Originally from Chicago, Katianna is a self-proclaimed punk rock prom queen. She brings a little bit of edge and simultaneous sparkle to everything she touches. Katianna's birthday falls on Valentine's Day and she often jokes that it isn't coincidence that led her to this career path.
Her road to event planning began with an internship in the Public Relations Office at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign- where she completed her Master's in Higher Education Administration. Katianna spent a few years planning and executing large new student events for the Office of Financial Aid before transitioning naturally into corporate and private events. bella&fern was a labor of love that came about organically after working in the industry for a decade and making a move across state lines.
A happily married mother of three, Katianna enjoys music, travel, and fitness in her spare time. Her favorite part of a wedding is when the entire crowd collectively inhales, or feels the same excited emotion as the couple locks eyes down the aisle. Katianna believes it is her privilege to be a part of a major milestone marker in your life.
Katianna is a Certified Event and Wedding Planner with a designation in Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Travel. She is currently working on advanced studies in Wedding and Event Design.
Fun fact: every day begins with a cup of coffee and a Green Day song!
Kristin spent the last seven years living in Fort Wayne watching Katianna grow bella&fern into an amazing company, but has now returned to her home in Cleveland, Ohio. However, that is not stopping her from returning to work on your special day. In the past, Kristin has worked as a victim advocate in the court system as well as a special education teacher. She knows how to advise and support the bride and groom on their special day. When she is not assisting Katianna, she stays busy exploring the city with her two sons and husband. She enjoys planning activities for the kids, music, and spending time with friends and family. As Kristin reacquaints herself with the Cleveland bridal market, she will help bella&fern's presence stretch farther across the country.
Sarah has been living in and exploring the beautiful city of Fort Wayne for over ten years. Day-to-day you can find her snuggling her dogs, at a baseball game with her husband, enjoying the local craft brewery scene, or working out at OrangeTheory Fitness. With a background in Communications, Marketing, and Management she has had the opportunity to work with an array of diverse individuals on everything from non-profit events, restaurant launches, weddings, and much more. Sarah has a passion for inner and outer beauty leading her to assist brides on their special day with bridal makeup looks. Sarah first met Katianna through Kristin, as the makeup artist for a bella&fern bride and hasn't left the team since.