and budget.

THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE also launched POP UP WEDDINGS, a new, seasonal event series for couples who want a City Hall type wedding, but in an awesome New York City venue, with top New York City vendors, that would include:

  • A seasonally decorated venue
  • Up to 13 of your closest friends and family
  • A personalized ceremony, created and performed by Lara Mahler
  • A bouquet and boutonniere
  • A DJ to play all of your favorite songs
  • First Dance (Optional)
  • Cake Cutting (Optional)
  • Cocktail hour small bites
  • All you can drink Prosecco
  • A 6" Cake and desserts
  • A take home bottle of Prosecco
  • A THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE: Pop Up Weddings Tote bag
  • Happy Hour at local Dumbo bar, Superfine, after your wedding time slot
  • The idea is that all you have to do is show up and I would have already taken care of the rest.

THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE's goal is to be there for all couples, to be honest, transparent, creative, collaborative, and stress-free.

"Lara, went ABOVE AND BEYOND (literally, she got physically above one of the walls to place a board I was dead set on having hung at the entrance) to give me my dream wedding and to keep to my vision. Everything was exactly how I imagined and Lara knows that I am not easy to please (in addition to delivering visually – she works from the heart and is incredibly patience and understanding!) and she brought everything that I had in mind to life." – Veronica Petty


Examples of my work

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