MEET OUR TEAM

At Gian Events, you will be matched with a professional, organized and design-savvy Planner or Coordinator who will work hand-in-hand with you to plan your celebration. We service the Pacific Northwest and Southern California locations, as well as any destination requests. Our company brings years of event planning experience, a healthy rolodex of vendor relationships to the table. Whether we are meeting virtually or over a glass of wine, we’re your gals.

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RENEILLE VELEZ

With over 12 years in operations and sales management experience, Reneille found a desire to open a business that focused on hyper-detailed organization paired with above and beyond client management. She loves to design glamorous events, filled with sparkle, lights and dazzling details to create jaw-dropping reactions by the guests and the client. Reneille holds a certification in Project Management from Comp TIA+.

Reneille is also passionate about developing others to work towards their passion, whether it being one of her own Wedding Planners or another vendor in the industry. She is heavy-happy on networking with other entrepreneurs and helping them jump start their ideas over a simple cup of coffee. She also specializes in glam events, large weddings and is familiar with many Asian-American traditions. Reneille takes a limited number of events a year. 

In her spare time, Reneille enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and playing with her dog, Gizmo.

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THE TEAM

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ROSA KIM

Rosa Kim established her desire to serve clients by planning social events of her own. She is the ultimate party planner, with energy, fun vibes and laughter always at the top of mind! Having planned so many fantastic events, from an Oscar themed parties, to boat parties and birthday parties, Rosa thrives off her clients having a good time. Her favorite events to design, of course, are weddings! From fresh flowers, to details and the spirit of gathering families together, Rosa has a soft spot in her heart for all aspects of a fun, romantic wedding. 

With a corporate background working at Microsoft, a fast-paced environment filled with deadlines and high-energy is nothing new to Rosa.

Rosa graduated from the University of Washington (go Dawgs!) with a Bachelors Degree in International Studies, with a focus in Korean Studies. Rosa is bilingual in Korean and holds elementary capabilities in reading and writing. 나는 한국어를 해요

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ASHLEY ROSE

Ashley is from Mill Creek, Washington, and has a love for traveling to new places, spending time with loved ones, and obsessing over anything Disney. She loves love and is a hopeless romantic herself who wants to create that fairytale for each of her client’s special day.

For education, Ashley graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Event Management. She is a driven individual who has been working towards becoming a wedding/event planner since she was a little girl. Ashley started planning weddings for her friends initially then began planning large-scale events on Central’s campus for the university.

Ashley is someone who is passionate about weddings and loves dreamy, boho, or romantic vibes. Her favorite part during a wedding is sentimental vows or father-daughter dance. You’ll see her tearing up during those moments.
Ashley loves creating relationships with her clients and wants to help make their dream wedding become a reality. 

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VANESSA GAYDOSH

Passionate about details, luxury fashion and parties, Vanessa loves creating an environment for guests to have a good time… while looking fine! Originally from Tacoma, Washington Vanessa grew up planning any social event she could possibly get her hands on - from birthdays, to bridal showers and even her own tropical wedding in the Philippines. 

Keeping up with the latest trends while maintaining timeless and classic elements is what Vanessa does best. She is a sucker for a modern, romantic and minimalist wedding, while keeping it upscale and beautiful.

Vanessa holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Seattle Pacific University in Exercise Science. During her spare time, she loves spending time with her newborn son Greyson (also known as Baby Grey!) and hubby, Dylan. 

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JADE MWEEMBA

With a passion for creativity and experiences, Jade has enjoyed creating artistically memorable events and experiences throughout her career. Prior to events, Jade has executed many outlets of creative execution from concerts, to fashion shows, styled photoshoots, speaking engagements and more.

With 10+ years of operational management experience, Jade's attention to detail is unmatched. She believes that organization is the key to adapting to energetic environments. Jade holds a Project Management certificate from the University of Washington (go dawgs!).

If she had to pick a favorite wedding aesthetic, Jade finds herself leaning towards a boho-glam, yet whimsical, style.

In her personal time Jade enjoys skating with her son and having battle paint night with her husband. At heart, she is a big kid and lives for spontaneous water fights in the summer. 


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JILL

Jill is quick on her feet and loves to work in a fast paced environment. Her love for creativity and passion for art shows at every wedding she works. Outside of weddings, Jill loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, shopping for vintage attire and eating with friends. Jill is also an owner of an up and coming vintage boutique online store, Sainted.

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KORRENA STANDLEY

Korrena has a love for dancing, traveling with loved ones, and soaking up nature’s beauty. Korrena has been obsessed with the wedding industry since she was a young girl, and she is so excited to help create the most special moments for our clients.

For education, Korrena attended Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is bubbly, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and has a passion for enriching every environment she steps into. She found her love for event planning through being a member of her college cheerleading team, where she was lucky enough to coordinate small team events and celebrations.

Korrena loves elegant outdoor weddings with botanical, boho details- she’s a sucker for an amazing view.

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KAITLYNN FORSBERG

Kaitlynn was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest with a passion for baking, photography and playing card games at home. She has a beautiful 1-year old daughter, Evelynn Rose, whom she spends every second of her free time with!

Beginning her career in the wedding industry as a wedding photographer, Kaitlynn decided to take her experience and hone into the more detailed side of weddings: coordination! Kaitlynn adores all things wedding, especially romantic and Art-Deco designed vibes! Her favorite part of a busy wedding day are the toasts - especially when they’re heartwarming and filled with fun stories.

Kaitlynn loves building relationships with clients who want to have an enjoyable, romantic and perfect wedding day.

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ANGELICA EDEN

Angelica loves a good party and has been immersed in the wedding industry for years! Beginning at Gian Events as an Event Assistant, she has a strong passion for a fast-paced environment and client relations.

Angelica is a PNW-native. She also loves the outdoors - you'll probably catch her snowboarding and hiking on the weekend or spending time with her family! 


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NICOLE YOUNG

Nicole has been a fan of weddings since she was a little girl! Her favorite wedding design themes are either glam or minimal elegance - especially any with a 1920's twist! Nicole holds a Masters of Science from Grand Canyon University. Not only does she also work full-time at Microsoft, she runs a successful beauty Etsy shop.

You'll also find her in the kitchen cooking up some yummy recipes for her YouTube channel!

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SHEENA MEGIA

"Once you meet Sheena, you will fall in love with her upbeat, positive and solution-oriented personality.Coming from Everett, WA, Sheena holds over 5+ years in events and catering experience, including working in hospitality leadership and restaurant management roles. If something needs to be done, Sheena is there to make it happen! 
Sheena is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management. Sheena is also a Certified Wedding Planner, holding her certification through the Certified Wedding Planner Society. 

When designing weddings, Sheena is a fan of twinkle lights and candle lit romance - she loves how light can just transform a reception dinner from all angles. Her favorite part of the wedding day is watching the wedding party recess down the aisle with their smiling faces, relaxed and ready to party!

On the side, Sheena owns a small home bakery called Megia Made, she loves to make all the sweets! In her spare time, she loves to travel, binge watch shows, and hang out with her fur babies." 


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CIARA

Ciara is an Event Assistant on our team who is energetic, fun and falls in love with each wedding she does. With years of experience in Cheer, Ciara brings energy and coordination to every event she helps coordinate! Aside from weddings, Ciara has a slight obsession with Justin Bieber (who doesn't?!).

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EMMA

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and currently studying Sociology at The University of Puget Sound, Emma is the Gian Events Summer Intern for the Summer 2021 season. With a passion for the wedding industry and years of experience as a barista, so you ever need a little pick-me-up then she's your girl! Emma is absolutely obsessed with Disney and Pixar and can recite most of her favorite movies from beginning to end.

As a little girl, Emma had notebooks filled with how she was going to plan her own and her friends’ weddings in the future. She can’t wait to fulfill that dream and help beautiful couples to have their perfect day!


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CHRISTINA

With a love for romance and thoughtful details, Christina loves all things about weddings and events. As a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Food Systems, she hopes to focus more on learning all things events! In her spare time, you can catch her reading a cute romance book or sweating at her local Orange Theory Fitness! Christina comes to Gian Events with experience working with a local caterer in the event industry, as well as planning events for her friends and family.

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POLIN

As a Los Angeles native and currently residing in Seattle, WA, Polin loves helping out Gian Events as an assistant in both locations. With a love for traveling and learning about new cultures, Polin's heart melts when travel and environment is embraced and infused at a Gian Events wedding or celebration. Being new to the event industry, the one thing that wins her heart about weddings, other than love itself, are the different cultures she's able to witness during the events! Polin also does freelance work for a local florist and loves wine. When not working, you'll find her rooting for her favorite soccer team! Polin is also fluent in Armenian and Farsi.

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