Durham Wedding Planner Emily Katherine


Chief Wedding Planner and Mischief Manager

  • Went to Appalachian State University, where she learned the least painful ways to fall while snowboarding. 
  • Lover of games: board games, card games, lawn games; ALL the games! Latest favorites include Mystic Vale, Overcooked, and Azul. Always ready for a Spades tournament!
  • Lives in Durham with the Hubster and their pups, Jasper & Mocha. The babies also answer to “Baby Goose”, “Fluffy Muppet”, and “Mochanos”. Follow along on Instagram and you too can experience the cuteness: #JasperDogNC  and #MochaPupNC

Emily has always been a party planner, growing up turning any family event or holiday into an occasion to decorate and brainstorm all the themed details (she learned from watching her mom!). Her passion for weddings arose while planning her own in 2012, and she hasn’t been able to get enough since! After several years working as a wedding videographer and helping friends and family plan their weddings, Emily decided to follow her passion and launched Emily Katherine Events in 2015. She’s now a full time wedding and event planner, with an amazing team alongside her!

The EKE Team

Durham Wedding Planners

Emily Katherine Events would not be able to take on as many wonderful weddings as we do without this amazing team! These women make it possible for us to stay fully booked without sacrificing the attention to detail we have always provided. Plus, it will give you peace of mind knowing that even if your planner comes down with the flu the day before your wedding, another EKE team member will be able to step in and execute your perfect day (without getting all your guests sick)! Hey, it hasn’t happened yet but we like to be prepared!

Durham Wedding Planner

Gina the Unburnt, Survivor of Sparklers

Wedding Planner

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” -Marilyn Monroe

You might find Gina binging HIMYM, sipping on Kamikazes, cheering on the New Jersey Devils, or working out with pure barre. Of course, you might also find her planning your wedding with flawless perfection! Gina has been a part of the Emily Katherine Events team since 2017. She loves creating days filled with love, coordinating the flowers, fashion, tablescapes, and everything else that makes each wedding unique. Her favorite part of each wedding is the quiet before the storm; when everything is set in place, guests haven’t arrived yet and we are just waiting for the fun to begin.

Durham Wedding Planner

Cayla, Keeper of Stardust

Wedding Planner

Cayla is originally from Pittsburgh, but has been in Cary since 2005. She grew up watching Say Yes to the Dress and dreaming of becoming a wedding planner. She’s proof that reaching for the stars pays off! One of our lead planners, Cayla is with you throughout the planning process and on wedding day. She loves seeing the expressions of love on everyone’s faces when the ceremony starts; as the couple see each other, and as their families gaze on, it’s such an amazing moment! When she’s not dreaming up wedding inspiration, Cayla might be planning her next big international adventure, or exploring modern art museums. Of course, if she’s hanging out locally she’s probably out hiking or playing What Do You Meme with friends.

Durham Wedding Planner

Eva, Resident Hufflepuff

Wedding Assistant

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that
you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J. K.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, Eva was drawn to weddings by the sheer amount of love that effuses from them. In addition to assisting with wedding day setup, she also helps manage things in the office, so it’s likely you’ll speak with her at some point before your wedding! Eva is originally from Kent, Ohio, and often returns to visit her girlfriend and their hedgehog, Mr. Bingley. When she’s home in Raleigh, Eva likes taking it easy; bring the cookie dough, and you can join in the next Harry Potter or New Girl binge!

Durham Wedding Planner

Jessie, Smasher of Obstacles and Pikachu Wrangler

Wedding Assistant

“It’s not about how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away”

Jessie is our other NC native, born and raised in Chapel Hill. She loves brownies, watching Friends, hiking, and playing Super Smash Bros. And she’s been planning events since high school, when she started working with local organizations like Relay for Life to plan fundraisers. It’s true we mostly do weddings around here, but Jessie’s passion is for all events and she’s had experience working in various event fields, including catering and travel planning! That experience gives her a great perspective and understanding of event planning.

Shout out to our pal Audrey with Rose Trail Images for these photos!! Check her out if you’re still looking for your wedding photographer!

“Emily was amazing to work with! She performed my day-of-coordination services, and she also helped me out my planning leading up to the wedding. She has tons of wedding experience, and with that, she was able to make the day go as smoothly as possible. The day of, all I had to do was get pampered and drink mimosas until the ceremony! She had everything covered – from handling the vendors that came to set up, to making sure everything and everyone was in their proper places, to handling my mother’s anxiety. She worked with the photographer and told us when/where to be for photos. She checked in on me regularly to make sure I had everything I needed and reassure me that everything was going according to plan. She executed the ceremony flawlessly, and even when we had a fire alarm in the middle of the reception, she got everyone ushered outside (including the bar!) and handled the situation with perfect poise. I would recommend Emily again and again! She really did make my wedding day the best day ever.”

Lauren Burianek Crowe

“There is so many wonderful things to say about Emily. I was not planning on having a day-of-coordinator or someone to help me with wedding planning but my sister told me about Emily and said I’d really like her. I certainly did! I can’t believe I thought I could have done it all without her help. She is very responsive and beyond that gives you suggestions and tips that she has gained over the years of her working in the wedding industry. So she is great at speaking up and giving you help that you might not even know you need. The other thing that I really loved about Emily is that she has such a calming spirit about her. As a bride you have moments where you just want to freak out but she is totally calm and put together and makes you feel the same. I also think that quality helps her work seamlessly with vendors who may be difficult to work with. There was nothing she wouldn’t do or help with and knowing I had her to support me and that I could trust her really made my day. She definitely went above and beyond and I can’t recommend her enough!”

Hayley Edwards Newbery

“Emily was an amazing help for my husband’s 30th Vegas themed birthday party. She helped with everything from event and timeline planning, decorating, shopping and day ­of coordination. I couldn’t have had such a successful party without her help. She was extremely professional and fun! On the day­ of she dressed to fit right in with the crowd. I had a great experience from start to finish with Emily Katherine Events.” ­

Amanda Brewer

Emily and her team were simply outstanding. From the moment I met with Emily 11 months before our wedding, I knew I didn’t want to look any further for day-of coordinators. Emily has an incredibly calming presence and was organized to a T. Even the day-of when we had to change our ceremony spot because of rain and our second photographer woke up sick, Emily remained calm and reassuring that everything would go smoothly, and it did. The EKE team is incredibly professional, down to earth, organized, communicative, and so kind – I loved working with all of them!

Laura & Cameron

Best investment we made in our budget!

Emily was so great to work with. She really made the entire month leading up to the wedding stress free. She and her team worked so hard to make our venue look just how we imagined it. She is very professional, detail oriented, and has awesome ideas that just added to how special our wedding felt. She went above and beyond! I would absolutely recommend Emily if you live in the Triangle, at the very least for her coordination package in the last month. You won’t regret it!

Kendall & Scott

You know those career aptitude tests you take in middle school? Well, if “wedding planner” were an option, I’m sure Emily got that result! Everything about Emily – her impressive organizational skills, her kind demeanor, her ability to roll with literally whatever comes her way while sporting a smile, her gentle yet effective way of keeping everyone on track – is suited for this job. As a bride who had no idea what I wanted my wedding to look like (while attempting to plan it in just four months!), it is not hyperbole to say the big day would not have happened without Emily. She had a magical way of guiding without imposing, which is not an easy balance! Emily was super kind and sensitive to me and my family, was the impeccable professional in communicating with other vendors (who all adored her, by the way!), punctual in following-through with everything, incredibly responsive and available, thoughtful with big and small details, and (especially considering our timeline) a literal miracle-worker. (Like helping get dirt stains out of my dress train after rainy pictures at the ceremony!) I feel confident in saying that working with Emily will be the best decision you make in your wedding planning adventure… it certainly was mine!

Courtney & Josh

Durham, North Carolina, 336.254.6273 emily@EmilyKatherineEvents.com