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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).

DJ sota Entertainment


DJ, Lead Coordinator, Co-Owner

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.


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from past clients
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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