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 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. These opportunities have allowed me to work on a number of events that include a number of celebrities and political figures. 

here's a little on what I'm all about.

Hey there, I'm LEA.

A creative and inspired strategist, who’s focused on the creative exploration of how to perfectly blend a project's purpose with both the design and experience.
I hope you find my unique vision, easy going 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 decided to begin my journey of creating a collective comprised of marginalized individuals within the events community. In 2020 Lea founded what is known as the Ethos West Collective. 


cups of daily coffee


projects we take a yr.


yrs. spent planning + designing 

"throughout the years, I've learned that life's too damn short -  take those risks."


F + B

ART + Culture


Architecture + Design


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a few of my favorite things.


"This was such an easy and stress free experience with planning our wedding. Lea truly made sure that all of our requests were met and upheld to the highest standards. She always made sure we were completely satisfied with every vendor and that our ideas were being designed and executed as we hoped. I couldn't ever imagine having a better wedding planner to share our day with us. Even to this day, I consider Lea more than just our planner, but a dear friend."


carolyn + doug

"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."



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