About Lavish Events By Design

At Lavish Events by Design, we have the simple philosophy that no two people are the same. As such, we treat all clients as individuals, respecting and acknowledging their specific tastes & needs. This means that you, the client, are always in charge. Lavish Events by Design is a full service decorating and floral design company. We are delighted to offer complimentary consultations and décor mock-ups.

Elena Rutkevich – Principal Designer/Director

Lavish Events by Design is a premium provider of wedding and event decorating services, based in London, Ontario, and founded in 2013 by Elena Rutkevich.

Elena was born in Riga, Latvia, and raised in Ontario, Canada. Elena’s deep passion and love for decoration traces back to her childhood years, during which she often assisted her mother with decorating, painting, and gardening projects, and developed her keen eye for detail and instinct for creating perfect spaces. Elena is inspired by the lasting memories of her mother’s unique ability to bring gardens to life with the most beautiful flowers imaginable, infusion of creativity, and eye for the exquisite.

Elena, like her mother, has been gifted with the ability to transform ordinary spaces into jaw-dropping venues, pursuing each project with extraordinary passion and creating beautiful, lifelong memories for her clients during the most important occasions of their lives.

In the years of their operations, Elena and her team have developed a reputation for excellence among their hundreds of satisfied clients, and have demonstrated a firm commitment to providing premium quality services at all times.

Elena has an endearing and warm personality, which over the years has led many of her clients to become wonderful friends. She couldn’t be happier and more blessed than she is today, pursuing the career of her dreams and meeting some incredible people along the way.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing sons, watching movies, or relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine. She has a penchant for travelling and visits some interesting destinations when her schedule permits.

Kinga Kotlarz – Creative Assistant Designer

Kinga has been a creative assistant for Lavish Events by Design for the past 5 years and is an integral member of our dynamic team. Kinga has a deep understanding of our philosophy of customer driven service and is committed to delivering the highest quality designs in every event we undertake.

Kinga’s demonstrable expertise in creating exquisite designs stems from her artistic and creative character. She possesses the unique ability to visualize any space and transform it into the design of our clients’ dreams, from broad concepts and ideas down to the finest details. Kinga is meticulous, organized, and precise in each task she performs, from the very basic, such as folding table napkins, to the most complex, such as designing awe inspiring centerpieces.

Kinga’s ability to multitask, resourcefulness under pressure, and ability to solve problems creatively and quickly has enabled her to consistently deliver the most impressive and stunning designs for our clients over the years. These superior qualities make her a perfect fit in the Lavish team.
In her free time she enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, or reading a good book with a glass of wine.

 Jamal Hodges – Creative Stylist

Jamal started his career as a celebrity/fashion hair stylist. Working with some of the top elite photographers in the industry opened his eyes to the world of photography.

Jamal has a unique way of creating beautiful, thrilling, and indulgent images. His ability to tell a story through his imagery is exemplified in the body of his work.

Whether he is working on portraits, documentaries, or weddings, he finds a way to create a deep connection with his subjects.

Lilia – Hair and Make-up Artist

Lilia is a Hair and Make-up Artist.

Lilia’s charisma and originality have propelled her through 20 years as an esteemed Hair and Make-up Artist.

She started her career in Canada where she began to develop her craft. She soon moved
to NYC where she continued to build on her career. Lilia’s discipline and attention to detail are reflected in her work, simultaneously meticulous and creative. Lilia has owned and operated two hair salons/spas for over 15 years. She draws inspiration from icons and trends in fashion, photography, and beauty to perfect her look for her clients.

Elena Rutkevich – Principal Designer/Director

Lavish Events by Design is a premium provider of wedding and event decorating services, based in London, Ontario, and founded in 2013 by Elena Rutkevich.

Elena was born in Riga, Latvia, and raised in Ontario, Canada. Elena’s deep passion and love for decoration traces back to her childhood years, during which she often assisted her mother with decorating, painting, and gardening projects, and developed her keen eye for detail and instinct for creating perfect spaces. Elena is inspired by the lasting memories of her mother’s unique ability to bring gardens to life with the most beautiful flowers imaginable, infusion of creativity, and eye for the exquisite.

Elena, like her mother, has been gifted with the ability to transform ordinary spaces into jaw-dropping venues, pursuing each project with extraordinary passion and creating beautiful, lifelong memories for her clients during the most important occasions of their lives.

In the years of their operations, Elena and her team have developed a reputation for excellence among their hundreds of satisfied clients, and have demonstrated a firm commitment to providing premium quality services at all times.

Elena has an endearing and warm personality, which over the years has led many of her clients to become wonderful friends. She couldn’t be happier and more blessed than she is today, pursuing the career of her dreams and meeting some incredible people along the way.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing sons, watching movies, or relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine. She has a penchant for travelling and visits some interesting destinations when her schedule permits.

Kinga Kotlarz – Creative Assistant Designer

Kinga has been a creative assistant for Lavish Events by Design for the past 5 years and is an integral member of our dynamic team. Kinga has a deep understanding of our philosophy of customer driven service and is committed to delivering the highest quality designs in every event we undertake.

Kinga’s demonstrable expertise in creating exquisite designs stems from her artistic and creative character. She possesses the unique ability to visualize any space and transform it into the design of our clients’ dreams, from broad concepts and ideas down to the finest details. Kinga is meticulous, organized, and precise in each task she performs, from the very basic, such as folding table napkins, to the most complex, such as designing awe inspiring centerpieces.

Kinga’s ability to multitask, resourcefulness under pressure, and ability to solve problems creatively and quickly has enabled her to consistently deliver the most impressive and stunning designs for our clients over the years. These superior qualities make her a perfect fit in the Lavish team.
In her free time she enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, or reading a good book with a glass of wine.

Jamal Hodges – Creative Stylist

Jamal started his career as a celebrity/fashion hair stylist. Working with some of the top elite photographers in the industry opened his eyes to the world of photography.

Jamal has a unique way of creating beautiful, thrilling, and indulgent images. His ability to tell a story through his imagery is exemplified in the body of his work.

Whether he is working on portraits, documentaries, or weddings, he finds a way to create a deep connection with his subjects.

Lilia – Hair and Make-up Artist

Lilia is a Hair and Make-up Artist.

Lilia’s charisma and originality have propelled her through 20 years as an esteemed Hair and Make-up Artist.

She started her career in Canada where she began to develop her craft. She soon moved to NYC where she continued to build on her career. Lilia’s discipline and attention to detail are reflected in her work, simultaneously meticulous and creative. Lilia has owned and operated two hair salons/spas for over 15 years. She draws inspiration from icons and trends in fashion, photography, and beauty to perfect her look for her clients.