About

Quite literally since the moment we met, the bond we’ve shared as sisters has been incredibly close.

We spent weekends baking cookies and putting on homemade dance recitals, picked out each other’s clothes (then immediately stole them away for our own), shared in the same sports choices and extra curricular interests, and most importantly, we found pure, unbridled joy in simply celebrating life - big moments, small gatherings and anything in between.

Regardless of whether our many projects or passions were a success, it was clear early on that, together as a team, we were meant to dream big and tackle life side by side. Armed with Kirstie’s strong sense of compassion, Mallory’s driven personality, and a mutual love for design and logistics, Elevate was brought to life.

Thanks to loads of determination, an intense love for our clients and community, and countless reams of checklists, we have grown to become one of Wisconsin’s premier event planners, lauded for our timeless style, refined intuition, and comprehensive approach to our clients’ plans and design. 

From the moment we meet you to the minute your head hits the pillow on event day, we aim to provide you with everything you need to feel completely prepared and genuinely excited to host your event. Whether you’re seeking assistance from our team to plan, design, and execute your dream event from start to finish, need a boost in confidence with a personalized style or design consultation, or are simply looking for a reliable, organized professional to execute your dream day, we are here to help you achieve, and elevate, your vision; creating a truly unique and intentional experience.

the Sisterhood

Mallory

Mallory works side by side with her sister and Co-Founder, Kirstie, to manage all business and team operations. As Creative Director, she also assists with the curation and oversight of the design aesthetic and production quality of every contracted event, celebration and editorial. With an exceptional attention to detail, uniquely trained eye and timeless but approachable intuition, Mallory ensures that every event makes an impression, tells a unique story, and flows with ease.

Outside of Elevate, Mallory also enjoys life as sister, wife, and mother to a rescued pitbull and toddler, Vaughn. Cooking, floral design, and home improvement projects are some of her other favorite pastimes, and she firmly believes that every occasion deserves a glass of something bubbly.

Kirstie

As Event Director, Kirstie oversees the planning, production and execution of all of Elevate’s contracted events, while also directing large scale weddings, social and corporate events for her own clients. Working hand-in-hand with Mallory to manage all day-to-day operations, Kirstie relishes in her role as team lead: running trainings, check-ins, managing schedules, and ensuring a thriving and productive environment. Being a naturally forward-thinker, Kirstie is continuously brainstorming for our team and clients ways to push the envelope, make an impact, and guarantee that every event is awe-inspiring and intentional.

In her free time, Kirstie enjoys teaching and taking classes at Barre Code Madison, traveling as much as the wedding season allows, and spending time with Jesse and their Great Dane, Phoebe. She is a proud sister and Auntie, and finds joy in the small details of life.

Mallory

Mallory works side by side with her sister and Co-Founder, Kirstie, to manage all business and team operations. As Creative Director, she also assists with the curation and oversight of the design aesthetic and production quality of every contracted event, celebration and editorial. With an exceptional attention to detail, uniquely trained eye and timeless but approachable intuition, Mallory ensures that every event makes an impression, tells a unique story, and flows with ease.

Outside of Elevate, Mallory also enjoys life as sister, wife, and mother to toddler, Vaughn and twins Dillon & Simone. Cooking, floral design, and home improvement projects are some of her other favorite pastimes, and she firmly believes that every occasion deserves a glass of something bubbly.

Kirstie

As Event Director, Kirstie oversees the planning, production and execution of all of Elevate’s contracted events, while also directing large scale weddings, social and corporate events for her own clients. Working hand-in-hand with Mallory to manage all day-to-day operations, Kirstie relishes in her role as team lead: running trainings, check-ins, managing schedules, and ensuring a thriving and productive environment. Being a naturally forward-thinker, Kirstie is continuously brainstorming for our team and clients ways to push the envelope, make an impact, and guarantee that every event is awe-inspiring and intentional.

In her free time, Kirstie enjoys teaching and taking classes at Barre Code Madison, traveling as much as the wedding season allows, and spending time with Jesse and their Great Dane, Phoebe. She is a proud sister and Auntie, and finds joy in the small details of life.

Get to Know Us

Mallory

Kirstie

What do you love most about your sister?

She's empathetic and forces me to be a nicer, more understanding person.

She's driven and somehow makes the “balance” between work, life and motherhood look easy.

Current food obsession?

Sushi or pho - always and always.

Endless tacos and guacamole.

Strongest character trait?

I’m decisive.

I’m compassionate.

Red wine, plants, and a good statement earring.

A fresh manicure, sparkling water, and my daily planner.

Three things you can’t live without?

Hidden talents?

Martha-Stewart wannabe.

Collegiate dancer.

Wedding day signature?

Boutonniere-pinning extraordinaire.

Forever perfecting the event details.

Always in your closet?

Oversized blazer.

Versatile jumpsuit.

Days off?

Family hangs and Oscar noms, all likely involving a charcuterie board and wine.

Frequent the barre studio, exploring a new store, coffee shop or cuisine, and car rides with the dog.

Walk-up song?

Freedom by Beyonce.

Grown Woman by Beyonce.

Meet the Team

Kelsie Rice

Senior Planner and Relationship Manager

Kelsie’s caring and compassionate personality paired with her impressive multi-tasking abilities makes her uniquely qualified to assist all of Elevate’s detail-oriented clients. With a background in Communications, Kelsie excels in logistics and ensuring swift and thorough contact among all parties involved in an event. When it comes to design, she loves to think outside of the box and get creative to make each event she’s a part of beautiful and full of unique and intentional details. Because of the utmost care and attention she devotes to every single one of her clients, Kelsie is notorious for relishing in lots of hugs, dress fluffs, and the sharing of many happy tears. 

Kelsie adores her family, high-school-sweetheart-turned husband, Jason, their beautiful son, Lachlan, and German Shepherd, Teddy. In her free time, she enjoys trying new cuisines and experiences, home and art projects, and spending quality time with her friends.

Chloe Starz

Senior Planner

Chloe is the sort of gal who will always take the title "jill of all trades" as a serious compliment. With a background in communication and interpersonal relations, coupled with interior design and event styling, Chloe loves all sorts of challenges, especially when those events are particularly unique, carefully curated, or experience focused. Chloe is a firm believer that to create memorable events, she must first connect deeply with her clients and operate on a foundation of open communication, meticulous attention to detail and most of all...trust.

When she is not updating her coveted checklist or out for a hike with her Australian Shepard, Enzo, you can find Chloe in the kitchen dreaming up beautiful dinner parties and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Ethan, love to try new restaurants and dance to Frank Sinatra in the kitchen, finding joy in every moment life has to offer - big or small.  

KATIE STORMER

Associate Planner and Content Manager

Katie is our in-house ray of sunshine - if you're ever in need of a smile, giggle, or quick pick-me-up, Katie will deliver. With a background in Communication Arts and Digital studies and a photography business, Katie has a keen eye for details, using her expertise to ensure perfectly styled images and assisting with the creation and management of the team's galleries. Katie also carries vast experience in capturing high school seniors and families, and excels at wrangling a large wedding party or bringing out someone's personality. She also greatly values the creation of lasting, meaningful relationships with others and cheering them on throughout all of life's special moments.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends or traveling, spending time outdoors, and trying new restaurants (bring on the wine and cheese!) with her long-term boyfriend, Lucas. 

APRIL HARDING

Associate Planner and Social Media Coordinator

April is highly driven, competitive, and ambitious, which translates beautifully into her role as one of Elevate's top-notch coordinators. With a background in childhood education, April spends a good deal of time thinking through logistics and preparing for every moment within a day, while also understanding that flexibility is key. April is extremely passionate about providing an experience that is momentous, positive and memorable, loves finding beauty in the everyday, hearing and sharing inspiring stories, and empowering others to be their best selves in every way possible.

When she is not spending time at weddings or at school, you can find April hiking or being active with her husband, Nick, loving up on her sweet daughter, Blair, spending time with friends, traveling, or trying new places and experiences. She adores an adventure and tries to live every day as though it is one.  

AMBER WOLFRATH

Associate Planner

Amber is our resident social butterfly who is more bubbly than the best bottle of champagne.

With a background in Marketing and Management, Amber is always ready to take charge and run an efficient event day while keeping the overall design goals at the forefront of her mind. She is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed; never afraid to take on whatever challenge comes her way. Amber cares deeply about all of the little moments in life, which guarantees her careful attention to detail from start to finish.

When Amber isn’t working, you can find her trying new food spots with her husband Nate, spending time with her family and friends, or browsing online for the latest fashion trends. Amber's hidden talent is being able to find where a cute top is from in under 30 seconds. 

LILY JANSA

Associate Planner

Lily's attentive and thoughtful instincts have made her an incredible asset to the Elevate team since day one. With a background in Industrial Engineering and Consulting, efficiency and effectiveness are very important to her. Whether it is through an orderly timeline or a streamlined production flow, Lily adores all that goes into the creation of a beautiful wedding day, so everyone involved can soak up and celebrate all of the small moments in between! Fully invested in creating a day focused on what is important to each couple, Lily's strengths most certainly lie in the minutiae - learning more about why each couple loves what they love, and what priorities they have for their special day.

Lily's zest for life is apparent in both her approach to planning, as well as how she spends her spare time. When she is not expertly running a timeline or communicating with her team, Lily enjoys biking, climbing, reading, and hosting friends and family from near and far.

Our Valued Teammates

Eve Jewson

Production Assistant

Molly petri

Production Assistant

Leah zinnen

Event Assistant

Kallie bolano

Event Assistant

Philosophy

We aim to tell our clients’ stories in an honest, meaningful and luxurious way by infusing core components of their relationship, their mutual interests, and their personalities in some of the most important moments of their lives. We exist to lighten the emotional burden with a simple, refined and comprehensive approach.

We promise to tell your story in a meaningful way that reflects the heart of who you are. We will take your event from a vision and elevate it to a quality, unforgettable experience.

At Elevate Events we care deeply about the love, attention, and level of detail we give each of our clients. We promise that from beginning to end you will receive a high-end experience on the biggest days of your life. Your story matters to us.

To say that this sister duo and their team were integral in pulling off the wedding of our dreams is an understatement.

We met with multiple other wedding planners, but after our initial phone call with Elevate Events, we knew we didn’t want to trust anyone else with our big day! Our wedding experience, from start to finish, was beyond our wildest dreams due in very large part to the incredible work of these amazing ladies. I am forever grateful for having them in my corner at every unexpected twist and turn in the plans. Our wedding was truly perfect, from start to finish, and I can say with 100% certainty that would not have been the case if I hadn't hired Elevate Events. 

From the beginning, I had a very clear vision for the day but knew that my type-A personality might prevent me from enjoying the celebration if I had to keep worrying about details.

Enter Elevate Events, who made sure that everything I had planned in my head came true in real life. It’s strange to think that someone you didn’t know a year ago could have such an impact on some of your most important memories, but I’m so glad that we will think of Elevate so fondly when we think back on our most special day - its a true testament to how much the Elevate team puts into making sure their couples have a dream day.

Elevate Events brought the design of our wedding to the NEXT LEVEL. You spend so much time dreaming of your perfect day - how it will look, how you feel, how your guests will enjoy all the fun details you dream up; but it's truly the ladies of EE that can bring all of these things to life!

Elevate Events is all about making your event run flawlessly from planning through to the finish. They bring a keen sense of design, attention to detail, and professionalism to every part of the event. They are well connected in the weddings and events industry and provide a fresh, unique perspective to make the event feel authentic and personalized.

Working with the Elevate Events team was a breeze. They really helped take away the "wedding planning stress". Our wedding was everything we imagined and more.

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