About Us

Elizabeth Duncan Events is a full service event planning and design company that creates inspired and memorable events for individuals and companies here, there, and everywhere you’d like to go. Our comprehensive and personalized approach to client service, professional expertise, and discerning taste ensures a seamless planning experience and an exceptional event that will exceed your expectations in every way.

From intimate, at-home parties to beautiful and sophisticated weddings to visionary corporate and non-profit events, imagine the possibilities and let us make them a reality.

Elizabeth Duncan, Founder & President

It’s all that I can do, give people one night in which everything seems enchanted. When all the women seem beautiful, the men handsome and everyone is made to feel they are amusing and liked and then go home thinking, ‘Oh what fun it was! Oh what a wonderful evening! How good it is to be alive!’ – Mrs. Dalloway (1997 film)

ajp-69I first learned about the mysteries and wonders of entertaining from my mother. My parents frequently entertained in our home, and some of my most vivid childhood memories are of helping my mother host fabulous dinner parties. Her enthusiasm for planning delicious, gourmet meals and providing her guests with gracious, Southern-style hospitality, was contagious.

I have been planning events professionally for over 15 years. The foundation of my event planning experience was built during my career in public relations. After nearly six years managing media and advocacy campaigns for leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, I discovered that my true passion is event planning. In 2004, I followed my heart and forged a career as an event planner. I spent the next five years as a principal planner with one of Washington DC’s premier wedding planning companies. In 2010, I founded Elizabeth Duncan Events to further develop my passion for designing a diversity of events in DC and around the World.

I grew up in the Annapolis area, where I attended the Severn School. I graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Psychology. I currently live in downtown Washington, DC.

Go-to Accessory: Kate Spade purse

Go-to Bite: Salted caramel

Go-to Sip: A cup of Betty’s tea

Go-to Color: Cerulean Blue

Let’s go to: Paris

Jen (Bacon) Guiler, Senior Event Planner & Manager, EDE South

ede_portraits__0070I was first introduced to event planning in college. I worked with the Public Relations Department on our annual film festival. I loved the details, the excitement, and the focus on making an event so spectacular that people wouldn’t stop talking about it. As I watched the guests file into their seats and looked around at a job well-done, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

I started my career in the events industry with a DC firm focused on political fundraising events. I joined Elizabeth Duncan Events in 2014. I love seeing our stunning brides walk down the aisle as the groom waits with anticipation, and the satisfaction of seeing our ideas come to life more perfectly than we could have imagined.

I grew up in Orlando, FL. I attended Asbury University in Kentucky and graduated with a degree in Public Relations.  My husband and I call Lexington, Kentucky home and I’m excited to be managing EDE South, which will allow EDE to have even more reach for our Clients hosting events in the Southeast.

Go-to Accessory: Statement necklace

Go-to bite: Chips and Salsa

Go-to sip: Moscato wine

Go-to color: Blush pink

Let’s go to: The spa

 

Catherine Fischer, Associate Planner

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I was introduced to the joys and intricacies of entertaining at a young age through parties and celebrations organized by my creative mother and aunts. Prior to joining Elizabeth Duncan Events, I worked with a nationally recognized floral décor and photography consortium, as well as a well-regarded planning company in the DC area.

My formative years were spent in rigorous study of classical ballet in Central Florida. I graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Performing Arts. My classical discipline, along with live production background, has given me a unique perspective in the events industry. One of the best aspects of our work is learning the unique story of each client and then helping them to create the event that perfectly captures who they are. I am thrilled to be joining EDE and look forward to creating exquisite events for all occasions.

I currently live in downtown Washington, DC.

Go-to accessory: Black flats

Go-to bite: Dark chocolate

Go-to sip: Old Fashioned

Go-to color: Dusty blue

Let’s go to: Roma

Celeste Kaplan, Event Planner

ajp-72My passion for planning and hosting events has been in my bloodline as far back as I can remember. I followed in the footsteps of my mother and we both marveled at my grandmother’s ability to make any occasion sparkle and forever be engrained. I am a big picture kind of thinker but it’s all the little things that make that picture.

I have been in the industry since 2001 where I began my planning career with Bar Management Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. I came to Bethesda in 2007 and yearned for more! I was brought on board as the Catering Director for an event’s Superpower on Capitol Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak at 101 Constitution. Over the six years I was there I learned and grew as a professional and as a person. This opportunity offered me a glance at every event you could imagine from two presidential Inauguarations to rooftop weddings under the stars, to the most noted corporate galas. In addition to working with Elizabeth, I am the Membership Marketing and Catering Director for Manor Country Club. For me every event is personal, every event tells a story of the couple, family, business or individual. I want to paint that picture for every client.

I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended school in Raleigh, North Carolina. I currently live in Rockville, Maryland with my husband, Blake, and children, Reese and Cole.

go-to accessory: Cole Haan Pumps 

go-to bite: Mexican 

go-to sip: French Cabernet  

go-to color: Statement Red 

let’s go to:  A Warm Sandy Beach  

 

Hillary Offutt, Brand Ambassador

ede_portraits__0080My love of event planning started in high school when I worked at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Every so often the manager would send out a special event schedule and I would find myself wondering, “Who hosts parties in a museum?” and “How does this all come together?” I watched event staff buzzing about and stuffing swag bags, florists carrying in spectacular arrangements and as the event began, the delicious food drifting in and out of the halls as glamorous guests mingled. I was smitten!

I have been working in the events industry for nine years. I started in catering sales with Ridegwells and then moved into venue management at DC’s historic Union Station. To this day, I still feel a thrill for events and event planning. My heart swells with every marriage proposal story I hear, at galas I am in awe of how many people it took to pull all the details together, and when I attend a sporting event, I try to glimpse the newbie who printed the name tags and food labels that day (because that was once me).

I grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts. I attended Bryant University, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. I currently live in Arlington, Virginia with my husband, James, and children, A.J., Courtney and Libby.

Go-to Accessory: Cocktail ring

Go-to bite: Sushi

Go-to sip: Tequila

Go-to color: Cherry red

Let’s go to: Paradise