10116 36th Ave CT SW #12
Lakewood, WA. 98499
Meet Our Team
Owner/Senior Planner Lori Losee
Elegant Affairs was launched in 2005 by Lori Losee. Lori realized her love for event planning at a young age. This love was further solidified when she became a member of the Alpha Phi sorority at Washington State University. It was that time that Lori was able to get her feet wet by planning charity and social events. Lori graduated from WSU with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. She worked in the newspaper world for four years before she began her new career in event planning.
It was after planning her own wedding to her college sweetheart in 2003, she realized that her heart was really in the wedding industry and Elegant Affairs was born. Her family has expanded to include her sons Grant and Jackson.
Lori brings a unique mix of business savvy and creative vision that has consistently translated to flawless, stylish and memorable events. Her passion for weddings, attention to detail, and all around people skills, makes her the perfect addition to any couple's planning experience!
Associate Wedding Planner Emily Andersen
Greetings! My name is Emily Andersen, and I am beyond enthused to be joining the Elegant Affairs team once again. The summer after my senior year at Washington State University in 2012, I interned with Lori by luck of a mutual contact. After working within the event planning field and corporate world for the last four years, I found my way back to Elegant Affairs by way of Social Media Management.
I am so excited to announce my new role as a wedding planner with Elegant Affairs! Aside from continuing to manage and write our blogs, I will also begin taking on weddings for the 2017 season. I am ecstatic to bring my enthusiasm for this industry to every couple I have a chance to work with, and can’t wait to dive into the 2017 season. Lastly, I couldn’t be more grateful to Lori for making Elegant Affairs such an exceptional company for work for and supporting my dreams. 2017, here we come!
The majority of my time is spent with my family and friends, and being outside using any excuse I can find to do so. I am a huge fan of my city—I love all things Seattle and constantly love exploring new facets of it. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy traveling as well! Any time I have a chance to experience a new adventure that offers a renewed perspective or lesson, I embrace it to the fullest. This is something I take to heart, not only in my personal life, but with everyone I work with too.
Associate Wedding Planner Mimi Merliss
Hi there! I'm Mimi Merliss and I am so excited to be working on the Elegant Affairs team! I’m new to Tacoma from Charlotte, NC, where I was working for an internet marketing firm, but dreaming of event design the whole time! I'm obsessed with all things leafy, floral and nature. I really love getting to know couples and their style, putting my detailed businesswoman side and creative artsy side to work to make their vision into a magical reality.
I found my talent for event planning as a member of Kappa Delta at Elon University and in my many leadership positions in high school and college where I was heavily involved in the arts and school fundraising. I graduated from Elon in 2015 and spent the subsequent year in Charlotte at an internet marketing start-up. Shortly after I surprised myself (and my family, sorry mom!) by making the leap to Tacoma a year later with my awesome guy. Tacoma has truly been my City of Destiny, and I absolutely love my life here!
I'm so incredibly thankful to Lori for taking me under her wing and teaching me, and for building such a wonderful company that has brought beauty and happiness to all kinds of events and people. I am looking forward to learning lots in my new role and creating unforgettable moments for the Elegant Affairs couples of 2017!
Associate Wedding Planner Lisa Owens
Hi my name is Lisa Owens and I am extremely thrilled to join the Elegant Affairs team. I began working as a florist here in Tacoma. My passion for floral design in weddings and special events began to flourish. I graduated from Tacoma Community College with my degree in Business with an emphasis in Wedding Planning. I was then given the opportunity to intern as an Event Specialist at the Tacoma Art Museum. Overtime I learned many event logistics which included weddings, corporate events, holiday parties, and birthday celebrations. Since 2010, I have executed creative and unique weddings and events. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the team at Elegant Affairs and working with our couples, making their experience unforgettable!