When I'm not designing, you can find me...

Baking...

mostly vegan desserts.

Reading...

I LOVE personal development books and the occasional fiction novel

Writing...

journaling, blogging, goal setting, etc.

Listening...

I love audiobooks, podcasts and music (a widely varied playlist from 40s jazz, to Garth Brooks, to Sara Bareilles, to anything 90s pop).

Moving...

kickboxing, Zumba, strength training, HIIT workouts and anything outside (as long as it's good weather)

Watching...

re-runs of Friends & Gilmore Girls and romantic comedies (typically ones set in the 1990s/early 2000s, typically in a big city like Manhattan), I'm also a sucker for cheesy Christmas movies!!!

Amanda Jean,
Founder & Lead Designer

My why...

I believe weddings should be a time of pure joy & excitement, but unfortunately this often gets overshadowed by the stress of all the design details - I want to change that. My goal with the Gathered Here Designs is to provide DIY Wedding couples a design roadmap to create a beautiful & meaningful wedding

The early years...

My love for events started at an early age. Some of my favorite memories revolve around gatherings. Like bobbing for apples at my 13th birthday party and spending time with my friends around the fire pit in our backyard.


I moved a lot growing up, but my parents always had a way of creating a sense of "home" no matter where we lived. My mom is the queen of ambiance. No matter what event we were hosting at the house - there would be the lighting of the candles, the playing of the background music and the creating of interactive games for guests. My dad has always been the head chef - the grill master. He serves food in a way, that would blow the mind of any seasoned chef. I have learned a lot through watching both of them work their magic and I attribute my love for event styling and coordinating to both my parents, the ultimate hosts.

When I finally had a house of my own, I became the go-to host for bridal showers, birthdays, baby showers and get togethers for my family and friends. I have always enjoyed the sense of connection that comes from gathering with others!!!

College & Career

My heart has always gravitated towards design, but in college I fell in love with business. I graduated from Boise State University with a double major in Business Administration and Human Resource Management (I also hold a minor in Marketing because you know…why not?).

 

After college, I held jobs in the corporate cubicle world, then ventured into business management and healthcare administration. While each position provided great experience, my heart for design remained unfulfilled. To remedy this, I always found a way to infuse event design into my positions.

 

Whether it was through designing the company open house or styling a corporate Christmas party, I was the go-to girl for all the business events. This small design infusion into my administration positions wasn't enough to fill my design itch. I started searching for other avenues, but realized my ultimate dream job would be one of my own creation. Thus began the world's longest brainstorming session ever...

An idea was born...

This concept of somehow helping other DIY couples virtually design their own weddings, came to me in the spring of 2016I blended my desire to have a virtually-based business, with my love for wedding design and my own personal experience as a DIY wedding bride. With the DIY wedding couple in mind, I began dreaming up Gathered Here Designs.

Gathered Here Designs was created to help provide detailed design insight and resources to couples designing their own weddings. It can be a daunting task to design your own wedding (not to mention expensive and time consuming!). I create digital products to help alleviate those pain points.

 

I provide digital design packages, that include wedding design ideas & product suggestions to simplify the process for DIY wedding couples. My design packages are mindfully curated around a specific theme, making it easy for couples to chose a package that fits their design style.

My design experience...

I come with a wide range of event styling experience from planning and designing my own wedding, to working on the event crew for a local wedding design company, to styling multiple baby showers, bridal showers, corporate Christmas parties, business open houses, charity events & more!!! It’s rare for me to go for any extended period of time without having my hand in styling some sort of gathering. 

 

While my experience is diverse, my ultimate styling dream comes to life when I am working in weddings. My favorite part of styling any event is finding ways to infuse personal style & meaningful details to the couple. I love working with couples to bring their wedding vision to life and breathing inspiration into their design.

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