Ascend Events was born from the notion that climbing a mountain is very much like planning for the milestones of life; some trails would feel smooth and other paths more a challenge, yet there's always time to stop and take in the view. Oh, and just wait until you see that epic view at the summit!
When planning your event, we take the journey WITH YOU. Each step you'll have your guide to keep you on track, yet remind you to breathe the fresh air, smell the roses, and open your eyes to all the beauty that surrounds you as you plan for your wedding day!
Lead Planner & Owner, Kayla Griffis, has carefully selected team members who compliment each other and the different aspects of the planning process. We love to plan, we love to party, and we love LOVE. 


Kayla is the owner, lead planner, coordinator, and designer for all of our events. When she isn't planning for her business, she is coordinating for her home. With 2 toddlers, a German Shepard, her husband and their 7 chickens, she keeps busy. She has also found a new passion in gardening, specifically dahlias. But what really makes her heart happiest is being on the lake. Growing up on the waters of WA, she has learned to appreciate calm and stillness amongst the chaos.

She has been described as loyal, honest, and life of the party. Constantly trying new things and making the impossible... possible. She asked her best friend to pick an object that best describes her, and this is what she said, "That's easy... a diamond - made under pressure; beautiful; strong; transparent; and clarity is important.".



Meet Araceli, but you can call her Celi!

She brings experience and knowledge to this ever growing company, with her years in the hospitality business. Celi thrives on problem solving and thinking outside the box.

Her passion for curating an experience started from a young age. Growing up her favorite movies were always the magical kind. A whimsical dinner party, or a regal princess wedding. Those memories have stuck with her through event and party planning. Celi has always said that she would rather be Fairy Godmother granting wishes than the princess meeting her prince.

However, now she is getting to do both. When Celi is not planning she spends her time with her husband Rich and their fur baby Jack.



Meet Chelsey! A mother of two and the creative mastermind behind Fox and Fiddle Designs, specializing in design work, branded merchandise, boutique-style gifts, and accessories. In early 2023, she also launched Fox + Fairways.

Despite her brief bio, Chelsey is a powerhouse, expanding her business by hosting events at local golf courses and exploring new markets.

She thrives in festival settings and is usually found hard at work in her home studio. During her leisure time, Chelsey loves hitting the golf course with her husband.



This is Moriah, but to all who know her, it's Mo!

Mo has always had a heart for helping others bring their dreams to life. She also brings to the team her passion for organization. She loves the creative outlet that working with Ascend Events has provided, as well as the opportunity to meet new people with every event.

When she's not assisting Kayla, she's full time pre-veterinary student at Oregon State University, working as a technician at Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic and going on adventures with her new hubby and puppy Gus!

Mo would love to be a part of your next event!


Celebration Supporter

"Kayla and her team came in several weeks before the wedding and took over the vendor communications and small details leading up to the big day. We hired her for “day of coordination” but she went so far above and beyond that. Kayla and her team turned my vision for the day into a reality and it was truly better than I could have imagined. Any nerves I had leading up to the day about details and logistics were completely put to ease by Kayla and her team."

from TAYLOR:

"Hiring Kayla was the best decision I made for my wedding! She is amazing With everything she does. I didn't know much about weddings when I started planning mine and she helped me through the whole process gave me recommendations and listen to what I thought I wanted and when I had crazy ideas she would help made she they came to life!My wedding day was completely stress free thanks to Kayla she new exactly what to do and what needed to be done that I didn't get bothered and got to enjoy mywedding and not worry about a thing."


"Kayla is professional, thoughtful and so intuitive to what you need. She delivers amazing results and makes the process a breeze. She is an organizational mastermind and ensured I was actually able to enjoy my wedding. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help with ANY event. The value she brings is priceless!"

from LILY:

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