We have a passion for having fun and making others happy. Given these two things, it's no wonder we all chose weddings as our 'job.' Weddings are one of the happiest days of our lives, full of joy and tradition and meaningful moments when two families come together. Your happiness truly is our passion and reason for doing what we do. We are here for you—literally.
Planning from out of state? We've helped brides from all across the country. From as far as California, booking everything sight-unseen, to be more specific. Communication is key and we can promise that you'll never feel alone in planning and bringing your dream to life. Although we are based in Eastern North Carolina, we are up for travel. If you want to plan a destination wedding somewhere else, we're all in.
We've been coordinating events across the Carolina coast since 2010. Hundreds of events, of all shapes, sizes and styles. Our experience and knowledge grow with each passing day and we are proud to share that with you. Years of connections with vendors, every snafu and tangle you can think of has tried to wrinkle our best laid plans, and every weather condition the Carolina skies have to offer has been thrown our way. When it comes to seamlessly bringing events together, we've been called "perfection-making super ninjas." Nothing better than that!
Zena started her journey almost a decade ago, planning events for the Islander Hotel and all Bluewater Vacation Rental Houses and gaining immeasurable hands-on experience. After a few years, and after the birth of her second baby, she decided to make a change and start her own coordination team. Still managing events for Bluewater, but also branching out to other venues in the area, like The Cottage (formerly known as Celebration Cottage . Zena was able to grow KAST into what it is today! She has a passion for having fun, making people laugh and is known for keeping calm in tough situations. Her team has planned, coordinated and executed over 500 events to date, of all types and sizes. At any given time there are five or six talented planners, coordinators and designers on staff and ready to help make any event just a little more....enjoyable.
Lead Floral Designer
Alyssa joined the team a few years ago and quickly soared into the role of Lead Coordinator. She is detailed, organized, and accountable. Alyssa is a Montessori preschool teacher by day, Wedding Coordinator by weekend! She is a mom of two and when she isn't working, or if she isn't at Disney, you can catch her on the sidelines cheering on her girls at dance competitions!
Mark has been working behind the scenes with KAST for years before making the decision to join the team full time. His role is unique as he is Zena's husband and biggest supporter in her goal to grow her business. He is always there to reign in new ideas and bring them to life. He is a skilled craftsman and when he isn't working on our ever-growing wish list, you can find him enjoying a beer, hanging outside with the kids, or in the workshop.
Mel has been with KAST since the beginning. She has been involved in all aspects of event planning and has an unparalleled eye for design. She is a mom of two boys, is a talented artist and continues to be a great asset to the KAST team. When not working an event, or designing in the floral shop, you can find her outside digging in the dirt, snapping beautiful photos and hanging with her family!
"Zena was such a big help during the whole process! I dont know how couples get married without a Wedding Coordinator. We loved how she really helped us through normally easy steps (cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, etc) because this was our first (and last) time getting married! She even brought help with her on the Wedding day to make sure that everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend Zena to all Brides! Thanks!"
-Heather and Chad
"It was wonderful to have such a great person there to ensure we didn't need to worry about anything. We are so glad and pleased that we a had beautiful location and great vendors! Zena was a wonderful coordinator! I couldn't imagine the stress I would have felt if we hadn't had her there making sure our wedding turned out perfectly! Thank you so much!"
-Layla and Dustin
"We were thrilled when our daughter chose to be married on the windswept, sandy shores of Emerald Isle, NC because we live near the sugar-white shores of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Alabama and had never been to the Outer Banks. Planning a wedding for a destination that was 13 hours and hundreds of miles away was a daunting task but Zena was there for us every step of the way both before and during the wedding. She provided us with the names of all the vendors and set up appointments with them when we visited. They were all first class and thanks to Zena, we were able to give our daughter an elegant, magical beach wedding dreams are made of! I have a guardian angel and her name is Zena!"
- Robin, Mother of the Bride
"We were very upset when we learned the day before our wedding that we would not be able to have it as planned at the beautiful house we had rented for the week because of tropical storm Andrea. Zena was immediately on the phone with us, our vendors, and different possibilities for venues. They made sure everything ran smoothly and we created amazing memories on our wedding day! Zena saved our wedding day!"
"I think retaining your services for coordinating the wedding was the best decision we made. Even though it was a small wedding, there were many things that had to be handled prior to the actual ceremony. Your experience was certainly helpful thru all the organizing and planning. Thanks to your efforts , everything was perfect including the venue, catering, setup (inside and outside). Thanks again."
-John, Father of the Bride
"I cannot thank you enough for all you have done. You have been the absolute best in planning and keeping everything together. I'm positive we wouldn't have made it without your help, encouragement and wittiness. You are wonderful."
-Meagan and Tyler
"Zena is the absolute best! Her help was utterly invaluable at every step of the wedding planning process. We planned our NC wedding from NYC and could not have done it without her help! The day of the wedding she and her staff were like perfect-making super ninjas. They managed every detail to perfection. I can't recommend her strongly enough!"
- Jennifer and Robert
"I truly don't know what we would've done without Zena to help plan our wedding!! We were so overwhelmed with all of the choices and Zena did such an amazing job at helping us choose the best options for our budget! Our wedding was absolutely magical and I give Zena the credit for helping our day come together as smoothly as it did! You won't be disappointed in your choice to have Zena help plan your big day!"
- Fallin and Cory
"Celebration Cottage was an absolute dream! We took a chance booking from California without seeing the venue or meeting any of the people (crazy). The venue is beautifully done. The people are incredible and made the whole process easy and beautiful. Zena is incredible, Denise is a gem and we could not have been happier with the whole crew.
Food was great, servers were the best, Aimee was on top of everything.
We couldnt have been happier with our wedding day."
- Claire and Randall
"Celebration Cottage was an absolute dream! We took a chance booking from California without seeing the venue or meeting any of the people (crazy). The venue is beautifully done. The people are incredible and made the whole process easy and beautiful. Zena is incredible, Denise is a gem and we could not have been happier with the whole crew. Food was great, servers were the best, Aimee was on top of everything. We couldnt have been happier with our wedding day."
- Claire and Randall