Elle Ellinghaus Designs is a industy leading wedding planning and design studio for couples with impeccable taste. We offer packages for all budgets and all needs with studios in Sweet Air, MD and Charleston, SC. Almost half of our weddings are destination and we frequent New Orleans, California and the Caribbean yearly. The other half of our weddings take place in Annapolis, the Eastern Shore, Baltimore, DC, and Virginia. Our extensive client list includes numerous NFL players, politicians, and Fortune 500 Executives. EED was born with the intention of bringing planning & luxury design together. Where the tools used are based only from countless hours of experience, the planning feels like you are with a friend, and where timelines & logistics mean just as much as the magnificent decor, EED is a place where weddings & design make sweet love.


EED is honored to be featured several times in Martha Stewart, BRIDES, Enagaged, Southern Weddings Magazines and more, as well as a member of the Knot’s Best of Weddings Award Hall of Fame, and "Best of Wedding Planners" 2012 through 2020.

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“Elle the Super Wedding Planner'. She took on the challenge, sketched up my vision, and created a masterpiece that left everyone speechless."

Chanel & Torrey Smith

July 11, 2013

"The best decision I've made thus far in life aside from marrying my husband was hiring Jillian Jenkins [of EED] as our wedding planner!"

Tracey & Greg

September 24, 2016

"I know it sounds cliche to say it was a perfect day, but without Chelsea and EED, I can't imagine how we could have gotten through everything! She was organized, punctual, calm, and took care of every request we made. My only regret is that I won't get to work with her again!"

Emily & Tim

July 22, 2017

"I'm not sure there are words to describe Jillian Jenkins and the ladies at EED. From day one, she has been the kindest, most attentive, organized, and talented wedding planner we could have ever asked for."

Lyn & Sami

November, 29, 2015

"Elle Ellinghaus-Could she be more perfect? She is! I had to pinch myself often over the course of our wedding planning to see if I was dreaming! She is a creative genius."

Julie & Eric

December 31, 2013



Elle graduated college with a dream of an interior design career when a client asked her to design her daughter's wedding. She said, "Absolutely...not." You see, Elle wasn't into that whole ooey gooey love thing and wanted nothing to do with weddings. "One wedding wouldn't hurt," said Elle, so she did it. Then the bride's friends began asking her to design theirs. Soon, she had a goal of putting these weddings to an end to get back to interiors. Little did she know her world was about to change due to a set of handsome, green eyes....


Elle met her soon-to-be husband and it was love of at first site the moment she walked in and their eyes met. He asked her to a quick lunch, 8 hours later she left understanding that "ooey-gooey love thing" she used to roll her eyes at. After him, Elle wanted to be around love all the time so she transitioned to only weddings, but brought her love of decor into the world of romance. Design she knew, but Elle started to dive into the world of wedding planning & logistics learning everything from her own hands-on experience and countless hours of work.


With the experience, brand and business plan she wanted complete...Elle Ellinghaus Designs was official in 2010. Elle's sister, Jillian, had been planning weddings for a boutique hotel chain for years, so they had a conversation:
Elle: "Hey Jillie, I have a great idea!"
Jillian: "Hey Elle! You are full of great, wonderful ideas all the time!"
**Note from Jillian: That last sentence was added by Elle...[rolls eyes]**
Elle: "You should totally come work with me! So fun!"
Jillian: "AH! Totes!! Can we play country music in the studio? Count me in!"


EED moved into their studio on Canton Square and started turning it into a design space, adding flower boxes and painting the doors and trim pink.


Two interns started at EED who would be be set apart from all the rest: Chelsea & Maureen. Chelsea would eventually become an EED Wedding Planner and Maureen would grow to be involved in everything from event producing to blogging, and what Elle calls "the backbone" of EED.


The team adds irreplaceable Event Producers, Lauren & Chatara, to make this team complete! Elle was asked to be a featured author in the Event Planning textbook used at colleges nationwide and to speak around the country telling her story, being a cheerleader for other small businesses, and teaching wedding planning. EED would go on to be featured in numerous publications, asked to destinations around the globe to design clients weddings, earn the The Knot "Best of Weddings" award 6 years in a row, and live happily ever after creating other's ever afters.


The EED planners are asked to design events for their clients after the wedding is over. Birthdays, debutante balls, and celebrations of all kind. EED's second company, Le Petit Pineapple (the same cute pineapple and sophisticated planning.. with a bow) has begun for social events.