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Kin / (n.) one’s family & relations.

Kin Event Studio produces destination wedding events layered with personality and meaningful experiences that serve as the perfect pinnacle to your unique love story. 

The core components of our business, and what we believe every wedding should maintain as the highest priority, are family and relationships. The deep personal connections in our lives are our greatest gifts and provide our deepest joy. Kin Event Studio's in-depth planning process aims to highlight and enhance your relationships with those closest to you on the wedding day and beyond.

"We amplify our clients’ visions, personalizing the planning and design process to what works best for each of our couples."

-ali thorstad



Ali has planned, designed, and produced countless luxury destination weddings as a principal planner for a Hawaii-based firm. Her events have been featured in The Knot, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and more. Her mission for Kin Event Studio. Events are to create meaningful experiences for her couples that leave them with memories to last a lifetime.

Originally from Manhattan Beach, California, Ali spent most of her upbringing on the beaches of CA with annual family trips to Hawaii, her home away from home. She also spent four years living in Asia before attending and graduating from San Diego State University.  Having spent those formative years aboard, her event planning process emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and seamless pre-wedding communication to create an inviting and unforgettable destination wedding experience. She loves incorporating the couple’s unique love story and weaving in family, cultural or local traditions when appropriate or helping pave the way for new ones to emerge.


Prior to entering the wedding world, Ali began her career in luxury travel and marketing, providing her with the knowledge and tools to enhance her client and guest experiences, not just on the wedding day but with respect to their full wedding week experience while also enabling her to leverage technology throughout planning and for wedding branding opportunities.

After over 5 years living full time in Maui, Ali now splits her time between Hawaii and Utah with her husband, Zach, and their son, Rowan. When she’s not planning weddings, you can find her hiking in the mountains of Park City, frequenting the local farmer’s market or lounging by the ocean.

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Michelle & Mike

Without exaggeration, Ali saved our wedding. She was able to bring to life our vision for the wedding while also making sure it had as much of a personal touch as possible. We received extremely positive feedback on the beautiful aesthetic of our wedding. I can't imagine a better wedding planner and planning experience than the one we had with Ali. Thank you so much!

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Checklists, detailed diagrams and meticulous timelines are our love language. We’ll learn to speak yours and ensure your wedding priorities remain top of mind throughout the planning process!

We adore wedding design details, beautiful couple’s portraits, champagne towers and all the pretty little things in between that make up a wedding day.

We always maintain an unwavering commitment and dedication to our couples and the unique environment they want to create for their nearest and dearest. 


We love putting a spin on family traditions, forgoing traditions all together if they don’t feel right or creating a totally new roadmap for your entrance into the world as a married couple.


"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

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The engagement period should be one of the happiest times of your lives. Our client’s turn to us for full support, guidance, and expertise that enables them to enjoy the wedding planning process and create a once in a lifetime experience for themselves and their guests.

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