With over 50 years combined experience in the Austin event industry, the creative team at Eclipse Event Co. are ready and able to make your event visions come to life. We plan events around our three pillars of excellence: Honesty, Creativity, and Resourcefulness. We specialize in weddings, corporate events and parties, and are one of the most widely published wedding planners in the Austin and Central Texas area. We've coordinated, planned and developed events from Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and even as far away as The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos! We are more than capable to handle any event, big or small, and can't wait to work with you!
LAUREN CHUMBLEY, CMEP
Lauren has known since her sophomore year of High School in San Antonio, TX that she wanted to be in Events. She spent the next few years navigating her way to her dream of being a Full Time Planner and Business Owner. After earning her degree in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005, she received a Certification in Meeting and Event Planning from Austin Community College in 2007.
Over the years Lauren interned at Elite Weddings and worked at In Style Weddings and Destinations before starting Eclipse Event Co. with Kristi DePew in 2015.
Lauren absolutely loves the planning process and bonding with families. She's a huge fan of spreadsheets, check lists and a beautifully designed MOOD Board. When life gets stressful, she spends her time pinning vacation ideas.
When she's not working, she's spending time with her twins Logan and Lacey and her husband Rob, who she married in 2012 at Horseshoe Bay Resort. Her favorite Housewives Cities are New Jersey and New York. Her favorite Peloton Instructors are Cody and Jess.
Lauren has been a member of Meeting Professionals International and Wedding Network USA. She is currently serving on the Board of the International Live Events Association and is an active member of the Junior League of Austin.
KRISTI DEPEW, CWEP
Kristi was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas, but her panache for planning started while attending Texas Tech University, where she coordinated and planned social, philanthropic and public events for her sorority, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Retail. Upon returning to Austin, Kristi began her local event-planning career at Elite Weddings, and then went on to work as an Event Consultant and Marketing Director for Premiere Events before earning her Certified Wedding and Event Planning certification through LWPI’s Wedding Planning Institute.
Her background in rental and design give her a unique perspective in regards to event setup and attention to detail. She attributes her design aesthetic to her merchandising and design background, and prides herself on her photographic memory in regards to projecting wedding trends.
In her free time, Kristi enjoys spending as much time as possible with her son Nathaniel, middle daughter Alexandria, new baby girl Madeline, and her husband Dan, whom she married at The Driskill Hotel in 2012. She has served as Vice President, President, and is currently serving as the Immediate Past-President for the Associated Wedding Planners of Austin (AWPA), and has also served as a past Board Member of the Austin chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), where she served as Fundraising Chair and Communications Chair.
Stacy was born in Mt. Laurel, NJ but got to Texas as fast as she could at the young age of 3 and never left. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Biomedical Science degree. After several years in pharmaceutical sales, Stacy realized her real passion for events and never looked back.
Stacy has over nine years of experience in the event industry that includes not only wedding coordinating, but also venue management and catering sales. Her experience spans from small and intimate events of fewer than 25 guests, upwards of events with 3,000+ guests. This gives Stacy the extra advantage, insight, and knowledge in planning and executing seamless events, big and small. Stacy's love of weddings shows through with her attention to detail. Her wedding philosophy is that a wedding should not only be a reflection of the couple, but also as individuals. Her favorite part about being a wedding planner is taking clients' visions and executing it beyond their imagination. That moment of wow and joy on her clients’ faces makes it all worth it!
When Stacy is not planning events, she is spending time with her husband; who she married in 2012 at the Texas Federation Women's Club in Austin, and their two daughters, Grace and Madelyn. Her hobbies include baking, refinishing furniture, playing soccer, and traveling. She is an advent skier, hopping on her first set of skis at the age of 5. Her guilty pleasure is just about every Bravo reality TV show. She loves all things holidays and just like any good planner, loves a good theme party! Something she's not good at is singing; not that it stops her from belting out some Whitney Houston ballads! She doesn't take life too seriously, and is good at finding the humor in just about anything, even if that means laughing at herself because of it.
PRINCIPAL EVENT PLANNER
SENIOR EVENT PLANNER
Tessa was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and came to Austin in 2014 to attend St. Edwards University where the beautiful city of Austin stole her heart. Growing up in a household where her parents worked in corporate and social events, Tessa knew that was the field she could see herself.
During college Tessa interned as an events and social media intern for the nonprofit Kids in a New Groove assisting on live music events with bands such as Shakey Graves and Walker Lukens. After she finished school she was then hired by Eclipse Event Co. as an intern and afterwards was promoted to one of their wedding coordinators.
Traveling to Asia, Egypt, and Europe were some of the many experiences which contributed to Tessa's distinct eye for style. From these travels she has gained a wide perspective of design and therefore is able to cater to any brides taste. She takes pride in partnering with couples and families to create the most memorable day possible all with a smile and a high level of customer service.
When she is not planning events, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Adam, baking, and enjoying the nature Austin has to offer. She's scanning the globe to see where her next travel destination will be and looks forward to seeing more of the world.
Amy was born and raised in Harker Heights, Texas, where her love of events and southern hospitality was instilled in her at a young age by her grandmother. This love turned into a passion which motivated her to pursue a degree in Family and Consumer Science from Sam Houston State University. During her time at SHSU, she was a founding officer of the Sam Houston State University Chapter of the Student Event Planners Association.
After graduating, Amy has spent the past five years obtaining invaluable event experience by working with various companies in catering, rentals, and floral. But as her true love was always event and wedding planning, she joined the Eclipse team as an intern in September 2018. Once she finished her internship, she was then hired as an Event Assistant then promoted to a Planner.
Amy loves collaborating with couples to capture their unique story and seeing their vision come to life. She has an eye for design and all the little details. She takes great pride in easing a couple’s stress and allowing them to be in the moment with their guests.
When she is not planning events, Amy loves spending time with family and friends or in her craft room, where she makes beautiful handmade cards. She also loves movies, books, cooking and exploring the great state of Texas.
Kelsey was born and raised in Austin, Texas and knows the city like the back of her hand. Her background in the hospitality industry peaked her interest in event planning and sparked a passion for service. Kelsey has spent time volunteering with the Bethany Baptist Church assisting in a day camp program for the elderly with Dementia and believes that this has taught her an unsurpassed level of patience.
After starting her career with Eclipse Event Co., Kelsey had no doubt that event planning was just the organized chaos she was looking for. Kelsey prospers in fast-paced environments and believes that no detail is too small. Her greatest pleasure derives from witnessing the love created by a couple, shared with friends and family. "First looks" give her butterflies every time.
In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys nature walks with her Dutch Shepherd, hosting dinner parties, and watching local live music. Her latest project is mastering the art of Calligraphy. Fun Fact: Kelsey's own parents have been married for over 40 Years!
My name is Art Fuentes and for my bio I’m going to tell all of you reading this why I would make an amazing Event Planner. As the former president of my college water polo team, I am skilled at commanding the attention of a room, and discussing very important issues: “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please? We need to make our way outside for the sparkler send off”.
I’m able to recall hundreds of important details at the drop of a hat: "Yes, the couple IS keeping the top tier of their cake”.
I feel comfortable using event jargon in everyday life: “We need to run that by the FOTB”.
That’s why you should vote for me, Art Fuentes, Planner for your upcoming event.
Art has been a member of the Austin event industry for the past 10 years. He began his events journey in his final year at Texas State University (Eat ‘Em Up Cats!) Where he interned for a local event planning company, and after graduating at the middle of his class he was brought on as an Assistant Event Planner. After making the treacherous 30-mile trek on IH35 from San Marcos, TX to Austin, TX, he continued his work in the event industry by taking up the position of Office Manager for Simon Lee Bakery (a bakery known for their amazing and delicious wedding cakes). After a few years (and a fluctuating waistline), he moved on over to Westbank Flower Market where he eventually became the Events Lead, preparing and executing a wide variety of events. During all this time he has served as Eclipse Event Co.’s go-to Assistant for all types of events, and has been awarded the titles "Employee of the Month", "Quarter", and "Year" (titles awarded to himself, by himself). Art offers an extensive events background and can easily steer you in the right direction in creating an unforgettable event experience for you and your guests.
- Has never received a top 30 under 30 award but at 32 is still holding out hope.
- Has a degree in improv comedy from fallout theater, so can easily get on the mic and keep a crowd entertained.
- Believes you can never order too much wedding cake!
Cherese was born and raised in the Dallas area. Her first experience in event planning was when she volunteered to coordinate her high school’s male pageant show, Mr. Mustang (of course, it purely coincidental that she would be working with the boy from her calculus class who looked like Orlando Bloom). While her crush faded, her love of event planning was just beginning.
She attended Texas A&M University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Honors and Marketing Analytics and Consulting. Unofficially, she certainly earned an honorary degree in the art of trashy reality TV and maximizing the chip-to-queso ratio.
While a student, she served as the Event Coordinator for the Business Honors Peer Leading program, and as Head Event Coordinator for the Student Event Planners Association.
Before coming to work at Eclipse, she worked as an intern for Verve Event Planning, a luxury Wedding Planning Company in Austin, where she learned about the details that go into fulfilling all that someone envisions for their special day. Her favorite part of weddings is listening to toasts during the reception. She has so much fun listening to all of the funny stories, sweet words, and seeing the love each couple shares.
When she’s not planning events, you can find her catching up with family and friends or seeking out new places to eat or enjoy music. She enjoys trying out new Pinterest recipes with Friends playing in the background and rom-com movie nights with friends. She loves to travel - with her next stop being Santorini. Being from the Caribbean, she can never say no to a beach vacay!