MEET & GREET Archive

Meet the Interns: Spring 2017

We love our interns! Meet the fabulous four that have joined our team this semester. We can’t wait to see them grow in our Couture family!

Meet Sarah

Hello! My name is Sarah Bullat and I am in my last semester at San Diego State University, finishing my Hospitality and Tourism Management degree. I have wanted to be an event planner since I was 16, so I have lived and breathed the hospitality industry for the past 6 years! Applying for colleges with a career in mind set me on the path to success from the get-go. I have worked in catering and hotel guest services for the past 4 years, all as a part of my graduation requirements. I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California and moved to San Diego when I began college. My favorite things to do are brunching, shopping and napping. I love all things pretty and magical, and sometimes live in a fantasy world where I am a Disney Princess.

Being able to work with Couture Events this semester as an intern will most definitely further my interest and training in the events industry, while being able to work with the kind of fabulous and magical team I have always wanted to! I can’t wait for everything that is to come in the next couple months!

Fun Facts About Sarah

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Hot: Chai Tea Latte Cold: Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade

Favorite Designer: Anything from Nordstrom! Rebecca Minkoff, Steve Madden, Sam Edelman

Favorite Movie: Tangled

Place in the World: Paris or London, I can’t decide! I’ve studied abroad twice in Europe and absolutely love it!

Meet Hunna

Hello! My name is Hannelore Jung, most everyone calls me Hunna, and I am beyond excited to be working as an Intern with Couture Events this spring! I am currently finishing up my junior year at Point Loma Nazarene University as a Managerial Organizational Communications major. I grew up in the small country town of Poway, California just a short drive from the sunny city of San Diego. When I’m not in class or working I love to spend my free-time painting, reading, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

I have always been very passionate about fashion, design, art and everything in between. When I was little I would sit on the floor of my living room with a giant pink note pad and my 24-pack of Crayola crayons and draw sketches of wedding dresses, dreaming of that magical day. I am beyond excited to be a part of such an enthusiastic and creative group of women dedicated to making each brides wedding dream into a reality!

Fun Facts About Hunna

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Iced Lemonade-Peach Green Tea

Favorite Designers: Free people, Top Shop, Wild Fox, Anthropologie

Favorite Book: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Favorite Place: So far in my travels, my favorite place I have ever visited is definitely Edinburgh, Scotland. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Meet Hayley

Hi! My name is Hayley Hardick and I have had the pleasure of being a California girl for my entire life. I love everything that California has to offer, whether it be catching a wave, snowboarding down a slope, or hiking a beautiful scenic route. These are just a few reasons why I couldn’t leave when I was selecting which college to attend, I am a junior at the University of San Diego and I am majoring in Communication. I am hoping to pursue a career in event planning once I graduate next spring. I am an active nature girl and enjoy creating and building relationships with new people. It is easy for me to strike up a conversation with someone I do not know, I feel it is very important to be a good listener so you can discover what makes each person unique. I devote some of my spare time to yoga and spin classes, so I can stay fit and continue to grow my communication skills simultaneously.

I am beyond thrilled to have this internship opportunity, and look forward to embarking on this journey with Couture Events family. I’m lucky to be a part of this team and can’t wait to gain insight and knowledge from this experience.

Fun Facts About Hayley

Favorite Starbucks Drink: White chocolate mocha in the winter and passion tea in the spring.

Favorite Designer: Tom Ford, his brand is edgy and modern. I also admire Carolina Herrera, her line is always sophisticated and radiant.

Favorite Movie: Tuck Everlasting/ Aquamarine

Favorite Place: Big Bear or Redlands

Meet Alissa

My name is Alissa Bisharat, I attend the University of San Diego majoring in Communication with a minor in Philosophy. I am fortunate enough to call the beautiful city of San Diego home, where I was born and raised. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, which fueled my love for traveling and desire to travel the world. I have been a cheerleader/dancer my entire life and for the past two years I have volunteered as the head cheer coach for a pop warner team called the Norsemen. I have always been passionate about all things related to fashion, beauty and event planning. I was apart of the Nordstrom Fashion Board program when I was in high school, which ultimately lead to my employment there on and off for about 2 years. I have a HUGE family so attending and planning events is something I have always been very fond of. After looking into the company I knew Couture Events would be a beneficial place where I could flourish and exercise my creativity. The concept of every wedding/event being Couture (individualized and elegant) for each client is something I find valuable and attractive. I am extremely excited to intern with such an admirable company and discover what happens behind the scenes.

Fun Facts About Sarah

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Iced Soy Dirty Chai

Favorite Designer: Free People

Favorite Book/Movie: Harry Potter

Favorite Place in the World: Florence, Italy


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Meet the Interns: Summer 2016

We are thrilled to welcome these lovely ladies to the Couture family as our Summer Interns!



Hello! My name is Kelsey Castillo and I am a senior marketing major at Point Loma Nazarene University. I am from Bakersfield, California but I have been lucky enough to call San Diego my home for the past three years. I have always had a passion for helping others through volunteer work and mission trips. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new coffee shops, going to concerts, and exploring new places!

Growing up with a mother who plans, styles, and creates just about everything on her own, I have really developed an eye for design, detail orientation and creativity. Through a personality assessment, I have found that “WOO” is my biggest strength, meaning that I love to make others happy. By being an intern at Couture Events, I know that this strength will shine so bright! I look forward to working with the Couture team to make your day so incredibly special!


Favorite Starbucks Drink: Skinny Vanilla Latte

Favorite Designers: Free People, Lululemon and Nike

Place I Want to Travel: Thailand

Favorite Movie: The Holiday


Kendal Summer Internship

Hello! My name is Kendal Luttinen and I am currently a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University, seeking my bachelor’s degree in Managerial and Organizational Communications. Although I was born in Washington, I’ve spent most of my life in Orange County, and consider myself a California Girl. I love the sand, sun, and sea, and feel happiest when I’m outside, soaking up the beautiful Southern California weather. When I am not working on my tan at the beach, catching up with friends on a hike, or exploring one of the many restaurants San Diego has to offer, you can expect to find me jet setting off to somewhere new for the weekend. I have a serious passion for traveling, and feel that it has cultivated my desire to better understand the world around me.

One of the keys to success, which I have come to appreciate and live by, is the importance of effective communicating (hence the degree). I am a firm believer that relationships are the foundation to a happy and healthy life, and this cannot be accomplished without valuing the interactions we partake in on a daily basis.

Weddings are a major step for any couple on the road to a life-long relationship, and I look forward to aiding the journey and sharing the experience of this exciting life event. I hope to use my innate passion for creativity and effective communication to make your big day as stress-free as possible. I am very excited for this summer, and cannot wait to work with Couture Events and partake in creating the wedding of your dreams!


Starbucks Drink: Iced ½ Caf. Soy Latte with 2 packets of honey

Favorite Designers or Brands: Lorna Jane, Free People, and Steve Madden

Bucket List Travel Destination: Australia, South Africa, or Ibiza

Favorite Movie: The Holiday


Katelynn Summer Internship

Hello my name is Katelynn (Katie) Bubnack. I am currently finishing my last two classes at University of San Diego. I will graduate this summer with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Marketing. I am so excited to start my internship with Couture Events, as this is my dream career. My mother and grandmother have both taken the lead in planning many events, so from a young age I have been assisting and working events.

My Love of Love started many years ago watching romantic comedies, attending wedding, and seeing relationships flourish in front of me. I believe love cures all! So for me, to be able to blend my experience in events and passion for love is so exciting. I look forward to learning from the ladies at Couture and helping to create your perfect wedding!


Favorite Starbucks Drink: Refresh Mint Tea ( or when I need the caffeine Wild Youth Berry Tea)

Favorite Designers: Fabeltics, Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, & Michael Kors

Favorite Book: Anything Chelsea Handler

Favorite Movie: Legally Blonde

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Couture Events San Francisco!

It’s true!

We’ve officially expanded to the Golden Gate City!

It is surreal and overwhelming altogether. This little dream that began in our hearts some time ago has become a reality and we are thrilled for all the possibilities in store. Our Los Angeles Coordinator, Danielle, has picked up her life and made the move up north where she will be our San Francisco Event Director!

Meet Danielle

Danielle Sidari Couture Events San Francisco Wedding Planner

Photo by The Youngrens

Here is a little bit about Danielle and her heart behind Couture Events in San Francisco…

Couture Events opened my eyes and my heart to a career I didn’t know I needed until it was right in front of me. This amazing, challenging, inspiring career has grown from an awesome college internship to a part-time weekend gig, to now a full-blown, all-consuming PASSION. It has been a constant in my life and I am so deeply grateful for the opportunity to grow this company in my Bay Area hometown! There is no doubt that these past few years in Los Angeles, living out a personal dream of working entertainment events for a major television network, have prepared me well for the adventure ahead. I am so proud to represent the team of women that make up Couture Events in San Francisco and beyond excited to create more gorgeous weddings in Northern California (does anyone remember Ari and Andrew’s amazing San Francisco wedding?!)

I love sharing the love stories of each of our Couture couples. I love creating beauty from a blank canvas. I love peonies, first looks and that quiet moment just before the processional begins in any ceremony. I am a believer in the power of strong coffee, honesty first, and quality over quantity. The days I’m not working you’ll find me at Pop Physique, Blue Bottle Coffee, Anthropologie or exploring the wine country! This year I am embracing change and looking forward to sharing this journey with our Couture family!



ps…be sure to follow us @coutureevents to see more gorgeous events all across the California coast from our fabulous team!

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