Our Planning Dream Team
Kara "Kara Poppins" Cardinal, CWP, CCO (Chief Creative Officer)
Kara has been planning weddings and events for almost a decade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Wedding Planning Certification from The Bridal Society. Kara regularly participates in ongoing education and networking opportunities to stay current with industry trends. Her uncanny ability to think on her feet (which she credits to being a teacher and nanny), along with her ever flowing creativity, allows her clients to dream up some of the biggest, unique, and over-the-top ideas! She is a visionary at making many moving parts flow together with ease and always delivers a vision and a plan to match.
Fun Facts about Kara:
Hometown: Malvern, PA
Style: Chic, Sophisticated, and timeless with a pops of color – Kate Spade meets Lily Pulitzer meets Calvin Klein
Fave Color: Blue, Mint, Sparkles (that’s a color, right?!)
Fave Drink: Moscow Mule
Fave Quote: “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take your breath away.” – Vicki Corona
Susan "Savvy Susan" Gard, ACO (Associate Creative Officer)
Susan grew up in the Northeast and has always been in love with events – who doesn’t love a great party?! After getting her degree in Screenwriting & Producing from The School of Visual Arts in New York City she was off to tell stories through celebration. Using her ambition and ingrained need for organization and efficiency she was quick to get involved in any event that she could in and around the five boroughs.
When she is not making it all happen for her clients she spends her days getting snacks for her kids, folding the near constant barrage of laundry, and snuggling with her hubby. She enjoys long walks on the beach, eating dessert for breakfast, and watching movies without being interrupted. Susan lives in Fort Myers, FL with her husband, two daughters, and lovable curmudgeon of a dog.
Fun Facts about Susan:
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
Style: Classic Simplicity with a splash of NYC Street
Fave Color: Black, Blue, or Red…depends on my mood
Fave Drink: Margarita
Fave Quote: “Nothing’s impossible, except dribbling a football”
Ashley "Awesome Ashley" Brusca, IE (Intern Extraordinaire)
Ashley grew up in Southwest Florida with her mom and two brothers. When she’s not spending time at home with her family you can find her in the House of Mouse – she is obsessed with all things Disney!! Some of her other loves include Halloween, elephants, babies, photography, and of course…event planning.
She combined her love of Disney and photography in a new way and worked at Disney World as a photographer. During her time there’s she fell in love with event planning, specifically weddings. Ashley joined the KC Weddings team in March of 2019 and immersed herself in all things weddings assisting Kara with the fine details. Ashley will graduate with a degree in Resort and Hospitality Management from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fall 2020.
Fun Facts about Ashley:
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Style: A mix of casual chic, sexy, & glam with a hint of boho
Fave Color: Teal, Rose Gold, & Purple
Fave Drink: Milk
Fave Quote: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney
Brian "BTS" Cardinal, CWP
Brian is Kara’s husband of eight years and Behind The Scenes guru. He helped to start KC Weddings & Events as the CFO (dealing with all the “icky” stuff that Kara didn’t want to do) and Kara’s personal wedding day assistant. With the passage of time and experience, Brian realized he passion for helping others and started his own company as a consultant for small businesses.
His formal education in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, as well as his many years spent working in the world of finance in an engaged, client-facing role as an investment consultant, helped successfully launch KC Weddings & Events.
In his spare time, (which isn’t much), Brian loves to spend time with the family on Keywadin Island, where his pups can play, Kara can relax in the Florida sun, and he can fish for redfish, snook, or whatever wants to bite!
Fun Facts about Brian:
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Style: Traditional and Modern
Fave Color: Blue
Fave Drink: Mountain Dew
Fave Quote: “I feel the need, the need for speed.” Maverick, Top Gun
Our creative team has been designing and planning all types of weddings and events since early 2013. From hotels and country clubs to estates and private homes, we’ve planned them all! Each event brings it’s own unique challenges and planning at a private estate is completely different from planning at an all-inclusive hotel. There is absolutely no substitute for expertise and experience! Design and logicstics are our jam! We love walking into an empty space and imagining what the wedding or event will look like. No two of our weddings or designs are alike; they are unique just like our fabulous clients! We love creating something new and different that will bring happiness to all that experience it!!