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Here's what you really need to know:

Illumination Events Studio is a Wedding and Party Planning service based out of Richmond, Virginia. We specialize in day of wedding coordination and party planning, and take a very limited number of full-service planning clients each year. Serving couples and hosts from all over the country, IES believes that "Virginia is for party lovers," in particular... and yes, we love dressing up just as much as rolling our sleeves up!

We can't wait to help you tell your story through the beautiful, creative details that will color your gathering, and the overall flow of your event. We consider ourselves merrymakers, timeline architects, curators of innovative party ideas, and lovers of special occasions. Let's celebrate! It all starts with you and your imagination.


What gives us that spark?

at IES, WE KEEp these four guiding principles close to our hearts...

Serve Joyfully. We are constantly on-the-go, getting details together, daydreaming about new possibilities, cultivating connections with talented vendors, and meeting clients. We do it all with love and an intense sense of purpose. Because at the end of the day, nothing makes us happier than seeing our clients experience their dream celebrations.

Keep it Pretty. Life is messy, but that doesn't mean your Big Day has to be! We strive to keep everything beautifully organized—from timeline to tablescapes—so our clients can look around at their events and smile with abandon. We may love flowers, classic lines, glowing light, sparkles, and confetti, but the beauty our clients radiate when they're blissfully caught up in the moment is what we adore most.

Create Carefree Moments. Life is made up of moments, and your Big Day is undoubtedly one of the most important. That's why we handle all of the details, so our clients and their friends and family members can be present with each other—never losing a second worrying about logistics. After all, it's much more satisfying to concentrate on how beautiful your bride looks while walking down the aisle than worrying about when the DJ is going to show up. Let us take that stress away from you!

Transform Dreams into Treasured Memories. We know you have dedicated so much thought to your event—imagining, dreaming, and looking forward to the Big Day. Let us help you transform those fantasies into perfection, so you'll have magical moments to look back on. 


Where you can find our work...

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our services

For those who know they can't do it all on their own...

You've come to the right place.


Basic Day OF Wedding Coordination Package


  • Initial Consultation
  • Planning Examples Packet
  • 8 Hours of Service at Ceremony and/or Reception
  • Execution of Timeline
  • Week & Day of Vendor Coordination

Full Day of Wedding Coordination package


    • Initial Consultation
    • 1-3 Months Out Walk-thru
    • Timeline and Ground Plan Development
    • Walk-thru, Week & Day of Vendor Coordination
    • Rehearsal Ceremony Direction
    • 10 hours of Service on Wedding Day
    • Execution of Timeline
    • Set-up & Clean-up Assistance




    • Initial Consultation
    • Customized Planning Timeline Checklist
    • Up to 5 Monthly Planning Check-ins
    • 1-3 Months Out Walk-thru
    • Timeline and Ground Plan Development
    • Walk-thru, Week & Day of Vendor Coordination
    • Rehearsal Ceremony Direction
    • 10 Hours of Service on Wedding Day
    • Execution of Timeline
    • Set-up & Clean-up Assistance

    Full wedding planning service


    • Initial Consultation
    • Monthly Planning Check-ins
    • Customized Planning Timeline Checklist
    • Budget Development
    • Venue Sourcing
    • Vendor Sourcing
    • Event Design and Styling 
    • Decor Sourcing and Production
    • 1-3 Months Out Walk-thru
    • Timeline and Ground Plan Development
    • Walk-thru, Week & Day of Vendor Coordination
    • Rehearsal Ceremony Direction
    • Unlimited Hours of Service on Wedding Day
    • Execution of Timeline
    • Set-up & Clean-up Assistance
    • Assistant Included




    • Initial Consultation
    • Celebration Analysis & Theme Creation
    • Event Timeline & Ground
      Plan Development
    • Decor Sourcing and Production
    • Experience Creation
    • Vendor & Venue Sourcing
    • Vendor Coordination
    • Set-up & Clean-up Assistance



    Required for parties over 150, having an assistant on your planning team is perfect for events being held at multiple locations, for setting up and breaking down more complex event designs, and for putting your mind at ease. Let us do the heavy lifting!





    Have questions about the whos, whats, and wheres for your event, or simply need help with wedding planning etiquette? This hourly consultation option may be just the thing you need to get you back on track with your planning.

    Facilitated Consultation


    Need a little extra assistance when meeting a vendor? Not sure what questions to ask, or what truly fits in with your vision for your event? This facilitated consultation allows us to attend meetings with you and your vendors to represent your best interests. 


    Please note, travel fees apply to services performed 40 miles or more outside of Richmond, VA.

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    Chelsea Moring

    lead planner and owner

    I am a checklist-addict, an avid do-it-yourselfer, and Illumination Events Studio's Lady Boss of six years. While I'm all about getting things done, and done well, I love nothing more than sipping a cup of tea on my front porch and admiring my geraniums in the sunshine. The balance of order, beauty, and enjoyment is my mission for all my couples and clients. There is nothing more important to me than for my clients being present in the moment, because, as Audrey Hepburn says, happy girls are the prettiest, and it is so true!



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    LEAD planner

    The mom of a growing toddler, Rhema is adept at finding the calm in the chaos. While organization is the foundation for any large event, she knows to be ready for any curveballs. Becoming certified in both wedding planning & event design in 2019, she is eager show her clients, and her little girl, the perfect example of a “Lady boss.”

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    LEAD planner

    Abby adores organizing, planning, and decorating, so being part of the IES team is a perfect fit! Finishing up her education at VCU and babysitting on the side, she knows how to handle the hectic day-to-day. She feels right at home working behind the scenes at weddings and events. Fun and energetic, she's been known to shed a tear or two during toast speeches. They are her favorite part!


    Erica Hinkle

    Associate Lead planner

    Erica, a former big-city Jersey girl, now a reformed small-town county girl, has devoted her professional and personal life to planning, organizing, and re-organizing. She can handle most anything thrown her way when working at events. She believes that strong relationships and systematic methods are the key combination for creating successful celebrations. Erica's mantra is "dream, plan, celebrate," in that order! 

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    Kaitlyn Shaffer

    LEAD planner

    Kaitlyn believes that with the right outfit, a detailed checklist, and good music, no job is too big to handle. A lover of making things pretty, especially if the color palette has blush, she takes pride in styling clients' event spaces. On her days off, Kaitlyn loves to binge watch Gilmore Girls, sip her favorite peach tea and dream of summer.

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    Savanah Dicken

    LEAD planner

    Savanah, with her vibrant personality, leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes! A student at James Madison University studying hospitality, she has a strong desire to do things right for clients the first time, and to leave a lasting impression. Savanah loves all things glittery, pink and Lilly Pulitzer, and spends her free time enjoying a good crab picking by the Chesapeake Bay. She is so excited to be a part of the IES team.


    Meredith howard

    assistant planner

    Meredith is a wizard when it comes to editorial calendars, hair and makeup tips, and pasta dishes. A William and Mary alumnus and Fulbright Scholar, she lived in South Korea for three years, and has an extensive knowledge of K-pop entertainers if ever you have questions. Her family hails from the Shenandoah Valley, where annual family reunions require strict organization of duties and tasks, including managing the bountiful homemade buffet.






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    We'd love to grab a cup of coffee with you to get to know each other, in-person or virtually.

    Many of our clients live all over the country, so please know that phone calls, Skype chats and FaceTime meetings are entirely possible and encouraged.

    We can't wait to meet you, and hear all about what you've been dreaming up.


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