Our LVL Team

At LVL Weddings & Events (LVL), we believe perfect weddings do exist. We believe that planning your wedding should be a joyous and pleasant experience, and that’s where we come in. Whether you have a complete vision of your wedding day or need a guide throughout the planning process, LVL is a team of creative minds ready to help you create an unforgettable day.

At LVL Weddings & Events, our team is as distinctive as our weddings.  We’re a fun group of people from different walks of life with a kaleidoscope of personalities, dreams and aspirations.  Just like we want to know our clients, we thought you’d like some insight into who we are.  After all, we’re going to be handling one of the most important occasions of your life.

Lindsay Val Longacre : Owner and Principal Planner

Lindsay Val Longacre

Owner and Principal Planner

Lindsay Val Longacre Owner and Principal Planner
Lindsay Val Longacre : Owner and Principal Planner

Hawaii, California

With a dream and the drive to create her own business, Lindsay Longacre started LVL Weddings & Events in 2007 and has quickly grown it into a premier wedding planning company with locations across California and Hawaii. Lindsay gets her drive and entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, who always told her to find her calling and be the best she could be at it. Lindsay is on a mission to do just that – to be the best at doing what she loves the most – planning dream weddings.

Things that inspire Lindsay are being a leader and making a difference in people’s lives. She finds great satisfaction in making her client’s wedding dreams come alive with a combination of the perfect vendor team to create the stylish design and distinctive look that expresses her couples personality to perfection. Lindsay takes the time to really understand who her clients are, what they need and want, and how to give them the wedding experience they envision.

With a belief that there needs to be a higher standard of excellence in the wedding industry, Lindsay created a ground breaking training program, I DO HOW TO’s Professional Series, for aspiring wedding professionals. When her students graduate, they are ready to successfully tackle the challenges facing today’s modern planner, with the right skills, level of professionalism, creativity, and experience.

Lindsay sits on the Board of Association of Bridal Consultants – Orange County (ABC-OC) as the Co-Director of Programs. She is the member of Programs and Certification Committee and the 2012 Secretary for the Board of Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA). In addition, she has been featured in many well-respected industry publications and blogs such as: The Knot, Your Wedding Day Magazine, Bride and Bloom, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, Borrowed and Bleu, Bridal Suite, and Wedding Aces. She has also been awarded Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In her spare time, you’ll find Lindsay spending time with her family and friends, or enjoying a nice dinner with a delicious glass of wine.

Heather Hoesch : Principal Planner - Southern California

Heather Hoesch

Principal Planner - Southern California

Heather Hoesch Principal Planner - Southern California
Heather Hoesch : Principal Planner - Southern California

Heather Hoesch's Bio from LVL Weddings & Events on Vimeo.

With over 600 weddings and eight years of experience under her belt, Heather Hoesch is passionate, detailed and organized, she’s always anticipating the needs and wants of her clients to ensure a smooth planning experience.

Inspired by love, engagement stories, color combinations and hand written wedding vows, she brings a colorful style to the design and planning of a wedding.   She will tell you that she loves her job, her clients and most of all her team.  She believes that her passion for love adds to her commitment to creating the ultimate wedding for her couples.

She always wanted to be part of a team that is an innovative leader in the industry and she found her dream team with LVL.   With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach, she has successfully blended her education with doing what she enjoys the most – celebrating love.

Before becoming an important asset to the LVL team, Heather was a former catering and onsite event coordinator for Turnip Rose and owned her own wedding consulting company.   Her work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, Style Unveiled and Borrowed & Bleu.

With a leadership presence and exclusive access to the industry’s best-kept secrets, Heather is a key instructor at the  “I DO” HOW TO’s program sharing her insightful instruction and knowledge with aspiring wedding planners.

In her down time, you might find Heather at her favorite sushi restaurant or plotting to accomplish everything on her bucket list which includes traveling to every country possible, skydiving and helping fund raise for charitable causes.

Amy Kuchta : Principal Planner - Southern California

Amy Kuchta

Principal Planner - Southern California

Amy Kuchta Principal Planner - Southern California
Amy Kuchta : Principal Planner - Southern California

Amy Kuchta's Bio from LVL Weddings & Events on Vimeo.

Orange County, San Diego

Amy Kuchta is a creative and passionate bridal consultant and event planner with over 10 years of experience organizing memorable and unique events. Her vast experience in the hospitality and event industry, along with her attention to detail and “can-do” attitude, helps you to relax and truly be ‘in the moment’. Amy considers it an honor to work so closely with her clients during such happy and intimate moments and to incorporate your vision into the spectacular moment you have always dreamed about.

Amy has had the privilege of creating amazing events at some of the most beautiful venues in California and Arizona. Getting her start as a corporate meeting planner, Amy soon moved on to planning larger, more elaborate events and weddings (Like for the City of Costa Mesa’s 50th Anniversary celebration events for almost 200,000 people)! Then as the Event Coordinator for the Mesa Verde Country Club, she organized hundreds of successful and stunning events while working with Orange County’s greatest and most reliable vendors. Before joining the LVL crew, she was the founder and owner of In the Moment Weddings and Events. Her in-depth knowledge of and relationships with the wedding industry will save you valuable time and energy in finding exactly what you need for your big day.

Amy feels lucky to have made a career out of something for which she is so passionate.

Kerri Hatter : Principal Planner - Southern California

Kerri Hatter

Principal Planner - Southern California

Kerri Hatter Principal Planner - Southern California
Kerri Hatter : Principal Planner - Southern California

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Kerri started her career in event planning over 20 years ago, but found her true passion for planning when she got married in 2004.  Having been a bride herself she understands everything the bride and groom are feeling and knows how difficult it can be to handle all the details and keep everyone happy at the same time!

Kerri’s easy going personality immediately puts her clients at ease and her almost obsession with organization keeps them on track.

Before merging her company with the LVL Team, Kerri owned her own wedding planning company for 8 years and her work has been featured in publications such as Wedding Chicks, Style Unveiled, The Wedding Yentas, Wedding Channel Wedding of the Day and Wedding Planner Magazine. She has also been awarded the Wedding Wire’s Bride Choice Award from 2010 – 2013 and the ABC OC Trendsetter Award 2012 for best transformation of space.

Kerri is the active President and Member of the board of Association of Bridal Consultants – Orange County (ABC-OC).

Her innovative thinking and passion to help everyone she meets prompted Kerri to create The Wedding Workshop where she hopes to teach every couple how to navigate through their wedding planning.

In her spare time, you will find Kerri spending time with her husband and children.  She keeps a wish list book with a goal of trying almost anything at least once in her life and given the choice, she would eat Mexican food for every meal.

Andrea Guzman : Principal Planner - Southern California

Andrea Guzman

Principal Planner - Southern California

Andrea Guzman Principal Planner - Southern California
Andrea Guzman : Principal Planner - Southern California

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Orange County, Los Angeles

With over four years of experience planning events, Andrea Guzman is driven, detailed and wants nothing more than to see her clients beaming from ear to ear.

She holds a BA in Communications from Concordia University, Irvine. With an administrative background and love for coordinating events, Andrea has found her dream job planning weddings with LVL Weddings & Events.

Inspired by simplicity, clean lines, and modern elegance, Andrea enjoys taking her clients’ ideas and making them a reality on their big day. Her motto is “Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully”.

Before becoming a part of the LVL crew, Andrea worked at Chapman University coordinating faculty conferences, student events, and Commencement.

Outside of work, Andrea enjoys hanging out with friends and family, shopping and relaxing with her fiancée and bulldog, Stella. She hopes to one day own and manage a wedding venue, preferably somewhere tropical.

Ashley Brand : Principal Planner - Northern California

Ashley Brand

Principal Planner - Northern California

Ashley Brand Principal Planner - Northern California

Ashley Brand's Bio from LVL Weddings & Events on Vimeo.

Northern California
With a keen eye for detail and the enthusiasm to make each wedding her best yet, Ashley is an organized, fun loving member of the LVL team. She found her calling as an event and wedding planner at a young age and has continued to find inspiration through her love of fashion trends, traveling, and excitement for LOVE!

With a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara, she has a background in hospitality and event planning. By being born and raised in Marin County and being only steps to Napa and San Francisco, she has a strong love for food and wine which has allowed her to bring wonderful ideas and inside knowledge for the Northern California region.

Outside of work, she loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog, Bentley. Her sociable personality and love for entertaining, ensures she will provide you with a memorable wedding planning experience.

Carie Pearce : Principal Planner - Denver

Carie Pearce

Principal Planner - Denver

Carie Pearce Principal Planner - Denver

With a passion of all things creative, an obsession with organization and a fun-loving spirit, Carie has fallen head-over-heels in love with planning weddings and the clients she works with.  One of her favorite parts of planning weddings is the relationship she forms with the bride, groom, and their families.  Although they may start as clients, they inevitably become more like good friends…making great memories in the process of planning their most special day.  She loves making dream weddings come to life and she’s never done a wedding where she hasn’t cried when the bride walked down the aisle (thank you waterproof mascara!).

Carie holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is related to a good majority of the population of St. Louis, Missouri (a large family is an understatement!), but grew up in Orange County, California.

Carie loves adventure, traveling, eating (but not cooking), dancing, a good glass of wine, and anything creative she can get her hands on.  When she’s not planning fabulous weddings, you can find her at home chasing after her two energetic kids, laughing with family and friends, testing out power tools, and catching up on Real Housewives of Anywhere!

Carie has been planning weddings for multiple years and has been fortunate enough to train under some of the most respectable and sought-after wedding planners in the Southern California area.  In addition to planning weddings, she has many years of experience in the floral design industry working along side her very talented mother and sister-in-law.

Carie previously worked with LVL in California and is beyond excited to bring LVL to the Mile High City!

Emily Schiesl : Principal Planner - Phoenix

Emily Schiesl

Principal Planner - Phoenix

Emily Schiesl Principal Planner - Phoenix
Emily Schiesl : Principal Planner - Phoenix

Emily comes to LVL with over 10 years of wedding, corporate and non-profit event planning experience. She has planned large scale galas to destination weddings, and loves all the special moments between the bride and groom on their big day (especially the couple's first look!).

Emily's professional background stems from a B.A. in Public Relations from University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) followed by a career in non-profit and corporate event planning. Before joining the LVL Team, Emily owned her own wedding planning company in Minneapolis, MN, where her work was featured in publications such Mpls.St.Paul Weddings and MN Bride Magazine.

In her spare time, you’ll find Emily chasing around her two little boys and cheering on her husband at a triathlon.

Arielle Azoff : Planner

Arielle Azoff

Planner

Arielle Azoff Planner
Arielle Azoff : Planner

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With an extensive background in events working with her family’s event management company, Arielle found her specialty in planning weddings.  She finds inspiration from love and enjoys being a part of the beginning of a story and making dreams come true.  With her energy and ambition, there’s no doubt that Arielle loves her clients and working with them to create their perfect wedding day.

With a Certification in Event Management from the Hospitality Department at Orange Coast College and Certification from LVL’s ”I DO” HOW TO’s, Arielle has combined practical experience with education to create her niche as a valuable team member at LVL.

In her spare time, you’ll find Arielle with an iPod in her ears, at a concert, on the beach or enjoying some of the spicy food she loves so much and simply enjoying the rhythm and adventure of life.

Cristina Hallock : Planner: Non Profit & Corporate

Cristina Hallock

Planner: Non Profit & Corporate

Cristina Hallock Planner: Non Profit & Corporate
Cristina Hallock : Planner: Non Profit & Corporate

With over five years of experience planning non-profit and corporate events, Cristina Hallock is organized and detailed oriented, and loves nothing more than watching all the planning and prepping come together in one inspirational day.

As the corporate events liaison of the LVL team, Cristina is passionate about making your event memorable and amazing. Inspired by her client’s philanthropic mission, she enjoys sharing ideas with committees and volunteers, loves logistics and working with the best vendors to deliver the most remarkable event.

Before becoming a part of the LVL team, Cristina was an event coordinator for the American Heart Association and Concordia University Irvine. She has planned, managed, and executed several large scale 5K walks, golf tournaments, Galas, and other corporate events.

When she’s not working, you will find Cristina spending time with her husband, family, and friends, at the beach, shopping at J.Crew and cheering on her brother at UCLA Football games.

Ashley Carros : Coordinator

Ashley Carros

Coordinator

Ashley Carros Coordinator
Ashley Carros : Coordinator

"As a Southern California transplant, Ashley is so happy to say she has found a wonderful and supportive home with LVL.  With an incredible work ethic, a people pleasing personality, and an obsession with all things wedding, especially the aesthetic details, Ashley is head over heels in love with being immersed in the wedding world.

Ashley first started working weddings in Northern California after receiving her BS in Textiles and Clothing with a Business Marketing Emphasis from UC Davis.  Through planning all events, social gatherings, and charity fashion shows for her major, she caught the planning bug and after graduating switched from fashion to weddings and has never looked back!  Although, she would like to add, they do have a lot in common!

Ashley continued her wedding education by completing LVL’s “I DO” How To’s Wedding Planning Pro Series course, where she learned the importance of vendor and client relationships.

In her spare time, you can find Ashley doing CrossFit, walking her German Shepard Mix, Leena, enjoying amazing food, or even just relaxing!  Ashley’s favorite part of the wedding is seeing every aspect of the couple’s big day come to life to create the dream experience that they will remember as the happiest day for the rest of their lives."

 

Sharon Gonzalez : Coordinator

Sharon Gonzalez

Coordinator

Sharon Gonzalez Coordinator
Sharon Gonzalez : Coordinator

With a passion for celebrating all things life and love, Sharon’s love for event planning emerged during her undergrad years at UCLA. It was there she was able to explore her interests and develop her talents by planning large-scale events from fashion shows to festivals to international mission trips. Upon entering the wonderful world of wedding planning, she instantly knew it was the place she was meant to be.

Her keen eye for detail and love for logistics, combined with her secretly being a hopeless romantic, has made Sharon the passionate and talented wedding planner she is today. Sharon strikes an even balance of being personable and detail-oriented, which allows her to create genuine and meaningful relationships with her clients, and make them feel safe in her hands.

Sharon has completed LVL’s “I DO” How To’s Wedding Planning Pro Series course and sits on the Programs Committee for the Southern California Chapter of the Wedding Industry Professional Association.

In her spare time, Sharon loves being adventurous by trying new things, exploring new places, and meeting new people. She loves traveling and is always daydreaming about the places she will visit next. Sharon feels blessed every day to be in a career where she can be a part of one of the happiest days of people’s lives. She enjoys every minute of helping brides & grooms have the wedding day of their dreams, and for Sharon, there is no greater reward!

Tobie Huff : Wedding Assistant

Tobie Huff

Wedding Assistant

Tobie Huff Wedding Assistant
Tobie Huff : Wedding Assistant

Her love for planning events really began long before she had even realized. Having been involved in planning events as far back as high school, it never dawned on her that this love could be so much more than just a hobby. After going through a 2 year wave of being involved in friends weddings and heavily involved in planning her own wedding, it became very clear that this was an industry she was dying to dive into.

She began her journey with LVL after learning about the “I Do’s” How To’s Wedding Pro Series Course. Tobie knew she had found the real deal when she found herself eagerly anticipating the next meeting or event with LVL. She looks forward to her growth and future experiences as she ventures down her path to becoming a wedding planner.

Outside of her love for weddings, Tobie enjoys spending her down time with the loves of her life. With her husband, family, and dogs she can be found soaking up the sun at the river, riding the slopes in Big Bear, and everything in between.

Helen Cho : Wedding Assistant

Helen Cho

Wedding Assistant

Helen Cho Wedding Assistant
Helen Cho : Wedding Assistant

With over 4 years of planning experiences, Helen has finally settled on one event: wedding. From planning everyone's birthday parties to directing and planning a youth summer camp for church, Helen comes from variety of planning experiences. She has planned events throughout her life, but never knew she'd be a wedding planner as her career. When she realized that wedding planning was what she was meant to do, it's as when a bride tried on THE dress!

Helen completed LVL’s “I DO” How To’s Wedding Planning Pro Series course which helped her to set her heart on weddings and learned first hand about the industry.

When she's not helping out with a wedding, she's either enjoying a good movie or soaking up the sun at the beach. She's currently pursuing to find the best hot wings restaurants in Southern California.

Cherie Knudsen : Wedding Assistant

Cherie Knudsen

Wedding Assistant

Cherie Knudsen Wedding Assistant
Cherie Knudsen : Wedding Assistant

With over 13 years of event planning experience, Cherie has found weddings to be her ultimate passion. She finds the story of a couple’s love to be inspiring, beautiful and the foundation of the event. She recognizes that each story, just like the couple, is unique and loves to find creative ways to make this day special and memorable.

Cherie started her career planning a wide range of events for the NBA, then moved to non-profit large-scale events. She is currently on the board of a local Children’s Hospital guild and is the lead event planner, organizing everything from galas to golf tournaments.

In addition to being a very organized and detail-orientated planner, Cherie also understands that weddings are a very emotional experience and her clients need support and patience every step of the way. These, coupled with her drive and charisma, make her the perfect fit to help plan your event.

In her spare time you will find Cherie spending time with her husband and two kids, likely going for a bike ride or hanging out at the beach. Cherie also loves to cook, run, crossfit, and travel.

Photography credits | Jasmine Star

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