Mae & Co
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ABOUT US

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Who we are

Mae&Co Creative is a unique and purposeful styling and planning company in Portland, OR - the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
Specializing in intimate weddings and events, elopements and brand styling; we love nothing more than creating beautiful and intentional designs for every one of our projects. 

We believe in being good to people and earning respect rather than demanding it.
We believe in cultivating and nourishing a relationship with our community of creatives and working WITH each other instead of against. We feel this promotes a healthy and enjoyable work place for every job we step into; for us AND our clients.

Every project, design, wedding or workshop is special to us and we make a conscious decision to give nothing less than 110% to everything we do.
We choose to work closely and comfortably with our clients and genuinely care about their well-being and happiness.

We believe in love, creativity, authenticity and generally...the rule of thirds. 
Its our goal to take your dreams, and make them ours... and then maybe add a twist.
Also - we like to have fun.

 
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Why we do what we do

We genuinely care. 

We love creating spaces and images that make people feel astonished, happy and proud. 
We will do anything and everything to make your dreams come true and seeing you thrilled on the design or creation we have put together for you literally makes us warm and fuzzy all over.

We once heard someone say "What do you love to do when you SHOULD be doing something else? That's what you should make your career" - for us... this is it. We would choose styling a tablescape, planning a trip to South America or setting up for an industrial wedding over grocery shopping and board meetings ANY day of the week. 

We leave every project we are a part of with a sense joy and pride that is overwhelming.
We love people and their stories. We love brands and their aesthetics. We love elopements and the constant need to travel.

We genuinely love our job.

Our team is small and intimate. Sarcastic and sweet. Real and intentional.
Always professional and believe it or not, fun too. We work hard and we get shit done.

 

The Team

Manda - owner and creative producer

Manda is the founder and creative producer behind all things Mae&Co; the first person you talk to when booking and the final word on all things design, planning and creating within our team.

Manda started Mae&Co in 2015 after working 10+ years in management and customer relationships. She is a born entrepreneur and once she gets an idea in her head… there’s no stopping her. The Mae&Co empire was born from a tiny seed after one of those nights with a good girlfriend, when you've had one too many glasses of rosé and suddenly... you know what your true calling is. The rest, some might say, is history.

She is completely in love with what we do and what our company stands for. Her love for people and bringing joy to those around her fuels her passion for creating authentic and unique events that will be talked about for ages.

Manda is a born traveler and has been to over 34 countries and currently lives and works from the road in the Mae&Co mobile for about a third of the year with her man and biggest supporter, Johnny.
The love for planning, designing AND travel is what give Manda a special knack for planning elopements and intimate destination weddings. But industrial spaces and wide open warehouses give her all the feels as well.

Manda loves giving presents, listening to 1940’s jazz and exploring new places as often as possible. She is absolutely a workaholic and thrives on being busy.

Manda will stop at nothing to create the most incredible event, wedding, workshop, elopement or photoshoot you’ve ever seen. She pours her heart and soul into Mae&Co. She believes in authenticity over anything else and that shines in everything we do.

 

Johnny - onsite builder and Lead Stylist

Johnny Crapser - aka: "Johnny can do it" "Johnny's the best" "Can Johnny make that?" "What can't johnny do?" or "Oh yeah, I recognize you from instgram"

Johnny is a Portland native and grew up living on the mountain or in the ocean. 
He managed a multi-million dollar company for 16 years of his life and now is one of the backbones of Mae&Co. 

Johnny loves to travel more than anything. He has been to 40+ countries and doesn’t feel like he’s really experienced a place until he pulls off a 12 mile hike while being there. He also loves to read books about real-life adventures, try new restaurants and build or create specialty items for Mae&Co Creative. 
Johnny loves working with people and can't help but getting into hour(s) long conversations without any effort. 

As much as Johnny is great with building and creating things - he also has an incredible eye for detail and will absolutely not settle for less than perfect.

You’ll love Johnny. He always has a way of becoming best friends with everyone around you and being able to fix any problem that might arise… before you even knew it was there. You will find Johnny assisting Manda and the team with multiple events throughout the year, especially elopements, workshops and full-service design projects. 

 

Jessica - Head coordinator and assistant stylist

Jess is our head coordinator; our go-to gal for handling all timelines and wedding day logistics so that you can focus on what really matters - celebrating your love and your connection with the people that matter to you the most. 

Jess came to Portland and Mae&Co after living in Bend Oregon, where she cultivated a deep love for all things PNW. 
She has an adventurous spirit. She and her fiancé have traveled to 13+ countries together and are constantly on the move – whether its heading to the mountains to snowboard or jumping on a plane to explore a new culture.

She has the most generous heart. She’ll be the first person to lighten your load and lend a hand, always giving her time and energy to build others up. 
Her excitement is contagious. Her passion for Mae&Co is rooted in celebrating the uniqueness that comes with each and every event, and if you’re not stoked already, trust us, with Jess you will be.

Jess is in love with her puggle, Tuck. She also enjoys spur of the moment car camping trips and (more than) occasional karaoke nights with her man, Kevin.

You’ll love Jess. She pours 1000% into every client relationship, every event – always taking the time to get to understand all the details so that your celebration is one people talk about for years to come.

 

Cassy - Lead coordinator and stylist

Cass is a seasoned Mae&Co coordinator; our right-hand gal who is always hard at work to turn your vision into reality.

Cassy is a born and raised Oregonian. She has a deep appreciation for Oregon’s beautiful state land, and all of friendships, traditions, and people she’s found in it. 
She is fueled by adventure. If you’re ready for a spontaneous road trip, there’s a pretty good chance that Cassy has a podcast queued up and a new travel route planned, because she lives for the next adventure. 
Her pup is her world. When she’s not making magic with Mae&Co you can find her walking her sweet dog Koda all over Portland. 

Cassy loves spiked seltzer and Bon & Viv is her favorite. If you don’t know what we are talking about, head to your local grocery store or ask Cass for her flavor recommendations.

Cassy loves Mae&Co. She celebrates our crew every chance she gets, loving each of us with her genuine heart while making sure we’re truly enjoying every second of what we are doing.

You’ll love Cassy. With Cassy, no detail goes unnoticed. She’s committed to making sure Mae&Co’s attention to detail and precise execution is part of every event, and she’ll be there from start to finish day-of to make your event an incredible experience.  

 

Erin - assistant stylist and coordinator

Erin is one of our assistant stylist and coordinators; a gal with an eye for detail and penchant for aesthetics. She wears different hats with Mae&Co, helping our team bring it all together for each of our couples at every event.

Originally from Washougal, Erin grew up along the beautiful Columbia Gorge, inspiring her active lifestyle spent trail running, hiking, and rock climbing.
She’s a maker and doer. As a child, Erin loved to create – through music, art, and choreography – and she continues to move through this world creating beauty by styling with Mae&Co. 

She’s a badass. Obstacle races are kinda her thing. 

 She believes in honoring your gifts and that it’s never too late to try something new, to choose your own path, and to take risks to pursue what inspires you.  
Erin loves just the right amount of design. She believes everything should be done intentionally and thoughtfully – nothing is extraneous.

You’ll love Erin. She’s holds herself personally accountable to make sure your day will exceed your expectataions. In her words, “we don’t settle for anything less than magical.”

 

Kelsey - assistant coordinator

Kelsey is our assistant coordinator; a gal with a cheerful spirit and contagious energy to keep your event running smoothly all day long. She is incredibly passionate about the intentionality behind every Mae&Co event and she is a magician in executing those plans day-of! 

Originally from North Bend in Washington, Kelsey grew up seizing every opportunity to explore the outdoors – always running, hiking, and cultivating an active lifestyle.
She has unrelenting optimism. In the midst of roadblocks, you’ll find Kelsey composed with a smile still beaming as she moves through challenges with grace and positivity. 

She’s an old soul. At the end of the night you’ll find she’s become besties with your great-uncle, making sure everyone has loved the event from start to finish. 
Kelsey loves people. When she’s not working for Mae&Co, you’ll find her running races across state lines just to support finding cures and healing the sick – her heart is made of pure gold. 

You’ll love Kelsey. She can’t wait to be a part of your big day, and with Kelsey, her goal is always more joy. What’s not to love about that?

 

Hannah - Administrative assistant

Hannah is our admin gal; the person we want to take care of scheduling, billing, graphics, and back-end tasks to give us time and space to plan meaningful moments for our couples. She’s here to help set Mae&Co up for success, so we can serve each client with clear minds and full hearts (which is all we want). 

Hannah is PNW born and raised, and she loves everything about Oregon. Especially the Alvord Desert. 

She loves designing florals for intimate events in her spare time. In her past life, she worked for an architecture firm and she loves studying the way that flowers, couples, and landscapes all are in conversation with each other – elopements are her favorite type of wedding for this reason (which happen to be our thang)!

Hannah is a true advocate for supporting brands she believes in. Especially brands that strive to cultivate community over competition while greeting client dreams with creativity, authenticity, and vision.

She is obsessed with true crime. As a self-proclaimed “murderino” she listens to the podcast My Favorite Murder religiously and considers the hosts Karen and Georgia to be her life coaches.

You’ll love Hannah. She’ll make you think email is fun, checklists are cute, and she’ll work tirelessly behind the scenes to support the Mae&Co team in making your event one for the books.

 

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