Meet

THE ELLE GIRLS

Lauren Voyles

Lead Planner

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Shanna West

assistant Planner

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Chelsey Bamesberger

DIGITAL DESIGNER

Chelsey a well-caffeinated social (media) butterfly with a knack for branding and marketing, a love for people and culture, and a healthy obession with details. Her love language is typography and authentic color combinations and producing bespoke content to capture your attention. 

Michelle Layman

 co-founder, Lead Planner

Jonnelle is a founder of Events by Elle.  She is the lime to Michelle’s vodka cran and the girlboss powering Events by Elle on to new and exciting things.  She is our walking conundrum… a puzzle we can’t seem to solve, but who doesn’t love a good riddle?  This gal is both creative and meticulous, an extrovert and an introvert, playful yet serious.  We scratch our heads in amazement at the many roles she holds.
You will see Jonnelle producing at weddings, events and photo shoots; sketching ideas and helping bring them to life, setting up escort cards with her mathematical strategies to ensure symmetry, and behind the scenes in production perfecting details and coordination.  Her love of numbers comes in handy for room layouts, design measurements and managing The Elle Girl’s wedding budgets.
At home, a sweet (and rambunctious) little girl keeps Jonnelle smiling and her honey of a husband keeps her inspired.  Her happy place is in the country surrounded by the hubby, babe and extended family.  She’s our southern belle of the team, content with fresh air and a glass of lemonade as long as her planner binder is somewhere near in sight!​

Jonnelle Belger-Gentry

co-founder

Michelle is a founder of Events by Elle. She is the salt to Jonnelle’s margarita and the powerhouse pushing Events by Elle on to the next best thing. She’s never afraid to try something new and loves nothing more than when that something new creates a spark that turns into a flame. Her theme song around the studio is, “That Girl is on Fire,” and she’s not shy about singing it from the top of her lungs!
Design has always played center stage in Michelle’s life; the way a fabric falls, the ambiance created with lighting, the pop of color that can transform a room. She doesn’t just think outside the box, she thinks of what to DO with the box. Her style is infused with a gracefulness and calmness that our brides fall in love with. She has an ability to relate to every client and understand their perspective. She’s direct and to the point yet genuine and charming. She has a listening ear larger than life and truly loves when an event comes together because of her communication with

clients, their families and vendors.
Outside of Events by Elle, Michelle can be found bee bopping all over Kansas City spreading that contagious energy that makes us all smile. She loves taking her kiddos to new places, trying new foods and meeting new people. When she has exhausted herself of being on the go, her favorite place is poolside sipping champagne while thinking of her next Instagram post for Events by Elle. 

Ok, so she might be a work-aholic.

Karoline Wiens

Lead Planner

Karoline came to Events by Elle as an intern.  After spending a few months with this rising star, we knew she was here to stay.  She is one of those once in a lifetime gems.  When you find her, you never want to let her go!  Her attention to detail make for flawless events from start to finish.  Her planning binders are the envy of all and second only to her amazing dance skills. When she’s not kicking off her heels at the studio designing happily ever after’s, she can be found with her nose in a book, checking off bucket list items, or updating her own personal website! We'd say her blog is well worth the read:)
Karoline is the gal wearing 4 inch heels at a wedding from beginning to end with no complaints.  She has the uncanny ability to use words like “Fab-u” and “Tres” without raising so much as an eyebrow.  Her passion is organization, her love is in the details and this lady literally never stops.  If she’s not planning for an Events by Elle affair, you might spot her at Anthropologie on the Country Club Plaza working as part of their Management Team! Down time, you ask? She spends it on the run...literally! How else do you build stamina for an Events by Elle soiree? Did we mention she never stops?​

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