About Us

Calluna Events brings a fresh, stylish and inspired approach to full-service wedding and event planning by curating a deep sense of authenticity with each occasion. We are Boulder-based wedding planners who create events in Colorado, across the West, and anywhere our clients’ imaginations and events take us. We specialize in designing for today’s modern wedding, and any occasion worth celebrating, with a high level of personalization, meaningful styling, and on-trend detail.

Whether you’re looking for full-service planning, hourly consulting, or day-of coordination, the team at Calluna Events prides ourselves in superior attention to detail, organizational excellence, our comprehensive network of vendors and event professionals, and a fresh, creative sophistication that is pervasive in each event.

Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2004, Calluna Events has architected and coordinated over 500 events including weddings of all styles across the Front Range, in mountain towns of Colorado, in urban settings such as New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and international locations like Ireland, Costa Rica and Mexico. We have also planned dinners in destination cities, small intimate parties with VIP guests, large corporate events and exquisite galas with a sophisticated sense of style and creativity. Our hallmark on each event we create is that it is authentic, distinguished and memorable.

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Heather Dwight

Heather Dwight

Heather Dwight (Owner) started Calluna Events in 2004 after working in non-profit and corporate events for 10 years.  With a vibrant and captivating sense of style, Heather is one of the most sought-after wedding planners in Colorado, and the visionary behind Calluna Events being recognized as The Knot’s Best of Weddings (2008-2017), The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame and the winner of Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award. Heather serves as the Director of Communications on the WIPA Colorado Board of Directors. Clients describe Heather as having a sophisticated, yet calming confidence, allowing her to be a true advocate for her clients’ vision. She loves mindful design, style and immaculate detail. After 14 seasons, what Heather adores the most are the relationships she is fortunate to build with clients and helping couples achieve a beautiful wedding that is authentically theirs.

Spice Jones

Spice Jones

Spice Jones (Lead Planner), a native of Atlanta, Georgia, joined the Calluna Events team in 2006 for the opportunity to combine a background in film producing with her love for creating beautiful celebrations. Spending 14 years collaborating with the country’s top art directors and wardrobe designers gave Spice the “everything is possible!” excitement that Calluna Events brings to each and every event. Through the little details, her passion is finding fresh and exciting ways to match time honored traditions with today’s modern styles. Along with her experience, Spice brings the confident professionalism and fun personality that have become the trademarks of Calluna Events.

Lauren Groeper

Lauren Groeper

Lauren (Lead Planner) is a native of Chicago, Illinois with over seven years of experience in the event planning industry.  She found her passion for weddings at an early age while attending many of her large Irish family’s weddings all throughout the country and celebrating with them.

A graduate of The University of Iowa, she got her start planning corporate events in the Windy City before diving head first into the wedding industry here in the Rockies.  Before joining Calluna Events, she started the Chancey Charm Denver franchise where she worked for several years gaining experience both as a business owner and wedding planner. She loves good food, good company and a great party, and enjoys assisting others with the details so that they can truly enjoy those big, memorable life events.  Lauren’s poise, positivity and classic style puts her clients at ease, and helps her to coordinate timeless events to remember as a member of Calluna’s team. 

Gabriele Sarbaugh

Gabriele Sarbaugh

Gabriele Sarbaugh (Lead Planner), a native of Boulder, Colorado joined Calluna Events in 2007 as an intern, using the opportunity to nurture her excitement and interest in event and wedding planning while completing college requirements. During her growth with Calluna Events, Gabbie has mastered the use of her innate sense of organization and attention to detail to be able to realize the potential of every wedding and event. Gabbie loves the challenge and complexity of adapting the planning process to each event, and bringing all the detailed pieces together. And she loves getting to know each of her clients and being a part of their special day.

Francesca DeOrio

Francesca DeOrio

Francesca DeOrio (Lead Planner) is a native New Yorker who has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. She originally joined the Boulder-based The Kitchen restaurant group as a college student and has since worked in a variety of roles in several of their restaurants. Her background in hospitality management, restaurant operations and events coordination has honed her ability to multi-task her way through just about any project. Francesca and Calluna owner, Heather Dwight, first worked together when they collaborated on an event at The Kitchen Next Door. At the time, Francesca was the general manager and events planner. It was immediately evident that events managed by Francesca balanced good humor and positive thinking with innate problem-solving skills and a thorough eye for detail. Her extensive experience at The Kitchen restaurant group combined with her passionate enthusiasm for event and wedding planning makes Francesca a perfect addition to the Calluna Events team.

Michelle Wagner

Michelle Wagner

Michelle Galuszka (Lead Planner) came to Calluna Events from Texas, where she spent years creating non-profit events.  She has worked on a variety of different fundraising events throughout her career.  Her expertise in creating a memorable evening for donors while keeping costs below budget is why she has been so successful.  With over 10 years of experience in non profit events, Michelle decided to expand her event knowledge and become a trained wedding planner through the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners. She continued to work in the non profit field, but used her unique understanding of creating big events on a budget and began planning weddings independently. After a move to Colorado, Michelle was thrilled to join the Calluna Events team and continue to plan weddings and grow her event coordinating experience.

Kristen Kennedy

Kristen Kennedy

Kristen Kennedy (Associate Planner) is a San Francisco native, but Colorado lover. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and an event enthusiast. Her love for weddings began with her favorite movie, “The Father of the Bride”. Kristen has been a part of the Calluna team for over two years, and handles our “month-of” wedding coordination and a variety of other events. She loves the energy and excitement of any event, and thrives off of the happiness and satisfaction of the guests. She believes no detail is too small, and will go the extra mile to make everybody comfortable.

Melanie Robertz

Melanie Robertz

Melanie Robertz (Associate Planner) came to Calluna Events as an eager intern and instantly fell in love with the world of weddings and events. The youngster of the team, Melanie wears the hat of assistant planner, social media fanatic, blogger extraordinaire and resident hopeless romantic. Finding inspiration and beauty in just about every avenue of life, she whole-heartedly believes every occasion is something worth celebrating. Melanie worked at the prestigious Crispin Porter + Bogusky for two years while moonlighting with Calluna. She currently does double duty working at Calluna Events while working with our friends at Artifact Uprising in their Marketing Department.

Photography Credits

We are fortunate enough to surround ourselves with the best wedding photographers in Colorado! Thank you to our partner photographers for providing home page gallery and images throughout our site.

Staff photos by  Chowen Photography & Ashley Sawtelle Photography & James + Schulze

Home page photos by:
Jenna Walker Photography
James Christianson Photography
Recherche Photography
Chowen Photography
JNelson Photography
Cary Jobe Photography
Eric Stephenson Photography
Gino Siller Photography
Ashley Davis Photography
Otto Schulze Photographers
Chad Moore

What Does Calluna Mean?

Calluna is the scientific genus name for the plant heather. Heather is commonly found on the moorlands of northern Europe and eastern North America. The highlands of Scotland are synonymous with the beautiful rolling hills of heather.

The name Calluna is derived from the Greek word kallunein, which means to cleanse. The name evokes a feeling of simplicity and clean lines. In Scotland, brides carry a sprig of heather in their bouquets. White heather is very rare, brings good fortune and protects against evil.

Heather Dwight’s Mom was born and raised in Scotland and all of Heather’s ancestors on her Mom’s side still reside in the British Isles. It is a place she grew up frequently traveling to and is near and dear in her heart.