Obsessed with my dogs. Addicted to coffee. Will always choose the beach vacation. In love with all shades of blue. Believer in rosé all day. Gets giddy with excitement when designing your wedding.
Here's my professional bio:
Stephanie R. Sadowski, CMP, is the founder and owner of SRS Events based in the Washington, DC metro area and has ten years experience in the DC event-sector. Stephanie grew up in northern Maryland and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore where she coordinated events for students. After graduation, she spent more than seven years on the corporate events side in Washington DC, obtaining the highly regarded certification of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) during that time. One day, she decided to pursue her dream of opening SRS Events! Since 2016, SRS Events has produced more than 100 weddings and has received numerous accolades, including being named a top planner by Virginia Living, having weddings featured in five magazines (no small feat!), and numerous online features, including on Style Me Pretty, Washingtonian Weddings, and Martha Stewart Weddings. In addition, Stephanie has been approached by national brands, like Bravo TV and Crate and Barrel, to plan special events for them and has been interviewed by the local evening news and The Washington Post. Stephanie loves working with her brides and grooms to create their dream wedding day, and help alleviate the stress that comes along with wedding planning. Her couples appreciate her calm personality, quick response time, attention to details, and passion for weddings! Some of Stephanie's favorite things:
Stephanie's favorite wedding moment: Waiting with the bride before she walks down the aisle, as well as revealing the reception space to the bride and groom before guests enter! It's so fun to see their happiness at seeing all of the planning come to life!
Ellen Head is a wedding planner with SRS Events. She is a born and raised Jersey girl and received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MS from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Ellen has spent over 10 years running events in the sports, non-profit and wedding industries. Ellen has worked at a variety of venues throughout Washington DC and Virginia, including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Corcoran Gallery, Lansdowne Resort, Long View Gallery, and the Carnegie Institution for Science. Her favorite venue is the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ellen's organized, perfectionist, detail-oriented, and fun personality will keep your wedding running smoothly on the big day!
Some of Ellen's favorite things: Glitter, shopping, travel, reading, coconut milk lattes, frosting, hydrangeas, and spending as much time with her family as possible.
Ellen's favorite wedding moment: I love watching how the couples interact once all of the formal programming of the wedding is over. You can really see their love for each other then when they are dancing, singing and having a blast together!
Keyla Alanes is wedding planner with SRS Events. She was born in Bolivia but has lived her whole life in Northern VA! She found her passion in the events industry while attending James Madison University where she earned her degree in Hospitality Management with a Business minor. She’s been executing weddings since 2014 and has been producing weddings with SRS Events ever since 2017. Being fluent in Spanish is one of Keyla's favorite skills, but is also organized, stays calm under pressure, and is great at memorizing floor plans! Keyla loves a beautifully designed wedding that enhances everyone’s experience on the wedding day and some of her favorite venues include the Salamander Resort, The Line Hotel and Anderson House.
Some of Keyla’s favorite things include: iced coffee, a beautiful floral installation, attending concerts, and witnessing first dances.
Born and raised in Virginia just a few miles from D.C., Cristine Thomas graduated from Old Dominion University with degree in Digital Filmmaking, but during her undergraduate career found her passion in event planning through her sorority and with organizations on campus. After graduation, Cristine continued learning more about weddings and events by earning her International Event & Wedding Planning Professional Certification, and through interning with SRS Events, where she is now a lead coordinator assisting with pre-planning and on wedding days. Cristine's favorite venues are The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens with its beautiful indoor/outdoor scenery and Dock 5 in D.C. with its open space that can be transformed to your perfect event!
Some of Cristine's favorite things: Francesca's Boutique, concerts, mozzarella sticks, fireworks/sparklers, and laughing with friends and family.
Cristine's favorite wedding moment: Working with brides and grooms before the big day and seeing them so excited for it! It's nice to see what aspects they are especially excited for and the look on their faces when it all comes together.