Alyse has lived in the Hampton Roads area her entire life. At the young age of 14, she met her high school sweetheart & now husband, Steve. Together they have 3 children; Ella, Ronni (the GIRL), & Grant. When she isn’t busy at work or running after the kids, she enjoys working out, shopping, & going to dinner with friends. Alyse received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Old Dominion University. She began her career in the training department at Norfolk Southern. After spending a few years planning corporate training events, she had her first child & took a leap of faith & started Waterford Event Rentals. Alyse couldn’t be happier than when she is helping clients design their big day. She loves focusing on details, textures, colors, & the overall look of an event. Her undeniable passion for the event industry & specifically, rentals, is written all over her face every time she walks into the design studio.
Favorite Starbucks Drink: Skinny Caramel Macchiato with Extra Caramel Drizzle
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie Dough
Favorite Waterford Linen: Bring on the Velvet!!
Sales & Operations Manager
Kayla is a Hampton Roads native & alumni of Old Dominion University. Surprisingly, Kayla got her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (can you say well rounded??) Kayla has been with Waterford since 2019 and began her time in the warehouse learning legit ALL. THE. THINGS. Questions about our inventory- she’s your go to for that! Since her warehouse days, she has grown into many new roles & acts currently as the Operations & Sales Manager. Outside of Waterford, you can find Kayla staying fit & healthy at the gym, waking up at 3:00am to coach at OTF, going to the movies, and hanging out with her closest friends! Oh & traveling when she gets the chance!
Favorite Starbucks Drink: Skinny French Vanilla Latte (hot)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Oreo
Favorite Waterford Linen: Velvet anything.. Is that even a question?
Shawna is a Virginia Beach native. Her loud, joyful laugh attracted her husband, Troy, over 15 years ago. Together they have two children; Emsleigh & Maverick (Top Gun not the Cowboy). Shawna has been a licensed Hairstylist and Cosmetology Instructor since 2006. Shawna & Troy relocated to Dallas for a few years where she began working for Paul Mitchell the School. That is where she took her creativity, OCD tendencies, and out of the box thinking and turned it into her passion of all things events. When Shawna isn’t busy meticulously handling your rentals for your big day, you can find her on the beach catching the rays with a Cherry Coke in hand, while the kids play in the sand. Her passion for events and people is as big as the smile you will see on her face when you have the pleasure to work with her!
Favorite Starbucks Drink: Very Berry Hibiscus
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla with Rainbow Sprinkles
Favorite Waterford Linen: Give me all the lace!
Lead Event Staff
Waterford Event Rentals (WER) was established in 2010 when two best friends collaborated their design abilities and desire to help clients achieve breathtaking events. Waterford Event Rentals specializes in high-quality rental items; such as table runners, chair covers, sashes, tablecloths, chairs, tables, plate chargers, etc. We take great pride in the connections we make with our clients, and the impeccable product and service we provide at every event. Every linen is pressed and hung with perfection. All rentals are clean & handled and stored with care to ensure our customers are always receiving the absolute best! We value each and every one of our clients. Please take a look around our website and see what you think! We hope you will try linens the “Waterford Way” at your next event!
The name, Waterford Event Rentals, was chosen because the owner and the co-founder grew up together on “Waterford Place.” When it was time to choose a name, it was an easy choice! “Waterford” reminded us of all the memories we shared growing up together.
“Waterford Blue” is a common phrase that event industry professionals (and even brides and grooms) use in Hampton Roads when referring to the shade of blue in our logo. We stick by this color so much (in our logo, paint on our walls, the color of our shoes, etc.) that people think of “Waterford” when they see this color.
Waterford Event Rentals started in the home many years ago. At the time we only offered chair covers and a few satin sash colors, however, what made us stand out was the amount of sash tie options we offered. The standard bow was put to rest, and Waterford Event Rentals brought life to several unique ties that really allowed couples to showcase their personality and allow their event to stand out.
As customers requested more and more linen colors and textures, we exp&ed our inventory and moved from the house into storage units and a small office. It didn’t take long before we moved once again into our first office warehouse.