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Meet Trailblazer Melanie Jannicelli Shutt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Jannicelli Shutt.

Melanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I knew I wanted to be a wedding planner since I was a little girl watching Father of the Bride. I created an imaginary wedding planning business complete with binders filled with dresses, flowers, and cakes, and made my parents pretend to get married over and over so I could plan all their weddings.

After graduating from Trinity University in 2006 with a degree in Art History and minors in Business and Communication Management, and spending five years in the bridal industry as a wedding gown consultant, and over seven years assisting with meeting and conference planning with the state of Colorado, I made the leap to starting my own wedding planning business in 2013. I haven’t looked back since. It is truly my dream job and I am so blessed to be able to do what I love. My husband and I were married in May 2018 at what was truly the most magical wedding that I loved planning.

Kimberly Rose Events (KRE) has grown by leaps and bounds over the past six years, and I couldn’t be happier with the

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In December 2018, my life changed; I had been having constant headaches and vision issues so I went to an ophthalmologist. He discovered my optic nerves were swollen and ordered an MRI of my brain to be safe. The MRI showed that I had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) which is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels that affects less than 1% of the population. I was told I needed to see a neurosurgeon, but that it could take months to get in with one. At the same time, my husband and I were seeing a fertility doctor. He looked at the MRI and told me he knew one of the best neurosurgeons in the country who was right here in Denver. He said he would call him and see if he could get me in. The surgeon’s office called me the next day and got me 
in three days later. My amazing surgeon told me at our meeting that I would need brain surgery to remove the AVM or we would risk it bursting in my head which could cause strokes, seizures or death. That was in January 2019, and we scheduled surgery for February 28th. The AVM was in a good location for surgery in my right frontal lobe. We expected surgery to last 4-6 hours and for me to spend up to a week in the hospital afterward before returning home.

In surgery, I had unexpected massive bleeding and had to have 5.5 liters of blood transfused into my body. The surgery lasted nine hours. I spent five days in ICU during which time, we realized I lost the ability to move the left side of my body. I was lucky to be alive. I believe God used my surgeon to save my life that day. I was fortunate to be accepted to the world-renowned Craig Hospital in Denver, which only takes patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. I would spend the next five weeks here, where I currently still am as I write this. My swift recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. I am being discharged to go home in two days. I have regained full use of my left leg and arm; my only struggle is certain tasks with my left hand, such as typing, which I am confident will continue to come back.

This experience has given me a new perspective on life, perseverance and grace. I am so grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff who have helped me in this journey to become myself again, and to my incredible family and friends for all their love and support. Life is precious. Our brains are precious. People are precious. I have met so many amazing patients here and am in awe of their stories and motivation to get better. God is truly good. I have started feeling like the old Melanie for the last few days again. We take so many things for granted in life and until you lose the ability to take yourself to the bathroom, or shower, or move your limbs, or walk, it is hard to realize how precious those simple things are.

I feel so grateful to be here and have this story to tell. I hope it will inspire people to know that hard work and determination in any situation are powerful tools, and that life is truly a gift.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kimberly Rose Events – what should we know?Kimberly Rose Events is a boutique luxury firm specializing in full – service wedding planning, design, creation, and coordination. I take a limited number of weddings per year, as it is very important to me to give my full attention to each client and event. I consider our full-service package truly the crème de la crème. After over thirteen years in the wedding and event industry, I have fully realized my passion in working with my clients every step of the way, building relationships, and ensuring their journey and wedding are as wonderful and memorable as possible.

Some clients prefer to take on more of the responsibility and leg-work of the wedding planning process on their own. I offer a partial service package that allows for more significant work on the client’s end. With our partial planning package, we essentially tag-team the “to-do” list and work together to secure vendors and finalize contracts. Package inclusions are similar to our full-service clients, but notably do not include items such as: Invitation & RSVP management, rehearsal dinner coordination, and welcome gift distribution.

As a full-service focused firm, we do not offer a regular day-of coordination package. We do, however, take a limited number of day-of coordination weddings each year. We base our decision to do day-of coordinating on various factors, such as wedding date, location, and planner availability.

I am proud to say we have placed top five in Denver A-Lists best wedding planner category the past three years. We have also been published in numerous blogs, online resources, and in print.

Kimberly Rose Events is named after my mom, Kim, and my sister, Carolyn Rose, who are two of the most important people in my life. Kimberly Rose embodies the idea that we spend special events with the people we care about, and our goal is to capture those moments and feelings with design, originality, and a little magic.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I actually do not feel there are many challenges being a female business owner in the wedding industry. Many of the professionals I work with are also women. I feel honestly very empowered in this industry as a female because I know so many boss babes. I think women can do anything we want to do. I do not feel like I am being suppressed
; I just follow my dreams and work hard!


  • Full-service weddings start at $7000 for 2020
  • Partial service weddings start at $5000 for 2020
  • Day of coordination starts at $2500 for 2020

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Catherine Jeter Photography, Lindy Hickman Photography

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