Meet our New Lead Planner, Courtney!

Los Angeles Wedding PlannerI am so excited to announce that Courtney Johnston has officially joined our team! She’ll be taking over the Orange County/ Los Angeles area and a few other weddings as a Lead Planner for Kelsey Rae Designs! She comes with tons of experience… and by experience, I mean getting 50+ couples down the aisle! She’s a gem + gives me a run for my money in the attention to detail + organization category… she’s basically a wedding planner rockstar/ guru/ girl boss/ babe. The most important thing for me was finding someone who values their couples as much as I do, and Courtney does just that. She believes that each wedding + couple is unique and loves creating a true bond and friendship with each person. I cannot wait for her to join the team and for all my lovely couples to meet her!

I also sat down to ask her a few super important questions + here’s what she had to say:

  1. What’s your favorite part of a wedding? I love the bride + groom’s first dance… it literally gives me chills and makes me cry every time.
  2. What’s your favorite kind of donut (the important things in life!): Sugar twist!
  3. If you were on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you? iPhone, Mascara + a cocktail, of course! :)

Girlfriend, I couldn’t agree with those three anymore! Welcome to the KRD family! xo

Photos by Devon Donnahoo Photography

Kristen + Glenn's Smog Shoppe LA Wedding!

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I knew from the first latte we shared that Kristen + Glenn were going to be one of the coolest couples I’ve ever gotten to work with. They were from LA, both architects, with such great style. We sat and chatted for hours and conversation was just, easy. I could see the love between them and it was something I wanted to be around, all the time. That contagious love that just makes you smile really hard. It’s a genuine, perfect love.

And as we got to planning, I saw that love play out even more. Glenn attended every meeting + was there to support Kristen the whole way through. They carefully thought out all the details and spoke so sweetly to each other.

We brought their love of “lines” and geometric structures to The Smog Shoppe and created a little funkiness with their place settings. The venue oozes “cool” and it was seriously the most perfect spot for Kristen + Glenn to say their, “I do’s!” It was a night I will never forget. Maybe because they had THE best dessert bar + Sugarfina favors, and we all know I’m a sucker for dessert + good ole fashion LOVE. K + G, I adore you both! Congrats!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Venue: Smog Shoppe

Photographer: The Hearts Haven

Event Design/ Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florist: The Little Branch

Catering: Little Nelly

Beauty: Benjamin Salon + Crystal Watana

DJ: Dart Collective

Photobooth: Flipbooth

Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals