Whimsical Events is a boutique event planning and floral design firm in Houston, TX, and surrounding areas. Whimsical Event's mission is to ensure that every wedding is as unique as the love story that started it all. Our team is dedicated to providing a relaxed, high-end experience to couples looking to create a unique and memorable event for their guests and have fun while doing it!
Whimsical Events was started by two hard working, passionate, strong willed women with a track record of success, Melanie Keown and Karli Himarios. Melanie and Karli met when Karli hired Melanie to help her with her own wedding. The two hit it off right away and developed a strong bond. After the wedding, they kept in touch and while they had separate Event Planning companies, they were always cheering each other on and helping each other out whenever necessary. They were a team even before they were a team! Then one day, over a couple glasses of wine, the two had a grand idea to combine their businesses and create an entirely new brand together. They felt this merger would allow them to maximize their resources and touch more people. Once again, two strong women with a dream, dove in head first and Whimsical Events was born.
Meet the Team
LEAD PLANNER/PARTNER, FLORAL DESIGNER
I was born into a big crazy family and raised in Houston where I went to the University of Houston for my business degree in accounting & finance (Go Coogs!). After spending years in finance, working in a corporate office and never feeling quite satisfied, I decided to take a leap of faith and find a career where I could be at my best everyday and spend my time serving others. Having both a detailed/organized side and a creative side to my personality, event planning & design seemed like a natural fit for me. I began planning weddings while taking floral design classes in the evenings and quickly found myself falling in love with flowers and the work I was doing for my clients. Nothing is better than being able to take stress and pressure off of a couple’s shoulders and witnessing them enjoying that wonderful day with their friends and family. Weddings and the planning of the event should be fun and bring people together and I want to help everyone to have a great experience and a beautiful day that they can look back on for the rest of their lives. I now live in Tomball with a big crazy family of my own: my ever supportive husband Chris, three kids, and two cats Milo & Otis. When I’m not working you can find me serving at our church, playing games with the family, paddle boarding, or hanging with my close girl friends with a glass of bubbles in hand!
Most little girls dream of being a bride, but I always dreamed of being a Wedding Planner, thank you Franck from Father of the Bride. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Houston in 2013 after graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration (Go Bobcats). I took a job with a large chain department store in Houston where I was promoted quickly and soon found myself to be the youngest store manager in Texas, running a team of over 100 people and responsible for about 12 million dollars in annual sales. This was a huge milestone in my career and while I seemed to thrive and love the uncertainty that is retail, I always felt like something was missing. With all this, that dream of being a Wedding Planner seemed to linger and I would always tell myself “someday”. Then, in 2015 in all came to fruition when a close friend of mine and mentor passed away. This tragedy in my life helped me realize that life is too short and it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Shortly after, I started my own wedding planning company and never looked back. I am a wife to the sweetest, silliest, most supportive husband, Eric and mommy to my favorite little boy, Oliver. I love love and truly believe in the philosophy that what’s meant to be will be. I enjoy singing and dancing, although I’m completely tone deaf and have no rhythm. Also, I can’t live without red wine and coffee.
Cherish is by far the spunkiest
manager at Whimsical Events. She graduated
from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Deaf Education and went to pursue a career in teaching, but it never felt just right. Her first wedding day in 2018 sparked a love like never before and she knew this was the beginning of a new career. Her favorite part of a wedding day is when the dance floor opens up and all the nerves fade away from the happy couple! When she's not working weddings, she and her husband will take their beagle, Jellybean, to the beach, watch tv, or go to Chick-fil-a!
Originally from Missouri, Jackie grew up
the proud daughter of career Air Force
service man in a small town just outside
of Whiteman Air Force Base. Jackie had always had aspirations of living in a large metropolitan area, which eventually landed her in Houston Texas. Jackie has 10 years of customer service experience under her belt, 5 of those years were as the wedding coordinator and Senior Cruise director for a Kemah Texas based company called Star Fleet Yachts. Jackie’s 5 years spent with Star Fleet Yachts unlocked a strong passion for the special event and wedding scene, and created a rock solid foundation of creativity and organizational skills that made her a valued addition to the team. Jackie does her best to make time for her pilates and yoga classes, substitute teaching, enjoys bookclub, and quality time with her fiancé and furbabies. Jackie’s keen attention to detail and unwavering dedication will ensure that the outcome of your wedding or event will be a special affair to remember.
After having a career as a hairstylist
for 5 years, Elyssa found her love
for event planning while planning her own wedding.
She has an impeccable eye for detail and a passion for making others happy. She loves seeing the smiles on couples faces on their big day. Elyssa grew up just outside of College Station but now lives in downtown Houston with her husband. In her free time you can find her eating at her favorite ramen restaurant.
After being born and raised in Arizona, my heart called me in a new direction. My husband and I packed up and moved to Houston a year ago for a change of scenery. In addition to new scenery, I found my dream opportunities into the event industry. I've been event-obsessed since I was a little girl, planning my own birthday parties, my Barbie's weddings, and everything in between. After working in corporate training and development for 11 years I decided to follow my passion and take on the amazing opportunity to be an event manager with Whimsical Events. Whether a bride has been dreaming of her wedding since she was 5, or a couple is lost on where to even get started in the planning process, nothing brings me more joy than to help their vision come to life. I couldn't be more excited to be part of the Whimsical team! When I'm not working, I enjoy planning our next travel experience, or designing a room in our home.