I'm Melissa Jakes

"The Olivia Pope of Live Events"

Hi I'm Melissa Jakes, CEO + Founder of Rescue Event Planning, a Washington DC based boutique event planning firm.


During my career I have been the right hand guru behind some of the most Epic Weddings, Conferences, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, and so many other amazing events.


My clients have actually coined me, "The Olivia Pope of Live Events". And, I gladly accept that title. Honestly, giving my clients a great experience during the event process is truly why I love my business.

In addition to being an Event Planner, I am a public speaker. I facilitate conferences and workshops for Universities and Non-profit Organizations. Some of the organizations I have spoken at include, Morgan State, The Beecon, and The Event Planner Association.

Most recently, I published my first book, "Make Money Through Live Events."

It made #2 on Amazon's New Releases. You can check it out on amazon here. 

I've Also been featured in the film “STEP”, the Event Planner Association Podcast, and The Baltimore Sun.