Ann Despeines, Founder of AWE Planning, with her husband, Wil

Ann Despeines, Founder of AWE Planning, with her husband, Wil

I feel lucky knowing I can witness the beginning of you spending the rest of your life with your best friend and sealing it with an I DO. I can’t wait to help tell your love story!
— Ann

When she got engaged in 2014, Ann started the wedding planning process with pure excitement. She grew passionate about every detail and every step, and put her personal touch into every part of her special day.

Inspired to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with other couples, Ann became a certified wedding and event planner. She established AWE Planning, a boutique event planning company originally based in New York City - and now thriving out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ann believes that planning a wedding is an eye-opening journey filled with love, laughter, and a ton of patience. Her mission is to work with people who want to feel carefree leading up to the big day. Ann is dedicated to guide couples every step of the way to create a beautiful and memorable event that represents a true, unique reflection of love. 

With her event management expertise, Ann is committed to provide a premier custom tailored experience. She goes the extra mile to truly get to know each couple, establishing a genuine relationship and turning the planning process into pure bliss.

Before she started helping couples tell their love stories, Ann worked in the fashion industry for over 7 years. She managed and coordinated fashion shows and events for major fashion brands.

Ann loves to travel and cook. She currently lives in Charlotte with her husband, Wil, and their beautiful baby boy, Roman. Their classic, romantic wedding, which Ann played a major role in planning, was featured in The Knot.

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