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Kristin Artz

Kristin is our Chief Celebration Officer because she lives and breathes planning the perfect party. Since 1998 Kristin Artz and her team have become known for larger-than-life theme destination weddings and events that transport guests & participants away from their everyday lives into a place they will never forget. Share your vision with us today and watch it all unfold. We pride ourselves with making our clients feel so relaxed on their event day that they have nothing else to do but kick back and enjoy the ride.

Fun Facts

Kristin has designed and executed more destination weddings and special events than she can now count from intimate family affairs to 3,500 corporate guest outings.

In 2003, one of Kristin’s Weddings was filmed for ABC Primetime with Diane Sawyer and featured on real weddings.

Kristin will not allow even Mother Nature to interfere with a client’s special day; if a ceremony needs to be moved from a beach at 4 p.m. into a Church at midnight then so be it. We have seen and done it all for our clients. Its just what we do.

The Swivel Group Events Team will follow you anywhere. The team has organized weddings & special events across the country and the Caribbean. From New England to Key West to Shelter Island. We go coast to coast. 

Our amazing team draws on the finest local sources of furniture, lighting and accessories to transform hotel ballrooms, urban parks, rustic lodges and sandy beaches into magical settings.


Why I love weddings:  I love the dynamics of each and every wedding client; everyone is unique.

Current Obsession: Paddle boarding

Favorite City: Boston home sweet home, I love that dirty water.

Dream Destination: Necker Island

Drink of choice: Dreaming Tree Crush

Favorite Movie: A Love Affair tied with Any Given Sunday

My inspiration: Music & Water


Larissa is our Director of Details, Design & DIY because she handles all of the little things that allow our clients to enjoy each moment on their wedding day. From creating inspiration boards to getting out the glue gun for one-of-a-kind décor pieces, Larissa’s passion for weddings and events is undeniable.

Fun Facts

Larissa Szynski hails from the land Down Under and has traveled the world with her husband Ted who proudly serves in the United States Navy.

 Along the way they have added to their family with Matilda, their aptly named Australian Shepherd, and two charming little boys, Connor and Oliver. 

Her passion for planning started when she planned her own destination wedding in Japan. When she relocated to Key West, Florida, Larissa had the opportunity to work with Kristin and create breathtaking weddings all over Key West. She also planned weddings on board the Fury catamarans and handled the sales and marketing for the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the function room at the Hogs Breath Saloon. Larissa then headed to the island of Oahu and planned many weddings that specialized in eco friendly elements and DIY designs. 

Larissa now resides in San Diego, California and continues to bring all of her experience and passion together at Swivel Group Events to plan events that excite and exceed the expectations of clients.  

A hopeless romantic with a love for travel and spending time with family and friends, she’s a food and wine fanatic, enjoys running, is an eco friendly advocator and a mason jar hoarder. No matter the situation, she’s always prepared and up for the challenge.


Why I love weddings: They always remind me of how much love we have for one another. 

Current Obsession: Running and Red Wine 

Favorite City: New York City

Dream Destination: Paris, France

Drink of choice: Bailey’s on the rocks

Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing  (ahhh romance and dance)

My inspiration: I believe that one person can make a difference and create a domino effect. 



Ava has been dubbed the “Queen Mother” by her colleagues for her watchful eye and ensuring events are planned and executed professionally, Ava Marinitti is our Planner of Perfection, a dynamic and accomplished event planner.

Fun Facts

Hailing from Milford, Connecticut, Ava started in the hospitality industry where she owned and operated several restaurants. More recently, Ava found incredible joy and success in catering large events and weddings in Key West. She says “the natural beauty of the island has become my inspiration”.

Ava has planned events and weddings at every historic venue in Key West as well as private islands and Fury’s luxurious catamarans. It has become a love that’s lasted 25 years. Her experience in planning, preparation, logistics, production and having fun is what makes Ava’s weddings stand out.

Ava’s two children, a son and daughter and two fabulous grandchildren (a boy and girl) are her world along with her two dogs. 


Why I love weddings:  The visual representation of love. It’s a privilege to be in attendance to witness two people profess their love for each other.

Current Obsession: My new grandchildren.

Favorite City: New York City

Dream destination: Rome, Italy

Favorite Movie: While You Were Sleeping ~ a great

My Inspiration: The beautiful water, fabulous sunsets & the quaint, unique island living. 


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