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The Story Behind the Name

 Brittany here, owner and creative director of 1945 Event Co. I often get asked, why 1945? How did you come up with that? I like when people ask because it gives me a chance to talk about why it’s so important to me. Growing up, my Grandparents, Nana and Papa, Grandma and Grandpa Gilmore were always there for me. My nana and I shared a love for planning and organizing parties. She taught me that everything is worth celebrating no matter how small, and that a good cake is priority when it comes to a celebration! From the time I can remember, probably 1st grade I was planning any type of sleepover or party I could come up with. My nana always encouraged my wild ideas and let me take the lead. When it came to family gatherings her and I would talk about the menu and decorations and go shopping for all the supplies. I cherish the sweet memories we have. She knew event planning was my passion and always told me to dream big. She believed in me and always made me feel like anything I did was amazing. She passed away January of 2019. I was struggling to find a name for my business I truly loved. Then 1945, the year my sweet nana Sharon was born came to mind and I knew it was perfect. Every event 1945 Event Co. does is in her honor. It makes it so special for me to honor her and live my dream through this business.  

Meet The Team

Brittany Chesney
Owner/Creative Director


First off, if you are reading this THANK YOU! I so appreciate anyone who takes the time to visit our site and learn more about our team and what we have to offer. I started 1945 because of my lifelong love to plan and host events. I have always had a passion for planning weddings and events and am so blessed to have my own business in an industry that I love so much. 

A little about me;

After graduating high school in, I began studying Hospitality management at Central Michigan University.  I then went on to study event management at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated with a degree in event management. After studying the hospitality and event industry for 5 years it helped build the foundation and skill set to be the detailed organized planner I am today. I am certified in creating custom detailed timelines in the timeline program we use. I have a passion for wedding and event design and just love bringing our clients vision to life. 

  I am married to my husband Scott, who you may see on wedding and event days. He is a huge support to our team. When it comes to our rentals, he is a huge part in the entire process. We have three fur babies. Two dogs, Roary and Rheo and a cat named Lady. When we aren't busy with weddings and events, we enjoy DIY, and small home renovation projects.

I am a lover of tea, I Love Lucy, nature, home décor, music, fall, candles, sour candy, chocolate cream pie, wine, cooking, adventures and traveling!

Cheers to celebrating all of life's moments :)

Alison Jones
Assistant Coordinator 


Hi! My name is Alison Jones, I’m a current student at Michigan State University studying hospitality business. For the past three years I’ve been involved in MSU CHAARG along with the Meeting and Events club where I’ve helped execute several events with our team. Outside of school I love having movie or craft nights with friends, listening to Taylor Swift, and spending time with family.
I’m originally from Swartz Creek, MI, but I will be living in East Lansing this summer to pursue my internship with 1945 Event Co.! I’ve chosen the events industry because I’ve always loved organizing and creating plans for parties, class trips, school dances, and many other things. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with this team and plan some extraordinary weddings!

Marisa Jones
Assistant Coordinator 


Hey there my name is Marisa and I currently reside in Lansing, MI. I have a 3 year old son who keeps me on my toes day and night, but I wouldn't trade being a mother for anything in the world! 


I've been in the cosmetic industry for the last 7 years of my life, and I love how I can express myself through makeup! I can go from glam going out event makeup, to light and natural or a look with intense pops of color! 


I graduated from Douglas J Aveda Institute in 2013 and have been a Licensed Esthetician ever since. I'm your girl for everything skin and beauty!


What I love most about weddings is how each and every one of them are so unique in their own ways, I love how expressive and detail oriented each bride is when it comes to their special day. 


And last but not least, being able to assist my best friend with her dream career is absolutely so amazing, im so very proud of her and I wish her all the success in the world. 

Alex Nazar 
In House Floral Designer
Assistant Coordinator


Alex Nazar, owner and lead designer of Alex Nazar Floral, is an independent florist specializing in weddings and events based in the Metro Detroit area. Her design aesthetic is classic and organic with an emphasis on color story and texture. Her goal is to create individualized floral magic for clients and turn their visions into reality through thoughtful details. 

Connie Denbrock
Assistant Coordinator


Connie was born and raised in the Lansing area. She is a seasoned Professional with experience in a
variety of roles – including, but not limited to, Information Technology, Real Estate, home renovations,
and yard maintenance. She has many years of experience in creating partnerships and generating
positive outcomes for people from all walks of life. She loves traveling, gardening, and staying active in
the community by volunteering at animal shelters, doing yard work and home maintenance for the
elderly, and she previously worked as a part-time event coordinator for the Michigan Wildlife
Conservancy, a non-profit organization. She joined 1945 Event Co. in hopes of helping people make
their dreams come true.
“Brittany is a very talented wedding/event planner. I truly enjoy supporting her efforts in creating the
most memorable experience for her clients.”

Scott Chesney
Wedding/Event Assistant 

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