It’s hard to believe I started in hospitality fifteen years ago as the owner of a small event and catering company, Innovative Events. This led to nine years planning weddings and events at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. I then spent three additional years managing private, corporate and social events at Columbia Tower Club. I found the greatest reward in learning your dream, capturing that vision, guiding you through critical decisions and taking the reins on your day so you can celebrate knowing every detail would be painstakingly executed. I launched Nelliena Events with the intent of putting together the perfect team that would work by my side to support my vision.
The pleasure of seeing two of my children down the aisle was a game changer for me. I experienced firsthand the importance of my role. A responsibility not only to the couple but also to the joining of families, the blending of different ethnic and religious cultures shifted my perspective. It redefined who I was as a planner. With children intermarried to Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii and Jamaica I look forward to taking families beyond border and share what all the islands have to offer with destination weddings and events.
The most valuable thing we have in life are the moments we share and the memories we make. Allow me the pleasure to Custom Design Your Lifetime Memories.
Vaosa joins us with seven years of experience in hospitality, executing parties of 50 to 500 guests. He is a father of five, from a large “islander” family where throwing parties was always the highlight of his year.
A leader experienced in managing large service teams for galas, golf tournaments, wine dinners, & auctions. The moment your Chef has your menu created, the Banquet Boss is onboard orchestrating rentals, timelines, table designs and service strategies.
His team will always arrive before your guests and be there to see your last guest off. No matter the venue or event size, feel confident knowing that all of your dining details are handled, and your guests feeling like VIP’s.
Amberly’s trains horses during the week and transforms into a Wedding Superhero on weekends. She has been coordinating special events for almost nine years and has managed Summer camps, Horse Shows, Auctions and Award Assemblies in addition to Weddings.
You’ll often find Amberly in a bucket of flowers as she pursues a second passion, floral and decor. Her snap decisions and calming tone are two of the indispensable qualities people love about her as she transforms “meh” to “marvelous”. Give her the planning reins on your wedding day, you will want for nothing.
With her constant exposure to everything wedding, Breanna was a natural fit for our intimate team. Breanna was thrown into weddings at the early age of 15 serving weddings and private events at The Snoqualmie Ridge Golf course.
After six wedding seasons as a banquet server/bridal attendant she transitioned herself into a career at Costco Travel where she appeased her hunger for travel. In those five years she travelled all over the world exposing herself to new experiences and culture from many different countries. Now with a home and fiancé in Jamaica, Breanna continues to uphold her role as administrative planner from multiple home offices worldwide granting her a unique and flexible edge. Her ability to connect with each couple and accommodate each need will leave you feeling understood and well taken care of on your special day.
Keanna and I first met when she hired me to organize her very own wedding. I knew from our very first planning session together that she had a very clear idea of what she wanted. Keanna was not only able to articulate what she needed, but when working with our planning software she utilized and presented features I hadn’t even thought to use. During our year of planning together no matter what hurdle we faced she met it with determination and optimism. Her attention to detail, organization, and true passion for people was very impressive. Before even accomplishing her wedding, I approached her with the idea of joining our team. I look forward to working side by side with Keanna as she partners with other brides, assisting in bringing their vision to life. I trust that her loving temperament will have each couple feeling like she is focused on only them.
Shaunte is talented in so many fields with many strengths. In fact, currently alongside being one of our planners, she is a dental assistant and loving mother to four spirited dogs and a baby boy. Shaunte joined our team one August early in my company’s launch when I needed a last-minute extra hand. I was blown away with how she jumped right in and took control. Her ability to multi task while remaining aware of the individual details of the event amazed me. Her calm and confident manner while communicating with guests can instantly comfort anxious family members.
Shaunte is very team oriented, always willing to jump in and support other vendors and recognize where she is needed. I am absolutely thrilled to have Shaunte by my side through our wedding seasons. Her confidence and calm demeanor will have you feeling peace on your big day.