Meet Team Stella

Jessica Pennington

Owner + Floral designer +Planner

Hi, I’m Jessica! I’m a lover of all things sparkly, a huge fan of cherry almond cupcakes and ORGANIZED to a fault. I love to laugh and I’m obsessed with weddings. But more importantly, I’m obsessed with helping couples create a unique, one of a kind wedding, while also helping them to keep their sanity (and actually enjoy their engagement!) I’m a born people-pleaser and I love the thrill of finding someone the perfect linen, putting together a flawless timeline, or helping someone track down the perfect detail to complete their day.

My favorite part of the wedding day is the end of the night when we get to hug the bride & groom—I love seeing countless hours of planning turn into a successful, seamless event! I tear up during ceremonies, I’m a sucker for a good first dance song, and above all, I absolutely LOVE what I do! I have a degree in public relations and have had my hand in planning events since 2002. Since opening Stella Event Design in 2007, we’ve helped over 300 amazing couples plan weddings along the lake shore! I live in St. Joseph with my techie husband Josh and our very adorable son, Rory.

Mary Beth George

Event Coordinator

Hello there! I’m Mary (known to some as Beth) and I’m a funny, flan-loving event planner! I’ve been working with Stella Event Design since 2008 and I love the thrill of helping couples plan their perfect day! I love weddings because they represent all that we want to be a part of–love, unity, beauty and family. My mother’s pearl ring is my prized possession, and I adore sushi, raspberries, rain storms and confetti cake. I love the relationships I get to build with my couples, keeping them calmed, focused and excited about their big day. I have a degree in counseling from Great Lakes Christian College and a passion for working with people. When I’m not at a wedding you can find me relaxing in my hammock, reading, or spending time with my husband BJ and sons, Liam and Simon!

Holden Alee


Hi, I’m Holden – I love weddings for the little moments that capture the spirit of the day and the love that surrounds the couple. I’m extremely organized and scheduled and I live for my Google calendars. I love Tiramisu, fine wines and I’d love to see luxurious fur coats make a comeback! Prior to joining Stella Event Design in 2012, I worked with Equality Michigan planning large events such as Motor City Pride.

I have an eclectic style that combines everything from vintage and lace to rhinestones and glam. My favorite colors are black or purple, my favorite wedding cake flavor is white chocolate with raspberries and my guilty pleasure is dessert & wine pairings from a really nice restaurant–I love food! In my spare time I enjoy shopping, trying new restaurants and going to concerts. When I’m not planning weddings I also play the piano, and am trained as an organist. I have a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University and I call St. Joseph, Michigan home.