The Board of Directors Consists of 10 Houston Area Wedding Planners & Company Owners
Chelsea is the owner of EBTR Events/Everything But The Ring, a Houston based event and wedding planning company that plans weddings locally and worldwide. She has been a wedding planner since 2011, beginning in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She moved to Texas in 2014 with her husband and their cat and dog and loves to travel the world. She is also a freelance writer and the current President of the ILEA Houston Chapter.
Natalie Dawley, wife and mother of three, is owner of Two Be Wed, a wedding consulting and event design firm serving Houston, Austin, the Texas Hill Country and destinations abroad- in business since 2006. Her staff of 10 planners coordinate more than a 100 weddings a year, with hundreds of events planned to date. Natalie loves to adventure with her family, is an expert thrifter, and passionate about ending sex trafficking in Houston.
Resha is the Houston principal wedding planner for Something To Celebrate. Resha has been a professional event planner since 2006, beginning her career in Austin, Texas. She moved to Houston in 2009. She loves spending time with her husband, her 2 children, reading a good book, drinking coffee and taking her daily run!
Kelly Balfour, owner of Eventology Weddings, has been producing weddings & events in the Houston metropolitan area for over 12 years. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Kelly is a wife and mother to two wonderful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time by the pool with her family.
JO ANN SCHWARTZ WOODWARD
Schwartz & Woodward is a husband and wife team that have been planning unique events and distinctive weddings since 2001 in Houston and amazing destinations. The most unique being at the International Space Station, then throughout the U.S., Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Italy. They love doing fusion weddings and bringing each couples vision to fruition. When not planning, Jo Ann and John enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants and spending time with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
DIRECTOR of MEMBERSHIP
A proud graduate of Texas A&M, Krista is the owner of Event Identity, LLC, a wedding planning company in business since 2011. When Krista is not with her clients or enjoying travels with her husband, she thoroughly enjoys her time in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals or playing with her ever favorite pup, Ember. She is also a doggie foster mom to many!
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Samantha Gieseke is the Owner of Plan Our Day Events, based in Houston, but serving Texas and Colorado. She began her career in the Hospitality Industry over 12 years ago, and has been planning Weddings and Events for 7 years. Her favorite part of the wedding day is the moment the bride walks down the aisle! In her free time, Samantha loves exploring the city, strolling along the bayou and dining at all of the fun eateries!
DIRECTOR of PROGRAMS
Amy the founder of The Storybook Event, a wedding planning company based in Texas. She loves coffee, cake, and movies! Her career began in Houston in 2009, with experience under her belt, she was able to build a vast network of wedding industry contacts, always gaining ideas and valuable knowledge in all aspects of the planning process. Her company specializes in Multicultural events, primarily South Asian weddings.