Full-service mini monies and elopements. Simple, beautiful, stress-free adventures for the wildly in love.
"I was so frustrated with my previous efforts in planning. I thought my dreams of having a beautiful wedding were over until I worked with Elena. She is truly a godsend. She stopped me from making the biggest mistake of my life and by just going down to the courthouse to get my marriage over with.
I truly could not have had my dream wedding without her. I will cherish these memories forever!"
-October 2020 Serenity Wedding Bride
You are hopelessly in love and ready to be married in the next three months to one year.
Big weddings are fun to attend, but not how you want to celebrate. You're imagining something beautiful but stress free with your closest friends and family members (or just the two of you).
You want to trust a planner with a full vision, and you want her to take the lead during the planning process. You don't mind a few surprises on your wedding day!
Hi! I'm Keilah
I plan small celebrations.
Here's what I believe:
1. Marriage deserves to be celebrated, and the big wedding is only one way to do it.
2. A fantastic wedding can be had for $5,000-15,000 (aka 3-6 times less than the average cost).
3. Small is grand. Intimate weddings are the best way to plan a beautiful celebration with less costs, less waste, more meaning, and more quality time with your loved ones.
A Serenity Wedding is how I do all of the above in one neat little package.
Each of the 2-Day packages below include everything you need for an intimate celebration: venue, dinner, drinks, planning & design, day of coordination, honeymoon suite, wedding cake, flowers, and photography.
Just show up and celebrate!
Des Moines, Iowa City, or Cedar Falls
Your wedding weekend takes place among the hustle and bustle of the city, excitement and entertainment at your fingertips. Explore the city via luxury transportation and take in the sights and sounds on your first day before retreating to your honeymoon suite in a posh hotel. The joy continues through your wedding day with a modern rooftop ceremony, a sleek downtown photoshoot, and stylish dinner with endless views of the city. You and your guests will be treated to an upgraded menu, speciality drinks, and a private waitstaff. Celebrate with up to 34.
$7,600 Sun-Fri Wedding
$8,700 Saturday Wedding
Pretty Little Porch
West Branch, Iowa
This sweet, rustic package is designed for the simple and carefree couple who wants to relax enjoy nature. Begin your weekend with a rehearsal and welcome picnic for two. A cozy cabin or bed and breakfast will serve as your home away from home, and the gorgeous Little Lights on the Lane will serve as your celebration space. Complete with couples' suites, two outdoor bars, yard games, and food truck lane, Little Lights is the perfect setting for a bright and airy day filled with love and quality time. Celebrate with up to thirty guests.
$12,400 Mon-Thurs Wedding
$13,500 Sunday Wedding
Photo: Emily Crall Photography
Your Private Bar
West Des Moines, Iowa
Imagine spending quality time in a romantic honeymoon suite by day, and hosting an upscale kickback in your own lounge by night! This kick-back inspired wedding is for the fun couple who is looking forward to the party. Your Private Bar features modular black furniture, a tv-surrounded reception room, and color-changing lights for a fun and unforgettable experience. Enjoy a casual and fun menu with heavy appetizers, drinks, music, a selfie station, and games in a lounge-like atmosphere. Enjoy with 10-40 guests!
The Good Life
Step into the good life! This Napa Valley inspired wedding includes a winery setting with serene views. Start your weekend with couples' massages and a private wine tasting with your guests. Say your vows in peace and serenity as the sun sets over the vineyard before heading inside for a private dinner prepared by the winery's head chef. Experience pampered transportation to and from your hotel or AirBnb. Great for elopements, enjoy with up to 40.
Woodland Family Getaway
Experience a cabin-like retreat in an upscale environment with a woodland venue with rooms for your entire party to stay for the weekend. Find your favorite spot on the grounds to say your vows, then celebrate with lawn games, s'mores bar, fire pit, and a fireplace dinner with family-style seating in the main hall.
Do you already have your own venue, or do you want to get married in your own home? Perhaps you're dreaming of an experience not mentioned on the list? We'll bring the full-service amenities of a Serenity Wedding directly to you. Celebrate with up to 50.
Iowa: Starting at $5,000
Midwest: Starting at $6,500 (includes travel fees)
Outside Midwest: Starting at $8,000 (includes travel fees)
How it Works
The Process in a nutshell
1. We get to know each other and discuss your vision. Planning a wedding is a labor of love for me, so it's really important that we click! I want to get to know you, your love story, values, guest list, and budget in a discovery call. If we decide to make it official, I'll confirm availability for key vendors, and a 50% deposit reserves your date!
2. Your venue selection will set the tone for your day, then I will guide you through a streamlined wedding planning process with a timeline, budget, three design collections, and a handful of preferred vendors. We will get the majority of planning done in a single in-person meeting, and the rest is virtual (additional in-person meetings available by request). You get to choose all of the details that really matter to you, and I'll give you a list of suggested options to choose from for the rest. All of my couples enjoy unlimited communication!
3. I'll make it all happen behind the scenes and keep you on track with your responsibilities. Then, just show up and celebrate!
What else do I need to plan and pay for?
You are responsible for:
your own attire, hair, and/or makeup
inviting and communicating with your guests
keepsake things like a guest book or welcome sign
In general, a Serenity Wedding is complete as-is, you just have to show up ready to get married! If you want to add-on extras like a musician, videography, or caricature artist, I can help you find it.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes! In general, 50% holds your date and the remaining balance is due 6 weeks before your wedding. If you would prefer to break that up into 4 payments, let me know.
What can I customize?
Whatever you want! You are working with a full-service planner and get to design a ceremony and reception that's unique to you. In order to streamline the process, you can choose from a pre-organized selection of design collections, vendors, cakes and flowers, etc, but you always have the option to go custom (though this may raise your price).
When should I book?
As soon you're ready! In general, I need a minimum of 10 weeks to pull your wedding together, and prefer to set a date within 9 months.
What if I want to use some of my own vendors?
No problem! We can take our vendor's fees from the total cost of our collection and we are happy to coordinate and work with your vendor on your wedding day.
What about COVID?
The best way to plan a wedding in the current circumstances is to use plan on a small guest list and follow all safety precautions including masks, social distancing, and hand washing. The Serenity Wedding is already designed to celebrate in many ways that are easy to accommodate all of the above. If you prefer not to do any of those things, I suggest limiting your guest list to 20 or less, getting tests before, and quarantining afterward.
I will always adhere to local laws in regards to gathering, and I take your family's health and safety seriously. I will wear a mask, offer hand sanitizer, and social distance during meetings and on the day of.
In the case that you decide to postpone, you can do so for up to one year (subject to availability).
What if I have more than 50 people?
Serenity Weddings are currently only available for 50 people or less.