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

Thousand Oaks Engagement + Southern California Bride Feature!

Southern California LA Wedding Planner Engagement season has me feelin’ all sorts of things. I am so excited to meet all you pretties this year and hear your love stories. It literally makes my heart happy.

So to get us all in the mood, here’s a proposal shoot I got to be apart of last summer that had us hiking up all sorts of LA mountains. Cheese cake (literally cubes of cheese) + calligraphy on grape leaves + florals to die for. It was pretty in every way.

My favorite east coast film photographer TBM Photography partnered up with Landino Photo to pull off this stunner. Bringing together my fellow Temecula favorite, Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy, and the insanely talented LA based florist, La Petite Gardenia, we knew this was going to be special. We climbed boulders, scaled mountains, escaped a few rattle snakes and set up the most beautiful picnic this field ever did see. And by rattle snakes, I mean real rattle snakes. Don’t try this at home.

Whether your engagement story is simple + sweet or elaborate + dramatic, I can’t wait to hear it all. It’s so fun knowing that your fiancés creativity gets to shine… all followed by a YES!

Catch the full feature from this shoot on Southern California Bride!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Photography: TBM Photography + Landino Photo

Calligraphy: Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florals: La Petite Gardenia

Courtney + Brett Married at Newhall Mansion!

Los Angeles Wedding Planner I am sitting here stunned that 2015 has come to a close and a new year is about to begin! Where has all the time gone? In looking back this year, I got to be apart of some pretty incredible times. For starters, my little sister got married (yay!) and to top off the year, the brother I never had got married at Newhall Mansion in Los Angeles.

I’ve known Brett my whole life. We spent days on the lake, countless holidays together and he always seemed to find a way to drive me and his sister absolutely insane as we were kids. Brett became the brother I never had, but always wanted. And you can only imagine how I felt, when he asked me to coordinate and be part of the biggest day of his life. Cue the champagne… and tissues! I was thrilled.

Brett + Courtney got married at one of the most beautiful and prestigious estates in the hills of Los Angeles. Newhall Mansion has so much charm and character, seriously too good for words. The day was filled with overwhelming amounts of love, laughter, and champagne, of course. I watched (and cried) as they committed their lives to one another, and let loose on the dance floor in between my “coordinating duties.” I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I am beyond excited to share my favorite pictures by the insanely talented Brooke Borough Photography! Congrats C + B!

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