Alison Laesser-Keck is the founder and 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. In 2008, after working with venues in Seattle, she branched out on her own to follow a dream, and VLD was born. She is California born and raised, with strong Michigan roots, and enjoys traveling and celebrating whenever possible.

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. A proud Michigan native, his entire professional life has involved taking care of people. As our production manager, he's focused on the many logistics involved in making an event happen, although his passion is creating and cultivating relationships with our clients and their families. He loves working with his wife (his wife wrote this).

Together, we are VLD - a husband and wife team and wedding planning duo. Read more about what we can do for you and your event here.

13 years ago, a Michigan Guy and a California Girl met working in a bar...

and, like most great love stories, they proceeded to ignore each other for months. One day, after realizing they were actually head over heels for each another, they decided to finally admit how they felt, but there was just one problem - Guy was set to move to San Francisco a few weeks later. The night before he left, Guy pulled a table behind a restaurant in the middle of an alley and told her he would stay for her. Girl told him he had to follow his dreams, but that she had a feeling they would find themselves together one day. 

Guy and Girl spent months long distance on the phone, eventually caving in. They spent their first real date moving Guy from SF to Girl in Chicago so they could be together. They fell in love while road tripping through California, in Vegas, through Zion National Park, and onward to the Windy City. They adopted a few really high maintenance pets and experienced 5 amazing years in the Pacific Northwest. They moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, settling down in a 1920's bungalow where they married in the backyard with a family style supper, croquet and limoncello. They expected to stay 6 months and they stayed 8 years, planning events and traveling the world (what a wonderful time they had). Much like how they started dating, they joined as partners in business when they knew they had no longer had a choice - they wanted to be together all the time, and they share a passion (read: obsession) for celebrating life and love. That was almost 200 weddings ago.

We are Bryan and Alison, we love what we do and we're grateful to be doing it. When we aren't working (this is rare), we often hop a plane. We've been to 15 countries in the past couple years; our favorite destinations being Copenhagen, Guatemala, and Rome. Bryan likes the Detroit Red Wings and New York Style pizza. Alison does a lot of yoga, has a giant map of the world on her wall with destinations outlined by shoulder season, and loves learning about (drinking) wine. We love being back on the west coast, right next to the town where Alison was raised, and are thrilled to be doing events both here in California and around the world. 

That's our story! Now let's tell yours.