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Alison

Event Producer and Creative Director

Alison Laesser-Keck has been producing events, both big and small, for fourteen fabulous years. Armed with a degree in counseling, ten years in hospitality, and another eleven years planning weddings, she's a quintessential "people person" and a true left brain/right brain split. In 2008, she branched out on her own to follow a dream - and the rest, as they say, is history. Alison is Bay Area/Santa Barbara, California born and raised, with strong Pacific Northwest and Midwest roots, and she enjoys yoga, a nice full-bodied red wine, traveling, and celebrating whenever possible.

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Bryan

Director of Events

Bryan Keck has been in hospitality since 1997, working for a James Beard award-winning restaurateur in Seattle prior to joining forces with Alison in 2010. As the head of operations, he oversees the many logistics involved in event production, although he's especially passionate about the relationships we build with our clients and their families. Bryan is a proud Midwest native and California transplant whose entire career has involved taking care of people. He loves hockey, the beach, the gym, politics, tacos, a solid Negroni, and working with his wife (his wife wrote this).

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Ari

Assistant/Production Coordinator

Our queen behind-the-scenes, Arielle "Ari" Clinthorne joined us in 2016 and it's impossible to imagine life without her. With a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ari is a notorious perfectionist and lover of problem-solving and creative thinking. Prior to working with us, she coordinated outdoor kayaking experiences for thousands of people. She enjoys traveling, entertaining, pouring over fashion and interior design publications and blogs, and spending quality time with her love, Joe. Her working knowledge of the Italian language is, how shall we put it, helpful.

 
 
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What’s our story?

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Our story is, at its core, a love story. We met in a bar - more specifically, working in a bar, fifteen years ago. Bryan was set to move to SF, Alison to Chicago. The night before he left, as his car was being packed, he told Alison how he felt about her. He told her he wouldn’t leave but she, never one to prevent a great adventure, told him he should go and that she had a feeling they would find themselves together one day. A long-distance relationship ensued; the first real date on a road trip from SF to Chicago moving Bryan to Alison to be together. We fell in love and bonded over a shared passion for hospitality, food, and travel.

Since then, we've been lucky to be able to call Portland, Seattle, Ann Arbor, and now Southern California home. We joined forces as business partners in 2010 and when we aren't working (and even when we are), you can find us on a plane headed to the next great destination on our bucket list. We've visited twenty-two countries together and can't wait to see where we'll head to next.

We love destination weddings because we feel it’s an opportunity to explore the world with the people you love (how truly rare that opportunity is). We're honored to have been named one of the best wedding planners in the world by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle Italia, Brides, and Over the Moon, and would be equally honored to help you celebrate.

 
 
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