07.03.21 | Allerton Park- Monticello, IL
Yes, I am starting from the end of the night because a private firework can't be saved for last! Around 9:30 p.m we asked all the guests to gather around the mansion's Koi Pond with drink in hand for a special send off to the couple. Little did they all know we were surprising the couple with a pre Fourth of July firework show! The burst of color started lighting up the sky, making a perfect setting for photos of the couples and moments for the guests to share with one another before saying their goodbyes. It was an absolute magical way to end such a one-of-a-kind dream wedding!Read More
Wedding Trends for Your Big Day!
This year there has been such a mix of trends from rentals, signage, wedding cakes, and more you can certainly find one that will be a perfect match for your wedding vision! Find this year's 2022 trend list below and what I am predicting will be trends for 2023.Read More
Top 3 Wedding Colors Couples are Loving!
Today, we are inspired by the “Bridgerton” series of romantic pastels, the bold colors from “NY Fashion Week” and the Midwest couple's color pick of “Pink.” I love being inspired by the culture of our times when creating a wedding design look. It is a great start to laying the foundation of the overall couple's style and I hope these color palettes help lead you to creating dream wedding day look!Read More
05.22.21 | Millers Farm, Gifford, IL
I first meet Emma and Austin in February 2020 with their wedding day a year away, and no anticipating for the year to come.Read More
06.19.21 | Private Property, Streator, IL
I first meet Katie and Joel in April 2021 (yes, 2 months before!) with their wedding day planned for June 19th, 2021. Our initial consultation came from a referral from their wedding photography, as they were planning a full scale wedding at their private home. The couple at the time had moved to Joel's family farm in which they were not only planning a wedding, but also remodeling! Katie and Joel had a wedding vision for all of their family & friends to celebrate in their journey and thank each of them for being a part of their life. As a wedding coordinator you don't always know what dream day the couple is creating and little did I know, how special their wedding day would become.Read More
Get my 6 Must Have Spring Picnic & Travel Essentials!
I love having an outing at Allerton Park, taking a trip to the beach, heading to a music festival or exploring sites abroad... So as we start to see the sun coming through the clouds with the hope of sunnier days ahead, I thought it would be the perfect time to round-up a few of my spring essentials!Read More
Keller Williams Real Estate Center of Illinois has been committed to our community, and our veterans, for years. As an organization that is near and dear to their hearts, they have donated over $800,000 for the Chez Veterans Center before this evenings fundraiser. The committee in congruence with Mega Events auctioneer and our event planning we were able to create a gala experience that ended hitting our goal of $1 MILLION RAISED!Read More
Are you considering planning or having a 2022 rustic & cozy winter wedding? If yes! Then read blow for tips on creating a winter wonderland for your magical day. Whether, you selected a winter wedding because of the sparkling snow, cozy setting, color palette or holiday cheer, let us help you create your dream day!Read More
If you are entertaining this winter season, then you need to know how to make a shaar·koo·tr·ee board. Why, because we all need to enjoy sitting around the table connecting with one another after this year! Here are my how to tips for creating your own amazing charcuterie board whether big or small, it will make be a staple on your holiday entertaining table.
|1| Start with the holiday theme. What does that mean? If it is Thanksgiving, think of the word "gathering" and the colors of "orange, rust, brown, yellow and green." If it is Christmas, think of the word "celebrate" and the colors of "red, green, silver, gold." If it is Hanukkah, think of the word "festive" and the colors of "blue, white, yellow and silver."Read More
The moody color of 2021 is all tones of brown. So it is not surprising the trend this year is for creating a contrasting & melancholy wedding day design look.
As we start to get back to gatherings, many of us are hosting events at our home. From graduations, birthdays, baby showers and more we can start celebrating our life's occasions again! I have been the event planner to many outdoor parties this year, which comes along with a lot of planning.
See my party checklist for hosting your next event at home.Read More
If you are entertaining this summer, consider making a bold color choice. We all have been inside and are in need of cheering up with a bit of vibrancy in our life!
For this tabletop design I choose the color yellow, because it just made me happy! There are so many color hues you can choose like, red, blue, orange or pink. Once, you choose the color let it be your muse for the dining table inspiration.Read More
We are fully into summer now, which means a lot of backyard gatherings in our Midwest oasis!? Now, I do have a biases to the outdoors being from California and I know sometimes summers out here don't feel like an oasis, but I will not give up! Together, with a team of creatives we set this stunning table escape in the gardens of Allerton.
|1| Select your inspirational linen. In selecting the hydrangea linen called, Garden Oasis, I wanted the surrounding flowers to be a part of the dining experience. Also, the bright colors of blue, pink, green and orange brought a lightness & happiness to the setting.Read More
06.18.21 | Bluestem Hall, Urbana IL
I first meet Julie and Sergei in October 2019 (yes, 2019!) with their wedding day planned for August 21st, 2021. My initial excitement in our call I tried to keep discrete, as we instantly connected over living in California. The couple at the time lived in the San Francisco area, and with me being from Orange County, it felt like we had switched regions! Sergei and Julie met here in Champaign as they attended high school together, then over the years they found their way to California. Little did I know from that first talk, how special there wedding day would become.Read More
The Midwest has barns scattered throughout the lands. Find out how to plan your wedding day with our design, framework and coordination tips from an expert wedding planner.
The celebratory winter event for my dad's BIG 70TH birthday was a groovy vibe of inspiration in the Midwest. I decided this year to host a themed birthday celebration to honor the life of my dad! It may be surprising, but with my family isn't big on throwing parties, even though they have a free event planner :) But this year, they had no choice as I threw a 1970s theme day filled with intention, emotion and meaning with their dear family & friends. Follow along, as I breakdown how to plan a theme birthday!Read More
06.05.21 | Private Residence, Monticello
I first meet Colby and Ben in January 2020 with their wedding day just about seven month away! You could tell Colby had been dreaming about this day with a vivid vision for their dream day!Read More
05.29.21 | The Prairie Glass House
This couple couldn’t wait to be married and be a family. I first meet Krysta and Steve in July 2020 with their wedding day just about a year away! The two of them were so excited they found each other and the joy of planning their wedding with them we very wavered!Read More
05.22.21 | Millers Farm Barn
I first meet Emma and Austin in February 2020 with their wedding day just about a year away! We chatted about how the two of them met, their jobs, life her in Champaign and their wedding. I knew right away I would enjoy working with them both, and I so did!Read More
05.08.21 | Bluestem Hall
A classy, elegant and retro inspired wedding day is here for Larasha + Anthony! We started planning their wedding day in December 2019 and with some luck, the couple was fortunate enough to have their wedding day on their originally planned wedding day!Read More
04.24.21 | Bluestem Hall
1 2 3 the wedding day is here for Sarah + Alek! Our initial consultation was August 18th 2019.Read More
10.23.20 | The Moore Building
Not many people talk about this..but as a full service wedding planner you are blessed to go on the couple’s wedding journey with them.Read More
10.17.20 | The Farmstand Barn
Not many people talk about this.. but as a full service wedding planner you are blessed to go on the couple’s wedding journey with them.Read More
08.08.20 | Private Residence, Champaign ILNot many people talk about this.. but as a full service wedding planner you are blessed to go on the couple’s wedding journey with them.
When I first met with Emily & David the pure joy, kindness, excitement and love they had for each other was instant to me. One of the first question I ask couples in planning is “What do you two want to feel on your wedding day?” They both wanted a day that honored their love with their family & friends with a beautifully intentional day that expressed who they are as a couple.Read More
The moody color of 2021 is all tones of brown. Find out how to use just the right amount of neutrality for your wedding day design look.Read More
It is start to spring and summer gatherings! We have all experienced different growths, wins and losses then we started this year, but the biggest takeaway is we did grow ourselves! Now, we can simply be in the present moment with our close family & friends to celebrate together safely. Here are some alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks ideas as well as entertaining tips for you next hosted gathering!
Remember, as the hostess, of your family gathering creating a simple & easy experience for your guests is the priority. If you aren't able to celebrate with your close family & friends, consider coming up with a signature cocktail or mocktail to send in a fun package with all the ingredients & recipe!Read More
The publication of Gao + Yang’s wedding day is in The Knot! The feature was chosen for its auspicious qualities, red anchored this wedding at the University of Illinois.
Can you see the difference in the tabletops? Not every occasion has to use china for a stunning tabletops. The quality of plasticware can amaze your guests, revealing the elegance of china! If you are deciding between a plastic or china take a look at these two tabletops to see if you can tell the difference.Read More
The steamy color of 2020 is all shades of red. Find out how to use just the right amount of shade for your wedding day design look.Read More
There is no I in team but there is an I in IY.
So why am I so hesitant to say I, when describing the behind the scenes of a company I created? Take this personal look with me, into the start of Inspire Your® weddings and events.Read More
The natural landscapes of the enriched farmlands that surround many of the wedding venues in the Midwest, could all use a brush stroke of color.Read More
Not every wedding has to be formal and or informal. The juxtaposition of the two can be where you have the most fun! If you are deciding between a formal or informal experience to entertain your wedding guests, the perfect fit could be in between. Here are my entertaining tips!Read More