Meet the Makers

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Samantha Loshelder

Co-Founder and Event Designer

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.  




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!  



melissa graham

Day-of Event Assistant

Hi, my name is Melissa and I absolutely love all the small details that go into and make up events. In my time with Wanderlust I’ve started to incorporate some photography into my position. Those small details are my favorite to capture day-of! Seeing the smiles on clients’ faces is so rewarding, I love being apart of that. In my free time I spend a lot of time training for marathons and working on my photography! 



Alexandra Simcho

Co-Founder and Event Producer

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 a sweet little boy 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.  



rudy wright

Day-of Event Assistant

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.