“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.
Paul Latham, Creative Director
Paul Latham AIFD CFD KMF has been in the floral industry for over 10 years. He is an Accredited Member of the American Institute of Floral Design, a certified Floral Designer, a Kentucky Master Florist, and was the 2016 Floral Designer of the Year for both Kentucky and Tennessee. Paul has years of experience in creating incredible, ornate floral designs for high-end events for both social and corporate clients, including professional athletes and international companies.
Paul also works as one of the lead floral designers for Paradiso Parade Floats, creating some of the most incredible floats seen each year at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. He is also the proud owner of a Goldendoodle named Lilly.
Alex Hunnicutt, VP of Production
Alex earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at The University of Louisville. Alex works closely managing the production team and is instrumental in floral installations. Alex bridges the gap between project managers’ plans and successful installation. Past clients include NBA stars, Fortune 500 companies, nationally recognized brands, and well-known Louisvillians.
Alex’s love for events came from organizing his first ever event, the “Ice Cream Social”, as president of the student council in the seventh grade.
Alex enjoys spending time with his wife Becca, seeing what’s currently playing at The Kentucky Center, and cheering on the University of Louisville Cardinals!
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.
OLIVIA SHERROD, Production & Design Coordinator
Olivia joined the Lauren Chitwood Events team in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Hollins University, where she was first exposed to the world of special events. Having worked in a variety of industries, ranging from luxury fashion brands in New York City to niche startup markets, Olivia brings an array of skills to each event. By combining her passion for design with experience in production and operations, Olivia helps coordinate every last detail to create memorable events.
GABRIELLA LAPILUSA, Associate Project Manager
Gabriella is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in English and Religious Studies and was thrilled to stay in the area as her heart for Louisville is unmatched. Lauren Chitwood Events welcomed her as Associate Project Manager for her fresh perspective, love for events, and servant's heart. She brings a balance of creativity and realistic outcome to the team 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 and favorite Havanese, venturing the outdoors, exploring the nooks and crannies of Louisville, or cozied up with coffee and a novel!
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.