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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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