We create events that are true reflections of our clients, diligently working on every detail behind the scenes so you and your loved ones can savor every moment together. We go above and beyond to ensure that your wedding weekend is truly rooted in the essence of who you are.
Our couples value exceptional service and seek out a wedding planning experience built on a foundation of genuine care, consideration, and creativity. We pride ourselves on offering a big-hearted, people-first approach to planning from your first meeting through your last dance.
Creative Director. Financial Advisor. Trusted Friend. Counselor. Wedding Expert.
Just a few of the unofficial titles that each planner at A Fresh Event carries. After over a decade of putting together once-in-a-lifetime weekends for our couples, we know planning is just a portion of what we do. Using our industry expertise and an intimate understanding of the planning experience, we give you compassionate, honest support from day one. We draw on our relationships and experience to make recommendations and never accept referral commissions from vendors.
-To leave every meeting with a smile.
-Equal amounts of sage planning wisdom and Drake lyric quotes.
-Hugs, now that we can safely do so!
Jen is the founder and owner of A Fresh Event and has almost a decade of experience planning weddings and corporate events. She has spent her entire career in customer service, and takes pride in solving problems and bringing smiles to her planning couples’ faces. A veteran in the Chicago wedding industry, she is a member of the local chapters of the Wedding International Professionals Association and Catering Executives Club of America, and is a former host of the Thursday Therapy networking mixer for local wedding pros. Jen lives in Lincoln Park and loves walking along the lakefront, getting her SoulCycle on a few times a week, and cheering for the Packers behind enemy lines.
-Requests for your dog to make an appearance on all virtual meetings.
-Someone who will silently bop to “Shut Up And Dance” from the corner of your reception while checking her clipboard.
-Incredibly detailed, aesthetically-pleasing spreadsheets at every turn.
Rachel joined the A Fresh Event team in 2019 and comes from a background in musical theatre, where she learned exactly how much creativity and preparation goes into pulling off unforgettable, magical moments. She's a true Enneagram 5 that delights in learning her clients' events inside and out, all while keeping the process streamlined and fun for the people she works with. Born and raised in Maryland, she relocated to the Chicago area for college. She lives in Lakeview with her husband and their Boston Terrier, and loves nothing more than indulging in craft cocktails in beautiful places.
-In-depth discussions of the best ice cream spots in the city.
-Someone who feels like your best friend, but also happens to be your wedding planner.
-The perfect mix of Midwestern friendliness and Southern hospitality.
Jondra came to A Fresh Event from the world of events and communications, and loves making the planning experience seamless and enjoyable for the couples that she works with. She moved to Chicago after growing up and going to school in Tennessee, and now lives in the western suburbs with her husband and their growing family. She specializes in wedding coordination and loves being able to take the burden of planning off of couples' shoulders in those final few months before their big day.
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