Welcome to the Bright Side! I'm  so happy you’re here. 

I am a Seattle and Spokane Wedding Planner and PNW native who loves the city while equally loves playing in the mountains any chance I get. I truly love all that Washington has to offer— mountains, water views, green scenery, and even the rain (a true Seattlite). Planning has always been in my DNA and I have had a knack for coordinating events for as long as I can remember. After attending Western Washington University, I decided to officially pursue Wedding Planning as a career in 2014. Learning the tricks of the trade from one of the area's top planners, I took the leap and launched Bright Side Events shortly after. I am also fortunate enough to have worked as the Event Manager for one of Seattle's most popular venues (AXIS Pioneer Square) for over 8 years. Give me all of the events all the time- I wouldn’t have it any other way! 

Not only do I love the design aspect of planning as it allows me to add in my own twist and flare to create the perfect party, I also love getting to make real connections with the clients that choose me. One of the best parts of being a wedding planner in Spokane and Seattle is helping clients come up with a vision, turning that vision into a reality, all while having fun during the process! 

Fun facts about me:
• Slightly (not so slightly) obsessed with pugs; their cute, squishy faces just get me
• I'm a hugger
• My favorite food is sushi
• Iced coffee addict, forever & always
• Favorite place to escape to? Lake Chelan 
• Lists are my favorite, I have at least  seven going at all times
• Travel OBSESSED — I have been to 17 countries & counting
• My closet is color coordinated (yes, I am that person)
• Guilty pleasure? Reality TV
• Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday
• I love to adventure outdoors
• "The" Cookie from Met Market is the best cookie around
• The Mountains are my happy place
• I have a converted Sprinter Van named Poppy (that I rent out!)

Melissa Juergens
Owner | lead Planner | Designer


Hey, I’m Teresa and I’m here to realize your wedding (or event) dreams!

Working with me means giving me the reins to execute on all of the thoughtful design & effort you’ve put into your Big Day so that you & your loved ones can enjoy it *stress free*. Whether it’s reception & ceremony set up, timeline creation, or vendor management - I got you covered. Thinking through which type of candle, style of napkin fold, or shade of runner to use that will best fit your tablescape? I am obsessive over every detail & here to talk through it all with you.

I am native to New Jersey & moved to Seattle in 2022 - the beautiful mountains, alpine lakes, & coniferous trees just called to me. I am an Enneagram 4 wing 3 and an ENFP on Myers Briggs. Working in corporate America as my 9-5 has trained me to be extremely detail oriented, manage many moving parts in a fast paced environment, & provide out of the box solutions. In my personal life, friends will describe me as aesthetic, *extra*, outgoing, & master planner. The combination of all my experiences & joy I find in holding spaces where people can create beautiful memories with their loved ones makes me the perfect person to execute your event. Can’t wait to be your event bestie! 

Fun facts about me:
• Dog mom of a 3.5 yr old micro bernedoodle named Coti (short for Cotija cheese)
• Major foodie and will eat anything!!! 
• Go To coffee order is a black americano, does that make me weird?
• Obsessed with the iphone notes app especially the shared notes feature 
• Love hosting and LOVE a themed dinner party
• Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (for the food, obviously)
• Avid traveler - I've been known to fly at least once every month & don't see that stopping soon!
• I'll watch any competitive reality TV show - my dream is to be on the Amazing Race one day
• I host a podcast with my friend - it's called Relatively Asian

Teresa Chen
Associate planner | Designer

Photos by Sasha Reiko Photography 

seattle & spokane wedding planner

Instagram feels @melissa_brightsideevents