THE SANDLEWOOD TEAM
Lauren & Shawn Sparks
SANDLEWOOD MANOR OWNERS
Lauren and Shawn Sparks founded Sandlewood Manor in 2016 with a shared vision for a ministry based wedding venue. Shawn and Lauren’s individual success in marketing and business management makes them a powerful team. Their hardworking personalities, strong passion for marriage, and a desire to help others have merged to create one of Houston’s premier wedding venues.
Tina & Darryl Kennedy
SANDLEWOOD MANOR VENUE OWNERS
Darryl and Tina Kennedy have had the opportunity to share in the vision of Sandlewood Manor, that was given to Lauren and Shawn Sparks years ago, by playing a strongly supportive role in the venue. After 35 years of marriage, Darryl and Tina have learned that sharing life together is a beautiful gift from God. “Learning to weather the difficulties of life together and having a partner to share in the joys is one of life’s greatest adventures and well worth the learning curve.” We feel blessed to have a small part in encouraging and supporting marriages in Houston through Sandlewood Manor’s Love for a Lifetime program. As co-owners and coworkers here at Sandlewood Manor, it is our desire to see excellence in every area of this business and we pray that God will use this magnificent property for his glory.”
SANDLEWOOD MANOR VENUE DIRECTOR
Ashley joined the Sandlewood team in 2021 and brings with her nearly 20 years of Event Planning experience; curating intimate events such as Baby Showers and Engagement Celebrations, to grand affairs such as Weddings and Corporate Events. For several years, she owned a small floral shop in Washington state and got her start in the Wedding industry by creating custom invitations. She is passionate about walking with every client from creation to execution of their event at Sandlewood Manor. In addition to her experience as an Event Planner, she believes strongly in the power and effectiveness of teams in this industry. "We are better together," is Ashley's motto. She hails from Las Vegas originally and has called Texas home for 8 years. She has been happily married for 16 years and is the mother of five beautiful children.
SANDLEWOOD MANOR EVENTS MANAGER
Shane joined the Sandlewood Manor team with a true passion for hospitality and events. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Tourism Management degree from Colorado State University before moving to Asia and Europe where she gained valuable experience planning destination weddings. Shane is well versed in corporate travel and events, having worked with high level executives to create global itineraries. Her early career took her to San Diego where she had the opportunity to produce conferences, company celebrations and fundraisers. She understands the value of culinary experiences at the center of each event. Having recently made Texas her home, she is enjoying the notorious southern hospitality! Whether your event is an elegant wedding or corporate affair, Shane wants to use her skills as an avid planner to make your event amazing. She loves hearing how couples met, incorporating personal expression into your day and celebrating moments that matter!
SANDLEWOOD MANOR MARKETING/AD MANAGER
Katie has joined us in 2022, with five years in the industry of excelling in creative marketing and graphic designs. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Environment Services at the University of Alabama focusing on marketing, hospitality and special event management. She also accredits her past experience and studies as a Walt Disney World Intern as a key tool in her marketing strategies. Katie’s greatest qualities in life is her faith, positivity, passion and willingness to embrace change. She will tell you her reward is seeing a unique vision and someone’s dream come to life. In her spare time she is an avid artist and photographer at heart, and enjoys traveling with her husband, Sean.
SANDLEWOOD MANOR VENUE CONCIERGE
Lindsey graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor's in Psychology and joined the Sandlewood Manor team in 2022. When she's not serving our couples here at Sandlewood, you can find her running and operating her mobile bartending business that she launched in 2021. As a hopeless romantic, with a passion for serving those around her she makes a great edition to our team! When she isn't working, you can find her at the dog park with her Golden Retriever, Bennett, or at home planning her own wedding with her fiance.
SANDLEWOOD MANOR VENUE CONCIERGE
Sarah's roots run deep here in Tomball, TX, not only showcasing her heartfelt dedication to providing a genuine hostess experience, but also her own upbringing in the area. Born and raised down the road from Sandlewood Manor, she will be quick to tell you the history of the town and the property. Sarah started in the Service Industry 17 years ago as a hostess and continued working in the restaurant industry through college as a server/bartender. In 2020, she created an at-home bakery business which she enjoys as a hobby. After graduating, she found her passion for coordinating events and fell in love with the wedding industry. She will be sure to help make your event a success!
SANDLEWOOD MANOR BAR MANAGER
Ernesto considers himself a true Houstonian. Growing up in Northeast Houston from humble beginnings has taught him that you can be successful if you work hard, possess strong work ethics and stay persistent. Ernesto started off as a Busser, quickly worked his way up to a Banquet Server then Bartender. He was soon promoted to the Lead Events Coordinator for Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, Washington and Assistant Beverage Captain at the Sheraton in downtown Seattle (the two largest convention spaces in the Northeast). Ernesto started working at Sandlewood Manor as a bartender and was quickly promoted to Sandlewood Manor’s Bar Manager. He truly enjoys interacting with guests and helping make the couples day special. Ernesto’s favorite part of working for Sandlewood is getting to work with the amazing staff who he considers family!
SANDLEWOOD MANOR BALLROOM DIRECTOR