“We had a wonderful experience working with the LCE team. They all worked so hard to make our special day come to life. They handled every detail flawlessly.”
Lauren Chitwood, President
Lauren is the creative force behind Lauren Chitwood Events. She is an event planner, a director, a floral designer, and a visionary whose top priority is executing successful events for her clients.
Lauren graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Advertising & Public Relations. Since 2004, Lauren has executed incredible events with imagination and a keen eye for detail. She consistently pushes the boundaries of creativity to make sure each of her client’s events are unique. Yet, she remains conscious of a client's’ timeline and budget. She is part-artist, part-engineer, and part-logistician.
Lauren’s work takes her all over the southeastern United States and up the eastern seaboard. No corporate function or wedding is too big or too small. Regional magazines and national outlets including Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, InStyle Weddings, and Martha Stewart Weddings have recognized Lauren for her work.
After the confetti has been swept off the floor, and the last vendor truck has left, Lauren savors coming home to her husband Nick and her three children.
LEXIE LARSEN, VP of Operations
Lexie Larsen joined Lauren Chitwood Events in 2017. Lexie returned to her hometown of Louisville, KY after studying Psychology and Fine Arts at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Lexie's expertise in project coordination and client services comes from her prior experience in sales and account management with other business organizations. As a past LCE Bride, Lexie holds a unique perspective on the overall client experience.
After hours, Lexie spends time with her husband Aaron and daughter Everly. Her free time is spent doing home improvements and entertaining her rescue German Shepherd.
MAIZIE CLARKE, Senior Event Designer
Maizie joined LCE in 2017. She has over a decade of experience in interior design, illustration, graphic design, and exhibition design. Maizie has an undergraduate degree in Interior Design from Marymount University and a graduate degree in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.
Raised by parents who let her redecorate her room dozens of times before high school, and encouraged by a sassy grandmother who let her rearrange and style her house, Maizie has been a designer at heart since early childhood.
GABRIELLA LAPILUSA, Project Manager
Gabriella is a graduate of the University of Louisville and when she received the opportunity to join the Lauren Chitwood Events team, she was thrilled to stay in the area as her heart for Louisville and hospitality is unmatched. Gabriella is LCE's Project Manager, bringing a fresh perspective, love for events, and a servant's heart to the table. She balances creativity and a realistic outcome and can't wait to start working with you!
When Gabriella isn't collaborating on the next event, you can find her spending time with her family, exploring the nooks and crannies of Louisville or cozied up with coffee.
ELISE FOTHERGILL, Assistant Project Manager
Elise joined Lauren Chitwood Events in 2018. She graduated from Samford University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Finance. She carries a strong background in organization, negotiation, and project coordination as a previous media buyer for more than three years. Her focus is always on exceeding client needs and tackling any obstacle with a smile. She looks forward to continuing to flex both her creative muscles and solve problems as Assistant Project Manager.
SAMANTHA TAGHER, Marketing Manager
Sammy joined the Lauren Chitwood Events team in 2018. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Marketing and Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles in 2016 and spent her summers interning for a startup in San Francisco. After graduation, Sammy moved to Louisville to continue her digital marketing career in the food and beverage industry.
From creating Instagram Stories to scoping out the perfect pin on Pinterest, she now brings a millennial's perspective on all things marketing for Lauren Chitwood Events. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Eric Povill, Carpenter & Producer
Eric Povill is a Louisville, KY native, a 17-year veteran of the service industry, and a jack-of-all-trades. As a skilled carpenter and master welder, Eric is integral to the production and execution of LCE’s grandest ideas. Whether he’s delivering fresh eggs from his chicken coop, or getting his hands dirty on a job site, Eric is devoted to engineering your event vision.
Erin Trager-Kusman, Travel Liaison
Erin is our in-house travel guru and honeymoon specialist, who handles everything from room blocks and hotel buyouts to making your honeymoon dreams come true. Erin works to connect with our clients on a personal level in order to help curate every travel-related detail surrounding your event, and make sure the honeymoon planning process is fun and stress-free from start to finish. She uses her first hand knowledge and relationships to pull the strings behind the scenes, allowing travelers to enjoy once in a lifetime experiences all over the world.
Erin graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Psychology, and also has a Paralegal degree from UCLA. She lives in Louisville with her husband Michael and spends her free time traveling (research!) as well as eating and running, which, in her opinion, are the best two ways to discover a new destination.