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A Savvy Event is an event planning and designing 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 events in and around the bay area. 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!

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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 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. Most recently Kelly was described as “The Worlds Best Wedding Planner” on JuneBugWeddings.com. 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

Senior Associate 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.

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

Senior Associate Producer

Jill brings over 10 years of wedding and corporate planning experience to A Savvy Event. In addition, her extensive background in the culinary world lends itself to the Wine Country or Bay Area bride that wants help in developing creative and unique menus that reflect their personal style and zest.

Jill’s aptitude for throwing spectacular events knows no bounds! From the most intimate and traditional affair to the most over the top soiree, she can do it all! Planning a wedding or event that focus’ on the couple or guest of honor and who they are is what truly makes an unforgettable experience.

A hopeless romantic herself, Jill realizes that the most important element of a wedding is the love, commitment and union of two souls…and that is what keeps her coming back for more.

Jessica Thorton

Senior Associate Producer

A native of Lake Tahoe, Jessica started in the event world over 15 years ago planning weddings and high end corporate events for Harrahs and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Her desire to be involved in the wine industry brought me to wine country where she planned weddings at the Harvest Inn, met Kelly, and they created fabulous events! She then moved to corporate events an weddings at Sullivan Vineyards. Jessica realized she wanted to follow her true passion designing and planning weddings which brought her to work at A Savvy Event, which she loves!!!

Jamie Fields

Senior Associate 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 baby daughter, Chloe.

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.

Brittany Westerman

Senior Associate Producer

Brittany earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with the intention of working for a non-profit organization as an event planner. Brittany’s career began in the hospitality industry where she gained practical experience and a broad range of technical skills. She continued her education with an assignment in France, where she developed her affection for meticulously crafted events. “Living and working in such beautiful surroundings enhances your senses and overall awareness” and she returned with a new found appreciation for event planning and a focus on handcrafted weddings and children’s parties.

Brittany’s life took a drastic turn in 2010, when her unborn child was diagnosed with a rare gastrointestinal complication. With this formidable experience, Brittany’s passion for service in the nonprofit and public sector was renewed. She immediately began working with Avery’s Angels, which helps families with Children of Gastroschisis.

Brittany’s work at A Savvy Event focuses around her love for beautiful celebrations but also her commitment to education and service. Her incredibly caring spirit is evident in every project she pursues. Brittany currently lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Scott and their beautiful son Griffin.

Allison Nygaard

Associate Producer & Office Manager

Allison grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County. She is truly passionate about event planning and organizing. Allison she loves celebrating life’s 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 Executive Assistant, Office Manger, Program Manager and Event Planner. 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.

Courtney Garcia

Associate Producer

 

Katie Personini

Associate Producer

 

Cayleigh

Associate Producer