T H E   K N A T Z   F A M I L Y

Megan & Bryan have brought their talents together to conceive, design and direct a unique luxury operationevent venue, dessert shop, and luxurious accommodations were all included in their vision of the perfect venue for your perfect day.



M E G A N   K N A T Z ,   O W N E R

Megan, as the founder of Take the Cake Cupcakes & Desserts, has built one of the areas leading event dessert businesses. With over 5 years in the event business she has catered over 200 weddings and received awards such as Best Dessert 2014 and 2015 at the Marion Arts Festival and Best Cake 2014. Megan was recently selected for Invest In She 2015, a group of leading Iowa Women Entrepreneurs and is very involved in the corridor wedding industry.


N I C O L E   S T U D T ,   V I R T U A L   A S S I S T A N T

Nicole is our behind-the-scenes expert.  She keeps track of all things financial, manages client contracts and information, social media, and projects. Her background consists of nearly 20 years of Human Resources and Project Management experience.  Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Business from Mount Mercy University and a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. 



C H E L S E A   G R I E D E R,   E V E N T   M A N A G E R   &   D A Y - O F   C O O R D I N A T O R

Chelsea is our Event Coordinator and Day-of Coordinator. She was our first bride in November 2016!  Chelsea has her Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Product Development. Chelsea and her husband, Paul reside in Cedar Rapids, and are the parents to their fur-puppy, Nala Jo.



S A R A H   K A N G,   J A N E - O F - A L L   T R A D E S

Sarah is our jack-of-all trades. She gets done miscellaneous work and fills in positions as needed. Some of her roles are Back-up Day-of Coordinator and Event Manager, busser, curator of photos for our gallery, and website maintenance person. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in Studio Art, and an Event-Planning Certificate from the University of Iowa. She is currently studying remotely for her Master's in Strategic Brand Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



M J   C O L B Y,   T A K E   T H E   C A K E   D E S S E R T S   C O O R D I N A T O R

MJ is the Dessert Coordinator for Ashton Hill's sister company, Take the Cake Desserts. She assists clients with their dessert selections and creates dessert displays that make a lasting impression on clients' special days. MJ graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Culinary Science and has been in the food industry for almost five years. She has worked for magazines such as Taste of Home and Simple & Delicious. She moved back to Marion after marrying her husband, Steve, and they have a puppy called Baby Lou.

To lean more about our dessert options or to schedule a tasting for your next event, please email or call Take the Cake at (319) 892-0174.