We believe there is nothing more important than celebrating life’s experiences with your friends and family. Be it a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, special birthday, or a spontaneous soiree, events are a way to spread cheer and joy to those you love. At Glow, we will work with you to make sure your event is everything you dreamed it would be. We take a limited number of social events and weddings a year in order to truly dedicate our time and attention to each client.
How We Plan
Full Service Planning
Think of us as your personal event concierge – we’ll handle any detail needed for your Big Day. First we’ll focus on big picture things like venue selection, sourcing key vendors, timeline and budget development, and then move on to specific tasks like choosing invitations, sourcing rentals, creating welcome bags and planning your rehearsal dinner . Come in for a consultation and we’ll create a custom proposal based on your specific needs.
Logistics Only Planning
Do you have the design details covered, but need help planning the logistics and onsite management? Leave the “heavy lifting” of the planning to us so you can focus on the creative tasks. Our team will be involved from day one to help guide you through the planning process, selecting vendors and staying on budget, and then be onsite to make sure the event is executed smoothly.
No two events are alike, which is why our pricing is customized to each client’s specific needs. Our pricing for large social events and bar / bat mitzvahs starts at $10,000 and wedding pricing begins at $12,000. Please contact us directly for pricing on smaller celebrations such as at-home dinners or baby showers.
How We Design
Do you get overwhelmed by all of the creative options? Are your Pinterest boards out of control? So many of our clients say they have fragments of decor ideas, but just don’t know how to tie it all together. We’ll listen to your thoughts, wishes and dreams and then elaborate upon them to create an aesthetic direction with completely coordinating details. Each client will receive a wedding “mood board” complete with hand sketches, color swatches and inspirational photos that will define the look and feel for your event. Once the concept is finalized, we’ll plan a trip to the rental showroom where we’ll play with linens, china and help you pick the perfect decor accents. Lastly, we’ll create a mock-up of your dining table so you can see how everything comes together.
Our design mantra is to create events that are reflections of the couples and their own unique love stories. We strive to infuse pieces of you into all of the decor details. You’ll never see us using something “trendy” without putting a meaning behind it.
What Our Clients Say
“The team at Glow Event Design is just absolutely phenomenal!!! … This team was so amazing that I find myself looking for excuses to throw other events just so I can use them again!”
– Kara and Stacy Lawhorn
“Really want to thank the Glow team for helping us realize our dream wedding! Christina, Melanie and team were very helpful, professional, and friendly from the get-go, and were also extremely helpful in helping us streamline things on the actual wedding day.”
– Alice and Ben Shen
“From our first meeting to the day of the wedding they were an absolute pleasure to work with. Incredibly organized and on top of all deadlines and vendors, in the most calm and professional manner. My wedding day was a dream and I fully give Christina, Melanie and the other team members ALL the credit.”
– Ashley and Neil Wisecarver
Who We Are
Christina is the owner and founder of Glow Event Design. She began her career as a fashion designer, finishing top her of class at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She went on to work for companies such as Marmot and Old Navy, as well as designed a women’s intimates line that was sold to a larger brand and is now distributed worldwide. She left the fashion world to start Glow and pursue her passion for entertaining. Her keen eye for design helps her work with clients to create perfectly styled events. She has a friendly and upbeat personality, with a “can do” attitude that makes no task impossible. Christina has been the keynote speaker at industry events in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orange County. Her work has been featured in national blogs and international magazines, making Glow Event Design a sought after planning studio.
Hobbies: Road biking and gardening
Sources of Inspiration: Bright colors and patterns, unique fabrics and the California lifestyle
Fun Fact: She has a Norwich Terrier named Joey
Jen has always been a natural-born event planner and immediately pursued her passion in the events industry upon graduating from New York University. With a knack for logistics and love for creating unique experiences, she launched and grew the event businesses at UrbanDaddy, Curbed Network, and Vox Media while working with a large range of clients within the tech, auto, spirits, and lifestyle industries. Jen excels at creating immersive, visual experiences that highlight brands’ unique messaging and marketing objectives. No challenge is too great, and she thrives on finding creative solutions to ensure client success. After eight years in the digital media industry, she is excited to focus on creating new events for Glow’s corporate team. In her spare time, Jen enjoys traveling with her family, exploring the SF restaurant scene, and taking dance classes.
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, and dancing
Inspiration: Design using unexpected materials, warm lighting, interiors
Fun Fact: Jen is a member of an Oakland-based hip hop dance company that performs around the Bay Area.
Melanie was born and raised in the East Bay and returned to the Bay Area after spending time living in Utah, Dallas and Indonesia. Her love of event planning started in college and upon graduation, underwent “event planning boot camp” at a corporate events DMC in Dallas. While at the firm she personally handled 100 events each year and gained a strong logistical foundation. She is a genius at multitasking and creative problem solving, and clients love her upbeat personality and positive attitude. She’s also an accomplished lifestyle photographer which gives her a strong editorial style. Melanie is excited to be part of the Glow team where she can more closely focus on each client and create highly styled and personal events.
Hobbies: Traveling the world and writing about her adventures in her travel blog MeAndMr.com
Inspiration: Natural sunlight, nature, pastel colors, fresh letterpress
Fun Fact: Melanie’s photos have been published in Cosmopolitan Indonesia and PaperCity Magazine
Cynthia’s passion for event design was evident while studying Visual Communications at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Having spent 8 years in Corporate Events with high profile clients like BMW it wasn’t until she assisted on her first wedding that she got the taste of the wedding industry. She quickly signed up for the Wedding Planner Certification course at Cal State East Bay to gain the knowledge needed to plan beautifully orchestrated weddings and events. She now uses her experience to help wedding day dreams come true by capturing all the details while ensuring every event is unique to the couple’s vision. When she’s not tackling timelines, Cynthia enjoys adventures with her beautiful family, hiking and yoga.
Hobbies: Hiking, painting and calligraphy
Inspiration: Creative window displays, nature, fine art museums
Fun fact: She has a keen sense of direction and never gets lost
Nikki’s passion for San Francisco and all it has to offer began when she first moved here a decade ago to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. After spending the last 8 years as a buyer for Levi’s and Pottery Barn, she was ready for a change of pace and decided to pursue her gift for throwing a fabulous party. Nikki’s keen eye for style allows her to create events that are unique and Pinterest-worthy. She loves helping her clients infuse creative and personal touches to make any type of event uniquely their own. She is also the master at onsite event management and has a way of handling anything that comes her way with grace and a smile.
Hobbies: Personal styling, Traveling, Interior Decorating
Inspiration: People, Colors, Innovative Design
Fun Fact: I learned to ride a unicycle before a bicycle.