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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Savanah Dicken

assistant 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.

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Dana Moore

assistant planner

Dana adores organizing, planning, and decorating, so being part of the IES team is a perfect fit! Coming from a large diverse family where things get pretty hectic, she feels right at home working behind the scenes at weddings and events. Fun and energetic most of the time, she's been known to shed a tear or two during toast speeches. 


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.


brittney throckmorton

assistant planner

Brittney loves all parties, large and small. Currently in college at Radford University, Brittney firmly believes that every occasion calls for theme, special menu, and an outfit. If she could be at one party for the rest of her life, it would undoubtedly be Palm Beach themed. She loves rainbow sprinkles on vanilla ice cream, and her favorite color combo is snow white and bright teal. She thinks herself like a nice glass of champagne, classic and bubbly!

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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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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!