Kate Christensen

Consultant | Owner | Destination Diva

You may have met other Kates, this is the Kate with the moxie who makes it all happen for you. Kate is the owner combining her unique flair for event planning to produce inspired weddings, parties and social events of all sizes and styles. Kate is a celebrated savvy planner with over 20 years experience using a network of highly regarded vendors and venues with our team of personal planners to help create dramatic or intimate celebrations. Kate is also our destination diva and global trekker with more stamps in her passport than our team combined. Having been to almost every corner of the world she is an expert at sleuthing out the perfect location to make a destination wedding or event a dream come true.

Kate is energetic (more like a force of nature) and, if you haven’t already figured it out, she takes on multi-tasking with the finesses of ninja force! She is a thrill seeker and fearless spirit with a “bucket list” filled with goals for future adventure. She enjoys anything outdoors from hiking, skiing, and golfing, to scuba diving and swimming. She is the life of any party and inspires us all to create weddings and events with passion, integrity and excellence to exceed our client’s expectations.

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Desirae Barquin

Personal Planner | Charming Creator

Desirae combines her creativity and organizational skills with her love for special events. Her hard working attitude and determination has helped her grow in her event planning career with Kate & Company. She is known to extensively research and find perfect locations and vendors that will cater to the client’s vision.

Her love for numbers and great deals helps keep her clients on or under budget. But she does think that there is always a time to splurge on that one special item! Desirae also has a craving for personalized and heart felt touches to make an event that much more memorable. She has the ability to see the whole event come together no matter what little ideas you have to start off with.

Desirae spends her weekends working on DIY projects inspired by Pinterest. If you can think it, she can create it! She loves to spend time outside hiking or reading a good book in the sunshine, traveling, and spending time with family, friends and her new hubby (plus a cat and puppy!).

Skye Young

Personal Planner | Darling Designer 

Native to Arizona, Skye has spent time with her family as a mid-Westerner and also in Virginia and North Carolina.  She has come “home”, returning to Arizona recently with her husband and beloved pet, a Jack Russell Terrier. While interested in elementary education and business management Skye presently enjoys the “hands-on” approach and creativity with wedding and event planning at Kate & Company. Skye loves family, friends (well actually everybody), her faith, being creative and she embraces the adventures that life brings her way. She has been able to focus on her lifelong dream of becoming an Event Planner over the past few years and hopes to continue working toward her dream career, she hopes that with each of her events she is able to bring as much happiness to clients and guests as her passion brings to her.

Courtney Allsop

Planning Assistant | Timeless Taskmaster

Courtney has a passion for life and a contagious smile. Having experience in the catering industry, Courtney has serviced many weddings and very special political events. She has learned the needs and interests of her clients, especially when it comes to the details and making sure all wishes and dreams are carried out. She is a native of Utah, a graduate of BYU and a mom of 2 grown children but is still full of energy!

Courtney loves to see the world, has traveled extensively and also lived abroad. She is caring and also known as a good neighbor and one who is always willing to help others. Kate & Company clients enjoy Courtney’s honest approach and reality discussions as she wants each Bride and Groom to not only have what they want but what they can afford and she works hard to find the best vendor fits.

After spending about 12 years in the Washington DC area, the move to the “Grand Canyon State” has brought her great happiness and joy since she has a love of the outdoors, hiking, biking, and gardening and enjoys the close of each day with the glorious sunsets.

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