Owner & Lead Planner
My passion for planning parties goes back as long as I can remember. My mother was a natural hostess and growing up by her side I learned the essentials of throwing the perfect party!
The passion became professional in 2006 while working at Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears) as the Event/Game Day Assistant. After moving back to my hometown, Columbia, and graduating from Columbia College I gained experience working for Learfield Sports and Inside Columbia magazine.
In 2010 the dream to work for myself and create something new grew stronger, I started AnnaBelle Events. Now, I am thankful each day for our clients and each event/wedding we get to plan.
In 2016 I completed the Gay Wedding Institute Certification Course to better serve the LGBT wedding market. AnnaBelle Events proudly welcomes all couples as our clients.
In 2017 I got the entrepreneurial bug again and launched a second business, Jubilee Planning Studio. Jubilee is Columbia's one stop shop for everyone planning events and weddings. The collaborative workshop is also where the AnnaBelle Events offices are located.
Aside from "always working", I love being involved in the community that I grew up in, spending time with my guys (Gary, my fiance and our son Connor)! You'll also find I'm a serial-entrepernuer and love growing my other businesses: Jubilee Planning Studio and ACE Speaking.
Marketing and Planning Assistant
Whitley joined the AnnaBelle team in the Summer of 2017 as a part of the Internship Program Day-of Event Team. She also began working in our office on a daily basis at the start of her Fall 2017 semester covering everything from social media to client relations and office management when needed.
Originally from La Salle-Peru, Illinois, Whitley is currently a senior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Business with an emphasis in Management. Whitley is passionate about event planning and portrait photography and hopes to be a small-business owner one day.
Office and Planning Assistant
Jazzy joined AnnaBelle Events in the Summer of 2017. In the office, she is responsible for office management, social media, client relations, and event planning. Jazzy is also a part of the Internship Program Day-of-event Team.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jazzy is currently a Junior at the University of Missouri- Columbia, majoring in Organizational Communications with a minor in Hospitality Management. Jazzy is passionate about event planning and hoping to be an event planner herself in the future.
Day-of Event Team
The expertise and extra sets of hands that make everything come together. You'll see these ladies on-site for all our events and wedding, guiding guests throughout the night and making sure all of our clients needs are handled.