Kirsten was born in South Africa, and raised in Zimbabwe, but moved to the United States with her family when she was sixteen. After graduating from university in Southern California with a degree in Biology, she moved to North Carolina and spent five years working in academic medical research.
However, always a social butterfly and party planner, the idea of working in the hospitality industry held strong appeal, and with a love for food and wine Kirsten began working at an independent high end family-owned restaurant and event facility. It was here that her love for special events was nurtured as a part of a small team that worked exclusively on fine dining private parties -- weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and all the other special celebrations in life. As a Certified Sommelier, Kirsten especially enjoyed the opportunity to create exceptional dining experiences through food and wine pairings.
Since moving to Portland with her husband in 2012, Kirsten seized the opportunity to join the Bridal Bliss team and is thrilled to focus her energies on wedding coordination. She is delighted with the opportunity to leverage her organizational skills, eye for elegant design, attention to detail, and love of hospitality to facilitate such special events.