Hello, and thank you for visiting us here at All Grand Events. I’m Emily Dawson, the floral + event designer, and boss lady behind this East Lansing-based company. 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.
I have 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, my previously unknown dreams of owning a creative business became a reality. Since then, I haven’t gone a day without 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 designing linen and chair combinations, nothing will ever compare to the natural beauty of a fresh cut bloom. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to work with such stunning creations and be able to turn them into something even more remarkable.
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. There are not enough words in the world to adequately explain the love we have for her, and how perfect she truly is. We enjoy spending time at home with our baby, exploring new things through her fresh little eyes, traveling, eating (but not cooking!), playing volleyball, reading, watching too much TV, and supporting our Spartans! Go Green! I have an incredibly close family who help me in more ways than I can count, and I love them more than anything in the world. My mom, especially, does so much for our family and business that I will never be able to properly show my gratitude.
Hey there! My name is Ashton Lee and I’m Emily’s Executive Assistant and Floral + Event Designer here at All Grand Events. I am an Adrian College 2015 alumna with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design. In addition to my interior design major, I have also studied traditional studio art, business, and sports marketing. After college I started working with a florist and found out how much I love being in the event industry. From arranging florals and styling vignettes, to full event designing, I couldn’t be happier with the career path I have chosen. I have designed weddings all over the country but, being apart of the AGE team in East Lansing is a true blessing. Every day is a new challenge and I love every second of it. Emily also refers to me as a “freakishly good artist.” You can always count on me to be sending sketches and hand drawn illustrations to our clients. I’ve been drawing and creating since I was young so it was only natural for me to be in the art and design field in one way or another.
Out of the office I enjoy spending time with my family. They have always supported me in my non-traditional work life and taught me that loving your career is the most important thing to look for in a job. I also have a very large dog named Gatsby. He is my fur baby and you will hear me talking about him often. I follow Michigan State hockey very closely and will always find me at every home game if I’m not working hard making your event and floral dreams come true.