About Us

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 11.17.18 PMAaron L. Machado

Atelier Totale is the creative endeavor and collaborative workshop of event design and fashion promotion professional Aaron L. Machado. Aaron was born to do weddings and events, and the marriage of the two would prove as natural as the path that engendered the union.

Following progressive studies in Mass Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Event Management at the George Washington University (GWU), he undertook an internship with Condé Nast Publications at Glamour Magazine in the Special Events Department in New York City.

Aaron soon became a fixture working the tents at New York Fashion Week for industry cutting-edge designers and shows, including the groundbreaking hit television property “Project Runway” and its iconic style personalities and respected production team. Later returning to the nation’s capital, he concentrated on honing his event management skills as coordinator for a landmark and premier Capitol Hill private conference and special event facility adjacent to the U.S. Capitol.

Discerning his preference for special events and fashion fêtes over congressionally focused forums and legislative confabs, Aaron returned to New York City to take on brand and salon management for a noted wedding dress and couture evening gown designer. Quickly expanding his role, he would plan and manage the launch of a new bridal boutique and showroom in New York.

Aaron, now Washington-based, has had the distinct pleasure of planning weddings worldwide, as well as producing luxury events for notable personalities and select clients at home and across the globe. He also takes pride in providing both pro-bono and considered assistance with charity event opportunities.



hs141Melissa McKenna

Aaron is joined by wedding coordinator Melissa McKenna – offering Atelier Totale clients specialized wedding planning for destination nuptial events or honeymoon travels in Hawaii.

Melissa is located in the Aloha State and is ready to assist with the myriad of localized planning arrangements best handled by an event professional “on-the-ground” and on-site. She brings a diverse range of professional skills and experiences, in addition to wedding event planning, to the task – which allow her to provide a uniquely creative and cost-effective approach to fashioning a memorable destination event.

A background in corporate finance and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance Theatre would later lead Melissa to the world of event planning and management. She specializes in corporate events, weddings and showers, and special organizational functions and familial occasions. She is a seasoned event professional with extensive knowledge of the best-suited event locations while enjoying advantageous professional relationships and partnership arrangements with vendor and accommodation sources.

Melissa, herself married and the mother of three children, enjoyed pre-planning her own wedding – until she also engaged Aaron and Atelier Totale to finalize, execute and manage the event. This interaction, leading to one of the most important days of her life, prompted Melissa to establish a working relationship with Atelier Totale. Located on the island of Oahu, Melissa allows Atelier Totale to provide full-service planning and fulfillment for destination weddings in Hawaii