Marriage is a wonderful gift! We believe that every person deserves to find the great love and partnership that gets you through the tough times and makes you want to celebrate the great moments over and over again. For many, the journey to marriage starts with a celebration. Our place in that journey is to take the stress away and create a place for our couples to be fully present. It all goes by so quickly, and we want our couples to be able to focus on what is important. We want them to have a day focused on their love, who they are as a couple, and celebrating that love with their family and friends.


Andrea

OWNER/ LEAD PLANNER & DESIGNER

About Me

Being from the Northwest, it would only be natural that my love for weddings started there. While on vacation at the Coeur d’Alene Resort with my family, the smell of chlorine filling the air, I saw a bride float through the lobby. Her fingers interlocked with her new husband’s and her train in the hand of a woman that could not look more overjoyed to helping this beautiful woman on her big day. It may sound crazy, but in that moment I fell in love with weddings and serving couples on their big day. Shortly after moving to Arizona over eight years ago I had the opportunity to work as a coordinator at a local venue. During my time at the venue, I was able to get some great experience that confirmed my love for weddings and passion for serving my couples. Almost four years ago, I started Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events. I have never worked harder in my life or been so rewarded in what I do.

Fun Facts
  1. Where are you from?
    Spokane, WA
  2. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    I love inviting the bride and groom into the reception before anyone else and seeing their faces. Watching them take in all the decisions that were made and see everything come together is priceless. I also cherish the parent dances. I am incredibly close to my Dad and loved our dance together, so seeing brides dance with their father is a moment I love!
  3. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    Walking to Starbucks with my husband and son. Cooking or baking. Traveling to the Pacific Northwest to soak up time with family and friends. Watching reality TV with girlfriends.
  4. Favorite Restaurant?
    Citizen Public House. Their scallops are to die for.
 

Katie

LEAD PLANNER & DESIGNER

About Me

I’ve always had a flair for design. I was constantly redecorating my room growing up. Weekend fun included helping friends organize, rearranging and tidy their spaces.

I grew up in Maryland and ventured out to the west(ish) coast for college in pursuit of a new adventure and warmer weather.

After graduating from ASU with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design, I knew I wanted to be in the design field, but not necessarily an interior designer. I became fascinated with event production; designing creative environments and unforgettable experiences.

I started my journey in the wedding industry 6 years ago at an events venue, planning and executing weddings and social events. A few years and a lot of experience later, I chose to explore a different side of the events industry, accepting a position with the Events teams for a corporate education company. After gaining experience with events of all shapes and sizes, I found my knack weddings and all the love and passion that surrounds them.

Seamless planning coupled with meticulous design is the recipe for creating an unforgettable event and personalized experience for couples and their loved ones.

Fun Facts
  1. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    When the Bride and Groom get a sneak peak of their reception for the first time, all set with candles lit. Also, I just love when the bride has a first look moment with her dad.
  2. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    Spending time with friends, working out with Drew, curled up on the couch watching The Real Housewives.
  3. What is your favorite dessert?
    Sprinkles Cupcakes or anything with peanut butter
  4. Fun fact(s) about you:

    • I worked as a deckhand for a summer in Alaska.  Roughing it for 3 months on salmon seiner (net fishing boat), our crew caught over a million pounds of salmon in South East Alaska.
    • Sweet over salty. I workout to eat dessert.
    • I met the love of my life 4 years ago when his 8 year old cousin played match maker.
  5. Favorite Restaurant?
    Olive and Ivy
 

Angelica

EVENT LEAD

About Me

I graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. I started to fall in love with wedding/planning industry in my third year of college. I have been the ALWE team for over a year, and have learned so much at each of the weddings I have been apart of.

Fun Facts
  1. Where are you from?
    I was born in San Diego, CA but raised in Arizona.
  2. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    My favorite part of the wedding is when couples read their own vows during ceremony. You can really feel the love and it just melts my heart. If personal vows are not read my favorite part is the first look. The first looks are so intimate and full of love! I just love, love!
  3. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    You can find me cuddling with my little Yorkie, Ellie, or spending relaxing time with family. Another hobby of mine is my newly found obsession of working out at Orangetheory Fitness!
  4. Favorite Restaurant?
    Favorite restaurant would have to be Postino! I love the atmosphere, yummy bruschetta & wine! Not to much that they have the best customer service.
 

Andréa

EVENT ASSISTANT/ RESIDENT SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

About Me

Coming from a large family, I was always used to being surrounded by relatives and planning multiple gatherings. My love and fascination for special events began years ago, when I would hear of my aunts and uncles planning our large family reunions and anniversary parties. It was always exciting to watch each beautiful detail come to life, and to see how these events could bring loved ones together. I knew at that moment that my dream of becoming a special event planner had been born. My years as a design and business student at Arizona State University only intensified my dream. Now, I get to watch the same excitement in our couples’ faces, and participate in making their dreams come true.

Fun Facts
  1. Where are you from?
    I was born in San Jose, California, but I’ve been living in AZ for about 15 years now… So I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m an Arizonan now.
  2. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    First looks are my favorite part of a wedding. It’s the sweetest thing watching our couple’s faces light up when they see each other for the first time!
  3. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    When I’m not working weddings, you can find me stargazing at the Gilbert Observatory, trying out new restaurants and foodie joints, and exploring hiking trails with my German Shepherd-Shiba Inu mix, Bruno!
  4. Fun fact about you:
    I experienced (and won against!) an encounter with quicksand on a beach in Mexico. I was about about 9 years old, but thankfully my grandfather was nearby and helped me out of it.
  5. Favorite Restaurant?
    The Vig in Downtown Phoenix
 

Vivian

EVENT ASSISTANT

Fun Facts
  1. Where are you from?
    I was born in sunny California and moved to Tempe, Arizona when I was 10.
  2. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    My favorite part of the wedding has to be the first look! I love seeing how happy and emotional the groom gets when he is finally able to see his bride. There is so much love and joy in that moment, and I am so thankful I get to experience the first chapter of their new life together.
  3. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    Generally you can find me at the mall because I have a slight shopping addiction, eating lunch with friends, or studying with my pup in bed.
  4. Fun fact about you:
    I recently started a lifestyle blog, and I am having so much learning about that industry and meeting other creative women with the same passions and goals as me.
  5. Favorite Restaurant?
    My favorite restaurant is California Pizza Kitchen. Their avocado rolls are to die for!
 

Alex

EVENT ASSISTANT

Fun Facts
  1. Where are you from?
    I am from Denver, Colorado!
  2. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
    The first look. There is so much emotion and true love that happens within seconds. It leaves me speechless and in tears every time.
  3. When you aren’t working weddings, where can we find you?
    You can either find me in the gym, or binge watching a Netflix TV show.
  4. Fun fact about you:
    I love adventure: Hiking, snowboarding, traveling. I love being active and staying in health with my body.
  5. Favorite Restaurant?
    RA sushi. Nothing more appetizing and stomach filling than sushi.