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Expertise

Grounded by over 14 years of experience, we pride ourselves in building solid relationships with clients & industry professionals.  We offer a personalized client experience in planning life’s greatest celebrations and believe that every wedding or event should be a unique reflection of you and your story.  

Committed to professionalism and fun, our team goes the extra mile every time. Our planners deliver the highest caliber service and are vested in providing the meticulous organization, and attention to detail required to develop and produce your unforgettable occasion from start to finish.

 
 

Leadership + Listening We’re your coach - your guide through the various stages in planning. We realize that as your leader, listening comes first.  We get to know you, and hear your goals - allowing us to understand and communicate your vision seamlessly from A-Z.

Passion + Creativity We put heart into each client’s story, and into our business behind the scenes.  Committing every day to our craft - carefully curating love stories, celebrations and togetherness is “our happy.”

Poise + Presence Grace under fire, calm and collected, we vow to be present both during and prior to your event. We are ready to professionally and elegantly handle any changes or challenges that may arise.

Teamwork + Community We take pride in our trusted relationships with vendors and staff.  With so many moving parts through the event design and coordination, our priority is collaborating and working together in support of the same goal.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 

Jennings Whiteway

Owner and Lead Creative Director

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Jennings grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and discovered her true passion for events while at George Mason University where she studied Organizational Management, Special Events and Leadership. After college, she began her career in hospitality in the DC area, before jumping at the chance to manage events for Virginia Repertory Theatre, a nonprofit theatre in her hometown. In 2013, Jennings combined her years of experience in the events field with the professional relationships she had cultivated and began her own venture, Belles & Whistles. She draws her creative energy from the vast culture and charm in and around Virginia and is as comfortable planning a party for 8 as she is for 800. She is known for her attention to detail, positive attitude and ability to take her clients’ visions and turn them into beautiful, memorable experiences. When she’s not crafting your next event, she loves spending time outdoors, running, traveling, eating her way around Richmond’s restaurant scene and relaxing with family and friends.

SHANNON ONTELL

Lead Event Planner

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A Richmond native, Shannon graduated from James Madison University with a degree in interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, and a minor in Early Childhood Education. After landing a job in the Henrico County School System, she returned home and taught for seven years, gaining ample experience in planning and teaching. As a master of logistics and organization, no detail goes untouched under Shannon’s watch. Shannon’s passion for event planning comes from her love for bringing people together. Years of organizing various social events and celebrations for friends, her church, and family ultimately led her to find a place in the event industry. With a keen sense of style & commitment to understanding that of each client, she finds joy in directing and executing their event vision seamlessly. In addition to event planning, she enjoys dance class, spending time with her little ones, friends and family.

 
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ACCOLADES + FEATURES

 
 
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