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Karla Curry

Karla has been a part of the Occasions family since 2006, succeeding the original owner Jennie Hannah in 2012. Over the last 16  years, Karla has assisted with hundreds of events, and still continues to have a passion that helps produce excellent events for all our clients. Karla's background in Interior Design and Graphic Arts have made her a natural in the event industry, and a wonderful resource for our clients. Her favorite part of each event is seeing the joy on a clients face, whether it be a happy newlywed couple or another event planner, when it all comes together and knowing that she and Occasions got to help make their event amazing!

Her passion for rescue animals brought her three dogs (Alli, Tucker & Isabel) as well as her two ducks. Though she has a passion for traveling, she is also just as happy spending her days off in her backyard with kids, family, friends and all the animals. 

Favorite Menu Item: Grilled Flank Steak with Chimmichurri Sauce & the Mashtini Bar

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Jared Hill
Head Chef

Jared started cooking when he was 16 years old. Now He is 44 and a head chef! Chef de cuisine? During those years in between, he spent his time traveling the southern and eastern parts of the US working in various kitchens and learning various cuisines. In Jared's spare time, he likes to spend time with family and watch sports games, such as the Mariners and Seahawks. He also enjoys playing Xbox, when time allows!

Favorite Menu Item: Grilled Flank Steak with Mushroom Demi Glaze & Cavatappi Pasta with Rosé Sauce

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Lauren Bailey
Wedding & Event Coordinator

Lauren grew up here in Olympia and attended WSU for college (GO COUGS!), where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Hospitality Business Management. She has always loved Weddings and throwing big parties with her family growing up, so she has wanted to be an event coordinator for a long time! She Loves to be able to take someone's vision & make it a reality! Lauren moved back to Olympia after she graduated in 2022, where she now lives with her boyfriend and two playful dogs (Ozzy & George). In her free time, you can find her at the farmer’s market or spending time with friends & family.

Favorite Menu Items: Salmon with Champagne Cream Sauce & Cougar Gold Mac N' Cheese

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Nicole Anders
Wedding & Event Coordinator

Nicole was born and raised in Olympia, which fostered a deep love of coffee, rain, and trees. She participated in the Running Start program and transferred to a four year university in Denver, Colorado. She served on various leadership teams throughout her youth that put her in the place to plan events such as fundraisers, dinners, and even a retreat that included a version of live-action Mario Kart.  In 2018, Nicole graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Life brought her back to the South Sound in 2021. She is a mom to a beautiful little girl and a wife to a wonderful man. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys hiking and golfing, but mostly loves hanging out with her little family.  

Favorite Menu Items: Northwood's Grilled Salmon & Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Onions, Serrano Chiles and Chives. Topped with Banana Sour Cream (Her Favorite!)

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