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Owners Kristen and Dakota Sottosanto are a husband and wife Event Planner and DJ team who offer experience from their history in the wedding and event planning business, and first hand advice based on their personal wedding planning love story.

With years of experience and hundreds of successful events to our name, our professional planning team will take the burden and stress off your shoulders. From vendor recommendations, etiquette guidance, design assistance, and timeline management, we take care of each and every detail so you can truly feel confidence in knowing that we’ll ensure your day is a success.

At Stop and Stare Events, we address each couple with a personal and attentive approach. We understand that each couple and wedding is unique and that your wedding day should be a reflection of both your personalities and dreams. Whether you prefer Full Planning assistance, or Day of Coordination, we offer it all. We feel privileged to be a part of a couple’s wedding day and can’t wait to hear from you.  Stop and Stare Events is a fully licensed and insured business.




Founder & Principal Planner

Kristen began her career in event planning over 10 years ago while in college, taking a part of planning several large-scale events, including the Long Beach Marathon and the Santa Barbara Concourse de Elegance. After stepping away from events and joining the corporate world for several years, her passion for creating memorable celebrations pulled her back in! Kristen started learning the intricacies involved in planning a wedding, and in 2012 took a leap of faith in starting Stop and Stare Events! She’s loved being a part of a couples love story and meeting so many amazing people throughout the journey!

Born and raised in Southern California she will always have a true love for a California Wedding, but her love for travel and experiences new cultures brings her to planning destination events all over!

As a dedicated professional in the wedding industry, Kristen is also proud to be serve on the Board of Directors for the Ventura County chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE).

Michelle Stop and Stare Events


Lead Planner

Michelle found a passion for event planning through a career in the motion picture industry. With a background in fine arts, she has perfected her skills at assessing her clients’ values and creating an event that is personalized to each individual couple.

Michelle likes to approach each wedding as an external expression of a couple’s relationship; taking careful consideration of their journey together and incorporating personal touches into their special day. 

Small details are key elements to the big picture for Michelle. Her passion for aesthetically styling a space through the use of color, texture, and design, gives her the ability to successfully plan and coordinate events from inception to completion.

In addition to planning events, Michelle is an accomplished vocalist. She has been singing since the age of four and entered into a professional vocal career at the age of 15. She leads worship every Sunday and has worked with many artists including Steve Porcaro of Toto. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures and customs, going ballroom and latin dancing, baking specialty cakes, and most of all spending time with her family. She is a proud momma of two little boys.

DJ sota Entertainment


DJ & Coordinator

Dakota, aka D.J. Sota, has been involved in nearly 800 weddings. Not only is Dakota a partner of Stop and Stare Events, Dakota also owns a Mobile DJ Company, DJ Sota Entertainment, which has been in operation since 2008.

With years of experience in event planning and promotion, Dakota has learned how to successfully coordinate and run sound for a variety of events ranging from 25 to 1000 people. Dakota provides a unique perspective to the planning and coordinating of events, given his extensive history on the Entertainment and DJ side of the businesss! While he spends most of his days DJing and managing sound, Dakota enjoys the opportunity to Coordinate Weddings when possible, and being a part of the planning process as well.

Random Fact about Dakota: When he’s not working, you can find him surfing, snowboarding, riding his motorcycle, and playing bass in his band.

Korin Stop and Stare Events


Lead Planner

Korin Moore began her career in the Wedding & Event Industry as an integral part of the Stop and Stare Events team in early 2014. Korin has found event planning to be her ultimate passion. She recognizes that each couple is unique and she loves to find creative ways to make this day special and memorable.

When she’s not working on weddings and events with Stop and Stare, she’s constantly planning the next fun experience for her two children, and also acting as “room mom” to her daughters class. So basically, she’s a non-stop event planner in every aspect of her life! Her dedication, commitment, and creative expertise are a few of the many qualities that aid in her ability to coordinate immaculate events. Korin’s tireless work ethic and ingenuity are a testament to the way she aspires to make her clients’ dreams a reality.


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Kristen is a five star coordinator. I can't say enough good things about her. I didn't know if I needed a coordinator but it was the best... read full review
Awesome experience and the best money we spent, couldn't imagine having done without!
Kristen and Dakota were amazing to work with, both of them understood exactly what my husband and I envisioned. They were easy to get a... read full review
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