Welcome to Mosaic Weddings & Events, LLC. I’m so glad you’re here! My name is Ashley Zander and I am the founder and lead planner of this bourbon-country based business. I started Mosaic in January 2017 and it is one of the best and most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made. Below are some random facts for you to get to know me…some fun and useless, and some relatable!
I own a home in Lexington, KY with my fiance, Christopher Flaga. We’re getting married August 10, 2019! The photos on this page are just a few of our engagement photos by Bourbon & Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography. Christopher and I have one cat (Aoki), three Chihuahuas (Chance, Tequila, & Fiona), a clownfish (Lemy), and a skunk shrimp (Jacques - just like the one from Finding Nemo).
I like glitter, but did not allow it in our house until a Hobby Lobby cashier once told me to spray it with hairspray first. I love bourbon (Four Roses is my fav) and touring distilleries, UK football, tailgating, fantasy football, and the New England Patriots. In 2017, one of the fantasy football leagues I played in was with all guys…I went undefeated and won the championship…and I’ll never let them live it down.
I was a vegetarian by choice for 17 years, but started eating chicken, turkey, and seafood a couple years ago. Christopher and I now enjoy “Sushi Friday” as often as possible. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Animal Science: Animal Industry and a minor in Community Communication & Leadership Development.
My favorite colors are lime green, black, and Kentucky blue. My dream car since I was a child is a Dodge Viper - either Kentucky blue with white stripes, or lime green with black stripes. I’ve seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Saved by the Bell, Friends, The Office, and Parks & Rec. Disney/Pixar movies are the best, but I also love comedy & action films. The Backstreet Boys will always be my favorite band, and my Christmas present to myself was tickets for their September 2019 concert in Louisville! Tom Petty is my favorite musician and I was heartbroken when he passed away.
My go-to beaches are Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and I never leave without stopping by Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard. My favorite Halo ice cream flavor is red velvet, or mixing together the chocolate with the pancakes & waffles (tastes like chocolate chip pancakes!). If it’s any other brand, I love mint chocolate chip, black raspberry chocolate chip, or cookie dough chocolate chip…and I just noticed the chocolate chip pattern as I typed this.
Why hire me?
I was lucky enough to work for and learn from one of the best in the industry - Michele Courtney of Weddings by Michele and the Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Wedding Show. Michele has been in the wedding industry for twenty years and still acts as my mentor today!
Having planned my own wedding, I completely understand what it’s like being on the other side! Being on the bride side of things actually has increased my wedding planning abilities for my clients because I can relate to just about every emotion or issue that my couples and their parents are dealing with! Budgets, who’s in the wedding party, cutting down your guest list, facing the guests who didn’t make the final list, having to take into consideration everyones input/feelings - you name it! It may get tough, but I’ll be with you every step of the way.
The reactions, compliments, and smiles on everyones faces throughout events are what drive me in this industry. To pour so much passion and effort into an event, and then to have guests stop you and say things like, “You must be the planner. I’ve seen you running around all evening, and just wanted to tell you this wedding was absolutely perfect,” or to have the bride’s mom say, “I cannot believe how stress-free you made this day. I really thought I would be running around to check on things, but instead I got to enjoy the entire day with my daughter because I knew you had it all under control” - those are what make it worth it. There aren’t many careers out there where you receive the most amazing praise at the end of the day.
If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it.
Along with my organization, industry knowledge, and expansive network of AMAZING vendors, you’ll have client access to my elite planning software - especially perfect for those with OCD!