A Savvy Event is an event planning and design company located in wine country. Kelly McLeskey-Dolata started A Savvy Event in 2007 because she has always had a love for all things beautiful, fun, unique, creative and detailed. A Savvy Event does all types of weddings and events in and around the bay area, and beyond. On the weekends and even weekdays we are planning and designing weddings, birthday parties, showers, anniversaries and just about every milestone event you can think of!

Life should be celebrated and that is what we do!

Kelly McLeskey-Dolata

Owner + Creative Director

Kelly founded A Savvy Event in 2007 with the belief that planning your wedding should be a fun and rewarding experience without the hassle. With a life-long love for throwing impeccable parties, her events are always fabulous and flawless from start to finish!

Having spent many years working for both The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company & Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Kelly established a high degree of integrity and communication with a commitment to excellence. Kelly’s background and study of interior design elevated her natural eye for detail, passion for beauty and flawless design sense.

Kelly is a proven professional with over 10 years of experience in planning, consulting and coordinating events in the corporate and wedding industries. Her weddings have been featured in numerous publications, including Grace Ormond, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, SF Brides Magazine, 7x7SF, The Sonoma Wedding Guide and Wine Country Magazine. She has also been recognized in many of today’s top online wedding websites and Style Blogs. Kelly was once described as “The Worlds Best Wedding Planner” on She has helped over 500 couples create unforgettable wedding day memories!

Savvy Couples know that the difference between a predictable celebration and an unforgettable event is all in the planning and that is why they flock to Kelly McLeskey-Dolata at A Savvy Event!!

Meren Dehaze

Event Producer

Meren’s passion and propensity for event planning was evident from a very young age. Meren embodies the distinct qualifications of a successful coordinator. Her peaceful nature and meticulous attention to detail can put even the most frenzied bride at ease!

She began her career in the event industry at the age of 16 and continued to develop her skills through a series of relevant positions. From interning and serving at multiple catering companies to acting as event manager at local venues, she worked her way up to assistant coordinator for several successful event planners before joining the A Savvy Event team in 2010.

Meren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Hotel Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University in May of 2008 before moving back to her hometown of Marin, CA. Being a hopeless romantic, Meren has passion and enthusiasm for all things wedding!

Jill Hinchman

Event Producer

Jill brings over a decade of wedding and corporate planning to A Savvy Event. In addition, her extensive background in the culinary world allows her to create unforgettable and creative menus that tap into the amazing resources in the wine country and Bay Area.

Jill makes it a goal to really get to know her clients, ensuring each event truly reflects their personality and visions. Her attention to detail guarantees everything will be done to the utmost standard. One of her clients perfectly described Jill’s work style saying: “She impeccably planned my wedding with ease and such professionalism. Jill graciously incorporated all our ideas and gave us the most breathtaking wedding day! Her positive take charge approach will leave you with complete confidence and I guarantee she will not disappoint.

Jamie Fields

Event Producer

Jamie Fields is a fifth generation San Franciscan that acknowledges her affection and slight bias in favor of the City by the Bay. Her native New Yorker husband is an incredibly supportive and understanding man. Jamie’s pride and joy is their gorgeous daughters, Chloe and Brooke.

Jamie is a veteran of the hospitality industry with 10+ years experience. She began her career with New York’s B.R. Guest Restaurants, booking and managing events at such Manhattan hotspots as Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Ruby Foo’s & Fiamma. She continued her career pursuits at The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco atop Nob Hill.

As manager of the Catering Group, Jamie drove business planning every aspect, from intake to close out, for all events, ranging from special awareness fundraisers, nonprofit functions, and political events, to corporate parties and grand weddings. Jamie is a sucker for champagne toasts, towering cakes and first dances. She will organize your wedding from soup to nuts with confidence and enthusiasm.

Allison Nygaard

Director of Operations

Allison grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County. She is truly passionate about event planning and organizing. Allison loves celebrating special moments and milestones and is thrilled to be able to work with our fun and savvy clients! Allison worked for 10 years in the non-profit sector as an Event Planner, Office Manager, Program Manager and Executive Assistant. Allison has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Geography and Natural Resource Management.

She loves that her role at A Savvy Event allows her to work in the office and outdoors among all the gorgeous scenery of Wine Country and Northern California. She would love to help you plan your wedding, special event, or children’s party! She lives with her husband Dustin and daughter Isabella in Novato, CA. When she’s not in the office or planning special events, you can find her exploring the outdoors, wine tasting, or enjoying local restaurants and unique wine country experiences.

Brittany Payton

Event Producer

Moving to Napa Valley almost 10 years ago was the best decision Brittany has ever made. After overseeing the events departments at a handful of family-owned wineries, she made the move to Auberge du Soleil where she planned and executed nearly 250 weddings. With a degree in Art History and a love for food, wine and travel, Brittany has the keen sense of style and expertise that brides are looking for when planning their wedding. Using the stunning Napa Valley backdrop as inspiration, she knows that each wedding should reflect the individuality of the couple – and that their special day should reflect the love that they have for each other.

Courtney Sorensen

Event Producer

Weddings and events are Courtney’s passion! With over 5 years of experience Courtney’s bright smile and meticulous attention to detail embodies what every couple is looking for in a planner.

Courtney earned her business degree at Pepperdine University and graphic design certification at UCLA. Courtney’s background in graphic design established her love for creativity, eye for detail, and commitment to customer service excellence. In 2010 Courtney started working for an event venue as the events manager and wedding coordinator and truly found her niche. She continuously goes above and beyond to make sure that her client’s visions are brought to life, all the while making it a fun, organized, and creative process. She currently lives in Sonoma with her husband Chris and 3 dogs, Charger, Buck, and Bentley! Courtney is thrilled to be part of the A Savvy Event team and is looking forward to meeting you!

Jamie Gansler

Event Producer

Jamie comes to A Savvy Event with over 10 years in the luxury hotel market with experience in corporate events, social events, handling both music entertainment and movie talent, working with professional sports teams such as Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer and Delegations from around the world and weddings. After experiencing so many different aspects of the hotel industry Jamie found that her true passion is with weddings. Jamie was thrilled to make the jump from hotels to a boutique wedding planning company like A Savvy Event. Jamie loves to work closely with her couples to take their vision and create a beautiful, timeless, unforgettable and flawless wedding. Jamie loves all celebrations and any reason to pop of bottle of bubbly.

After living in Scottsdale and Seattle, Jamie found herself back where she group in Napa Valley and resides in the city of Napa with her husband Harold.

Marie Rios

Event Producer

Marie Rios has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a business owner, creating weddings, special events and producing concerts. Her events range from small intimate weddings to large overstated concerts for 1,000 or more people. She is an expert in the field and has personally planned over 300 wedding and events.

One of Marie’s favorite hobbies is scrapbooking and she brings this talent to A Savvy team listening to her clients, and, helping them create their own story. She feels that every event should be “fun” and the most important part is that her clients have an amazing experience with her guidance.

Marie grew up in the Bay area, lived in Guam for 4 years, and her love for the bay area brought her back again in 2014. She is very involved in the community and helping out in her son’s school. When she’s not planning weddings, you might find her creating a fun and easy recipe in the kitchen, or outdoors with her teenage son, camping, hiking or enjoying the outdoors.

Lally Clark

Event Producer

Lally is focused on meeting and exceeding your every expectation. That is instantly apparent when you speak with her; especially when discussing a wedding, party or corporate event that is important to you. This natural intuition, passion and creativity, paired with her focused and skilled attention to detail have groomed her to be the perfect companion as you plan any event, big or small.

Originally from Santa Fe, NM, Lally and her husband Doug have called San Francisco home for over 5 years. During this time, she refined her event planning skills managing a wide range of executive level events at Salesforce, with primary responsibility for the west coast region. She also serves on the board of America SCORES Bay Area (a literacy and soccer non-profit organization) as the event planner and was the founder of their annual Legacy Awards banquet.

To all that have worked with her or know her personally, often becoming one and the same, Lally is the person you want in your corner. Her positive nature and sincerity paired with her creativity and her skill make her an incredible asset in planning. With a passion for weddings, personal and corporate events, Lally is thrilled to be part of the Savvy team!

Laura Fraize


Laura Fraize has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry of Northern California. Her event background crosses many arenas, yet she always returns to weddings for their surplus of beauty, details and raw emotion.

Laura came to Sonoma from Chico State University as a Recreation Administration intern at the Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma and so began her love affair with food, wine and all things party. After residing in San Francisco working for Marriott hotels she relocated to Sonoma to fulfill her college career aspirations of planning wine country events at Viansa Winery and Marketplace. Six years later Laura has planned, co designed and executed over 175 weddings for local and destination couples with her supportive husband and two little girls (always eagerly anticipating leftover wedding cake) by her side.

Possessing a strong work ethic and honest outlook, Laura will help you to create a meaningful day full of truth and beauty in life and love.

Lisa Hanson


Lisa is a branding and marketing professional with over 13 years of experience
pairing both established and start-up brands with top media outlets, innovators,
and celebrities.

A Los Angeles native, Lisa began her career in the entertainment
industry in Public Relations on the set of Warner Brothers’, “EXTRA.” Her experience
on the hit show propelled her into becoming a freelance TV producer, giving her
the opportunity to work on some of television’s most successful and highest rated
shows, including, “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Real World” and “America’s
Next Top Model.”

Lisa’s ability to seamlessly pair brands with television networks led to cross-promotional
marketing opportunities which leveraged her relationships with high-profile magazines
such as US Weekly, OK! and Life & Style. From Red Carpet events to television shows
to blogs and magazines, Lisa has worked and made a lasting impression among some
of Hollywood’s finest A-Listers, including Victoria Beckham, Tyra Banks, Jennifer
Lopez, and Hugh Hefner. Her clients’ various products have also made their way into
the hands of dozens of shows including, NBC’s “Today Show, E!’s “The Girls Next
Door,” ABC’s “The Bachelor” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”.

Lisa’s creativity, her knack for thinking outside the box and her experience in
production makes for a perfect transition into the world of Wedding & Event Planning!
She and her husband reside in Marin County where they are raising their children.

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