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Wedding Chicks June 2019- An Effortless Looking Wedding Day In Navy And Pink

Martha Stewart Weddings May 2019- The Most Unique Ways to Use Eucalyptus Throughout Your Wedding

Southern California Bride April 2019- Spring Wedding Ideas at The Harper OC

Junebug Weddings April 2019- Casa Cody Wedding in Palm Springs

Chic Vintage Brides April 2019- A Romantic Temecula Creek Inn Wedding

Wedding Chicks February 2019- Jessica + Brandon’s Wedding at Colony 29

Style Me Pretty February 2019- Alexis + Josh’s Wedding at Rancho Valencia

Chic Vintage Brides February 2019- Sabrina + Ken’s Wedding at Temecula Creek Inn

Belle the Magazine November 2018- Christina + Chris’ Wedding at The Catamaran

Style Me Pretty October 2018- Lauren + Drew’s Wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Burnetts Boards September 2018 - Cultivate Workshop: A Palm Springs Desert Elopement

SD Voyager July 2018 - Meet Kelsey Smith of Kelsey Rae Designs in North County

Aisle Planner July 2018 - Romantic Blush Wedding at Temecula Creek Inn

Every Last Detail May 2018 - ROMANTIC & MODERN WEDDING IDEAS

Southern California Bride April 2018 - Modern and Simple Wedding Ideas at Temecula Creek Inn

SD Voyager Magazine February 2018- Meet Kelsey Smith of Kelsey Rae Designs in North County

Green Wedding Shoes January 2018- Modern Love Event Recap

Inspired by This January 2018- Sara + Tony's Modern and Moody Geo Wedding

Martha Stewart Weddings January 2018- 33 Pretty + Unexpected Wedding Menu Ideas

Wedding Chicks August 2017- Boho Chic Shoot at Howl

BRIDES July 2017- 25 Creative Menu Ideas That'll Get Your Guests Mouths Watering

Junebug Weddings June 2017- Real Wedding: Amanda + Michael's Greenery Wedding

100 Layer Cake June 2017- Christy + Dan's Colorful Citrus-Inspired Wedding

Grey Likes Weddings April 2017- Real Wedding: Brittney + Jason's Wedding at Temecula Creek Inn

Green Wedding Shoes March 2017- Whimsy Wedding Inspiration in California Wine Country

Wedding Chicks February 2017- Inn at Rancho Santa Fe FAM Trip

100 Layer Cake January 2017- Kristen + Glenn's Fall Smog Shoppe Wedding

Green Wedding Shoes January 2017- Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Greenery Wedding Inspiration

Southern California Bride January 2017- Wine Country Holiday Shoot + Mulled Wine Tutorial

Southbound Bride- Best Wedding Bouquets of 2016- Cinnamon + Earth Wedding Inspiration

Southbound Bride- Best Wedding Cakes of 2016- Cinnamon + Earth Wedding Inspiration

Outre Bride December 2016- Cinnamon + Earth Wedding Inspiration

Outre Bride December 2016- Katie + Keith's Journey at Pechanga Wedding

Borrowed & Blue November 2016- Emily + Ben's Virginia Summer Wedding

Ruffled November 2016- Caitlin + Josh's Industrial Wedding

The Huffington Post November 2016- Wedding Theme Predictions for 2017

Wedding Chicks September 2016- Wes + Anna- How to Stay Positive on Your Wedding Day

Southern California Bride August 2016- Christina + Logan's Maderas Golf Club Wedding

Southbound Bride June 2016- Cinnamon Blue Wedding Inspiration

Grey Likes Weddings June 2016- Temecula Creek Inn Elopement Shoot

Inspired by This May 2016- Kyle + Syd's Mid Century Modern Engagement Shoot

Ruffled May 2016- Moody Agate Wedding Inspiration

Southern California Bride May 2016- Alyssa + Todd's Bali Hai Wedding

Southern California Bride April 2016- Brett + Courtney's Newell Mansion Wedding

Junebug Weddings March 2016- Perfectly Playful Palm Springs Engagement Shoot

The Westchester Wedding Planner December 2015- Beach + Plaid Cozy Winter Affair

100 Layer Cake December 2015- Earthy California Winter Wedding Inspiration

Southern California Bride November 2015- Carli + David's Wiens Family Cellar Wedding

Wedding Chicks November 2015- Greece Inspired Styled Shoot

Ruffled October 2015- La Jolla Engagement Session

Oregon Bride Magazine Blog October 2015- Amy + Tyler Engagement Session

Green Wedding Shoes October 2015 - Bohemian Indian Wedding Inspiration

Southern California Bride September 2015- Mountaintop Picnic Engagement Shoot

August Willows September 2015- NYC Ballet Inspired Elopement Shoot

August Willows August 2015- Palm Springs Anniversary Shoot

Style Me Pretty July 2015- #BridalBeeautyBreakdown: Naturally Gorgeous

Style Me Pretty July 2015- #BridalBeautyBreakdown: Orangey Glow

Style Me Pretty July 2015- #BridalBeautyBreakdown: Burgundy Beauty

Fab You Bliss June 2015- Ivory, Persimmon and Navy Vintage Bohemian Wedding Style Shoot

Style Me Pretty June 2015- Behind the Scenes with The Bloom Babes

Style Me Pretty June 2015- Organic + Elegant Orange County Estate Wedding

Ceremony Blog June 2015Geo Modern Wedding Inspiration

100 Layer Cake May 2015- Geometric Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Style Me Pretty Living April 2015- Signature Craft Cocktails Part 1 with #ThePrettyProject

Style Me Pretty Living April 2015- Signature Craft Cocktails Part 2 with #ThePrettyProject

The Westchester Wedding Planner April 2015- Shaun + Taryn's Whitby Castle Wedding

Style Me Pretty Living April 2015- DIY Donut Bar with #ThePrettyProject

Well Wed National Wedding Inspiration March 2015- Off Beat Antique Wedding Inspiration in Greenwich, CT

Ceremony Magazine San Diego 2014- Meagan + Adrian's Ponte Winery Wedding

"You are THE best. We loved every moment working with you! This day could not have gone better."

-Kristen + Glenn, Bride + Groom, November 2016

"Words cannot describe my appreciation for you! You are so unbelievably sweet and so good at what you do! Jason and I are grateful that we had you for our big day! You turned my vision into reality- literally making my dreams come true! Thank you so much for everything." 

-Brittney Slater, Bride, September 2016

"Weddings can be stressful. As the groom, I probably had less stress than my bride, but I had my share of worries nonetheless. Coordinating vendors, picking the right groomsman suits, and selecting the song for your first dance are just the beginning. Once you get through the planning stages, you're worried about sketchy seating arrangements, wardrobe malfunctions, and getting through the vows without an embarrassing voice crack. During these moments of stress, I'm reminded of why you absolutely need a wedding coordinator. Especially a professional, patient, and downright cool person like Kelsey. Kelsey helped tremendously in the planning stages of our wedding, but where she truly became invaluable was during our wedding weekend.

Flowers and silverware decisions aside, I added a little snag to the wedding weekend. The day before the wedding I awoke with pretty terrible stomach pain. It's a common occurrence and I knew I needed to go to the hospital. Eventually, I was admitted to the hospital an hour before the rehearsal dinner and was told I would need to stay overnight. We were scared, stressed, nervous, and had no clue how to handle the situation. This was certainly above-and-beyond the job description of any wedding coordinator. Thankfully, Kelsey was a rock star. She stayed positive and relaxed, while offering solutions and keeping the mood light. We discussed back up plans in the event that I didn't get to leave the hospital in time. Luckily, I was released just a few hours before the ceremony, and we had the most incredible wedding – in large part due to Kelsey’s resourcefulness, confidence, and compassion.

Something crazy is bound to happen during your wedding. You'd be lucky to have someone as poised and experienced as Kelsey in your corner. "

-Weston Parsel, Groom, April 2016

"Kelsey is the MOST PERFECT wedding coordinator! I truly believe I couldn't have gotten through the day without her. Not only is Kelsey one of the most professional and organized people you could meet, she is also kind, genuine, and a joy to be around. Kelsey was the day of coordinator for our wedding in September. She took care of everything and anything that needed to happen... including many many things I didn't think of or didn't know needed fixing until much later. She offered excellent advice, and never once made me feel bad for some of the ridiculous ideas I had... She made my visions a reality. She expertly planned timelines and coordinated all of my vendors without me having to stress about it... it was so perfect in fact, that I was getting nervous I hadn't heard of anything! She was consistently available to me and my family and friends to lend a helping hand, offering encouraging words, or fulfill requests. When I was feeling nervous, Kelsey was right there with a hug and card that made my whole day. She is a completely wonderful person to work with, and I HIGHLY recommend her!!! "

-Courtney Lewis, Bride, September 2015

"My laid back, island style Hawaiian wedding was as magical as it could have been.  We couldn't do anything about the thunderstorms but they quickly turned into rainbows- a marker of how our entire day would go. Kelsey helped make our perfect day truly perfect. She radiates a beautiful balance of calm and enthusiasm, professionalism and friendliness, mellow with an eye for detail. From the first day she stepped on, she took the reigns in a supportive, direct, and organized way, without ever being pushy or contrary. She provided us with lists and templates, as well as a timeline for everything from save the dates to the farewell ride to our honeymoon. She listened to every bit of input and made them a top priority, on top of the basics. Kelsey upheld my desire for a relaxed wedding with a twist of untraditional and our guests enjoyed a seamless event. They had no clue how much effort it must have taken to coordinate the leis and flowers, decor, party favors, ukele, long procession, buffet, fire dancers, toasts, DJ, wish lanterns, and much more, because she made it look effortless. I'll always look back to my very special day with gratitude for Kelsey. She made our wedding dreams come true! Mahalo."

-Noel Wheeler, Bride, August 2015

"I am so happy I chose to go with Kelsey as my wedding coordinator! She was not only there for me the month of my wedding but also helped me in the design of the wedding and making sure my vision came to life.  Our wedding was more then I could have ever hoped for and it was all thanks to Kelsey! She is so talented and gifted; she has a true talent for design.  Kelsey was also very professional and friendly, she responded to all my emails promptly.  I knew the minute I spoke with her I wanted her to be my coordinator! I highly recommend Kelsey to anyone planning a wedding or any other event!"

-Alyssa Ledesma, Bride, July 2015

"Kelsey is an amazing wedding coordinator.  She makes sure to put everyone else's needs before hers and doesn't stop working until she knows everything is perfect for you. She made our wedding day incredible and easy with her perfect planning and amazing ideas as well as being understanding of situations. Kelsey is the kind of coordinator and person who eases your mind and makes the planning go as smooth as possible and my wedding day would have not gone as smooth if it wasn't for her.  I am extremely thankful for her for everything she did, and how she was by my side every step of the wedding through planning and especially on the wedding day.  Thank you Kelsey for being the most wonderful and understanding coordinator!"

-Carli Lindeman, Bride, July 2015

"My husband and I used Kelsey as our "Month of" wedding coordinator and I truly believe it was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process!  Kelsey has an abundance of knowledge when it comes to weddings and it was a blessing to have her there to make sure no detail was left unattended to. Kelsey made herself extremely available to us whenever we had any questions or concerns and we never waited more than an hour for an email response. Her professionalism and experience continued to shine through on our wedding day; I didn't have to worry about a single thing! Kelsey kept the entire day running smoothly and efficiently while still allowing everyone to have fun. I'm certain that my special day was so perfect because Kelsey was my coordinator!"

-Brittney Anderson, Bride, May 2015

"We utilized Kelsey for her full coordination services and we couldn't have made a better decision to book her! She was incredibly professional, kind, and responsive to every question we had during the planning process. With her experience, she provided me with numerous tips to save money along the way, which was super important to me on my budget. On the wedding day itself, it felt like everything flowed seamlessly, but I know it was Kelsey orchestrating everything that made it go off without a hitch. She was so accommodating with last minute changes and worked extremely well with communicating them to the other vendors such as our photographer and DJ. I think the best thing about her is that I could trust her! If there was a small issue on the wedding day (and I now know there were several!) she didn't run to me with every concern. She made a decision with my best interests in mind and kept the day moving smoothly so that my husband and I could enjoy the day without any problems. Everything about our day was absolutely perfect and I know it was because Kelsey was the backbone of it."

-Elyse Whall, Bride, May 2015

"Kelsey is truly the most exceptional Wedding Coordinator!  I had the great honor of having Kelsey be my Wedding Coordinator in March 2014.  She was amazing right from the beginning and helped make my Wedding Day absolutely perfect. Kelsey was extremely thorough and detail oriented with the planning of my wedding.  She was by my side and available to help with any questions I had through the whole planning process.  She always had great ideas and gave excellent advice.  She always took the time to explain everything to me and her patience and knowledge exceeded my expectations. I feel so grateful to have worked with Kelsey for quite a few months while planning my big day.  Kelsey’s sincerity, professionalism, and positive attitude were a few of her many attributes that resonated with me.  I would recommend Kelsey to any of my friends and family members if they were planning a wedding or an event.  She is absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait for her to plan my next event!"

-Krista Bosshart, Bride, March 2014

"Kelsey is a natural when it comes to wedding planning.  She assisted my daughter and I every step of the way in the wedding planning process, and provided us with so many great ideas (the things we didn’t think about – she knew, she had the experience)!!  She also recommended great vendors that she knew we could trust.  Her day-of timeline worked perfectly. I was able to enjoy the wedding and not worry about a thing (except the rain), but even that stopped when the pictures started! Kelsey is a true professional.  She is so easy to work with.  Whenever I called or e-mailed her with my questions, I had an answer immediately. She is super organized and professional, and has the sweetest personality.I am so happy to have worked with Kelsey in planning my daughter’s big day. I would recommend Kelsey to my family and friends in a heartbeat."

-Jill Johsz, Mother-of-the-Bride, March 2014

"Working with Kelsey to coordinate and plan our special day was truly a blessing.  As most people know, planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful process. What Kelsey did for us was set our minds at ease and really go above and beyond in providing us with excellent costumer service. These days good costumer service is harder and harder to come by and it was truly refreshing to work with someone who has mastered this skill.  Kelsey was able to understand that we were under a lot of stress as we lived more than 60 miles away from our venue and by her professionalism, she greatly reduced this level of stress for us so we could enjoy our engagement.  This really showed when we would run into problems with a vendor that wanted to use certain props that were not allowed at our venue.  Kelsey immediately used her problem solving skills, and with her outside the box thinking, was able to talk with the vendor to come up with an amazing solution that worked for everybody.  Kelsey really separated herself from our other wedding vendors because we could tell that she was truly excited and cared about our happiness by getting to know us as a couple and not just asking us what color linens we wanted.  Any couple planning their special day would be extremely pleased to work with Kelsey."

-Krystle and Drew Garcia, Bride and Groom, September 2013

"Kelsey is a consummate professional. I've worked with her on a number of weddings, as a makeup & hair artist, these past couple years, and it's always been such a pleasure. She is one to always keep the lines of communication open which is SO important with last minute changes, She always goes above and beyond what a normal event planner would do. I can not praise her enough! She is such a joy to work with and a wonderful personality! She is so highly recommended to all my brides!"

Stacey Triplow, Beauty by Stacey