When it comes to celebrating life’s biggest moments, we believe the two go hand-in-hand. Our detail-oriented system for handling logistics and our total attention to style and presentation, combined with our dedication and fun-loving approach is what makes us the go to Creative Planning & Production company on Vancouver Island.
Our weddings & celebrations are inspired by the clients we work with and this inspiration carries through to the smallest details of their event. We love to bring creative ideas to life and thrive on working with couples and event hosts who share the same desire to push the boundaries of same-old, same-old and create joyful and uniquely memorable celebrations for their loved ones and guests.
With a strong background in event management and wedding planning, Anouk had managed over 70 weddings through her position as an event coordinator at a local resort when she joined our team in January 2018. Anouk takes the lead role with many of our full planning clients as well as works behind the scenes in the studio managing administrative tasks. When Anouk isn’t in the studio, she’s likely on an adventure somewhere or creating something beautiful. Anouk is the face behind one of our favourite local rental companies, Structuur, where she creates custom designs + rentals for weddings and events!
Simply saying, fashion lover, does not give Dakota’s passion for all things vogue enough credit. With a background in costume design and men’s personal styling, Dakota’s knack for pulling things together, whether it’s an awesome outfit or an inspiring event, is what originally inspired us to recruit her to join our planning team. However, it very quickly became clear that Dakota’s ability to form connections and build trusting relationships with clients and vendors is what truly makes her unique. We are thrilled to have Dakota on board as a fully certified WPIC planner offering both production and full planning services for our wedding clients. Clients who work with Dakota rave that she is fun, vibrant, energetic, and fantastic listener and we couldn’t agree more!
Carley came into our world almost four years ago with a bang at one of our favourite weddings of all time! Carley’s cousin was tying the knot that day and she was PUMPED to pull Emma aside and let her know that she would be absolutely psyched to join the team. With her love of events, degree in Businesses Administration with a combined concentration in International business & Marketing (quite the mouthful!), and incredibly fun personality, we couldn’t say no and Carley has been with us ever since. Carley works alongside her Planning, Coordination, + Design clients on bringing their vision to life while creating a stress-free day for them and their guests. Carley works behind the scenes on tons of our creative installations and is always dreaming up new eye catching Instagrammable moments that pop up around our city!
Sarah joined the party in early 2019, coming to us with an impressive event related resume. From organizing her first fundraiser at age 14 to completing a certification in event planning in 2017, Sarah has immersed herself in the events world over the past ten years and has experience in everything from youth programming and corporate fundraisers to wedding planning and floral design (did we mention she also owns a local focused floral company, Blooms & Co.!). A west coast girl at heart, Sarah grew up in Metchosin, which happens to be home to one of her favourite venues, Bilston Creek Farm, and dreams of having the opportunity to plan an epic bohemian inspired tented wedding celebration somewhere close to home!
SaraGeneral Manager & Lead Planner
From bride-to-be to Lead Planner, Sara has hit almost every role on our team over the last 5 years. Emma met with Sara and, her now husband, Dustin over some Froyo and it was clear from the start that she was meant to be more than a bride – she joined the team within the month as an event assistant. Since then, Sara has also worked as our Studio Manager and Logistics Coordinator. Sara is now a Lead Planner and effortlessly manages the many organizational and logistical challenges our team and her clients throw her way. Although she means business, Sara lives and breathes the “anything for the couple” motto and this past summer even made a guest appearance as Pikachu for a Pokemon loving duo! When she’s not on-site, Sara can be found in the dance studio where she teaches Irish dancing or at home completing a never-ending list of renovation projects with Dustin and their dog, Savvy.
With a love of the outdoors, Kara is the perfect person to plan your West Coast wedding. Graduating with a diploma in Tourism Marketing Management, and a certificate in Event and Wedding Planning, she knows exactly what it takes to pull off the best day ever. She greets every challenge with a smile. You can often find her hiking, exploring the beach, or maybe having a Hoyne Dark Matter or two when she isn’t busy planning.
Marley joined the team in January of 2019 and it’s hard to remember life before her! She is Emma’s right-hand woman in the studio and worked on site on over 20 weddings this season alone! With a degree in Creative Writing and a Diploma in Writing for Television & Film, Marley not only delivers in person but also online via our social media platforms and blog. Marley takes care of everyone around her and is a fan favourite with all our clients as she’s always making sure they are well taken care of (Prosecco anyone?). When asked about her favourite part of the job, Marley says it’s making sure there’s consistently a good balance of sweet and salty treats on the snack cart. Just kidding, we didn’t ask her that… but if we had, we are pretty sure it’s a close tie between the snack cart and getting to share an office with Duck and Goose, our resident studio dogs.
One of the best things about our previous shared studio space, was the friendships and connections that come from it. Kody is one of those connections. A full time member of the talented team behind our brand and website, The Studio Design, Kody’s education in marketing, social media, and all things pretty fits in perfectly with our team. We adore her bubbly personality and laughter and seriously love putting her design skills to the test for everything from save the dates to custom invitations suites and day-of stationery and signage for our full planning clients.
CaseyCoordinator/Head of Hype
Casey is our own personal energizer bunny. On site at events, you can find her assisting guests and setting up decor, all while thinking two or three steps ahead of what needs to be done next. She’s the gal you want to have next to you at 2:00am when you need that boost of energy. With a strong passion for customer service, she is always willing to go the extra mile for our clients. When she’s not on site, you can find her up a mountain (she LOVES a good hike!) or in some body of water – this year Casey is jumping in the ocean or a lake every month and it’s not surprising she’s convinced a handful of friends to join her mission. She’s just that type of gal, wherever she goes, good people follow!