The Kirkbrides team includes Wedding Planners and Assistant Coordinators that join us for the wedding days. We share the planning process, vendor relationships and ongoing planning information. We have a very polished and professional team with true friendships that have been built through working together. Please read on to learn more about our lead planners who work hand in hand with brides with all the plans and on the wedding day.
Judging by her maiden last name, one could say that this line of work is truly where Valarie Kirkbride Falvey, the owner of Kirkbrides, is meant to be. Her experience in wedding and event planning began in Los Angeles in 2002, when she trained in the world of private mansion events, discovering her career passion. Throughout this time, she was fortunate to travel to work on events in New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Cleveland. In 2005 she moved back to Cleveland and established Kirkbrides. Over the years of planning hundreds of weddings, she developed invaluable venue and vendor relationships in the area and created a detailed planning process that the entire team uses. She currently enjoys managing the operations, marketing and finance aspects of the business.
Valarie's background in various investment, marketing and project management positions in the corporate world has helped her create a business oriented approach to planning a wedding, utilizing tactics that our professional clients find familiar in their everyday life. Valarie holds a Master of Education degree from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree with a Business Minor from Ohio University.
She feels honored to play such a huge role in wedding days!
Allison has been a wedding planner with Kirkbrides since 2009 and has played an integral part in the growth and success of the company. Allison owned an advertising agency for almost ten years before realizing that she was becoming creatively stifled. She decided to take her fascination of weddings and her ability to successfully manage clients and become a wedding planner! She planned many weddings before meeting Valarie, the owner of Kirkbrides. She was fortunate to become a planner with the company in the spring of 2009.
A self described people pleaser, Allison enjoys seeing a bride’s special day come to life through a great deal of hard work and understanding. She relishes in the bond she makes with her brides and their families. She believes that weddings are more than just the outer appearance but also the feeling of warmth and inclusiveness the guests will feel.
Allison holds a Bachelors of Communication degree with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Mount Union College. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be a part of the lives of the wonderful people she meets and believes her job is truly a calling!
Katie has always loved styling and planning the perfect event, but it wasn’t until she planned her own wedding that she discovered her passion for wedding planning.
Katie’s diverse background in journalism, business administration, and political campaign management makes her adept at managing the distinct needs of her clients. Her passion for art and travel has expanded her aesthetic and cultural spectrum, influencing her ability to infuse a wedding with intriguing details that mirror the unique personality of a couple. Her creative flair, calm disposition, and careful attention to detail make Katie an indispensable asset to her clients. She finds great joy in executing their creative visions.
Katie loves to watch the expressions of the bride, groom, and their families throughout their special day. She considers it a privilege to experience the warmth of such irreplaceable moments in their lives.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Art History from The College of Wooster. She joined Kirkbrides in 2014 and is honored to work with an amazing team of creative and talented professionals.
Stephanie has always had a passion for planning and executing a perfect event and takes great pride in creating unique experiences for her clients. After hearing numerous compliments urging her to consider a career as a professional wedding planner, Stephanie joined the Kirkbrides team in 2014.
Stephanie’s favorite thing is seeing the reactions of brides, grooms and their families to their amazing wedding that she helped create – the look on their faces filled with love and happiness is the reason she loves this industry.
With five years of experience in Consulting, Business Operations, Project Management, and Corporate Event Planning Stephanie is thrilled to be able to take the experiences she has built and translate that passion into a career with Kirkbrides.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a minor in Management from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Stephanie is personable, gets things done, and leaves no detail behind and cannot wait to get to know you and help with your dream wedding!
Vicki is very excited to be a part of the Kirkbrides Wedding Planning Team after being in the event business for over 10 years. Previously, Vicki’s main focus was on the catering side of events, which has included high profile affairs such as the 2016 Republican National Convention and working alongside celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse for a private dinner.
Whether it’s an event for a few people, or whether it’s for thousands, Vicki strives to maintain a high level of customer service and attention to detail. It is this attention to detail that pulled Vicki into the event business in the first place. She wants nothing more than to see each of her clients have the most beautiful, flawless, and stress-free wedding possible. She believes it is her job to treat each and every one of her clients as though they were a member of her own family so they get the wonderful day that they deserve.
Vicki graduated with a degree in Education, Recreation & Tourism from Bowling Green State University. This is where her gift and vision for amazing events began.
Senior Wedding Coordinator and Trainer
Janine started out working with Kirkbrides in 2007, assisting on wedding days and writing out her beautiful hand calligraphy on invitations and wedding stationery. Janine was born in England and grew up in Australia, and no one can resist her tremendous charm with that aussie accent. Over the years, her role has progressed to running her own wedding days and helping out every member of our team tremendously with her second to none communication skills and intense organization.
Besides Janine's lead role on wedding days, she has also created a training program for our coordination team, including wedding day etiquette and on the job training.
Janine holds a Bachelor of Communication degree, has experience with just about everything including telecommunications, hospitality, teaching, customer care and fundraising. You name it, she can do it. Janine loves seeing the beauty of love shining through on the wedding days and having the opportunity to touch each family with her assistance on the wedding days.
Junior Planner and Coordinator
Before joining the Kirkbrides team in 2016, Leigh worked with another wedding planning company in Cleveland for a few years giving her tremendous experience. After taking a break to start a family, she is happy to be back working weddings and seeing happy families off each weekend all the while working again with familiar venues and vendors. Her experience has helped her become a Kirkbrides Junior Planner, which entails planning and management of rehearsal dinners and bridal showers for our clients! Leigh also enjoys coordinating wedding days for clients both as a lead coordinator and an assistant coordinator.
Leigh has tremendous organization and leadership qualities and is a huge asset to our team as an experienced professional! Leigh holds a Bachelor degree from Ohio University.
Kerry Bindernagel, Assistant Coordinator and Marketing Assistant
Andrea Gordon, Assistant Coordinator
Liz Ibold, Assistant Coordinator
Special thanks to Emily Millay Photography (planners)
Scott Shaw Photography (assistant coordinators)
for providing us with beautiful photography for our team photos.
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Our Mailing Address:
9439 Kellogg Creek Drive
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Note: Free consultations! Just ask.
Our summer styled photoshoot (pictured at top in slideshow) was a fun and creative collaboration with
some of our amazing vendor partners:
Photography and Creative Direction: Nathan Migal of Imagen Photography
Photography: Emily Millay Fine Art Photography
Floral, Design and Lighting: Arne Klein of Blooms by Plantscaping
Makeup Artist: Lindsay London Beauty
Cakes: Luna Bakery
Props provided by Borrow Rentals, All Occasion Party Rental, Eventsource
Venue: Kirtland Country Club