Meet the Team


Kate Christensen

Consultant | Owner | Destination Diva

Although we have other Kate’s in Kate & Company, this is the Kate with the moxie who makes it all happen. 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 Groth-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 and friends. She’s also busy planning a wedding of her own!

katieKatie Eldridge

Personal Planner | Darling Designer

With her infectious smile and dynamite attitude, everyone Katie works with is so appreciative of her style and detail management.  From start to finish, no stone is left unturned.  Katie has retail experience and visualizes events with a real WOW!  She loves to pull the pieces together and make a seamless experience for each of her clients.

Katie has a few passions (and a few vices she isn’t willing to share).  You can find her exploring our beautiful desert foothills and mountains, and experience all that Arizona has to offer.  She relocated to Phoenix from Michigan just over two years ago.  Her desires include hitting all the quaint and quirky little towns that are the heartbeat of Arizona when she isn’t working a wedding on the weekends. Katie is also busy planning a wedding of her own!

websiteMeghan Murphy

Planning Assistant | Charismatic Concierge

Meghan has always had a love for weddings since she was a little girl. Her passion for service combined with her enthusiastic attitude makes her a great support system for our brides and our team.  She enjoys getting to know the style of the bride, understanding their vision and contributing to the creation of their perfect day!

Meghan likes to spend time with friends and family in her spare time and enjoys going on fun adventures to discover new places and exciting cultures.  Her favorite part of wedding is the look on the grooms face as the bride walks down the aisle.