Our Company Story
founded on a mission to simply celebrate your love
Since 2010, the Simply Elegant Group has been on a mission: to ensure that all couples are able to celebrate their love in a way that they love.
How It All Began
When we first started planning weddings, we learned that far too often, the biggest hesitation couples had in hiring a wedding planner was cost. We saw how some engaged couples endure sleepless nights, unfortunate fights, and a lonesome planning process, while those that invested in our services had a better planning experience, free from stress and overwhelm.
Seeing the differences in planning experiences convinced us that having a wedding planner by your side should be an option for all couples.
So we put our heads together to find a way to make that happen.
Our Preferred Vendor Program
We found the solution in our Preferred Vendor Program (PVP). To save you money during the planning process, we offer pre-negotiated discounts and incentives from over 400 of the best wedding vendors from across the country. We make no money from these partnerships because none of our vendors can pay to be a part of our list and we do not accept commissions from them.
none of our vendors can pay to be a part of our list and we do not accept commissions from them.
We thoroughly vet all of our vendors before adding them to our PVP list, and they are solely there because we know they take incredible care of our couples. In exchange for all the amazing referrals we give to our vendor partners, we ask that they in turn do something special for our SEG couples in the form of discounts, upgrades, or free add-ons.
Thousands of dollars in savings takes the obstacle of cost in hiring a wedding planner right off the table! So cool, right?
Where You've Seen Us Featured
Our Team has collectively planned over 4,500 events nationwide! What can we say, we LOVE planning weddings and we love our couples! That makes our team some of the most experienced wedding planners in the entire country.
But that’s not the only reason.
Beyond that, couples choose us because we always vow to maintain...
A Personalized Experience
We may plan hundreds of weddings every year, but we guarantee you’ll feel like our only one. How do we do that? By caring about your wedding as much as you do! With a team as big as ours we can intentionally pair you with your perfect planner whose sole focus is you, but we also customize your entire experience. You see commitments are our business, and our commitment is to you and your overall happiness.
An Attitude of Abundance
With millions of couples getting married every year and a wedding industry that is full of dedicated professionals, we want everyone to find their best fit. No settling! We appreciate that other wedding professionals have expertise different from ours, so we aim to highlight the strengths of our incredible vendor friends. It is by working together that we create the very best wedding possible for you!
We aim to be warm, genuinely welcoming, and easy to talk to. We promise to use open communication and transparency as the basis of our relationship. There can be many challenges when planning a wedding. Communicating with us shouldn’t be one of them.
Collaboration is the key to a successful wedding. Every wedding we plan is the result of the hard work and dedication of so many wedding professionals. We collaborate closely with everyone involved in the planning process so we can ensure your wedding vision comes to life.
Meet the SEG Team
I LOVE a great LOVE story…
I’ve always been a bit obsessed with that four-letter word. LOVE in all its forms. It probably explains why I’ve also always been a bit obsessed with weddings. The love of a father as he looks at his grown up little girl and the partner he trusts to take care of her. The love of a mother as she looks at her son and is proud of the man she raised. The love of girlfriends supporting one of their own as she embarks on a new adventure. The love between guys, as they cheers or embrace. The love between two families, as they become one… the love between two people, when they promise forever. As a bride, I felt all of these types of love and more. My wedding day was an overwhelming, all-consuming, undeserving amount of LOVE being thrust upon me and my husband from every guest who was a part of our day. It was truly the best day ever because of LOVE. The best part was that I got to soak in every moment of that love because my wedding day was HANDLED by a Simply Elegant planner.
As a highly detail oriented and organized person, my family and friends wondered why I decided to hire a wedding planner. The answer was simple- I wanted to be present, to feel the love, and to enjoy the biggest party of my life! I did that with complete abandon (cue an entire glass of red wine being spilled down my dress due to some intense dance moves) because I was confident that every detail was being perfectly executed by my planner and team of vendors.
After my wedding, I realized that I wanted to make that a reality for other brides and grooms! It truly doesn’t matter if you are having 50 guests or 400, weddings take coordination, timelines, and details. My goal as a planner is execute your vision so that you can focus on each other and all the LOVE of your big day. On your wedding day you should feel happy, confident, and relaxed with me by your side as your planner.
When I’m not planning weddings, I’m spending time with my husband and my dog, Archie, cooking recipes from my favorite food bloggers or the queen Ina, baking mostly indulgent but sometimes healthy versions of my favorite sweets, taking a Barry’s class, decorating my new home, watching wedding videos or pregnancy announcements on YouTube and sobbing through them, or my favorite pastime- drinking wine and eating cheese…
I am happiest when I can make others happy, and I strongly believe that the best way to do that is by allowing people to share in special moments together.
I have loved all things wedding since I was a little girl, and I feel so lucky to call my passion my career. Weddings are full of magical moments, but seeing you walk down the aisle still gets me, every single time. I am so honored to be a part of your big day! Do YOU. That’s the best wedding advice I received as a bride and what I hope all of my couples remember. If something feels important to you in your planning, there is a reason, and I want to know exactly what that is. Personally, I live for the details and organization.
Whether your inspirations are large or small, I am here to help bring your vision to life by highlighting and celebrating the love that you and your partner share. Lead Planner From helping you pick out the perfect font for your invitations, to making sure that your centerpieces are placed on the tables just so, I will be there to ensure that your day is a reflection of YOU.
As a former therapist, learning what is important to you and what makes you happy is my top priority. When I am not in the corner crying during your first dance, you can find me spending my days with my daughter, Emma, and my French Bulldog, Maize. Although I love summer, every year I yearn for the crunch of fall leaves under my feet and the first magical snowfall. If I could travel every week, I would, and I have unhealthy obsessions with manicures, Oreos, Nordstrom, Bravo and Soul Cycle. But it is the little things that bring me joy like spending quality time with family and friends so I cannot wait to meet you and all of the important people in your life!
I became a Wedding Planner for many reasons, and it is not just because I am overly detailed & organized... Working with me as your Wedding Planner, your ideas and visions will become a reality. I will ensure that the happiest day of your life is everything you ever dreamed about and more!
Every wedding day is so incredibly different; we will work together to create something as absolutely spectacular and unique as you! I will be there for you every step of the way, ensuring that you are relaxed, happy, organized, & confident. All of our months, or even years of planning, will come together seamlessly to create your Fairytale Wedding.
You and your fiancé will be able to focus on each other and celebrate your love and commitment to one another with your family & friends. All of my past clients say that their day went by way too quickly, but they were so thankful to have me there because I was on top of it all from beginning to the end. They didn’t need to worry about a thing, and because of that, they were able to take it all in and enjoy every single moment with each other and their loved ones; which is exactly what I would love to do for you!
When I am not planning weddings, I absolutely love spending time with my boyfriend, friends, family, & my Australian Shepherd pup named Louie. I also love to go to as many concerts as possible, snowboard, shop, watch my guilty pleasure TV Show - Real Housewives (I love them all), and to travel and see new places! I am a very happy, kind, adventurous, & creative person, who has a passion for this business & for making my client’s dream wedding come true!
It's pretty easy to pinpoint where my love of event planning comes from. My mom has always loved a good party, and has party planning down to a science! So, naturally, it is also in my genes.
I studied at the University of Houston where I graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and learned the ins and outs of the hospitality and service industry. My love of organization and planning led me to the corporate world, where I’ve served as a meeting and events manager.
I have had the opportunity to plan small, intimate meetings and also large scale events with thousands of guests. When you add my ability for planning with my being a hopeless romantic, the result is a wedding planner that will give you her best to make your dream wedding a reality.
As your wedding planner, I am able to hone in on my true passion, which is helping you create a truly fantastic and unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Did I mention that I am a Simply Elegant bride myself? I loved my wedding and my experience with my planner so much that I joined this team to help do the same for you!
You wake up the morning of your wedding day with butterflies and excitement rushing through your body. You’re nervous, but also calm and collected because today is THE day! All the planning comes down to this and you finally get to marry your best friend! The timeline has every event of the day outlined, the inventory list has been checked & double checked, all your vendors are prepared for every detail and you are confident if anything does come up, there will be a quick and efficient solution, because we had a plan! I am excited and honored to be by your side on your special day.
I promise you I will do everything in my power to make this day the best day ever! From ironing out every last detail to making sure everything is exactly as you’ve envisioned, with me by your side, your day will be fabulous. With my attention to detail and organization your mind will be at ease throughout the planning process and on your wedding day, allowing you and your family to soak in every moment of your dream wedding.
Growing up, my family had large parties at banquet halls for everything from birthdays and anniversaries to communions and engagements (and of course weddings!). Eventually I realized a formal event for every occasion wasn’t the norm for most families, but I also began to appreciate how the food, décor, lights, music and formal attire set the stage for lasting memories which bring my family joy to this day. As an adult, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time than to help create those special memories for other families. I like to think attending all these events at an early age prepared me for a future as a planner!
Being a Wedding Planner is truly my dream job and between your vision and my love, passion and experience, I am certain we will create an unforgettable day! Congratulations on your engagement & finding your lobster! I am so excited to watch you embark on this new adventure together as you say “I Do” to your best friend! Now… let’s get planning!!!
To me, meeting with engaged couples to talk all things wedding is like spotting your fav celeb out and about! Nothing makes me more excited than seeing you happy, inspired and excited about your wedding, while helping you stay organized and on top of the details. Throughout the planning process, I would love to be your sounding board - I’m here to bounce any and all ideas off of and to help bring all of your visions to life. Getting to know you and your fiancé and learning what makes you unique as a couple and how we can incorporate that into your wedding day is one of my favorite parts of planning! I absolutely love seeing you get creative and helping to design a wedding that truly reflects your relationship (No idea is too crazy!) From start to finish, I take so much pride in being the person there to make this process as memorable and enjoyable for you and your loved ones!
My introduction to the wedding industry began when I studied Hotel + Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. I started an internship with a wedding planner my freshman year and quickly became obsessed with the many pieces that come together to create those magical moments. My love for people, design and planning became my career, and I have loved it ever since! After 5 years of wedding planning in northern Arizona and at the Grand Canyon, I decided to chase my big city dreams and move from my small mountain town to Chicago!
It has been about a year of living here and I can safely say that I LOVE almost everything about this city (except for Lower Wacker…) The change of scenery and fast-pace of the city has inspired me so much and I am so excited to use that to create your PERFECT wedding! I can’t wait to spend time getting to know you and finding ways to celebrate you and your love!
Congratulations you love birds!What an exciting time for you and your loved ones! If you're reading this right now and your head is spinning with all of the lists, appointments and details that you need to have just breathe! I am here to help you have the day you've always dreamed of.
I began working in weddings because I LOVE love. I have always been obsessed with the little details and I get so excited hearing of how your relationship has grown. I also love the process of taking ideas and executing them to their fullest potential. I am organized and thorough, with a bag that has become known as the "Mary Poppins Bag" full of anything you might need on your wedding day, so let me absorb any of your wedding stresses so that you can just enjoy this most special time in your life!
I was that little kid who constantly made my barbies get married, making them dresses out of whatever fabric scraps I could find and decking out the ceremony in flowers from my mom's garden. That being said I don't think I knew wedding planning was a real job until the ICONIC J.Lo Wedding Planner movie came out. Ever since then I have been hooked on helping couples create the wedding of their dreams!
I had been working as a Wedding planner in Chicago for the past few years and was able to meet all the amazing Simply Elegant ladies at some networking events. After a move back to MN I was honored to be able to join their team and keep making magic moments for all you love birds!
My background is in theatrical design so naturally I can't wait to help you with all those design and decor ideas. Lets pour through all the pinterest boards and make your vision come to life! I will be there on wedding day with my fanny pack of emergency supplies, timeline in hand, ready to make sure no detail goes unnoticed and your day runs flawlessly. We are here to support you and take care of all those logistics so you can spend your day sipping drinks and dancing the night away with your loved ones!
I became a Wedding Planner for many reasons, and it is not just because I am overly detailed & organized... Working with me as your Wedding Planner, your ideas and visions will become a reality. I will ensure that the happiest day of your life is everything you ever dreamed about and more! Every wedding day is so incredibly different; we will work together to create something as absolutely spectacular and unique as you! I will be there for you every step of the way, ensuring that you are relaxed, happy, organized, & confident. All of our months, or even years of planning, will come together seamlessly to create your Fairytale Wedding. You and your fiancé will be able to focus on each other and celebrate your love and commitment to one another with your family & friends.
With a B.A. degree in Psychology, I can be your confidant, wipe away your happy tears, someone to have fun with during our time together, but also your friend! When I take on a new client, I look forward to getting to know them as a couple because the more I know about you, the better I can plan and create a wedding tailor-made for the two of you! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding - I can’t wait to meet you and get to work!
Congratulations on your engagement!! This is such an exciting time, take a moment and just soak it all in! As incredibly exciting as this time is, we know that it can also be an overwhelming time. Not to worry, that’s where I come in! As your planner, I’m here to help make your wedding day the day of your DREAMS!
We all grew up being asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, and now we get the adult version of that question with, “What’s your dream job?”. Well, my answer to both of those questions has been the same since I was about 7-years-old: “I want to be Wedding Planner!!”. Basically, my dream job is to make your dreams come true!
I’ve wanted to be a wedding planner for so long because it’s one of the happiest days of a couple’s life and being able to use my skills and talents to make it absolutely perfect is a feeling you just can’t beat. Plus, I’m a hopeless romantic and I just love LOVE!
I am extremely detailed oriented and a (little over-the-top) organized, so I will make sure that every box is being checked along the way as we work together to craft a magical wedding day that perfectly showcases your relationship, personalities, and love for each other.
Truth be told, at any given moment, four of the last five YouTube videos I have watched were wedding videos, or had something to do with weddings! The obsession with each detail throughout the day is well, real! I have a passion for helping people and my goal is to help turn your wedding dreams into a beautiful reality.
I like to think of myself as a bit of a perfectionist and your wedding will be no exception. From centerpieces to name cards, invitations to timelines, I will help ensure that you feel calm and organized throughout the entire planning process.
I will take on projects big and small so that you feel completely taken care of, and can actually be a guest at your own wedding. One of the most exciting aspects of a wedding for me, is seeing all the hard work of planning come to fruition and witnessing the look on your faces when you see your reception room for the first time. It’s a small moment that not everyone gets to see and it’s a true honor that I get to be a part of it! My attention to detail and strong eye for design will help ensure you and your big day, are nothing short of flawless.
When I’m not obsessing over wedding details, you can find me writing in my journal, brunching with friends, (let’s be honest, it’s an art form) planning my next getaway, shopping for new makeup and cheering loudly for my beloved Marquette Golden Eagles!! I am a lover of strong coffee, cozy sweaters and a good black eyeliner. I can’t wait to meet you and make your wedding dreams come true!
I was born and raised in a small California town named Lodi, known for AMAZING wine, and at the age of 18 I went off to San Francisco to attend college. As a senior, I stumbled upon a wedding planning internship and instantly fell in love with the industry and knew this was my path in life. I stayed with that company for 6 years before my (now) husband brought me over to the beautiful state of Minnesota.
My absolute favorite part of weddings, aside from watching the bride walk down aisle and seeing the groom’s sweet reaction, is just seeing the pure joy In the couples when they see their big day all come together. I always strive to make sure that everything you imagined for your wedding day comes true. From decor and design, to making sure that Grandma has a seat in the front row, I make sure every detail is just how you dreamed it would be.
When I’m not planning events, you can find me spending my days with my husband Mike, my daughter Paisley, and my dogs Ruby and Ralphie. I am obsessed with traveling, reality TV like the Bachelor (I just love seeing who is there for the right reasons!), finding new fun breweries and restaurants, and just being with the people I love. There is nothing more important to me than family, so I am so excited to meet you and all of the important people in your life!
There are probably twenty-plus wedding-themed movies I could rattle off that I’ve watched over and over again, hundreds of pages of BRIDES magazine I’ve flipped through, hours upon hours of pinning I’ve partaken in - and the collection of bridesmaid dresses in my OWN closet could rival those of Katherine Heigl’s!
I grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes and a few years ago made the big move to The Windy City where I first immersed myself in event planning on the corporate and nonprofit side. When I heard that The Simply Elegant Group was opening their doors in Chicago, I didn’t hesitate for a moment to jump on board. After years of planning I still get excited for each and every new couple that walks through our doors. It’s the enthusiasm and endless ideas that our newly engaged couple brings with them that continues to allow me to love my job. They say when you love your job you don’t work a day in your life. This rings true for me every day with The Simply Elegant Group.
I thrive on the project management aspect of a wedding. The tiny details that most brides don’t think of; I’ve got them covered for you. With an extensive background in hospitality and customer service, an eye for detail, and being a hopeless romantic; I know how to get you hitched without a hitch. One last final hair and make-up inspection along with a fluff of your train before you take your walk down the aisle, are probably my favorite part of watching everything come together. I look forward to making magical moments and all your dreams come true.
My passion for weddings can be traced back to my childhood days, playing pretend with my friends and dreaming about what a perfect wedding would look like. Oddly enough, I was never the bride or groom, or even the flower girl. I was always the one standing beside our makeshift flower girl/dog making sure Bailey made it down the aisle ok and didn't bark. To me, everything had to be perfect! Even now, I love focusing my attention on the little things and making sure these details are not forgotten.
I am so excited and honored to get to be a small part of your wedding and I promise to do whatever it takes to make this the best day ever! You and your fiance will be able to focus on the important things, each other, with me by your side. From small details, like name cards or selecting the perfect lipstick color, to the big ones, like selecting a venue or deciding on a color scheme, no request is too large when it comes to your wedding. I will do everything in my power to help your wedding be everything you envisioned and more!
I’m here to collaborate with you and act as your teammate throughout the planning process to make your vision come true! As an alumni of Texas A&M University with a degree in Sport Management, I spent a lot of time planning and executing large-scale events in the sports industry. This is where I learned to obsess over the details, over-communicate, and build lasting relationships with vendors, peers and clients!
Like weddings, sporting events are about providing memories as well,so this has been a very natural transition for me. This is one of the most enjoyable seasons of your life! You only get to be the bride/groom once,so spend it drinking mimosas, being showered with love and presents, and planning a life with your future better half. Let me do the heavy lifting to make the planning process as fun and stress-free as possible. Then, when the day comes, you can actually slow down and be a guest at your own wedding know that I’ve got ALL your details covered!
Let’s be real, I think deep down I always knew I was going to be a wedding planner. I was buying The Knot and Brides Magazine since my first paycheck at 14 and would binge wedding movies like I’d never seen one before. I’ve always been a sucker for a true love story and I love helping people, so having the opportunity to be a part of your special day is a perfect match!
I joined the Simply Elegant Group team as an assistant the spring after my best friend got married in 2015. She used SEG to help make her wedding dreams come true.I was blown away by how no matter what was happening during the day, her planner’s focus was on making sure they had the best day ever. I can’t wait to make that happen for you! I went to a small high school and after graduation, moved to the “big city” of Peoria, Illinois where I attended Bradley University (Go Braves!) and majored in Public Relations. I should have known then, when taking a special event planning class with a professor who was a wedding planner, that this day would come!
After graduation I have been completely nested in my Ukrainian Village apartment ever since. I worked in the nonprofit industry for seven years, got my Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University, and loved every minute of making a difference in my community. Working in the NPO industry fostered my attention to detail and a love of strong event timelines. Like a fundraiser, your wedding should focus on the mission of the day, which in this case is your happiness and future together!
Want to join the Simply Elegant team?
Are you interested in becoming a highly skilled wedding planner? You can check out our careers page for more information on our qualifications. We provided a rigorous training program designed to teach and elevate our Simply Elegant planners. Get in touch to learn more.