THE EVENTS HELD DEAR TEAM

Events Held Dear is team of wedding planners and stylists in the heart of Columbus, Ohio + beyond, with a love for every little detail that goes into planning your event. We are planners, coordinators, stylists, designers, dreamers, doers, your coffee-lovers. Our team not only comes with the the focus and hard work you need to plan your event, we come with passion. We believe every wedding should be an artistic masterpiece that tells your story. We would for you to get to know our team, and if you feel like we have the kind of charisma you're looking for, head on over to our contact page and say hello! We'd love to be part of creating your event with you, collaborating on a creative project, or simply grabbing a cup of coffee. We're already humbled at the chance to meet you.

 
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LEDA ANDERSON

Owner, Lead Planner & Designer

 

My name is Leda, but I instantly consider us friends if you call me Leeds. I adore designing the perfect tablescape, caring for you intentionally throughout the process, and working with flowers in every concept of an event, always. 

I have been an artist since I can remember. My childhood consisted of painting, drawing and creating some new piece of art at every moment that I wasn't outside. When I was little, I started painting greeting cards for my business I wanted to start when I was older. More recently, I was a young newlywed who wasn't sure where life was taking me when I started Events Held Dear, and I am humbled to see it grow so quickly. It's born of my hard work and determination in owning my own creative business, and I've never looked back. I love being inspired by nature, enjoying sunshine with my husband Zac and Boston Terrier, Fitzgerald, listening to the perfect acoustic playlist, and giving gifts. My favorite part of an event is taking a step back, and taking it all in as everyone enjoys the scene around them.

 
 

Our leading ladies

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TRACI KLEIS

| Lead Planner + Designer

 

Hi, My name is Traci and I am a Lead Planner and Designer at Events Held Dear! Some of my favorite things in life are traveling, drinking Italian wine, crossing off to-do lists, and spending time with my pup and gorgeous husband.
My love for details and organization began as a young girl, but it was not until planning my own wedding that I realized my passion for this industry. After graduating college I spent two years working as a florist and developed a love for design and the creative elements that go into making a wedding day so special.
I began working with the Events Held Dear team a few years ago, and can honestly say that you will not find a better team to craft your wedding day. I’m so humbled to work alongside such an amazing group of #girlbosses and look forward to being a part of your special day!

 
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ANNA JANSEN

| Assistant Coordinator

 

I'm Anna, and I love all things about weddings! I especially enjoy celebrating people. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so organizing and planning are some of my favorite hobbies. I have been making schedules, lists and plans since I can remember.

 If I'm not dreaming about some new wedding trend I'm likely to be found sipping coffee, smelling flowers, browsing farmers markets, decorating empty spaces and advocating for more brunch dates. I am obsessed with Taylor Swift and not one bit ashamed. You can always assume that's what I'll be listening to in the car. I have 5 siblings and they are my favorite people ever! My sisters are my best friends and can make me laugh the hardest. I enjoy slow mornings and trying to perfect the "comfy cute" look, although I'm still working on it. I can't wait to work with you!

 
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GEORGIE FRERICKS

| Lead Coordinator

Hello there! My name is Georgie, and I am apart of the lovely Events Held Dear wedding planning team (woof, that was a mouth full)! I am a student a THE Ohio State University, I love all things floral + peanut butter and have a healthy obsession with Salt n’ Peppa music. Please ask me to rap “Shoop”, I’m begging you.

I have lived in Columbus my entire life (a one mile radius to be exact) and wouldn’t trade it for the world. There is just something so special about this city and its people. Don’t believe me? You’ll just have to hire us to find out for yourself! I spend a lot of my time volunteering as a Young Life leader at a local high school not too far from downtown. It’s awesome.

Ever since working with Events Held Dear, I have fallen in love with the detail and intentionality of what goes into planning a wedding. The design, teamwork and excitement for our clients is something special. I’m beyond grateful to be apart of the EHD team and I truly love getting to be a small part to our client’s big day.

 
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AMY KENDALL

| Lead Coordinator

I'm Amy. Growing up with an event planner mom meant a lot of Friday evenings spent stuffing party favor baggies or being one part of a family envelope assembly line, but it also meant that I was able to see the magic of an event admirably put together and executed. She is the person who inspired me to want to be a part of the creative, think-on-your-feet, crazy busy wedding planning industry!

While working at a wedding, it is my goal to always be observant and quick to notice when someone needs help. Besides being there for all tasks involving height (being 6'2" does come in handy), I am constantly at your service so you can have a worry-free and dazzling wedding day! When I'm not working, there is a good chance you will find me out at a sand volleyball court feeding my competitive drive. I have loved exploring Dayton since I moved here in 2017, and find a lot of inspiration in this beautiful industrial city. I am so thrilled to be a part of Events Held Dear, and I can't wait to help make your day as special as you are!