- Meet the Team! The ladies behind Dragonfly Events and Design -
Hi There! I'm Gretchen!
I am a multi-tasking, boundary pushing, budget balancing, servant hearted, native Virginian, who loves people and a good laugh! I started working in the hospitality industry a few years before I got married, in 2001. I realized quickly, with a small taste in the catering division, that I LOVE weddings and special occasions! I then moved over to venue management and immediately fell into the role of planning weddings for the many clients that came through the doors. This was all unofficial planning until I was urged by many clients to open my own company to provide wedding planning and design services. Dragonfly Events and Design was born in 2006, right after my first born came into the world. I was undeniably in love…. with both.
I love sorting through a client's inspiration pictures, hearing what they are envisioning for their day, seeing who they are as a couple and then diving into the spectacular pool of resources in our hospitality industry. I love everything from fabric swatches and vintage china, to lighting, menus and music. I find an easy and creative flow to it all and it has become a 2nd nature to me!
Hi There! I'm Hayley!
I'm a Lead Coordinator for Dragonfly Events and Design. I'm a detail-oriented, determined, down to Earth, and sociable kind of girl. I was born and raised here in Northern Virginia surrounded by supportive and loving parents, my best friend/little sister, and my grandparents and cousins. From an early age I've always had an eye for small details and decorating/design. I grew up watching my very creative and crafty mother turn the simplest of things into masterpieces. She definitely helped make me into the person I am today. I met Gretchen a few years back and since then we've practically become family. We work incredibly well together and make the perfect team. I love working with her and our lead florist, Melissa. We empower each other and encourage each other to reach our goals to the highest degree.
My favorite part about my job is that no two weddings or no two couples are the same and I get to make each of our couples' dreams come true! The joy I get from watching everything we've worked on come together and see the Bride and Groom so happy and in love is a feeling I can't explain. I look forward to meeting all of the new couples I get to work with and serve and help to make their big day better than they ever could have imagined! xoxo
Hi There! I'm Melissa!
I'm the Lead Florist for Dragonfly Events and Design. Growing up in Oregon, I was always surrounded by beautiful lush nature. For as long as I can remember I have had a love for flowers; I even have an Iris tattoo on my ankle. I have fond childhood memories of spending time with my mom as she made floral designs for weddings and anniversaries. So when this opportunity arose for me to be a floral designer I couldn't resist.
With my son away in college and my daughter in high school, I'm finding I have much more free time in my life. I'm so thrilled to be spending that time pursuing my life long passion as a floral designer. I couldn't ask for a better set of ladies to work with. Together we make the most elegant weddings that any couple could possibly dream of. I look forward to the many floral adventures to come in my future.