Our Team

Learn about our story and the dream team that makes it all happen for your special day

Hello everyone!

We are Candice & Brian, the owners of Holland’s newest luxury event venue: Port 393.

After going through the planning process for our own wedding in 2019, we were unable to find a venue that we felt met our needs. We believe that couples navigating the course of life together should enjoy the engagement process and be given all the tools necessary for a successful occasion.

We made the decision to host our own wedding at home and simultaneously create a plan for our future business together.

We poured our hearts and souls into the creation of Port 393 and incorporated all the simplicity, beauty and elegance we wished to find for our own wedding. We chose not to remodel the previous structure on the 393 Cleveland property because we did not want to settle.

We wanted to provide an exceptional view of the lake, a relaxing rooftop patio, a luxurious lounge, a large, modern reception space, and every other minor detail necessary to creating an enjoyable planning process.

“The Port 393 mission is to turn dreams into realities and ensure every client is beyond pleased on the day of their celebration.”

– Candice Grant, Owner

Meet the Dream Team

Lauren Mouw
Client Experience Coordinator

Lauren spends her days making sure our clients have the best experience possible, as our Client Experience Coordinator.

Education: Grand Valley State University

Hometown: Holland, MI

Linda Shipman
Corporate Event Planner

Linda is our in-house Corporate Event Planner with a Public Relations focus.

Education: Major in Business Administration in Communications at Michigan State University

Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan

Passions: Traveling, “From the Sol” Floral Outreach, and Creativity

Kiley Kaye 

Lipscomb Graduate and current Bride-to-be at Port 393! Kiley is our in house rentals guru whose focus is on all of the details for your event!

Education: Double Major in Marketing and Graphic Arts at Lipscomb

Hometown: Hartland, Michigan

Passions: All things design, decor and floral. As well as, travel and snorkeling.

Michaela Tuttle
Venue Manager

Michaela is our newest team member, specializing in day-to-day operations here at the venue. She just moved to Holland!

Education: BS Facility & Event Management, MS Nonprofit Management at Grace College & Theological Seminary

Hometown: Rockford, Illinois

Passions: Jesus, people, kayaking, and anything else outdoors!

Wendi Pairitz
Food & Beverage Manager

Wendi is our in-house Sommelier (who you will see at Champagne Club) and she also works weddings while managing our bar operations!

Education: Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Restaurant Management and Event Management Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Passions: Kiddos, teach about wine, and making people happy

Jessica Ribbens
Port 393 Intern

Current Senior Hope Student Jessica is currently an Intern at Port 393!

Education: Communications Major with a Business Minor from Hope College

Hometown: Allendale, MI

Passions: Being on the lake, investing in people, and exploring

Rachel Reis
Venue Manager & Day-of Coordinator

Rachel makes sure everything comes together just like it should on your special day.

Education: Double Masters in Vision Rehab Therapy & Rehabilitation Counseling at Western Michigan University

Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Passions: Traveling, hiking, & learning new things everyday! 

Taylor Spanbauer
Port 393 Intern

Current Senior Hope Student Taylor is currently an Intern at Port 393!

Education: Double Major in Communications and Political Science

Hometown: Woodstock, Illinois 

Passions: Traveling, Hiking, & Champagne

Molly Griffin
Event Planning & Management

Molly specializes in event planning and management here at Port 393.

Education: Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events at Grand Valley State University 

Hometown: New Buffalo, MI

Passions: Hiking, Kayaking, Coffee, Reading everything in Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club