Believer in true love. Coffee addict. Detail freak. Disney fanatic. Shopaholic.
Ashley began her career in the book publishing industry, working on corporate and author events for Penguin Random House in New York City. Her love for coordinating all of the details that go into a special event started much earlier in life, though; at 9 years of age, she planned a surprise 10th wedding anniversary party for her parents, complete with a replica cake. Today, she is proud to combine her professional experience and expertise with the same unbridled enthusiasm and can-do attitude she had back then.
As Once Upon a Wedding’s Event Designer, Ashley is passionate about designing, finding, and executing all of the small details that come together to make each wedding a perfect representation of the unique love being celebrated.
Social butterfly. Pinterest pro. Potterhead. Wine enthusiast. Fangirl. Glitter guru.
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Kelley has over 10 years of experience working in the wedding industry. She’s had her hand in everything from bride and groom fashion to the transportation industry to wedding planning, and her expertise shows.
Kelley is passionate about meeting new people and building relationships – whether with brides and grooms or vendors (or just about anybody who will talk to her) – and she loves nothing more than finding a couple’s perfect vendor match. As the Event Planner for Once Upon a Wedding, Kelley’s day-of coordination skills are unparalleled. Whether she’s synchronizing deliveries at the venue, keeping one eye on any unruly relatives (looking at you, Uncle Bill), or finding creative solutions to any last minute needs, Kelley will make sure the day goes without a hitch.
Kelley & Ashley
Business partners and besties, the dynamic duo behind Once Upon a Wedding met in the fall of 2008 at Bradley University, where their then-boyfriends (now husbands) were friends, and immediately bonded over Disney coloring books. Through many adventures, family vacations, matching tattoos, and countless wine nights, Kelley and Ashley realized they had one common passion paramount above all else – weddings. It was then, in the summer of 2014, that they decided to become more than partners in crime – they became partners in business too!
With a scarily perfect yin and yang dynamic, Kelley’s outgoing personality, endless energy, and wedding know-how, and Ashley’s attention to detail, style, and business sense combine to make the ultimate wedding planning team. Bringing a sense of fun and friendship to everything they do, Ashley and Kelley couldn’t be more thrilled to experience this adventure together, or to share the ride with the great couples and vendors they work with.