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A Little Bit About Us...

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, and 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

LGBTQIA 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 what has grown to be SPARK Creative Group in 2006. The company combined his fascination with creating illuminated worlds and his considerable technological know-how. 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 the kitchen with his wife, 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 a 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.

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Stephanie Nguyen

Event Director

Stephanie is a San Jose native who now resides in sunny Southern California. 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!  

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Skip Stecker

Rentals Manager

A Santa Barbara native and a long-time member of the Music and Entertainment community, Skip is a professional and experienced musician, touring sound engineer, and tour manager responsible for all aspects of shows and productions. Whether it is intimate to grand, mild to wild, or anything in between, Skip's desire is to ensure the client is wowed and inspired. Skip's longtime history of installation, design, and professionalism makes him a great leader for our Rentals and Lightscapes divisions. In his spare time, Skip loves to DJ for the SB locals. 

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Sarah Flores

Warehouse Manager

Sarah is a Santa Barbara native who loves all things Halloween. She went back to school to work in a more creative industry and received degrees in Studio and Theatre Art. She has since worked in local theatre honing her wig and makeup skills before joining SPARK. At SPARK, Sarah enjoys bringing the artistic vision of the consultants to life as well as keeping an organized warehouse. 


Hayley Ramagos

Executive Assistant

Originally from New Orleans, Hayley joined the team after relocating from Los Angeles where she had been working in the television and film industry. Her years in production design expanded her ability to work creatively. Hayley’s design background includes decorating sets for events, film, and television. She also spent years working in art department management. Hayley enjoys managing design projects and working with creative people. On her days off you can find Hayley hiking local trails or relaxing with a good book.

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