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Meet the Makers

Photography by: Dawn Derbyshire 

Samantha Loshelder

Co-Founder and Event Designer


Alexandra Simcho

Co-Founder and Event Producer


Hillary STark

Lead Planner and Coordinator

Hi I’m Hillary! You could say weddings are in my blood, my dad has been a wedding photographer since before I was born. I would occasionally help him while working a wedding and I fell in love with everything weddings and events. After college I worked for an auto and trade show company, traveling the country to manage my clients‘ show exhibits. In 2015 I changed day jobs for a slower pace and less travel, but craved the excitement of events! I reached out to Wanderlust to see if I could help part time and you could say the rest is history. Ali and Sam are the best team to work for! They’re professional, friendly and creative. They are always willing to go above and beyond for their clients. I’ve learned so much from them over the past few years and continue to learn the ins and outs of this incredible industry along side of this sister duo. We at Wanderlust are so passionate about weddings and events and strive to give all of our clients their dream day!  


When it comes to celebrations, I just can't help but be infatuated with all of the little details that come together to create a unique, chic, and unforgettable event. Having independently planned all types of celebrations for family and friends over the years, my experience has little limitation. My passion is centered upon event styling and design. I strive to really get to know the party hosts on a friendly level, in order to create an event that reflects their unique interests and personal style. I am ultimately a lover of thinking outside of the box, and I love to find one unique piece of decor (a fun vase or printed tablecloth), and style an entire event around it! From the basic details (helping you choose the perfect stationery to brand your event), to the elaborate ones (exploring every sequin color ever made!), to everything else that needs decided on during the ride, no detail gets left unexplored as the Wanderlust team and I collaborate with you to produce the event of your dreams. I believe it is truly an honor to be a part of so many people’s “best day ever”!


When I’m not planning events, I’m spending 

time with my husband, our 2 daughters, and our Pomsky pup, and hanging in our backyard pool with friends.  



My love for weddings and events came during my very first job at PNC Park working as a catering server about 15 years ago, now. As I am one-half business owner of Wanderlust, with my sister, I like to tell clients I am the 'type-A' list maker through all your wedding plans. From helping finalize timelines to communicating with clients and working with wonderful vendors in this industry, I really love putting all your ideas and plans on paper. 


From a first consultation to the wedding day, I like to ensure all your plans are organized in a seamless process. My ultimate goal is to plan and then execute the day and "put out fires" behind the scenes so that your event is stress-free and so you can enjoy every moment of it.

When I am not busy working, my husband and I love sports and traveling! We are a baseball family and I am a coach's wife. I am also a mom to two sweet little boys and 2 german shepherds and love spending time with my family. 


I cannot wait to meet you and get started planning your next event!




taylor micsky

Lead Planner and Coordinator

I joined Wanderlust in 2017 after I graduated from Mercyhurst University, where I majored in Hospitality Management. When searching for an opportunity in the wedding industry, what initially drew me to Wanderlust is the fact that it was started by two sisters, as I am close with my family. Who knew that in such a short period of time, Ali and Sam would be like family to me as well! Besides working with such a great group at Wanderlust, what I truly find rewarding is working with a couple from the planning stages to the event and seeing their vision of their wedding come to life. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends.  



Sydnie Butera

Lead Planner and Coordinator

Hi, I’m Sydnie! I started at Wanderlust in 2020 after I graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications and Business. I have always had an invisible string pulling me towards events and coordination and when I finally listened to it, it led me here! I think life is all about celebrating the big and little moments it gives us and being able to be a part of that on a regular basis is a blessing and something I’m grateful for. Ali, Sam and the whole team here at Wanderlust feel like family and that’s who you want working with you on one of the biggest days of your life!


When I’m not working, I like going for walks with my dog in the park, trying out a new fitness class and hanging out with friends and family! 




Renee Buiocchi 

Lead Planner and Coordinator

Hey hey, I’m Renee! Wedding planning used to be a little side-hustle for me, but after putting in the work and taking a leap of faith, this is now my full-time gig. Many get confused when they see I work for Wanderlust, along with Devoted To You. Not to be confused, I work for both companies, and am forever grateful and honored to learn from and grow with each team!

Just like many other wedding creatives, I started after planning my own wedding. However, I didn’t feel it was necessary to dive in headfirst on my own, so I joined Wanderlust Weddings + Events, who welcomed me with open arms. I instantly knew this industry was made for me. I love the hustle and bustle, the crazy, and everything in between. These are my people.


My absolute favorite part of the planning process is seeing the day come together and watching my clients’ faces light up. They trusted me leading up to this moment, and to watch it all unfold is pretty dang magical! Photographers, please continue to capture these moments with us and our couples! We love it, and we love reliving and sharing it with the world!


Aside from weddings, I am a wife, a fur-mama, and a soon-to-be human mama (February, here we come)! This will be a new obstacle for me, balancing life and work, but I am SO ready to see what my future holds – personally and professionally. I really enjoy reality TV shows, DIY projects, and warm, summer days. I’m also a big fan of fries and soft pretzels, comfy clothes, and spending time with my fam. But that’s enough about me! I want to hear more about you! 




rudy wright

Day Of Coordinator

Most people know me as “the dancer.” I’m a Point Park graduate and started dancing professionally at the age of nine. But even before my professional career began, I started organizing fundraising events for various causes. The Wanderlust team was the day-of coordinators for my sister’s wedding. Everything was perfect and I knew I needed to use my event planning background to be a part of their team. When I’m not working with Wanderlust, I’m the Executive Assistant to the President of Coalition for Christian Outreach. In my free time, you can find me at church, dancing, or binge-watching ‘The Office’ with my husband and stepdaughter.



Kristen Gornall

Lead Planner and Coordinator

Hi friends! My name is Kristen and I’m a lover of celebrating life’s big and little moments! Any opportunity to connect with humans (Pitt communications major here, create a vision and bring that to life fills my cup. If you don’t know exactly what you want or are facing decision overload, that’s where I come in (been there, Sept ‘22 bride here, ha)!! Don’t sweat the details because they are my JAM!


While I work full time at a Pittsburgh corporate retailer, I’m the ultimate multi-tasker and love flexing my creative muscle any chance I get. This has led me to several event positions over the years from planning/coordinating collegiate events, corporate events, non-profit fundraisers and even family events! I wear many hats and have had my hand in many sectors of the event space but I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to add the wedding industry to that list in 2022!


I am drawn to organizations that provide a sense of community and the Wanderlust Team does just that! Ali & Sam are the absolute best and with this sister duo, you are not just a client, you’re a part of the family! This team is so passionate about weddings and providing the very best service that it is evident in review after review from past clients. I have learned so much over the past year in joining the Wanderlust team and look forward to what's to come!




Abby Cannon

Day Of Coordinator

Hey hey hey! I'm Abby and I have been working with Wanderlust since the beginning of 2022.

I wouldn't call it work, though. I have always had a passion for planning and it has been an absolute dream of mine to work in the wedding industry - and I cannot thank Wanderlustenough for making that dream come true…My only hope is that I can do the same for you! 


I LOVE love, crafting, fine-tuning little details, and helping make someone’s day as special and as perfect as it can be.


I am currently an Honors student at Westminster College, studying Business and Entrepreneurship. Outside of schoolwork, activities, and coming home on the weekends to help execute events, you can find me hanging out or going on adventures with my family and friends.

I feel so beyond blessed to have this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store! I hope to see you soon! Let’s get planning!



rachel hampsey

Lead Planner and Day Of Coordinator

Hiya, I’m Rachel! 


My resume is not exactly traditional. In my adult life, I’ve worked as a migrant charity worker, a nanny, a non-profit mission leader, and a corporate meeting planner. Though each season has looked very different, the common thread for me has always been a love of gathering. I first connected with Wanderlust in 2019, and it’s been such a joy. Learning from experienced professionals, working with a stellar team, and being a part of so many couples’ special days is a huge honor and honestly a great time. My hobbies include going on walks with my husband, taking too many pictures of my cat, rearranging my house, and painting my feelings.


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