OUR STORY

Bryan Keck has been in hospitality for 20 years, working for a James Beard-award winning chef and restaurateur in the Pacific Northwest prior to joining VLD full force in 2011. His entire career focus has involved taking care of people. As our business and production manager, he's primarily focused on the many logistics involved in making an event happen, although his passion especially lies in creating and cultivating relationships with our clients and their families. He loves working with his wife (his wife wrote this).

Alison Laesser-Keck is the creative director of VLD. Armed with a degree in counseling and over a decade of experience in corporate, non-profit and social event planning, she is a quintessential people person. As an event designer, she has been recognized internationally by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and MarthaStewart.com. In 2008, she branched out on her own to follow a dream and VLD was born. She is California born and raised, with Michigan roots, and enjoys traveling and celebrating whenever possible.


wHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Alison & Bryan, We are so fortunate to have found you. Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance. You truly made this painless. On behalf of the entire family, accept our deep gratitude. You are the consummate professionals - and yet you bring such spirit and warmth. Merci Beaucoup!
— 2016 Father of the Bride
Bryan and Alison, how perfectly beautiful everything came together. And because of my confidence in you, I was able to enjoy the entire day. Thank you. You are so good at “getting it.” You listened to us and then created exactly our dreams. You are very, very talented and we all wish you much success professionally and much happiness personally.
— 2016 Mother of the Bride
Alison and Bryan, it was magnificent!!! Absolute perfection!! Everybody had the best time!! I can’t wait to see the pictures to relive it all! Thank you so much — and congratulations again on a wonderful, wonderful job!!
— Sheila Hamp
Wedding planning is a huge undertaking, and while everyone tells you this when you start, a full appreciation for the scope only hits after you’re about half way through planning. But never fear if you have Alison and Bryan - they will take the time to learn about you and answer all questions with your wedding goals in mind. Our wedding day was a blur of excitement, love and joy, and never once panic because VLD was on site to take care of everything. Guests who thought they had RSVP’d - taken care of, backup rain plan - executed, other issues - we still don’t even know about them. A wonderful experience from start to finish.
— Maja Mrdalj, NYC Client
If you ever need someone to create an exceptional experience (wedding, party, event, etc.) - without hesitation, call VLD Events. They make magic (and are an absolute pleasure to work with - you’ll want to be best friends with Alison and Bryan)!
— Marie Sabatini, NYC Client
Hiring VLD was one of the best decisions I made! As an out of state bride (and event planner), I knew I needed someone on the ground on my big day. From the moment we spoke on the phone until the end of the night on my wedding day, Alison and Bryan were professional, quick on their feet, and a tremendous help! With an abundance of vendors, I knew the day was going to be a bit logistically challenging but they made it look completely effortless. Our wedding party raved about the seamlessness and the day went off without a hitch. I can’t imagine how the day would have been without VLD! I should also mention that Alison and Bryan are SO lovely! Their friendliness and smiles brought so much to our day. We love Alison and Bryan and would use their services again in a heartbeat!
— Jennifer and Paul, San Francisco Clients
I can’t thank you both enough for such a fabulously planned and beautiful wedding! Orchard Lake Country Club said that you were the best wedding planners they’ve ever worked with!!
— Rhonda Sabatini
Upon meeting Alison and Bryan from VLD, I knew we had a great fit. They were our best friends and therapists throughout the process, kept our sanity by keeping us on a schedule and made the day of look like the most perfectly planned event while appearing effortless.
— Jean & Jeremy, Michigan Clients
You want Alison, Bryan and the VLD team to plan your wedding! VLD is amazing at pulling together an event, managing the personalities of clients and their families, and quickly and creatively responding to any challenges one might have throughout the planning process. All of that is clearly important and is probably enough to convince you to choose VLD, but for me their biggest asset is their personalities. They are so chill and positive that no matter what you are going through, leading up to and on the day of your wedding, they can help you figure it out with minimal drama. When they tell you everything is going to be fine, you can trust that it will because the VLD team has done everything they possibly can to make it so. Hire VLD, I can’t imagine there is a better team out there!
— Christina and Dan, San Francisco Clients
The talent and dedication of our entire team exceeded our expectations in every way. Huge, huge thanks. You are the absolute best at what you do and we cannot express our gratitude for a perfect night with all our loved ones and a lifetime of memories.
— Christine & Jason Lufkin, Washington DC Clients
I was extremely happy with my VLD experience! Alison and Bryan are so great to work with, and really took my event to the next level. They connected me to some really great vendors who I was very happy with. All of the advice they gave me ended up being spot on. I also had a lot of fun just getting to know them. I would recommend them 100%!
— Mary Calderone, Chicago Client
VLD! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts in making our day the most amazing day ever. Your constant attention to detail, soothing email responses, and impeccable sense of style did not go unnoticed. You guys are miracle workers.
— Jordan & Nick Else, Michigan Clients
VLD was the best wedding planning decision we made. I was planning a wedding in Michigan from California, and Alison made it so easy for us. She is very easy to talk to and extremely responsive - I don’t know how she does it, but we felt like we were her only clients! She introduced us to the BEST vendors and executed a flawless, unique event that was perfectly tailored to us. Team VLD are amazing on the day-of. We were so thankful to have the day to just focus on celebrating with our friends and family, with the full assurance that VLD was taking care of everything else. Highly, highly recommend.
— Jenny Wang, San Francisco Client
Alison and Bryan, thank you so much! We truly felt that the wedding was magical. Everything was incredibly beautiful and even with the rain, things ran smoothly. You two are excellent at your job, both in designing beauty in unique and new ways, and in being a friend and sounding board to your clients. Thanks again for everything!
— Jennifer Jain, Chicago Client
I have no words to describe how grateful we are to have found such wonderful people to help us plan our wedding. You and Bryan are incredible spirits and human beings. I honestly feel like you are part of our family now.
— Molly Sweeney, Michigan Bride
We used VLD for our 10 year vow renewal — and all I can say is “WOW FACTOR”! Alison, Bryan, and team have a strong spirit of excellence and true attention to detail. I am so thankful that we chose them to make the most magical memories for our favorite friends and family. I would HIGHLY recommend them for the most important events of your life. Life is all about the memories we make, and the experiences we create for those we love. Don’t take a chance on the most important memories of your life — choose the best!!! I am so glad we did!
— Phil & Sarah Robbins, Michigan Clients
You make dreams come true! Thank you for making my wedding day so memorable, so beautiful, so different than anyone else has ever seen. I loved every moment! I didn’t have to worry about anything because you and Bryan had all the details under control. I had so much faith and trust in you guys that I didn’t have to think about anything, but marrying my one true love! Not only was the day of execution perfect, but you handled every single detail up to the wedding day so that I didn’t have to. I know it wasn’t easy and very frustrating at times, but you handled it and I didn’t even have to know about it which was the best part! You and your team are so professional and fun to work with! I hope that everyone I know is lucky enough to have you as not only their event planner, but as their friend. You are one of a kind.
— Maxie Roumanis Morris, Michigan Bride
Alison and Bryan, I want to thank you again for your role in planning and carrying out a magnificent wedding for Meghan and Dave. You are an absolute delight to work with and you are unparalleled in your talents for pulling off an event with so many details and people and personalities. Meghan and Dave had a wonderful, wonderful time, as did we. It was a glorious, meaningful day. To quote a dear friend in attendance, “It was a quintessential elegant wedding, perfectly blending ritual, beauty, bounty and warmth.”
— Kristen Chapman, Michigan Mother of the Bride
If you are considering working with VLD, just do it and don’t look back! I couldn’t imagine working with a more wonderful team! They are creative and organizational geniuses (this is not an exaggeration), and absolutely delightful to work with! Alison and Bryan are INCREDIBLY talented, responsive, and professional. They helped me seamlessly plan a Michigan wedding from New York, despite my own hectic schedule and limited availability to visit to the wedding venue. Alison’s taste is impeccable (beyond! — seriously, she has the best taste in the business and recommends only the most talented vendors), and she and Bryan have an astute business sense that really shines when it comes time to make difficult financial decisions during the planning process. It also doesn’t hurt that Alison and Bryan are warm, kind, funny, and all-around awesome human beings! I really adore Alison and now consider her a dear friend...
— Melody Akhavan Abbey, NYC Client
Alison, Bryan and the VLD team made the decision-making and detail-sorting process not only easy, but really fun. They have such a passion for their work and you can feel the dedication that they put into every interaction. They are a wonderful combination of creativity and professionalism
— Meghan Chapman, Washington DC Client
I woke up this morning trying to think of how I could ever properly thank you. It was, without a doubt, the most perfect wedding I could have ever imagined. Not only was it gorgeous, people told us throughout the night that it “felt like me and William,” which in my mind is the highest compliment. You and Bryan put together an amazing, intimate experience for us and our guests, executed it without a flaw, and did it with a smile on your face the whole time!! Unbelievable. I have absolutely loved working with you and Bryan. You are an absolute joy to work with not only because you are fantastic people, but also because you are the best at what you do—you are detail-oriented, well-organized, and extraordinarily creative.
— Laura Cramer-Babycz, NYC Client
I reached out to Alison at a time when I felt completely overwhelmed - I was planning the wedding from out of state, working long hours, and struggling to turn the thoughts and ideas I had for the look of my wedding into reality. As soon as I started working with Alison, I felt the weight lift off my shoulders. Alison helped streamline the wedding planning process, and is truly gifted at what she does - she focuses on all the little details that together create an amazing event.
— Amanda Dewyer, NYC Client
Working with you was a delight - I wish I had three more daughters! To top it off, you epitomize style and “coolness” and that style informed every suggestion you made. I will miss spending so much time with you!
— Karen Falahee, Michigan Mother of the Bride
From the first day we met Alison & Bryan, I knew our wedding was going to be something way more special than we could imagine. And, even with those incredibly lofty expectations set from the start, VLD still managed to exceed our wildest dreams!
— Rebecca Dickson, NYC Client
VLD is the absolute best! Working with them was the best decision we made in our wedding planning. Alison was incredible to work with long distance (planning a MI wedding from NYC) and helped us to create the perfect event for us. The VLD team truly made everything on our wedding day feel seamless, and we still cannot thank them enough!
— Carly Glick, NYC Client
Alison and Bryan made the planning of my daughter’s wedding a joy. Their passion for creating a wedding experience came through right from our first phone conversation through the detailed design concept to their exceptional execution ‘day of’. I was able to enjoy the whole process, especially the wedding day, knowing that we were in their very capable hands.
— Nancy Goldman, Michigan Mother of the Bride
They’re design geniuses, detail-oriented, and made sure that we really did have a perfect day. When my husband and I arrived at the venue, we literally gasped. Their work was stunning; Alison, Bryan and the VLD team exceeded our expectations. Months later, looking at pictures, I still can’t wrap my head around what a beautiful job they did. Moreover, they offered invaluable guidance during the hectic planning process (crucial since we were planning from afar) and were really fun to work with.
— Jessica Coen, NYC Client
I am STILL in complete shock. That was the most amazing day of my life. Thank you for making everything absolutely perfect. I could never even dream of anything that wonderful.
— Rachel Embree, Chicago Client
My husband and I both agree that hiring VLD was one of the absolute best decisions we made while planning our wedding. They’re so nice, easy to work with, and they made our wedding incredible. We honestly couldn’t have done it without them. We also received countless compliments from guests on how great they were.
— Monica Thompson, Michigan Client
The GM designer that was there was just in love with what you did and said it looked like a page out of a magazine or in Anthropologie. You sure made us and the client look good. Thank you!!!
— Chicago PR Agency, Client
We are so thankful to have met and worked with Alison and Bryan. Their professionalism and attention to detail was top notch. They truly wanted the day to be a reflection of us and helped to bring our ideas to life. The day of the wedding, they took the worry off of our shoulders making sure that every detail was perfect and that we could relax and just enjoy. I would 100% recommend VLD to anyone getting ready to plan their wedding, hands down. We are thankful to have met such genuine people that absolutely love what they do. Because of their guidance in planning our big day, our wedding dreams became a reality and we are forever grateful.
— Kortney South, Michigan Client
The first time I saw the set up I was speechless and almost started crying. I have no words for how mind-blowing my son’s event was. My only regret is that you didn’t plan our wedding.
— Deepa Pai, Michigan Client
When I met with Alison for the first time, I immediately felt a huge sense of relief knowing that I wouldn’t have to be the “go to” person on my wedding day and that all of the details that I had worked so hard on would be executed properly. Alison asked me about so many things that I hadn’t thought of (and wouldn’t have thought about until it was too late!). Thanks to Alison, the wedding went off without a hitch, and I was able to relax and enjoy the day (priceless!!) and never worried about a thing.
— Lindsay Montry Rose, Michigan Client
If I could give VLD more stars, I absolutely would! Working with them was key to having a beautiful, fun, personal, creative and stress-free wedding. Their creativity and willingness to go the extra mile (or three) amazed me throughout the entire planning process. Even though I planned the wedding from out of state, Alison was so easy to reach and responsive that long-distance planning was never an issue.
— Emily Litznerski, Chicago Client