ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
By hiring an in-house, full-time graphic designer, Oliver Hooper Events established themselves as the most full-service events company in the Upstate. Brides are able to scheme in-person with Marlena, who uses her design expertise to make tangible the brides’ loftiest visions. Marlena is able to ask the right questions of her clients, zeroing in on the mood they hope to set for their event.
Marlena works with brides to create distinctive yet timeless designs while ensuring the entire process is streamlined by managing the stress of timelines and production.
Before bringing her talents to Oliver Hooper Events full-time, Marlena worked with the team after-hours on invitation suites and other wedding design elements. Although her background in marketing and branding helps her think cohesively about events, she has enjoyed moving into the more personal and artistic side of design. Marlena’s favorite moment is when a bride first sees a proof of her work on paper—this is when, for many brides, the upcoming wedding feels more real than ever before.
While at Auburn University, Marlena earned her bachelor’s of fine arts, picked up a minor in business, added a concentration in printmaking, and discovered a career that could effortlessly fuse her left- and right-brain tendencies: graphic design. The daughter of an artist and an engineer, Marlena has channeled her creative energy into design ever since she was a kid. Marlena has lived in Greenville since 2010 and is always finding new things to love about the area. When she’s not working, she practices lettering, catches up on her stack of must-read books, or unwinds in her kayak on Lake Jocassee.