Meet the Ladies
owner, event stylist, floral designer
Hello, and thank you for visiting us here at All Grand Events. I’m Emily Dawson, the event stylist, floral designer, and boss lady behind this East Lansing-based boutique. I’ve always been someone with big dreams who has the loving support of family and friends to make these dreams come true. Owning a business that showcases and designs beautiful things truly defines who I am as both a leader and a professional creative. I believe organization is the key to success, and you will always get the best results by treating an event as if it were your own, and your clients as if they are family.
If you can believe it, I went to school and got my Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Psychology and my Master’s Degree from MSU in Criminal Justice. Deep down I’ll always believe I knew I belonged in the business world, and didn’t discover my absolute passion for the creative world until I began working for All Grand Events in 2011. By January of 2013, everything came together perfectly, and my previously unknown dreams of owning a creative business became a reality, and since that Tuesday I haven’t gone a day without a smile on my face, the realization of how lucky I am, and zero regret in my heart.
I love a flawlessly designed event. I love when the gratitude from a client is so overwhelming it’s hard to contain. Most of all, I love flowers. As much as I love sitting and styling linen and chair combinations, nothing will ever compare to the natural beauty of a fresh cut flower. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to work with such gorgeous creations and make them into something even more beautiful.
What makes me who I am are the people and things I love. First, and foremost, my amazingly supportive husband, Tyler, without whom this business and my life would not be what it is today. Thank you and I love you. We live in East Lansing with our three adorable kitties, Dexter, Zumaya, and Clementine, and the sweetest baby girl in the entire world, Caroline. Our lives truly became complete on New Year’s Day 2017 when we welcomed our first daughter into the world. She is perfect, and amazing in every way. She was the one thing we never knew we always wanted. We enjoy spending time at home with our baby, exploring new thing through her fresh little eyes, traveling, eating, playing volleyball, watching too much TV, and supporting our Spartans! Go Green! I have an incredibly close family who help me in more ways I can count, and I love them more than anything in the world. My mom, especially, does so much for our family personally and professionally that I will never be able to properly show my gratitude.
Lastly, I cannot forget to mention my AGE partner in crime, Jamie Sloan. If the day I bought All Grand Events was the greatest day of my professional life, then the day Jamie walked through my door was a close second. She has come in and become a best friend, a business partner, and the biggest contributor to why AGE is what it is today, and will continue to grow to where we want it to be. If you own a small business, and don’t have a Jamie you should get one, but not mine!
event stylist, floral designer, social media specialist
I’m Jamie. I’ve always known my calling was to be a creative, but I never expected that I would be where I am today. Designing florals and styling weddings and events has been a dream. I still feel the need to pinch myself every time I get to play with pretty blooms, after hugging brides at the end of their wedding, or hearing a client say their design was even more perfect than they could have ever imagined.
The journey from a small town girl who studied Communication at Hope College, who then found herself living in the state capital designing events is one I will always look back on with a full heart, knowing those opportunities brought me to where I am today. From planning weddings to coordinating large scale non-profit events, I have loved every minute of my life as a professional creative.
I’m a sucker for a love story, and passionate about providing a company with a celebration they will be talking about for days after their event. I get dirt under my fingernails and my hair may be in a messy bun 99% of the time, but walking into a room with a handful of flowers and the initial gasps and excitement as we show what we have created is such a rewarding feeling. I love seeing months of hard work come together perfectly into a beautiful design.
It has been an amazing opportunity to be welcomed into the AGE family. Learning floral design and event styling from Emily has been very rewarding and I am so glad she saw the talent and the drive I have for creating one of a kind events. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have not only become a designer, but to showcase my talents for social media, marketing and capturing beautiful moments behind a lens. It truly has been a dream come true.
When I’m not setting tables or creating centerpieces, I am cheering for the Tigers, golfing, reading, shopping at Kate Spade and owning too many makeup samples. I’m slightly addicted to LaCroix and truly happy when I have a box of thin mints in my hand. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without my incredibly supportive family and fiance, Bill. They have been there from the beginning and encouraged me to follow my dream and never give up. In this crazy, wonderful industry we call events, having a solid foundation to come home to after a long day is a blessing.
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