Hey y’all! I’m Kelly Parada. After over a decade in the Atlanta events industry, and more than five years of planning weddings, I ventured on my own to create Golden Pineapple Weddings and Events. I’m California casual mixed with a lot of Southern charm. And I love making wedding dreams come true for brides and grooms.
How did you get started in weddings? One of the first words I remember using to describe myself as a kid was organized. I knew I loved arranging details from an early age, but wasn’t sure how to make a career out of that. With the help of some great advisors in college I chose Event & Hospitality Management as my major. After graduating I got a fantastic opportunity to work for one of Atlanta’s top catering and event design companies, Bold Catering and Design, where I stayed for over ten years. I worked on thousands of events, learned the industry, and made great connections.
Why the pineapple? I grew up in a Southern Victorian home that had a historical marker plaque on the front door with a pineapple emblem. In that same home I had a golden pineapple nightlight that I have to this day. Growing up I was fascinated with hospitality, and loved the preparation that went into planning parties and events. When I learned that the pineapple is the international symbol for hospitality it seemed like a perfect fit.
When I’m not planning weddings I enjoy traveling, outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding, catching sunsets or trying new restaurants. I am an animal lover, and have three dogs of my own. Most importantly I am a wife and mother. The pineapple of my eye is my husband, Jack. He is a wedding and event photographer. We love working together! Check him out here: Jack Parada Photography