Why call it Back Patio?

Growing up, we learned one very important lesson from our families. Surrounding yourself with the love of family and friends is irreplaceable. Where we're from, gatherings and celebrations always took place on the back patio. Here everyone felt welcomed, loved + never wanted the day to end. We bring that same spirit to every one of our events here at Back Patio Event Design and we hope to do the same for you!

Who are Laura + Kayla?

After graduating from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelors in Business Management, Laura moved to San Diego temporarily to acquire an additional Bachelors in Fashion Marketing. After graduation, she met her husband and began working events in the fashion and hospitality worlds on the west coast and never left!

After graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management, Kayla moved to San Diego with a job transfer from an international hospitality group. Once she met her husband shortly after moving here, they established roots in San Diego for their young family.

Laura Harrelson

With a passion for live music, fashion, design and organization, I love bringing together creative outings and fun event ideas. Whether I'm planning a night out with my husband and friends to see a live band, or back on the East Coast helping my parents with family gatherings, planning is always at the forefront!

Kayla Portillo

A childhood full of BBQ's at my grandparents farm, church socials, and regular gatherings with family + friends are some of my fondest memories growing up. Be it an intimate tea party for my daughter or a three day wedding event, all gatherings are dear to my heart. Nothing brings me more joy than  bringing people together to celebrate.

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