After spending years as an interior designer for the San Francisco/Bay Area luxury market, I decided to shift focus to a career in hospitality and events. I began my events journey working for the Bay Area’s leading catering company, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.
With well over a decade of experience in the events and design industry, I am proud to say I remain humbled and inspired. Growing in experience, I have planned, produced, and designed events ranging in size from a few attendees to thousands.
As a creative and inspired strategist focused on the exploration of perfectly blending a project's purpose with both the design and experience, I hope you find my unique vision, easygoing approach and ability to enliven environments invaluable to your next event.
An Oakland, California, native, I am proud to call myself a wife, a mother of two beautiful kiddos, a family gal, and a creative entrepreneur. When I am not busy planning or designing you can catch me fueling my passion for family, food, and life through cooking, dining out, or simply hanging with family and friends.
In 2019, I set out to create a collective comprised of marginalized individuals within the event community and in 2020, founded the Ethos West Collective.
"throughout the years, I've learned that life's too damn short -- take those risks."
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"Lea has incredible attention to detail and a great creative eye. We were beyond thrilled with the wedding, as were all of our guests. The process of working with her was smooth and enjoyable."
"I am so grateful to her and would highly recommend her to anybody planning a wedding. I also know that Lea is adaptable and in times when large weddings are not possible, she'd be able to craft a creative and tasteful gathering."
"Lea Stafford of LSE over-delivered for us and she was our first and best decision -- outside of deciding to get married of course."