With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, owner Lani Ballonoff’s business philosophy

is simple:


Provide creative designs, great customer service, attention to detail, and utmost professionalism.


Lani infuses his extensive background in theatre and the arts to bring flair to weddings, social and corporate events, gatherings of all types. Along with his team of dedicated event directors, technicians and specialists, Lani and all the experts at SPARK Creative Events have one goal—creating your perfect event.

Get Inspired. Find Your SPARK.


Brides & Grooms

Gay & Lesbian Weddings

Wedding & Event Planners 

Caterers & Rental Companies

Private Parties & Celebrations

Corporate Events

Nonprofit Groups



Santa Barbara



Santa Ynez

San Luis Obispo





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Lani Ballonoff

President & Chief Designer

A California native, Lani’s passion for art and technology led him to the theatre to design lighting, sound and sets. After spending ten years working in the theatre and completing his business degree at UCSB, Lani founded LBPS Events in 2006. The company combined his fascination with creating illuminated worlds and his considerable technological know-how. Lani is currently the owner of SPARK Creative Group (formerly LBPS Events) which serves clients ranging from large universities, corporations and non-profit organizations to event planners and brides. Lani prides himself on excellent customer service paired with unique custom realization of each client’s vision. He leads an exceptional and ever-growing team that is raising the bar for event production throughout the central and south coast. When not managing events, you can find Lani working in the garden or in kitchen with his wife and daughter Annabelle and son Zac, or restoring vintage cars.

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Alexander Jillson

Operations & Event Director

Alex is a Redlands native with family ties to Santa Barbara.  He loves exploring the central coast's natural beauty and as an avid cyclist, can be found on 100 mile rides or quick trips to the local breweries. Alex is people person which led him to a degree in psychology. He can walk you through each step of planning your perfect event, from design to execution.

Stephanie Nguyen

Event Director

Stephanie is a San Jose native who now resides in sunny Santa Barbara. Her master craft is the art of turning everyday objects into one of a kind masterpieces. With her background in visual merchandising and marketing, she brings a unique twist to the event industry. Outside of the office, you can find her catching fly balls at the softball fields!  

Luke Geis

Production Manager

Jessica Ballonoff


Jessica has an extensive background in performing arts production. As a producer for numerous theater companies in Santa Barbara, Jessica brought her administrative and creative skills together to make each event spectacular. She is delighted to bring her unique perspective to the SPARK team to ensure everything runs smoothly.