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When Two Became One

Bird and Bloom and A Rare Affair Events combine for the creation of Whimsical Events.

Houston, TX-- February 2019

We are pleased to announce the launch of Whimsical Events, a boutique Event Planning and Floral Design firm in Houston, TX and surrounding areas. Our mission is to ensure that every wedding is as unique as the love story that started it all. With Whimsical Events you can expect peace of mind in knowing that there is no detail too big or small and we will go above and beyond to make sure your day is nothing less than extraordinary.

“We are thrilled to embark on this new adventure. Separately, we built successful businesses framed with our client’s experience in mind. We truly believe that together we can continue to expand and provide our couples the excellence and personal attention they deserve. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!” -Karli and Melanie

How it all started:

Whimsical Events was started by two passionate, strong willed women with a track record of success, Melanie Keown and Karli Himarios. Melanie and Karli met just two and a half short years ago when Karli hired Melanie to help her with her own wedding. The two hit it off right away and developed a strong bond. After the wedding, they kept in touch and while they had separate event planning companies, they were always cheering each other on and helping each other out whenever necessary. They were a team even before they were a team! Then one day, over a couple glasses of wine, the two had a grand idea to combine their businesses and create an entirely new brand together. They felt this merger would allow them to maximize their resources and touch more people. Once again, two strong women with a dream, dove in head first and Whimsical Events was born.

About Melanie Keown:

I was born into a big crazy family and raised in Houston where I went to the University of Houston for my business degree in accounting & finance (Go Coogs!).  After spending years in finance, working in a corporate office and never feeling quite satisfied, I decided to take a leap of faith and find a career where I could be at my best everyday and spend my time serving others. Having both a detailed/organized side and a creative side to my personality, event planning & design seemed like a natural fit for me.  I began planning weddings while taking floral design classes in the evenings and quickly found myself falling in love with flowers and the work I was doing for my clients. Nothing is better than being able to take stress and pressure off of a couple’s shoulders and witnessing them enjoying that wonderful day with their friends and family. Weddings and the planning of the event should be fun and bring people together and I want to help everyone to have a great experience and a beautiful day that they can look back on for the rest of their lives.  I now live in Tomball with a big crazy family of my own: my ever supportive husband Chris, three kids, and two cats Milo & Otis. When I’m not working you can find me outside with the family, paddle boarding, or hanging with my close girl friends with a glass of bubbles in hand!

About Karli Himarios:

Most little girls dream of being a bride, but I always dreamed of being a Wedding Planner, thank you Franck from Father of the Bride. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Houston in 2013 after graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration (Go Bobcats). I took a job with a large chain department store in Houston where I was promoted quickly and soon found myself to be the youngest store manager in Texas, running a team of over 100 people and responsible for about 12 million dollars in annual sales. This was a huge milestone in my career and while I seemed to thrive and love the uncertainty that is retail, I always felt like something was missing. With all this, that dream of being a Wedding Planner seemed to linger and I would always tell myself “someday”. Then, in 2015 in all came to fruition when a close friend of mine and mentor passed away. This tragedy in my life helped me realize that life is too short and it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Shortly after, I started my own wedding planning company and never looked back! I am a wife to the have the sweetest, silliest, most supportive husband, Eric and a fur momma to a rescue pup named Braxton. I love, love and truly believe in the philosophy that what’s meant to be will be. I enjoy singing and dancing, although I’m completely tone deaf and have no rhythm and red wine and coffee are life.

Contact us:

If you have any questions, or would like more details about the merger, please feel free to reach out! You can find each of us at, , or visit our website at! Don’t forget to like us on social media!


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