Kelsey Rae Smith - Owner + Creative Director
I was born and raised a California girl, with some roots in Connecticut and a burning desire to lay some roots overseas. I’m a firm believer that Paris is always a good idea. You may find me frequenting our Saturday’s Farmers Market, waiting patiently in line for some authentic French chocolate croissants or snagging some eucalyptus and ranunculus, because, why not. Oh, and I’m a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sangria and donuts. Need I say more?
My passion for design fuels me to create, challenge myself, and ultimately pull off some insanely pretty weddings and events! Getting to know my couples and their love story is the best part of my job. And I secretly get super excited when we all become best friends!
Anthropologie could literally consume me. Nicholas Sparks novels fuel the hopeless romantic in me. Flowers make my heart happy. And quaint coffee shops are my thing.
I am an HGTV addict, an avid Free People shopper and a wanderluster. Let’s adventure!
I am a believer in Christ. My soul was forever touched by the trafficked women I got to meet and work with on a missions trip to Fiji. It was there that I knew I wanted to help women learn their self-worth and know what healthy relationships are all about.
I value love… simply, everything that encompasses love.
So enough about me, I can’t wait to hear about you!
Courtney Johnston - Orange County/ Los Angeles Coordinator
We are so excited to have Courtney on our team as our OC/LA Coordinator! While her main focus is this area, she also takes wedding in Temecula + San Diego, as well as a few destination weddings each year.
She has a heart of gold + loves getting to know our couples! Her favorite part of a wedding day is tied for when the groom first sees his bride, as well as the grand entrance, because you can really feel allllll the love in the room.
She is OCD in all the best ways and will keep you organized throughout the planning process. Her problem solving skills will make it so that you have zero worries on the biggest day of your life!
Courtney has coordinated 70+ weddings and is basically a wedding planner rockstar/guru/girl boss. She’s worked in this industry for 5 years + we’re so lucky to have snagged her up for our team!
She’s the sweetest + we know you will all love her!
A few other random facts: Pinot Grigio is her go to, but she also love a refreshing Moscow Mule. Her hobbies include puppy lovin’ (her two pups are her children haha) and perusing Home Goods for more goodies to add to her home. She’ll also never turn down wine tasting (a girl after my own heart!), so we knew she’d fit right in. You can learn a little more about her here!
whitney - assistant
Whitney was born to be a part of your wedding day. She absolutely kills it day of! Her favorite part of a wedding day is talking with the bride and father of the bride right before they walks down the aisle (she loves those FOB emotions). She has the fanciest tastebuds on our team with her fav cocktail being a French 75 and is truly consumed by wanderlust. She loves traveling with her hubby and spending time with her Old English Bulldog that's seriously the cutest ever!
shelly - admin
Shelly is our back-end brains! She handles everything from updating web + social content to submitting your freakin rad weddings to be published by the best of the best and everything in between! She's a night owl who wouldn't survive without her daily naps, carbs, wine, and adventures through this wonderful world. She's also a photographer here in Southern California (snagged these killer team photos you're seeing now) and is just as in love with love as we are.
lauren - assistant
Lauren is, as cliché as it sounds, a freakin ray of sunshine. She's always laughing so you'll never have to worry about your jokes not being a hit which we love because she makes every occasion a blast! She loves setting up on wedding days and seeing the space transform, speeches and hearing the story behind each bride and groom, and seeing the dance floor when all the family lets loose and enjoys their time together as one united family! She thrives on her doses of sushi, boba, rosé, and has basically been a volleyball superstar all her life. NBD.
isabella - assistant
Isabella is the newest member of the KRD team but you'd never know because she fits right in! Her favorite part of a wedding day is the father daughter dance and the speeches! She's mainly a wine kind of gal but she loves a good Moscow mule here and there. When she's not helping us make sure your day goes off without a hitch you can find her roaming Home Goods or cooking!