About the team and services

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

 
 
 
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Alison

Event Producer and Creative Director

Alison Laesser-Keck has been producing events for thirteen years. Armed with a degree in counseling, ten years in hospitality, and another decade since then planning weddings, she is the quintessential "people person" and a true left brain/right brain split. In 2008, after several years in social and non-profit events, she branched out on her own to follow a dream - and the rest, as they say, is history. Alison is California born and raised, with strong Michigan roots, and she enjoys traveling, celebrating and eating whenever possible.

 

Bryan

Event Director and Master Organizer

Bryan Keck has been in hospitality since 1997, working for a James Beard award-winning restaurateur and chef in Seattle prior to joining forces with Alison in 2010. As our director, he's focused on the many logistics involved in making an event happen, although he's especially passionate about the relationships we build with our clients and their families. Bryan is a proud Michigan native whose entire career has involved taking care of people. He loves the Detroit Red Wings, the beach, and working with his wife (his wife wrote this).

 
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Arielle

Event Designer and Coordinator

Arielle Clinthorne is an event designer and our “hands on the ground” in Michigan. With a degree in Neuroscience from University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a passion for design, Ari is a notorious perfectionist and lover of problem-solving and creative thinking. When she isn’t working with us, she coordinates outdoor experiences for the City of Ann Arbor, where she has been for the past eleven years. She loves getting outside, traveling, entertaining, and pouring over fashion and interior design publications and blogs.

 
 
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We are two people in love, doing what we love, and helping people celebrate their love.

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We met in a bar - more specifically, working in a bar - fifteen years ago. We fell in love immediately and bonded over our shared passion for hospitality, adventure, food, and travel. Together, we've called Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Southern California home. When we aren't working (this is rare), you can find us on a plane headed to the next great destination on our bucket list. We've visited eighteen countries together and can't wait to see where we'll head to next. We're honored to have been named one of the best wedding planners in the world by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, and would be equally honored to help you celebrate.

 
 
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Our Services

 

Venue Procurement  ·  Accommodations  ·  Transportation  ·  Food and Beverage  ·  Service  ·  Entertainment  ·  Layouts Timelines  · Tenting  ·  Lighting  ·  Flooring  ·  Draping  ·  Floral  ·  Linens  ·  Print  Collateral ·  Rentals  ·  Permits  ·  A/V  ·  Power  ·  Infrastructure  ·  Budgets  ·  Rain Plans  ·  Rehearsal Dinners  ·  Welcome Parties  ·  Farewell Brunches  · 

You name it, we handle it. Additionally, we specialize in:

 
 

CAPTURING LOVE STORIES

We're not interested in producing a bunch of weddings that all look the same or following trends for the sake of following them, making your wedding feel dated before it even begins. No two events we produce are alike, and we prefer it. Our events are 100% custom, carefully designed and curated to celebrate you. Our inspiration and process was developed to capture who you are and what you love about life and each other. 

 

TRANSFORMING VENUES

Gorgeous property but it's a blank slate without power, restrooms, a kitchen, infrastructure to protect from weather, etc? No problem! Hotel ballroom but it feels stuffy, boring, or impersonal? Check! No venue at all? Even better, as we can find your perfect match based on your vision. You're looking to make a space beautiful and your own, and we can help you do that.

 

SHOWCASING DESTINATIONS

What makes a place special? Maybe you went to college there, grew up there, or perhaps you just really think it's a great place for the party of a lifetime. Many guests are visiting for the first time when they attend a wedding, and it's their vacation. We'll help you create a guest experience that is seamless, authentic and fun, showcasing what you love about the destination you chose to celebrate in.

 
 
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Our approach

 1) Authenticity, 2) Efficiency, 3) Hospitality and 4) Quality over quantity.

Producing a wedding is both time-consuming and strategic, but over the last 10 years we've developed a system to streamline and simplify the entire process, allowing us to focus on the details that make your event personal and memorable, and allowing you to relax and enjoy. 

We are hard workers and consummate professionals. The majority of our clients are too. They are CEO's, attorneys, physicians, business owners, engineers, residents, graduate students, and so on, and they like us because they know they can trust us. We're organized, respectful, efficient and creative.

We're passionate about providing a high level of service, both on the weekend of your event and the year-plus leading up to it. As such, we limit our client roster to 7 so we have the time to delve into the details and give you the experience you deserve. 

With 20 years of experience in hospitality and events each, from the United States to Europe, forest to ballroom, and direct sunlight to torrential downpour, we can handle any challenge that is thrown our way. Would you like to be a guest at your own wedding or event? It would be our pleasure to take care of you. Get in touch for a complimentary consultation and let's see if we're a match.

 
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