About Poppy Events

About Us

Poppy Events is Pittsburgh based event planning team that specializes in chic event coordination and design. Our mission is to partner with our clients to offer expert seamless, stress-free experiences. We are dedicated to making your event a success from start to finish by utilizing our combined experiences, resources and expertise. We pride ourselves on bringing professionalism, style and grace to the Pittsburgh events scene. This mod duo is fiercely organized and committed to the highest standards, producing events reflective of each client. As planners we truly appreciate art, culture, style and traditions.
We love working with clients that are as fun & unique as the events we plan.

Meet Poppy Events

Christine: Partner

“A goal without a plan is just a wish…”

With 15 years of planning and event management Christine is an industry leader that brings a fun and fresh perspective to the planning process. Christine brings hands on hospitality industry knowledge from some of the most distinguished venues in Pittsburgh in both sales and event management. She describes herself as a food & wine aficionado with a strong passion for creative menu and table design. Christine is a certified by The Gay Wedding Institute; 14 Stories. She also has an affection for non-profit and has spent many years volunteering for nonprofit organizations within the local Pittsburgh area. Christine is a proud mother of two amazing children that inspire her to never stop dreaming, or take herself too seriously! She is also an avid lover of the outdoors and is an accomplished runner.

Katy: Partner

“Let us make the planning easier. We want you to know you are not alone on this journey!”

Katy has been involved in the wedding industry for over 10 years, in many different forms. Known for tinkering in many different industries, Katy found her calling with weddings because they have allowed her to do a little bit of everything for her clients. From altering wedding gowns, designing centerpieces, organizing vendors, to performing as a wedding vocal soloist…you name it, she’s done it. As a result, Katy is one of the most well rounded planners in the city. With a degree in Technical Theater, designing and directing weddings have become second nature. Katy lives in the South Hills with her husband and 3 children. She also enjoys singing in her church choir, watercolor painting and paper crafting.

Kiera: Day-of Planner

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”

Kiera discovered a passion for weddings and events very early on. From her very first job to obtaining her degree in hospitality management and event planning, Kiera has always been drawn to the hospitality industry.  With experience in sales, event execution, and wedding planning, Kiera is always ready to take on something new. When she is not planning the next wedding, Kiera is often sipping on coffee, cycling, or playing with her black lab Luna.

Testimonial for Events by Poppy“Katy executed our wedding day flawlessly! From lining up for the ceremony to the very last dance, she was there, staying one step ahead of the other vendors and ensuring our wishes for the big day were carried out. + read more

Because of Katy, I was able to actually be a bride and enjoy our wedding day because I knew it was in great hands. She’s highly organized, friendly, and visionary. You’ll enjoy working with her because her love of event planning and design is highly contagious. Hire her!”

– Victoria Deardorff

Photo Credit: Beth Insalaco Photography

jenny jazwinski testimonial for Poppy Event Planners in Pittsburgh“Katy and Christine were complete rockstars on the day of our wedding. We had a ton of moving pieces on our special day – multiple locations, a bunch of vendors, and over 200 guests ranging in age from 3 weeks old to 80. They were incredibly supportive to my fiancé and me who know nothing about hosting big events and were planning from afar! No question went unanswered, and we asked a lot of them.” + read more

“Vendor recommendations were spot on too! Lastly, they just are lovely and amazing people who I would work with again any time. Thank you Katy and Chris!”

Jenny (Jazwinski) Kastenholtz


Photo credit: Nicole Cassano Photography
chelsea capra testimonial
“Christine was beyond fabulous. Out of all of the planners we met, Christine was the only wedding planner that stood out to us. Not only did she make my mom and I feel warm and welcome, but, more importantly, she made, as the bride-to-be feel special and important! + read more

She conveyed that literally anything that I could imagine for my big day was possible! Throughout the year of planning, Christine was always on the ball. For someone OCD and type A like myself, it was a blessing to know that the person handling all of my ideas and details was more organized than me. She made every meeting relaxing and exciting. She even added personal touches to my bachelorette party, unbeknownst to me, that were a sweet, thoughtful and pleasant surprise. The entire wedding weekend was dream. I truly just had to “show up” and Christine and her staff took care of the rest. No detail of mine was overlooked and they were supportive to our entire family, wedding party and guests all weekend. She is a true professional who I would hire in a heartbeat for any big event! Thanks for making our dreams come true, Christine!”

Chelsey (Capra) O’Connell

Photo Credit: Krystal Healy Photography

Poppy Event Planners Pittsburgh Testimonial“Katy was a fabulous partner in planning my wedding, especially as I was doing most of the planning remotely from Florida where I currently reside. She is knowledgeable, responsive, and routinely went above and beyond to make our special day seamless. + read more

With Katy at the helm. I knew we were in good hands. I recall the two of us sitting in the hotel lobby the day of my wedding as she took the time to painstakingly ensure the lighting was just the perfect shade of purple to match our colors. That seems minor, but it is that kind of attention to detail and extra care that makes her an exceptional event planner. I would recommend Katy and Poppy Events in a heartbeat and look forward to the opportunity to work together again.

-Briana (Fitchner) Dyer

Photo Credit: Goldstein Photography

jennifer castle testimonial for Poppy Event Planners in Pittsburgh

“I had the pleasure of working with Christine for my wedding at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. With Christine’s perfect planning, our wedding was absolutely amazing. + read more

She was incredibly supportive throughout each step of the planning process. Christine went above and beyond to help us plan and execute our dream wedding. She is the epitome of class, passion and professionalism in the wedding world. I was honored to have Christine as our wedding planner and would plan any event with her if given an opportunity.”

– Jennifer Castle

Photo Credit: Illuma Photography

Poppy Event Planners in Pittsburgh

“A special thank you to Katy for everything you did for us in the process of planning and executing the perfect wedding! You really surpassed all expectations of what I had envisioned as a bride of what my wedding could ever be. + read more

You remained unfailingly positive, organized, and always approachable. The quick response you provided on important to miniscule questions was amazing. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble at any stage of our wedding journey. On the actual day of our wedding you had everything so firmly under control that myself, my now husband, and our families were able to completely relax and enjoy every aspect of the day. I would absolutely recommend using Katy and her staff as your event planner. It was a pleasure working with her and we truly appreciate everything you have done for us!”

– Shannon & Matt Maurer

Photo Credit: Alison Frank

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