It is May, and along with May flowers, May brings the running of the Kentucky Derby. What an exciting time of the year to don a big hat and head to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. With the derby brings the thoughts of Mint Juleps to mind and what better place to find THE best mint julep recipe but on the Kentucky Derby Website.
2011 was a wonderful year! We thank the wonderful couples who welcomed us into their lives as we helped them plan their weddings. Thank you to all those brides and grooms who selected Engaging Events by Ali as their wedding planner. Here is just a tiny little peek into our amazing 2011 year! And thank you to all the amazing photographers who provide the beautiful moments from the wedding days for our clients.
Yesterday, I had a FIRST in my career as a wedding consultant in Chicago. I did my first photo shoot for a magazine. Chicago Style Weddings asked me to create two unique tablecapes for their issue coming out in July. Chicago Style Weddingsis the wedding resource for Chicago brides and grooms. They have a wonderful website and an amazing magazine filled with gorgeous pictures and real wedding features. I can't reveal any pictures or the concepts I came up with; you will need to wait for the July magazine to come out! So run, don't walk, to the newstands in July.
I love being one of Chicago's Wedding Planners, but today, I am channeling my inner Barbara Walters and announcing the people I found the Most Fascinating in the Wedding Industry in 2009. These are the people that really raise the bar in the wedding industry and people I admire. Many of them I have come to know quite well and I am always amazed by their drive but also their large heart and open ears when I need advice or want to bounce a new idea off of them. They are in no particular order because they are all equally fascinating to me. Okay, I cannot just do ten, I decided to do eleven. They are all such fascinating people!
Meet Jaclyn Goris
After graduating from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN, Jaclyn moved to Chicago. Jaclyn joined the Engaging Events by Ali, Inc. team and was Ali’s “right hand executive assistant”, from May to September. She currently works in Convention Services at The Fairmont Hotel. She has made herself available to assist Ali with weddings almost every weekend.
Anthony and I can't begin to thank you enough for the magnificent job you did on our wedding. From the moment we first met, I knew you were the one to make my big day a real fairy tale wedding, and you succeeded. You made life so easy with all the scheduled appointments and made the day flow so smoothly. We LOVE you to death Ali. Thanks for all your hard work. It was absolutely amazing. People keep talking about the entire wedding, and how well thought out it was. And we owe a huge thanks to you! You made our day so real and so special!
Love, Melissa and Anthony Contrucci
One of the things we liked the most about working with Ali is that she has lots of experience and was widely respected by everyone in the industry. She accompanied us to our appointments and asked questions that we didn't even know to ask! She has seen lots of great weddings, so it was really helpful to hear her ideas. Ali is also very detail oriented and we felt reassured that we didn't forget anything. We received lots of feedback from vendors after our wedding that she was very professional and a pleasure to work with.