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We want to meet you. We will deliver your dream event by understanding your needs, and customizing the event process to fit those needs.

KZ Events assists event needs through contractual, logistical, design, and onsite support, with personal support.  We offer meeting, conference, event and wedding planning, with custom packages to fit your event needs. KZ Events also offers event rentals, custom wood and pottery pieces to take your event to that next level.  We are a family friendly business located in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, DC area.  Meet our team and let KZ Events make your dream MEETING reality.

Meet us

Krysta Zakrzewski,
Certified Meeting Planner (CMP)
Certified Wedding Planner
Virginia Civil Celebrant


Krysta Zakrzewski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech, and has been working as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) for over a decade and is also a Certified Wedding Planner.  Ms. Zakrzewski worked at American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as the Director of Meetings and Conventions and at DAGER Technology as the Event Planner for Government Events.

She specializes in meeting contacts, logistical support, event design, as well as operational support and marketing.  She has planned Annual Conventions and Conferences, Board Meetings, Exhibit Halls, Galas, Special Events, Online Seminars and Weddings. She has worked in Corporate, Association, Government and Private environments.


“There is something remarkable about being part of creating someone's dream event. Witnessing their smile, sharing in their happiness all while relieving any stress along the journey, is a major contributor to my passion for planning spectacular events. I began working in the events and service industry in college, as a cater waiter. Following graduation, I started my career and eventually earned the title of Director of Meetings and Conventions for an international association. I am married with three beautiful girls. I go by Krysta, Krissy, Kiki and Mom but feel free to call me KZ.”

Kelly Short,

Design Consultant and Photographer

Kelly Short has been working as a freelance photographer for the past five years.  She has worked at numerous weddings and events as a photographer and planning assistant. Ms. Short has worked in a variety of other fields including private child care and boating rentals, but has always come back to her passion for creating beauty.

She has an eye for design and is the thought leader behind KZ Events Rental program.

"I am on a path of self discovery and growth and through that path I have realized my passion for creating. I began freelance photography a while a go and realized that not only did I love being behind the lens but I really enjoyed creating the background for any shot. My husband and I welcomed our second son into the world recently, and within that same breath I welcomed a new version of myself."

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Alicia Pool,

Design Consultant and Potter

Alicia Pool knows the in and outs of the event industry.  Ms. Pool was the Operations Manager for Personal Touch Catering for over 10 years and holds a bachelors degree from Virginia Tech. She has managed small private events to large college campus ceremonies.

Alicia is KZ Events pottery artist.  She has been working with clay on a personal level for many years and can make custom pieces for any event. The pattern and originality she brings to each piece will be noticed by every guest.

In addition, Ms. Pool is also an artist behind the bar. She has worked a professional bartender for over a decade and can help plan, create and customize any food and beverage concept. She is also a skilled penman and wordsmith. Alicia is also trained in etiquette, white glove service, and floral arrangements.

"Life is a constant flow of strength and growth, a flow that requires effort as well as rest. In my work, my art, and my life I strive to balance both that effort and rest. Pushing myself in all my endeavors and giving my mind and body the relaxation it needs to create the next day.  I love keep my mind alert even when relaxed through art, crosswords, puzzles, reading and cooking for my husband and multiple fur babies."


Gabi Richardson,

Design Consultant

Gabi Richardson has a bachelors of arts in Fashion Design and Marketing from Virginia Tech and knows the world of design, makeup artistry and fashion very well. Constantly learning and understanding the next big trend is a past time of hers.

Ms. Richardson has been working as an elementary school teacher for over a decade, spreading her knowledge and love of the arts onto the children she inspires. Her patience and understanding of the human emotions makes her expectational at working with clients and discovering their desires, even if they are not sure of those themselves. Gabi is also a skilled artist, penman and wordsmith

"The personality behind each individual event is what inspires and gives me joy. Working with each client to develop the over all movement of the event story is an incredible journey to be a part of. I get to see this process every day through my students, my two sons, my daughter and my husband."

KZ Events Certifications

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I loved all the details that Krysta put into the event. The kids loved it! It was especially nice that we didn’t have to deal with set up or take down. Everything went well! Krysta even helped with a rabid raccoon on site!"


Highly recommend KZ Events. She is professional, organized and creative. Love working with her."



We Are

KZ Events assists event needs through contractual, logistical, design, and onsite support, with unparalleled service. WE ARE here to make your dream MEETING reality.


We Work

At KZ Events, we help clients deliver their dream event by understanding needs, and then customizing the event process to fit those needs. WE WORK hard so you don’t have to.


We Live

Although KZ Events calls the Northern Viriginia/Maryland/DC Area home, we can bring the planning to you. 

WE LIVE to plan.

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