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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 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 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 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

Senior Associate 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

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 as an event planner. Brittany’s career began in the hospitality industry where she gained an appreciation and understanding of first-class service and attention to detail. She continued her education with an assignment in France, where she developed her affection for meticulously crafted events.

Brittany’s work at A Savvy Event focuses around her love for beautiful celebrations as well as 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.

Jessica Thornton

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 and 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!!!

Brittany Payton

Senior Associate 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.

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 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.

Katie Personini

Associate Producer

Katie has been working in the service industry for 6 years. She began in restaurants and eventually became a catering server. While catering these lavish events and weddings, she instantly fell in love with the wedding industry. After finishing her BA in Psychology from Sacramento State, she became an Intern at A Savvy Event. After her internship, Katie was brought onto the team as an Associate Producer. She loves her job and would love to work with you on your wedding.

Raquel Bickford

Associate Producer

As a Napa Valley native, Raquel holds an inherent passion for food, wine, and events. Offering 10 years of experience in hospitality, Raquel has designed and executed flawless events for both professional and private clients. She has developed close relationships with luxury hotels, top restaurants and scenic wineries in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and San Francisco. As a graduate of FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) she specializes in bringing stylish event concepts to life.

Raquel has developed and established two winery event departments within the Napa Valley; Cliff Lede Vineyards and Whetstone Wine Cellars. She has worked with corporate, leisure, and wedding guests for many years and thoroughly enjoys creating & designing event visions from scratch. Raquel has a great knack for taking your amazing & brilliant ideas and bringing them to life! She has great attention to detail and will strive to create flawless events for every client.”

Cayleigh Hopkins

Associate Producer

Cayleigh is originally from a small town in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management. She was working in the wedding industry for four years when she joined A Savvy Event. She is thrilled to be a part of our team and to be experiencing all the sites and specialties California Wine Country has to offer. Cayleigh has a passion for everything weddings: from the logistics, to all the little details, the first kiss, and especially the crafting. She would love to help you plan your special day!

Lisa Hanson

Marketing

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.