Meet Our Team

Meet THE Jackie

Jackie was born with a passion for food, wine, decor & flowers…in fact - all things celebratory! She has a diploma in hotel catering and resort management from the International Hotel School and has completed several florist, business management, function design, customer care and catering courses over the years. In 2006 after having worked for a national catering company - Compass Management Services, Jackie decided to take the plunge and follow her passion and dreams by opening her very own business …Weddings & Functions by Jackie! Her dynamic company services the KZN area for functions & weddings supplying the following services to clients:

  • Decor Hire
  • Wedding Planning
  • Coordination Packages
  • Corporate Functions
  • Flowers - Table Arrangements, Bouquets, Button Holes and Corsages
  • Draping and Fairy Lights
  • Catering

For years now the By Jackie team has been creating unique, world-class events - helping turn their clients’ dreams into reality. And while achieving the seemingly impossible, Jackie and her team have successfully maintained their reputation for providing a professional, personalized experience with service that exceeds their clients’ expectations. Jackie is passionate about all types of functions and is the definition of a ‘hopeless romantic’ which is the driving force behind her ongoing ability to deliver brides their dream wedding. There is no challenge that Jackie doesn’t welcome with open arms or to say: ‘I do!’

Jackie’s hobbies outside of her business include overseas holiday travel, spending quality time with her husband and beautiful daughter and of course - entertaining family & friends over a glass of wine or two!



Meet Jackie’s “Paid Bridesmaid”

Alexis Yapp

Alexis was born in Liverpool, UK, but immigrated to beautiful South Africa where she was raised in the bright lights of Johannesburg. She fell in love in August 2006 & moved to Durban KZN, got hitched and well the rest we can say is history. 

Alexis majored in Corporate Communications and Marketing at the University of Johannesburg. But, also being a ‘hopeless romantic’ at heart, she was drawn to her underlying passion for the function & weddings industry. Alexis has grown from planning and coordinating all aspects of a function to the more creative side involving decor and flower styling. For many years Alexis has been referred to as “The Paid Bridesmaid”, “The Corporate BFF” and true to her ‘titles’, she will always go out of her way to ensure that your wedding or function is flawless. 

She opened her own event company eight years ago doing freelance work for many people in the industry, which in turn led her to work with By Jackie Weddings & Functions. It was love at first project…they were the perfect match and Alexis instantly felt like part of the family. After just months of working side by side with Jackie they decided to make it official – Alexis is now part of the By Jackie Team – which in her words is “the BEST decision she has made!!”

When her hands are not busy styling events, Alexis loves to spend time with her charismatic hubby, David, her three step children and their beautiful fur babies. She also enjoys watching series, cooking and indulging in a glass of wine or two!


Meet the rest of Jackie’s awesome work family

Behind the scenes to all the By Jackie functions are an amazing team, who are like family. They form the backbone of this dynamic company and most of them have been with the company since By Jackie started. Each and every member plays an important role in the success of the weddings and functions that By Jackie produces. Jackie says she is grateful to be blessed with a team that is exceptionally creative, passionate and truly loves what they do! “When you work with a team like this, your job doesn’t feel like work,” says Jackie.