Weddings

Our Story

Our Story

Some event management firms begin client conversations with chatter about budgets, champagne, color palettes. Not us. Before we can embark on a planning journey—to continue to be best at what we do—we need to know more. We start with the fundamentals, the essence and energy of our clients. We begin with the relationship.

We foster meaningful, deep connections with our couples that enable us to instinctively understand who they are, how they live and how they love. With that type of knowledge, we can create wedding experiences that are vivid, personal expressions of their lifestyles, tastes and personalities.

At Howerton+Wooten Events, we are not simply in the wedding business. We are in the relationship business.

Kawania (Kay) Wooten CMP

Founder and Principal Consultant
I always welcome my couples to our wedding planning sessions with a tasty, comforting meal accompanied by a bottle of red wine. I adore good food and good company, and I think the ritual is nurturing and just plain soulful.

Speaking of soulful meals, if I could sit down and enjoy a meal with anyone in the world, it would be with Buchi Emecheta, Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor -- These amazing novelists created characters, who have haunted me for more than 20 years.

According to StrengthsFinder 2.0, I'm a futurist, which is a great trait for a wedding and event planner to have. While I can see the big picture, I don’t lose focus on those fine details in the process.

Can I share something else with you? At every wedding we plan, I instantly get a lump in my throat when the processional music begins. It gets me each and every time. That moment is such a special one for the bride and groom, and I feel incredibly honored to be a part of it.

Hana Pugh

Associate Wedding Consultant
Hi! I'm Hana, pronounced like Honolulu (but without the "-lulu")!

This may surprise you, but Beyoncé and I have a lot in common. If you deduct the billionaire bank account, vocal chops, enviable dance moves, bedazzled leotards and worldwide fame, we’re practically twins. Okay, so maybe not quite. But what Bey and I do share is an obsession with the glitz and glam. I bring that fab factor to the Howerton+Wooten Events team, in sparkly style. If that’s music to your ears, we are going to make beautiful weddings together.

I am a natural researcher, so I love tending to the small details and behind-the-scenes elements that make your day memorable. But don’t fret! There are no stuffy shirts here. I live for the party, so I guarantee your guests will have the time of the lives on the dance floor, savor your traditions and celebrate love!

Marlo Smith

Associate Wedding Consultant
On the morning of a wedding, most planners are scurrying about—running ribbons and flowers here, there and everywhere, or frantically making calls to be sure all last-minute details are in place. Me? I like to clear my head and completely relax in a kickboxing class or with my hula hoop. With all of the details handled, it’s a luxury that a well-paced planner can afford. Besides, as the go-to coordinator in my family and a former beauty queen, I am used to the storm before the calm. I bring that same sense of assurance to every couple I work with.

You could call me an artsy girl, which is why I love ceremony and reception design so much. I get such a kick out of the reactions from the bridal party and guests when we reveal a space for the first time. The wonder in their eyes and the oohs and ahhs are so genuine—so magical—and my heart swells. That appreciation only affirms I am doing exactly what I was created to do. And after the last glass of champagne has been poured and venue is empty once more, I am still floating on Cloud Nine...all the way to the pillows until it’s time to do it all over again.

If we weren't blessed with so many gracious clients, there would be no Howerton+Wooten Events (plain and simple).  Here are some of the generous acknowledgements we have received from our couples and from the industry.

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Best Wedding Vendor 2016. Howerton+Wooten EventsStyle Me Pretty Little Black Book Member 2016. Howerton+Wooten Events.Be Inspired Tastemaker 2015. Howerton+Wooten Events.A Proud Member of the MunaLuchi Coterie 2015. Howerton+Wooten Events.Capital Style Bridal Readers Choice Winner 2015. Howerton+Wooten Events.2013 Pick The Knot Best of Weddings. Howerton+Wooten Events.Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award 2013. Howerton+Wooten Events.

“Howerton+Wooten Events truly helped make our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be.”

Risha & Joe
Risha & Joe

“Our loved ones have continued to proclaim that the level of detail, the personal touches, and the amazing reception-turned-party made our wedding one of the most memorable life experiences they’ve had.”

Jewel & Reggie
Jewel & Reggie

“Working with Kawania Wooten was an absolute pleasure and our wedding day was even more perfect than we could have imagined because of the Howerton+Wooten Events team.”

Ashley & Andrew
Ashley & Andrew
Kate

“It’s hard to put into words how great it was having Kay.  We couldn’t have kept our sanity without her. She is very responsive to emails, and goes above and beyond her duties.”

Kari & Marc
Kari & Marc

“There are no other words to describe the Howerton+Wooten Events team other than perfection! My husband and I could not have imagined a better wedding.”

Stephanie & Reggie
Stephanie & Reggie

“Our meetings with Howerton+Wooten Events helped me feel less stressed and able to focus on individual goals to accomplish, rather than getting overwhelmed. My family liked Kay so much that my mother hired her to plan my baby shower two years later!”

Martina & Cecil
Martina & Cecil

“Howerton+Wooten Events understand what it takes to make a wedding run with ease. For a bride and groom, this means you have peace of mind knowing the right team is on your side!!!”

Janel & Jamar
Janel & Jamar

“Kawania and her team went above and beyond to make our event a very special one. They kept in touch with us throughout the process and let us know if they were going to be away or unavailable.”

Sharlyne & Ruben
Sharlyne & Ruben

“We wanted a simple wedding that was a reflection of us and Kay Wooten made that possible.”

Amy & Sean
Amy & Sean