Get to Know Us

Dragonfly Events and Design is your one-stop-shop for event planning, coordination and design within the Nation's Capital, Virginia and Maryland.
Owner, Gretchen Wade and her team have sculpted and refined their in-depth knowledge of customer service, hospitality and design that is industry wide.
At the heart of Dragonfly, we strive to create a one of a kind, uber custom, boutique-style event for you and your guests.
Whatever the occasion, Dragonfly will help you pick the best vendors, details and designs that best suit your needs.
Be our guests so that you can be a guest at your next event.

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Meet the Team


Gretchen is the founder of Dragonfly Events and Design.  She adores old world entertaining, believes in southern hospitality, enjoys a twist of Hollywood glam and has a whole lot of energy!

Her caring and true blue nature make her the perfect fit for planning, designing and coordinating your next social or corporate occasion. 

Over the past decade of planning events, she has been a part of many amazing occasions. To name a few recent clients: Inaugural Events, Red Cross, Pentagon Retirement Gala for first lady graduate of West Point, VIP Events for Capitals and Wizards, Universal Consulting, Mandiant, Manor Works, Involvment in over 300 Weddings and counting...

In her spare time, she enjoys a great glass of cabernet with one of her best friends, enjoys sipping exotic teas and honey with her husband, boating, fishing, camping, sunbathing and of course, obsessing over every last detail of her companies events.

She resides with her handsome husband and two daughters in her native Northern Virginia.


Morgan is one of our wonderfully talented interns, training to become an event planner and coordinator. She will be graduating  in May 2012 from George Mason University with a degree in Tourism and Event Management and will become a part of Dragonfly's family.
 
Her enthusiastic and chameleon like personality make her ideal for the hospitality industry. She never meets a stranger and enjoys making everyone feel right at home in any setting. 
 
Her career path has included catering, food preparation and presentation and back of the house management.  She has been engaged as a personal assistant for the busiest of working women and men and has surpassed helping plan and organize their day to day schedules.  While she is a native to the DC metropolitan area, Morgan has a major passion for travel and the cultural diversity so many of our clients have.

Morgan’s perfect world would consist of baking on a crisp, cool Fall day, Starbucks, yoga, dark chocolate with sea salt, sunbathing at the beach, making sushi, family and friends, lit candles while enjoying wine and cheese, laughter, winter time in New York City, hiking, Washington Capitals, lilies, sundresses, and plenty of beautiful weddings, of course.


Allison is a floral and decor designer for Dragonfly. She is also native to Northern Virginia and loves to work with the local botanicals. She attained her degree in Event Management from the University of Tennessee in 2008. Her background at UofT was in resturant, hotel and tourisim management. She continued her education in the hospitality industry and achieved a degree as a Wedding Coordinator. She also works as an event consultatant; with hundreds of amazing weddings under her supervision. She simply can't get enough of weddings; we wonder when she sleeps!

She discovered her passion for floral arranging while consulting with Dragonfly on an event. It was easy to see that she would be a perfect fit to the companies growing family. We love how she is a well rounded perfectionist and spends hours loving on each and every blossom. In all of the hussle bussle of event consulting, she finds her work at Dragonfly to be very peaceful and Zen-like. She is inspired by how flowers and well placed decor have the power to create an ambiance at a wedding or gala. She is excited to continue cultivating the art of her floral designs.

We have a saying around Dragonfly: "Happy people make happy flowers!" Allison is one happy lady.

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