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    Keely
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    Keely Thorne

    BIO:

    Keely began her event planning career in 2006 and by 2008 had opened the doors to KTE, a full service event planning firm, and today has expanded to manage a talented team of planners who have executed events from New Mexico to Florida and everywhere in between.

    Chic personal style, exquisite taste, and flair for fun are just a few of the qualities that make each of Keely’s events an occasion to remember. Being a native Louisianan, Keely’s southern hospitality is the perfect complement to her vast knowledge of the industry and ability to plan unforgettable parties. Her work has been seen in Style Me Pretty, Weddings in Houston, The Knot, Paper City, In Register, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, and Modern Luxury Bride’s Houston just to name a few.

    Keely works alongside each of her consultants to ensure that every client receives her attention to detail, years of experience and creativity to ensure a one-of-a-kind event. Being behind the scenes gives Keely as much joy as executing a flawless event as she invests much of her time in mentoring the KTE girls to ensure they are always on top of trends and current happenings for their clients. In addition to mentoring her team, Keely takes the time to really get to know each and every one of her clients to ensure that their events are true reflections of themselves. It is always her goal that a perfect party is only reflective of her in the flawless execution and unique touches that keep people talking about “that amazing night” for months to come!


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Alice + Olivia
    Dessert: Fruit Tart
    Fragrance: Chloe
    Restaurant: Underbelly
    Retailer: Saks Fifth Avenue


    BUZZ:

    • "Words are not adequate to express our heartfelt thanks for all of your support and guidance during Emily Catherine's wedding. We could not have been happier with the wedding, and your involvement was both the key reason behind every detail being in order and perfect! And the reason we could relax and enjoy it all. Emily Catherine, Tany, and I have so enjoyed working with you. You are such a pleasure to be with while also providing professional, creative and extremely helpful advice. I consider it a great blessing that we have had the good fortune to have you as our wedding planner for both weddings! We're all sad that we won't have another wedding for which we'll need your help. Thank you, Keely, for EVERYTHING! We so appreciate your friendship, your professional advice and your many kindnesses! You are a real treasure."
      - Frances Jeter
    • "I cannot thank you enough for everything you did for the wedding. Words cannot express how fabulous everything turned out! You took my vision of a dream wedding and turned it into a reality. I so appreciate your expert advice and valuable help throughout the planning process. I am forever grateful to you and Nicole. Thank you for creating a night that Ben and I will never forget!"
      - Emily Catherine Jeter Riggs
    • "I know we have emailed since the wedding, and that you have spoken on the phone with Bob, but I just had to put pen to paper to tell you how very pleased Bob & I were with everything you did for us - and how unbelievably perfect the wedding was. It was such a pleasure to deal with you in every phase of the planning for our events and, of course, the main event of the wedding. Your marvelous professionalism was overshadowed only by your lovely personality. I don't know how you do it, but you never seemed flustered, impatient, or bothered by any indecision on our part. I know this is your business - but in dealing with you, we always felt that the Echols-Prugar wedding was the only thing on your plate. You and your staff have the rare ability of making each of your clients feel that they are the most important person on your calendar. It's easy to see why our business is so successful. If Paula is typical of your team, you have surrounded yourself with incredibly talented and competent people. As Bob said, the best decision we made throughout the whole wedding process was hiring Keely Thorne Events to help us with the Rehearsal Dinner and Brunch. Thank you again for making our lives so easy and our events so memorable."
      - Jill Prugar
    • "We are so grateful for your help in planning Caroline & Chris' wedding. We cannot thank you enough for 'everything' you have done to make this weekend a special family celebration with lasting memories."
      - Christy Echols
    • "It has taken me a while to put together my thoughts, because I can just not thank you enough for everything you did for our wedding! From being the perfect advisor and companion during the planning process, to orchestrating the most perfect wedding weekend, we are forever grateful! My mom and I were able to enjoy the entire planning process and wedding weekend because we knew you had everything covered! We looked forward to and love our meetings with you and had a blast doing it! I knew that when John and I met you last March at The Corinthian that you were the girl we needed! Now, even more, as I look back at our pictures, I can see you went above and beyond and it was all just perfect. I cannot imagine going through the last year without you! John and I felt like guests at our own wedding because we were able to enjoy the night and take everything in. I will never forget walking into The Corinthian and how beautiful everything was! The night only got better from there and it is certainly something John and I will never forget! So, thank you for giving us the perfect start to our marriage, we couldn't be more grateful!"
      - Katie Bartlett Osborne
    • "Ali and I cannot thank you enough for being such an incredible wedding coordinator. From the first consultation we had at your office, Ali and I knew that you would be a vital part in planning our dream wedding. We could not have done it without you! You have been such a pleasure to work with. Your patience made the process seamless and your creative ideas made our ranch, destination wedding perfect. Thank you for all you did the week of the wedding in preparation for the rainy days that laid ahead. Please also thank your husband for us! I know without your hard work and effort my bride wouldn't have been as happy as she was! You're a fantastic wedding planner and a pleasure to know!"
      - Ali and Pearson Montgomery
    • "It seems only yesterday that Ashley started planning her wedding and now she is Mrs. Seth Moseley. Thank you for your expert advice and invaluable help. You did an incredible job of making the process lots of fun - and Allison took the reins so capably to the finish line! Thank you again for your brilliant work - I don't think I would do a wedding without you!"
      - Alice Burguieres
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    Emily
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    Emily Moise

    BIO:

    Emily prides herself on being unique and having her own quirky style yet even the most traditionally striving clients truely enjoy the experience of her wit, intelligence and truely fantastic events. Emily is an unbeknownst trendsetter who sees her ideas and style melt across the industry long after initial thought.

    Emily has a way of perceiving what each specific client wants and ways to translate those ideas into reality properly. And with that, she proves time and time again that any issue has a million acceptable solutions and also that with the right tools, any challenge can be accomplished.

    So whether she’s planning for completely hands off clients who know minimal about their event and are speechless with excitement at the reveal; to those clients a part of every detail, Emily’s brilliant contributions are proclaimed as the seen and unforeseen key elements that made the event a success and would have never been if she had not been involved. Creating “favorite moments” since 2009.


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: BCBGMAXAZRIA
    Dessert: Frozen Yogurt
    Fragrance: Bright Crystal by Versace
    Retailer: Zara
    Restaurant: Beauty & Essex in NYC


    BUZZ:

    • "I know you probably don't get to see her in action very much, so I wanted to just convey how much we absolutely enjoy working with Emily on her weddings. There isn't another coordinator out there who's as thoughtful, helpful and thorough as she is, both before and during the wedding day. We literally never have a moment of confusion or an unanswered question. She's sure to take care of us the whole day, and also take care of the clients before-hand, by really investing herself in what they're booking (to make sure it's perfect for them). I think that three of my last 5 weddings have been with Emily, and for vendors who really care about what they're creating for our clients, she's an absolute God-send. I just thought you'd like to hear our thoughts. She's the next best thing to working with Mrs. Keely Thorne herself."
      - Aaron Tharpe, 31 Films
    • "Andie and I cannot say thanks enough to you and the rest of Keely’s staff- but again- especially to YOU for everything you’ve done this past year to help make Andie’s dreams come true. Thanks for listening to us – and especially  me – patiently as we asked a thousand questions over and over again You have been awesome!!! Thank you – thank you – thank you!"
      - Jacque Schlather
    • "We really cant thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding THE BEST THING EVER!!! It truly was the best night of our lives and it wouldn’t have been possible without you and the rest of KTE. Here are a few goodies for you from Paris (and neon…and metallic!) We will always remember you!"
      - Andie Schlather Willis
    • "I can’t begin to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding amazing. From you guidance beforehand to your clam help when I was losing my mind, there is no way our wedding day would have been the same without you. I still look at pictures and wonder how you did it. You managed to take the very few ideas I had and run with them and create exactly the wedding that I dreamed of. I didn’t even know what my vision was ahead of time – but you knew me & my tastes so well – it was exactly what I wanted. I was so relaxed at Ouisise’s and had such a FUN time celebrating – I know that this was only possible because you were there taking care of everything. You are one of my favorite people. You are so good at your job and you’re worth your weight in gold. Jordan and I are so thankful for you and for the wedding that you gave us. You are such a blessing! We absolutely adore you. I could go on and on but instead I’ll just say thank you thank you thank you!! I couldn’t have done it without you."
      - Emily Gibson Mayre
    • "Thank you do much for an absolutely beautiful wedding & reception. You were wonderful to work with and made our day so special! We enjoyed working with you! Thank you so much for your expertise and professionalism and creative eye!"
      - Leigh Owens Fitzgerald
    • "Thank you do very much for all of your help for Elizabeth’s wedding. For such an extremely important day, your guidance was so comforting. The wedding day flowed effortlessly and perfectly. Elizabeth has several friends about to become engaged and we are already highly recommending you."
      - Becky Kaul
    • "Ted and I are so pleased with how the whole wedding went incredibly smoothly. And we realize that this was done in large part by your efforts. On behalf of us and Haley & Matthew here is a token of our appreciation. On top of this, we sing your praises to everyone who asks about our wedding planner and even to some who don’t ask! Thanks for all your hard work and effort. We couldn’t have done it without you!"
      - Stacey and Ted Lyons
    • "In case I forget to tell you on Saturday, you have done an outstanding job assisting us. Best decision we made throughout the whole process was hiring you/KTE!"
      - Kathy Branscome Winn
    • "Thank you so so much for everything you did for the wedding. It was all that I wanted and Chris & I had an amazing time. We are still getting phone calls from people calling it "the best wedding they have ever been to!" So I think they enjoyed themselves haha."
      - Meredith Dickey Valach
    • "Thank you for helping our family with the wedding and reception. We received many compliments throughout the evening and the following days. It was elegant, sophisticated and understated which is what Leigh wanted. It was beautiful and interesting. Everything ran smoothly and the attention to detail appealed to me as a designer and made everything seamless. I appreciate you guidance with all the printed materials; invitations, program, announcement, napkins, welcome letter, etc. Thank you, also, for helping with the borrowed arrangements for Sunday morning. Thank you for organizing the last several days and being sure everyone knew where to be! It was nice for Don and me to be relaxed during the wedding weekend so that we could pay attention to our out of town guests, relatives and friends attending the festivities."
      - Crystal Owens
    • "From our first meeting, Sarah Jane and I knew we had the right girl in our team! Thank goodness Victoria had given us your name. I have never seen my daughter so happy, and it is because of you, Rob, (and Jack) and he entire team that created the magical wedding. it is every mothers dream to see her child so happy and I feel you made that vision come true. Your organization skills, incredible ideas and experience were over the top. I always had the security that you were in control. You are in your game and are good at it! What a gift to be in this profession that you have such extraordinary knowledge – you are smart, kind good at what you do! The best part for us is that you are a precocious friend that we feel blessed to have in our lives. Thank you Emily for a memory that I will hold in my heart forever"
      - Mary Jornayvaz
    • "Thank you so very much for all your help…& patience…in coordinating all the last minute details for Kathleen & Lee’s Wedding! It was perfection! We love the Keely Thorne Team! You guys are the BEST! I hope you are final getting some well-deserved rest and can enjoy the holiday season! Many thanks again!"
      - Kathy Guill
    • "Dear Wedding Planner Goddess, You have out done yourself again! Our wedding was spectacular thanks to you! It was truly the prettiest wedding in the world! We are both so grateful to you for going above and beyond to make our wedding perfect!"
      - Katie Sheen Beckham
    • "I wish we could do a do over! You made this whole process so fun and the end result was out of this world! By the time the wedding weekend came I was ready and without any fears! You were amazing and had the weekend scripted to perfection. All your vendors were perfect and everyone loved the band, the flowers, the food presentation and the Butt Sketcher was a huge success! Everyone keeps talking about the most fun wedding they have ever been to! I has a blast!!! Thank you sweet friend for all your dedication and professionalism. The Braly’s will always have wonderful memories of that time."
      - Lisa Braly
    • "My husband and I hired Keely Thorne Events to plan our daughter’s wedding at Hotel Zaza. Our wedding planner was Emily Moise... The best of the best! She was a tremendous help to us through the entire wedding planning process. She is an expert at her job! She was there step by step every month for the last 12 months. Her creativity and imagination was out of this world. We are still hearing compliment after compliment on how unique and beautiful the entire wedding/reception was. It's such a good feeling inside to hear your guest tell you such heartfelt compliments. Here are some examples of what are guests are saying about our daughter's wedding......"memorable wedding" ...."excellent entertainment"...."this wedding set the bar high"...."breathtaking decor and flowers"...."fairytale wedding"...."never had this much fun at a wedding before"...."stunningly beautiful"...."off the chart wedding"...."best wedding I've ever been to"...."gorgeous flowers so fresh and vibrant"...."amazing up lighting"...."very unique wedding branding stationary"..."love the still shot photos put onto a slide show during the reception" Emily Moise at Keely Thorne Events gets credit for all these touching compliments. If it were not for Emily our daughter's wedding would not have been the fabulous wedding that it was!!! The wedding was flawless! We could not have been any happier with how our daughter's wedding turned out! Our decision to go with Keely Thorne Events was proven to be the BEST!! I cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about Emily. She is a top notch wedding planner. She was beyond helpful to us through every step of the way. She always had everything under control at all times. She has incredible relationships with so many different vendors. Emily is so gifted and talented! She is very attentive and detail oriented!  Which is amazing! We are very blessed to have Emily come into our lives! She is just so helpful in every aspect. We never had a single worry with Emily! We just love our Emily! Many many thanks to Keely Thone Events!"
      - Sherry Hardoin
    • "When I think of us I remember all the fun and crazy times we have had since high school.  Wow, look at us now! You have been my closest and dearest friend for almost 10 years and you know me better than anyone.  We have so many wonderful memories together but I will always cherish most the memory of you helping me plan my wedding.  What can I say, every detail was absolutely amazing!  From the moment I walked down the aisle and saw the beautiful flowers on the altar to every detail in the reception screamed perfection!  I never could have done this without you.  Because of you, Michael and I had the most beautiful wedding I could have ever imagined!  As they say, “truly good friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget”.  I am so lucky to have you in my life…Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this day special but most of all thank you for being my best friend."
      - Lindsay Campbell Sambrooks
    • "We’re not sure where to begin…when we started planning our wedding 14 months ago, we didn’t really know what to expect.  We had a crude vision of what we wanted our wedding day to look like and just hoped we could find someone capable enough to take over the everyday tasks of coordinating vendors and herding our family and wedding party around on the day of the wedding.  In a way we felt like we were paying for our own sanity throughout the process and only hoped to come out the other side a little less stressed than had we chosen to plan the wedding on our own.  What we got was a dream.  You bought into our vision from the first day we met and it wasn’t long before you began bringing us creative ideas and suggestions for the tiniest details that we never would have thought of on our own.  It was the combination of all these tiny little details and your tireless work ethic that created what was, in the words of countless guests in attendance, the most stunning wedding they have ever been a part of. From the outside, it looked effortless.  And this sense of calm that you brought to the both of us was incredibly important and allowed us to relax and enjoy the day with our family and friends without a single worry in the world.  But if you looked closely enough, the signs of the incredible work ethic and passion for the job that you and each of your team members had were always present.  I’ll never forget Allison literally running up and down the hills at Barton Creek in her heels all afternoon trying to keep us on schedule and in line.  And if you would have told us at the wedding that the table vendor showed up 6 hours late we would have laughed in your face.  But you somehow managed to set up the most meticulously planned wedding in a little over 2 hours and never once let either of us stress out about any detail. We found ourselves multiple times at the wedding stepping away from the dance floor and the crowds to walk around and soak it all in.  Each time we stepped away, we noticed another little detail that made us smile and reiterated just how much thought and hard work you put into planning and executing the wedding.  It is these little moments that stand out in our minds and that we will have with us whenever we think back to that day, and for that we have only you to thank. As we said previously, when we started planning the wedding we weren’t sure what to expect from a wedding planner.  We probably would have settled for someone who would have executed on the simple plans that we originally brought to the table.  What we got in you was someone who was incredibly passionate with a tireless work ethic that took a great deal of pride in delivering not only what we asked for but the countless little details we never could have dreamed were possible.  There really aren’t words to express how thankful we are to have had you play such a big part in our wedding.  We now have a lifetime of memories that only exist because of your passion and hard work in helping to plan and execute what was, hands down, the best day of our lives."
      - Janna Oswald and Brian Niemczak
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    Jennifer
    Hobson
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    Jennifer Hobson

    BIO:

    Jennifer combines habitually chic style with eccentric flare! With positive energy and expert organizational skills, Jennifer makes the wedding planning process effortless and fun. Her enthusiasm and gracious personality makes her clients feel like they have known her for years.

    As a life long Houstonian, Jennifer enjoys exploring the latest in local food, art, and entertainment. Through her passion for discovering new trends and her ability to combine them with a classic sense of traditionalism, she is able to create a unique style for clients’ individual personalities. Prior to her experience in wedding planning, Jennifer worked as a personal shopper in a chic European inspired boutique where she customized colors and textures according to each client’s personal preference.

    Jennifer’s sophisticated taste and exquisite attention to detail paired with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Texas Christian University makes a fabulous match for any bride to be.

     


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Tibi
    Dessert: Choco-hoto Pots
    Fragrance: Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf
    Restaurant: Ouisie’s Table
    Retailer: Nordstrom


    BUZZ:

    • "Words are simply inadequate. I cannot fully explain to you how much I appreciate you being such an integral part of the wedding. It was PERFECTION. It was EVERYTHING and more. You helped us give our family a night to remember. Thank you for helping us create memories that will last a lifetime!"
      - Ann Watkins
    • "Thank you so much for all of your amazing hard work and great advice. I know my mom and I would not have gotten through it without you. From start to finish you were such a pleasure to work with- hard working, professional, honest, and so organized. You remained calm through everything which gave me such peace of mind! Most of all you are just so pleasant and Fun to work with! I loved getting to plan my wedding with such a good friend, it made everything more fun and personal. The whole day went off without a hitch, and every detail was perfectly executed. Everyon has told me they never seen ROCC looks so beautiful and that it was the most fun wedding they have been too! So, kudos to you!! Xoxo"
      - Caroline Brantley Williams
    • "Thank you for all your help in planning Julie’s wedding. You did a fabulous job! Your “great taste” and creative abilities coupled with your remarkable organizational skills and attention to detail make you the BEST! Being able to trust that you would take care of all the details was pricesless! It was truly a magical night and you made everything so seamless and stress free. I could go on and on but like you told me about the welcome letter, if it is too long, no one will read it. You are a remarkable person! I will miss seeing you!"
      - Marie Von Sternberg
    • "THANK YOU! Thank you for turning my dream wedding into a reality. Thank you for making sure everything went off without a hitch… in my eyes.  Thank you for your creativity, calm nature that provided so much peace and your friendship! You are such an amazing blessing in my life, my family’s life, and my new husband’s life. Your professionalism provided all of us consistent confidence and resulted in the most beautiful wedding we could have imagined. Thank you for being you! “I thank my God every time I think of you” Philippians 1:3"
      - Leanne Reeves Gotcher
    • "I just wanted to thank Keely Thorne Events for providing unparalleled wedding coordination for our daughter, Ashley’s, Big Day on March 10th!  Jennifer, from the start, took control and handled the organization and planning of the wedding in a personal but always very professional manner.  Jennifer listened to what our vision and expectations were for the wedding and was then able to place us with vendor that were absolutely perfect for us and that were able to provide the wedding of Ashley’s dreams. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. and was not always able to be in Houston to attend appointments with Ashley.  Jennifer was always there to support Ashley and help her, as needed, which meant so much to us. One of the most important things that we wanted was to have a coordinator that we could depend on to communicate with us.  Jennifer always responded promptly to our emails and calls. She never, not once, failed to respond to us! I hate that we never had the pleasure to meet you, but, as I’m sure you already know, you can be assured that with a coordinator like Jennifer Hobson, your company is in very capable hands. Jennifer is a jewel and was so special to us.  She is a true asset!  "
      - Dana and Marc Tate
    • "  I want to express my extreme gratitude for everything you did leading up to the party and on Saturday.  The party was a smash.  Everyone had a great time both young and old alike.  The decorations really set the theme and the dessert table was AMAZING!!!  I think that people were afraid to eat anything at first but eventually dove in and the City Kitchen folks were great about constantly replenishing.  I LOVED the food.  The wait staff was solicitous without getting in the way.  I loved that they stationed one person at the door to greet people allowing me to circulate to the guests.  They are now my first choice for events in the future. You are the best.  My husband remarked that he liked you very much.  That is a compliment because he usually only notices when things do not go right instead of how well it was all orchestrated.   If this was any small indication, the wedding should be fabulous."
      - Mary Neal
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    Allison
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    Allison Butcher

    BIO:

    Having fun is such an important part of married life to Allison and her husband Chris. When schedules get busy or days do not go as planned, there is always time for a lot of laughter in the Butcher house. If that means having a “dance off” at 5am in the living room to Paula Abdoul’s “Straight Up” then may the best man/woman win! Little secret… she always lets him win!

    Allison joined the KTE team in 2011 after working for many years in the hospitality industry. Her vast knowledge of food & beverage and operational experience are great assets to the team. Her ability to think on her feet and make quick decisions, help all of her clients when it comes to executing any event. Allison has been known to say that she “lives her life in a back-up plan” always knowing the next move.

    With a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from The University of Houston, you could say she has a degree in food, wine, people and fun


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Tory Burch
    Dessert: Berripop
    Fragrance: Coco Mademoiselle
    Restaurant: Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro
    Retailer: J. Crew


    BUZZ:

    • "I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all your hard work and devotion to Anah’s wedding! Your attention to detail and organization was stellar. Every aspect of planning this wedding was enjoyable and seamless because of you. You managed to pull off the impossible on a Saturday when most would have just thrown up their hands! It may not have been what we had envisioned but it was stunning none the less. I have had so many compliments on the décor, food and entertainment. They have said, “I didn’t even notice it was raining”! I have to say that I am sad that it is over. It’s been such a wonderful experience working with you… I will miss our daily chats! Thank you again for making this special time in our lives even more memorable. I couldn’t have done it without you!"
      - Francy Fondren
    • "What a night!  It all went perfect and we thank you for your hard work and amazing way for carrying out the details !  You’re the best Allison!"
      - Mary Kay Quackenbush
    • "Hiring and meeting Allison Butcher from Keely Thorne Events was the highlight of our wedding at the St. Regis and our rehearsal dinner at St. Arnold's Brewery. Our personalities matched perfectly and she gave me the wedding of my dreams. I had a blast throughout the entire planning process with her and the wedding would not have been as spectacular if it had not been for her vision and her patience. We LOVE Allison & KTE!!!"
      - Connie Li Liu
    • "Oh, my goodness! In a million years I can never thank you enough for all you did to give our Elizabeth and the Suffield/Wilhite families the wedding of our dreams. From the very first day we met, you took a list of random adjectives (remember?!) and fine-tuned them into a romantic, fairytale, amazing celebration we will never forget. Allison, you handled every detail imaginable with professionalism, grace, and diplomacy. You made us all feel so special while directing us an navigating us through so many decisions and details. You handled it all so incredibly, fabulously well!! We all still feel like it was a beautiful dream… thank you, Allison, for being there for us every possible step of the way. I know because of your attention to detail the ceremony and wedding came off without a hitch. Whenever our Caroline gets engaged, you will be my first call! We are all crazy about you!!"
      - Laura Suffield
    • "You’re an amazing wedding planner. Our wedding exceeded all our expectations! It was so beautiful! Thank you for all your hard work and patience. It was the best day of our lives. Thanks again!"
      - Meagan and James Mosher
    • "  The party was amazing! I'm finally finished recovering! I hadn't realized how exhausted I was! But it was a great turnout it looked beautiful and everyone had a great time! Thanks so much Allison you were heaven sent throughout this whole process, couldn't have pulled it off without you!  "
      - Nina Heisser & Earl Thomas
    • "Katelin and I wanted to thank you for your hard work and dedication that went into the planning and celebration of our wedding a few weeks ago. While leaving town for our honeymoon, Katelin and I agreed without a moment's hesitation that, in fact, our wedding day had been the best day of each of our lives.  You made a profound contribution to a day filled with memories we will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you all so much for your professionalism, artistry, advice, and patience.  We know that it wasn't always easy or pleasant to field some of my (ahem) "thorough" emails.  Nonetheless, the weekend exceeded even our wildest expectations.  That is a gift you helped to give us and for which we could never repay you. We wish you the best in your personal and professional lives.  Please don't be a stranger.  Hopefully our paths will cross again.  After all, the McRaes do have three more daughters!  "
      - Katelin & Adam Pollock
    • "Thanks to you, the wedding went like "clockwork" and I think everyone had a wonderful time, especially Ashley and Seth!"
      - Alice Burguieres
    • "You're a lifesaver! This wedding has been completely chaotic, and I could not have done it without you! Thank you for you hard work and patience!"
      - Michael LaMendola Shaver
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      You were amazing and without your help the panic level would have been through the roof on Saturday.  I can't tell you how many people told me Saturday night and into Sunday, how everything seemed to go off without a hitch and that we all seemed so calm; all of which is entirely due to you and for that I can not even begin to say thank you enough.
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      - Lynn Graves
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    Sydney
    Mafrige
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    Sydney Mafrige

    BIO:

    If you are looking for an individual that brings her whole heart to your event, Sydney is your consultant.  Her great sense of style coupled with her imaginative ideas will set your event above the rest.  Upon meeting her, you will immediately notice she is hard working, organized and passionate about her work.  Her number one goal is ensuring that all her client’s needs are met while producing an event beyond their expectations.

    With a Corporate Communications degree from the University of Texas and over three years of experience in the catering, event planning industry, Sydney uses her communication skills and attention to detail to create an unforgettable event.


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Free People
    Dessert: Cookie Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Fragrance: Black Orchid by Tom Ford
    Restaurant: Del Frisco’s Grille
    Retailer: Nordstrom


    BUZZ:

    • "Thank you for being the best coordinator in the world. I am so excited for this weekend, and I wanted you to know before it all goes down what a wonderful job I think you’ve done. Thank you so much, and I am so excited to see it all come together!"
      - Kaia Lubanko Kessler
    • "What a fabulous weekend!  You are absolutely the BEST and you made the day for us all!  As I’ve said before, we know we could not have done this without you.  You are so calm and so patient and manage to get everything done!  ALL my friends oooh’d and ahhh’d over the ballroom and all the details.  One of my friends who is a member of Lakeside and hosts a lot of parties, said it was “hands down” the best reception she has ever been to!!  What a compliment!  And I know for certain that Jill & Ryan loved it and it looked like everyone had a great time.  I told you it would be a FESTIVE group!!!:)  And Ryan loved the ice bar – he used it to cool down his forehead!!:)  Honestly, everything about this last weekend turned out better than I imagined... And last, I was pretty good throughout the whole day (just a few tears here and there), so I was so proud of myself.  Then on Sunday night I went to drop off a card to Jill & Ryan and tell them bye before the honeymoon.  I got back in the car and this wonderful Christian song came on the radio and I cried the whole way home.  I think it was a mixture of relief and joy and pride.  I guess I had been holding it in and now every time I even think about the wedding I get choked up! It was PERFECT thanks to you!After a whole year of working together, you feel a little bit like a daughter to me.  We are going to miss our weekly emails!!  You will definitely have to keep us posted about your future endeavors and your love life.  Can’t wait to see some photos of YOUR wedding some day! Let me know what I need to do next and please stay in touch in the future! You are a sweetheart and a blessing!"
      - Nancy Bond
    • "We are back from St. Thomas and so happy with how the last two weeks went. I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us. The wedding was perfect and so were the last 11 months. You were an amazing planner, coordinator, organizer and therapist. I still don't know how you do it... but you're the best. We really appreciated your calm personality and great sense of style. I would recommend your services to any and everyone that is getting married. KTE puts on a beautiful wedding. I am so happy with how everything turned out. Please let Rob know we loved the flowers... so amazing and gorgeous! Our friends and family can't stop talking about how beautiful it all was. So thank for the bottom of our hearts. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding day!
       I am going to miss our meetings and chats! Please stay in touch!
      "
      - Jill Bond Nesloney
    • "What a great year! Theresa and I have so enjoyed working with you! You have helped us every step of the way and everything has been perfection! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for making their wedding all their activities turn out so wonderfully. Also, thank you for doing such a fabulous job on the rehearsal dinner for Christopher and Meredith. Hope to work with you again in the future!"
      - Janie Valach
    • "How can I ever put on paper all that needs to be said? I can’t! Please know that though I have let much time pass in getting this to you, I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful wedding for Shelli and Matt. You certainly put yourself into your work, with much enthusiasm and confidence. I never had any doubts that you would be good at your job and it certainly showed, especially on that special night…I truly appreciate your flexibility. Every detail ran smoothly and could have been difficult at the last minute. We are so grateful for all your hard work and dedication in making this such a wonderful occation and memory for all of us. It was truly a pleasure working with you. I wish I had a reason to do it again. I loved every minute of it! Sydney, thank you again."
      - Linda Woodruff
    • "We can’t thank you enough for all you have done the past few months! You have a maturity and talent way beyond your age and experience. You made everything a pleasure and we are very grateful to you!"
      - Jan Silver
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    Katy
    Preisler
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    Katy Preisler

    BIO:

    Katy began her event planning career in 2007 and has executed over 1,500 events. Her zest for life combined with her creativity allow Katy to create one-of-a-kind events. Katy has been recognized by Houston’s International Special Events Society and is continuously sought after for her event expertise and attention to detail.

    Being a part of her client’s cherished memories is her favorite part of event planning.  Katy will work with you to express your own personal style and help you enjoy every moment of your planning experience. She is an artist in event design and execution and will provide the highest level of attention to detail for a flawless event.  Her expressive personality compliments her work and her “live in the moment” persona makes her infectious to be around.

     

    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Milly
    Dessert: Coconut Cream Pie
    Fragrance: Michael by Michael Kors
    Restaurant: Tiny Boxwoods
    Retailer: Tory Burch


    BUZZ:

    • "Now if only I could get you to print out one of those handy little itineraries for the rest of my life, I would be set!!  In all seriousness, I was fully anticipating being a complete basket case in need of pharmaceutical aid the days leading up to and including the wedding.  Worrying about the flowers, the dress, the cake, the groom, blah blah blah.  However, I found myself cool, calm and collected.  I did not have a care in the world, and it is due, in large part, to your clear attention to detail and calm assurance. You were priceless.  I would refer you to anyone and everyone from here to eternity.  I’d take out a billboard, but I’d probably have to hire you to manage the logistics. Thank you."
      - Stormy Hendershott Mayfield
    • "I just wanted to let you know what an absolute pleasure it was working with you. You did an incredible job coordinating everything, and our wedding was more perfect than we could have ever imagined. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!"
      - Allie and Brent Frazier
    • "You were so fabulous and I can't thank you enough for everything on our wedding weekend. I think you found a life-long fan in my mother as well!"
      - Kittie Cotton Mayfield
    • "Phenomenal party!!!!  I started getting texts around 8 am.  Everyone LOVED it.  Thank you so much for making me look good We had a blast, Steve was VERY happy with everything."
      - Emily Paulson
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    Beth
    Rice
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    Beth Rice

    BIO:

    Beth Rice is lavishly creative and meticulously organized, making her a natural born event planner. She began her events career in Austin with the University of Texas, but a Houston native, she quickly brought her talent back to her hometown in 2010. After working with one of Houston’s most well-known catering companies for a number of years, her love for working with clients on detailed coordination led her to her current home at Keely Thorne Events.  With over 6 years of experience and hundreds of successful events under her belt, you are in amazing hands with Beth!

    When you first meet Beth, she will instantly put you at ease with her candid, fun personality. She will then reassure you with her extensive knowledge of the industry. With no shortage of creative ideas, she meets you at every step with a fresh and fun approach! You will notice how she truly listens to you…. Her philosophy is that each wedding should be a reflection of the couple’s wonderful uniqueness. Beth’s mission is to help guide the design and details so that every client can relax and enjoy the start of their new beginning!


    FAVORITES:

    Designer: Diane Von Furstenberg
    Dessert: Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
    Fragrance: Jo Malone Scents
    Restaurant: Dolce Vita
    Retailer: Anthropologie


    BUZZ:

    • "I had the privilege of working with Beth Rice on my March 2014 wedding. From the day my family met her, Beth was energetic, responsive and fun to work with. I was the first of my siblings to get married so we were often lost throughout the process. We were so grateful Beth was there to guide us and provide input and suggestions. We always appreciated what Beth had to say and often deferred back to her for direction. We knew we were in good hands when she would respond to our endless amount of questions in a timely and encouraging manner. All of Beth's hard work and patience paid of as our wedding day went flawlessly. Beth was such a source of comfort and calmness throughout our wedding planning adventure, and especially that day. Our wedding couldn't have gone better. From the food and flowers to the layout and organization, everything was perfect. I can't tell you how many of our guests requested her information for future events. Beth Rice is a true professional. My family and I will definitely use her again in the future."
      - Lucy Richardson Moffitt