We have more than a decade of experience designing events. 


We've designed, planned and coordinated events from weddings to backyard parties, corporate meetings, celebrations, and holiday parties, to intimate dinner parties.  We've worked with a wide variety of local venues, caterers, musicians, photographers, florists and many other industry partners.


We're professional designers. In fact, we're award-winning, certified and registered Interior Designers. This makes us unique because we are not just influenced by design - we are a part of the design world. We are experts in colour, textiles, and styling, and we have expertise in project management and sustainability.

​We are inspired by our clients and what they love whether that be travel, music, fashion, art, food, movies, or a favourite pastime. We also draw inspiration from nature which we love to incorporate in to event design.

We're creative, collaborative, detail-oriented and we love a good party! 

More About Us

We chose to call ourselves Ampersand because, like weddings & events, it is the symbol that brings people together.


The ampersand is the symbol that unites two previously separate elements.

Ampersand Events & Design was founded by Alanna Drawson & Lauren Coburn, two Ottawa based Interior Designers. 

We met in design school and hit it off immediately, discovering a shared love of natural materials and designer shoes. While working together on school projects, we stumbled onto planning our first party and have continued to collaborate on events ever since. 



Lauren brings an infectious enthusiasm and passion to everything that she does. She has years of experience in event planning and project management and a genuine talent for motivating people.


She tells it like it is and takes on challenges without hesitation. Interested in woodworking and graphic design, Lauren has a knack for seeking out those details that will make your event extraordinary.


Handy with a needle and thread, Alanna earned a Degree in Fashion and Textile Design and designed & created many custom wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses before going on to study Interior Design. 


Event planning takes full advantage of her calm demeanor and strong organizational skills. She has an eye for colour & details, years of design experience, and a passion for integrating personal details and traditions into every event.

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