WE ARE YOUR

design guru

AND

event master

We are here to create your vision and bring it to life. Whether you are planning a small intimate gathering or a large event, we are here to produce a spectacular occasion that you will never forget. We know that planning an event can be stressful and overwhelming. Our main goal is to put your mind at ease, save you money and have fun through the process. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our clients face when they enter the event space for the first time. To us, clients become our friends and those events become our events. We invest wholeheartedly in everything we do because we love it.


OWNER 

Lara Jacobs

Ken Danielson

OWNER operator
LEAD PLANNER + FLoral DESIGNER

STARTED IN CATERING + EVENT MANAGEMENT IN 2011

born in cape town, south africa

other than designing, auntie is her favorite role

has the best twin brother

HAS A bachelors DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

FAVORITE trip was backpacking southeast asia with ken for 3 months

moved to arizona from chicago in 2003

HIS nieces and nephew all call him Kiki or Keeks

master of traveling for free on credit card points (I can teach you the way)

favorite country is vietnam

HAS A DEGREE IN CULINARY ARTS and won lara over with his cooking skills

has been in event operations for 14 years

BORN IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

HAS A DEGREE IN CULINARY ARTS AND WON LARA OVER WITH HIS COOKING SKILLS

MOVED TO ARIZONA FROM CHICAGO IN 2003

HAS THE BEST TWIN BROTHER

HAS A BACHELORS DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

FAVORITE COUNTRY IS VIETNAM

FAVORITE TRIP WAS BA
CKPACKING SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH KEN FOR 3 MONTHS

HIS NIECES AND NEPHEW ALL CALL HIM KIKI OR KEEKS

MOVED TO ARIZONA FROM CHICAGO IN 2003

HIS NIECES AND NEPHEW ALL CALL HIM KIKI OR KEEKS

HAS A DEGREE IN CULINARY ARTS AND WON LARA OVER WITH HIS COOKING SKILLS

FAVORITE COUNTRY IS VIETNAM

MASTER OF TRAVELING FOR FREE ON CREDIT CARD POINTS (I CAN TEACH YOU THE WAY)

CREATIVE AND PASSIONATE

THE TEAM

Lara + Ken met in 2012 working together at the W Hotel in Scottsdale where they shared an instant passion for creating incredible experiences for their clients. Through the years they both moved on to work for multiple other hotels in the Phoenix area before joining forces and individual talents to build a company where there are no boundaries.

Dogs are her first love

cheese is her favorite food group

was a competitive horseback rider

never met a martini she didn't like

Ran a marathon... and finished it

Evin Wald

operations manager | lead EVENT PLANNER

when she was little she wanted to be a wedding dress designer

born and raised in the Valley

loves ice cream more than just about anything in the world

loves watching old movies - breakfast at tiffany's is always a go to

mama to 3 fur babies and one tiny human

Jaclyn VanHaaren

lead EVENT PLANNER

Taylor Oda

lead Event PLANNER 

Specializes in Funky + Organic Wedding Design Trends

Favorite place she ever visited was yosemite national park

Will never turn down a brown sugar shaken espresso

Favorite part about planning a wedding is choosing the linens!


Started with Laki in August of 2021

Kassidy Sheedy

ASSISTANT Event PLANNER 

We both won the senior superlative “most musical” in high school

I’m always down for a spicy margarita

I want to make it to every continent, visiting as many countries as I can along the way

I am certified as a rescue scuba diver



I have a twin brother

Shaedyn Read 

ASSISTANT Event PLANNER 

married my high school sweetheart

Swam competitively for 13 years

Her Favorite Hobbies are reading, crocheting and baking

Certified Wedding Planner through the New York Institute of Art + Design



Moved to Arizona from Kansas City, Missouri in 2020

Madi Lundberg 

ASSISTANT Event PLANNER 

Current student at Grand Canyon University studying Hospitality.

When she's not working or in class she is curled up with a book and a good latte. 

favorite sport to watch is Hockey. Go AVs!!

Been with Laki since February of 2022



Born and raised in Colorado.

Shayne Casini

Florist | social media

Newlywed! just got married in oct. 2023

dog mom to her dog son malto

grew up in the chicago suburbs

Seaweed is her favorite snack

Thrifting is her favorite hobby

Elli Baker

Florist

working on floral design program at stratford career institute

working on associates degree in audio production technologies

loves pickles

is either thrifting, painting, or at a concert

loves and does everything music related

photography by: Larissa Jean Photograph

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Evin and the Laki team to help plan our wedding, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our wedding venue recommended Evin to us, and I can see why - she's absolutely fantastic. Evin and the Laki team helped us every step of the way, from planning to designing to day-of execution. Evin was always there to keep us on track and relieve our stress. We felt confident in her ability to execute our vision and make our day perfect - and she did just that. We had so many guests tell us it was one of the best weddings they've ever been to, and we know that couldn't have happened without Evin and the Laki team. In addition to planning, we also used Laki for our floral decorations and it was amazing. Lara's attention to detail and ability to create beautiful arrangements is truly impressive. She took our vision and turned it into something beyond our expectations. Overall, we're thrilled with the experience we had with Evin, Lara, and the Laki team. They're true professionals and we couldn't have asked for a better team to help us create our dream wedding. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a top-notch wedding planner and design team. Thank you!

Reviews

We hired Laki Events and Design for our destination wedding (we live in Chicago but our wedding was in Scottsdale, Arizona) and they were FABULOUS! We interviewed quite a few of potential wedding planners before we came across Laki and it was clear from our very first Zoom call with Lara that they were best possible option. Lara and Brooke were an absolute pleasure to work with every step of the way - they are professional, detail oriented and creative - everything you could want in an event planner. They thought of absolutely everything, they solved problems before they happened and anticipated my every need as the bride. On top of everything else Brook and Lara are two of the kindest, most genuine women - they are so sweet and so fun to be around! Our wedding weekend was absolutely perfect and so much of that was thanks to Lara and Brooke. If you are a bride-to-be planning a wedding (or any event, for that matter) you MUST call Laki Events and Design - they are simply the BEST.

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Making the choice to have Lara and her team at Laki Events a part of our wedding was the BEST choice we could have ever made! Lara is so sweet and easy to work with and she really made sure we had the wedding of our dreams. She was very professional throughout the whole process and such a huge help. If I ever had any questions or changes, she always got back to me in a timely manner and was very responsiveness to everything I needed.

The day of our wedding, she made sure all vendors showed up on time and everything was set up ready to go. The whole day ran smoothly and she always made sure to check in and see how everything was going. Even after the wedding, both my husband and parents said Lara was amazing! Many of our other vendors for the wedding were so excited to hear they got to work with Lara and Laki Events again, and that really says a lot. I would definitely recommend them to any couple because having Lara was literally the best thing we did!

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53 reviews at the time we write this, all 5 stars, and I can't imagine anyone rating this team lower. Jaclyn was unbelievable, helping us navigate everything and anything included day of craziness. Hand up, I was one of the (dumb) grooms who thought we could plan and execute our own wedding and was so, so happy to have had her help. Do yourself a favor, hire Laki! Our wedding turned out better than we could have imagined and it would not have been possible without the Laki team. Jaclyn made the whole wedding planning experience a joy, from her attention to detail to making sure it all ran smoothly. The best choice we made was hiring Laki as our planner! 

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Lara was absolutely amazing. IF anything went wrong on my wedding day, she handled it and I was not aware of it. I was nervous to pass the reigns on to someone else for such an important day, but Lara was incredible. Her timelines & organization skills were impeccable. She kept the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception on track while still being so calm, kind, & flexible. The cost of a coordinator seems like a lot, but Lara was worth every penny. She was SO responsive, prompt, and really took the time to make sure everything panned out like I had imagined it. Our families and bridal party (and myself!) were able to just enjoy the day and not worry about anything. I HIGHLY recommend a day of/ month of coordinator And ABSOLUTELY recommend Lara and Laki Events.

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