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ABOUT US

Chicago Vintage Weddings is a boutique wedding planning and vintage rental company with an experienced, passionate team. We are top Chicago wedding planners and coordinators, and an internationally recognized leader in the events industry. Our attention to detail, eye for design and high level of service put couples at ease from start to finish of their experience with us. We are a perfect fit for clients who value quality and personal attention, and we take pride in knowing that our business is built largely on referrals from satisfied couples, guests and vendors. It's not enough for us to stick with the status quo; we go above and beyond to exceed expectations for each event.

There is no cookie-cutter with Chicago Vintage Weddings. We take pride in discerning exactly what our clients want and realizing that vision with care and expertise. Our pricing allows for attainable luxury on any budget, with a tailored planning experience to ensure that no detail is overlooked and every couples' needs are expertly addressed. From stylish, modern affairs to darling, eclectic occasions, we go above and beyond to create a delightful, stress-free event. Your guests won't stop talking about how amazing your wedding was!

Our event planning approach is design- and logistics-focused, with an emphasis on comprehensive budget management. Decades of collective experience in Chicago events results in a knowledgable approach and effortless execution. We achieve each client's goals and maintain our valuable vendor relationships by acting with integrity, never taking commissions or cutting corners. We do not pay to advertise, so you know that every review, award, and feature of our work is based entirely on merit.

 

As a proud member of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, we strive to keep our event practices sustainable without sacrificing quality or style. We are a small business that proudly supports social justice movements and local animal rescue efforts. We are especially involved in animal rescue, sometimes even fostering dogs in our office! You can keep up with all of the fun by following our blog and by following us on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

In 2017 we moved from West Town to our very own building in Pilsen. Now, in addition to planning and rentals, we have a small event venue in our freshly renovated storefront. Learn more about all of our services by clicking below.

CONTACT US  to inquire or to reserve your date.

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Kate founded Chicago Vintage Weddings in 2012 as a way to channel her love of design and her extensive hospitality background into something that would bring joy to others. As a former concierge manager and catering associate, as well as a lifelong thrifter and decorator, the idea to start a wedding planning and vintage rental company (the first of its kind!) came naturally. Having previously intended to go to veterinary school---earning degrees in Biological Sciences and Gender Studies before discovering her passion for weddings---she maintains a connection to those fields by supporting human rights and animal welfare organizations. Both a big picture thinker and obsessively detail-oriented, she loves working with clients to figure out their needs and realize the vision for their events from start to finish. She thinks even the most minor details are exciting and loves figuring out event logistics. Clients and wedding guests consistently praise her organization, taste level, communication and ability to take charge of any situation. Kate eats, sleeps and breathes weddings; she feels lucky to be able do what she loves for a living and she treasures the lasting relationships she builds with CVW couples. 

 

Loves: Her rescue dog Hoagie, flea markets, interior design, scuba diving, champagne, France, art history, horror, chocolate and peanut butter everything, chinoiserie, meeting every animal, discovering new music, traveling off the beaten path, volunteering, summer in Chicago

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Jen Hashemian

Event Consultant

jen@chicagovintageweddings.com

Originally from New England, Jen has been working in Chicago events for the past 14 years. While in college she was a catering server, which led her to discover her passion for weddings. Her hospitality background includes a decade in venue and on-site catering services management. She originally collaborated with Chicago Vintage Weddings in that role for over five years before she was convinced to join the planning team.

Jen's favorite part of a wedding day is the moments that lead up to the couple meeting at the altar to share their vows. The excitement and anticipation gets her every time! Jen loves getting into the details of the movement and flow of the day, taking into consideration every contingency so that the day can be as smooth as possible for her couples. When the couple sees their reception space for the first time, it makes her day.

Loves: Reading and collecting cookbooks, learning new craft skills, chasing after her son, gin cocktails, bold and bright colors, trying new dessert recipes, New England in the fall, forecasting design trends

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Alyssa Szczek

Event Consultant

aly@chicagovintageweddings.com

Aly is an experienced Chicago events veteran, having produced over 1,000 weddings during her 15 year career. She is a highly organized, detail-oriented planner whose weddings have been featured in some of the best-known U.S. publications. Prior to joining Chicago Vintage Weddings, Aly helped to open and develop all operating systems for a venue with in-house catering, and she brings that logistical expertise to her role as a planner for our couples. Her favorite part of a wedding day is seeing the couple recess after their ceremony.

Loves: Spending time with her husband and children, crafting on Circuit, obsessing over paper goods and gift wrap, bike riding, winery tours, jeeping in the Colorado Rockies, planning elaborate theme parties

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Deborah Topolski

Coordinator

deborah@chicagovintageweddings.com

Deborah laughed through her own wedding day and hopes to bring that same joy and ease to every couple preparing for their big day. She applies her project management skills in residential, retail, restaurant and entertainment venue design to each event she coordinates. Her whimsical concept illustrations led to her love of children's literature and role as a regional steward within a global kidlit professional organization, where she continues managing projects and generating opportunities for her colleagues. Throughout her career, she has established themes in event planning, writing, illustrating and designing. A natural storyteller, Deborah is ready to help our couples craft their first chapter: a wedding day that tells family and friends exactly who they are. 

Loves: Illustrating, gardening, kidlit, Italian home cooking, watercolor rendering, cozy mysteries, documentaries about the creative process, vintage fashion, diners, Portugese Water Dogs, any dogs, swimming, paddle-boarding

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Veasna Kim

Coordinator

veasna@chicagovintageweddings.com

Veasna is a wedding wizard, having spent 10 years in the Chicago special events industry. A Public Relations and Hospitality Leadership major at DePaul, she applies that organizational and leadership knowledge to each event she manages. Veasna's calm, collected presence is exactly what a couple needs on their wedding day, and she rallies vendor teams to deliver flawless results. Veasna's favorite part of a wedding is when the couple gets a chance to relax and let loose once the formalities have wrapped up!

Loves: Learning how to cook Vietnamese cuisine, reading mystery and thriller novels, finding new restaurants for date night, weight lifting, Selling Sunset, and going to concerts

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Kim Genung

Coordinator

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Kim is a couple's dream come true. She is a triple threat, having worked in interior design, hospitality and event management. Originally an interior designer, she brings her sense of style to each event and ensures that every project is managed seamlessly at every level. Organization and communication are her strong suits, and she loves the opportunity to connect with couples and vendors as the big day approaches. On wedding days, she can be found triple checking every detail and making sure that everyone in the wedding party and family know exactly what to do.

Loves: Spending time with her daughter, all things design, a good cup of coffee, traveling, seeing family and friends, relaxing with a new book

Aside from the team members shown above, we have a fantastic team of associates for planning and rentals.

Alyson, Aurelio, Cassie, Cassandra, Chris, Ellen, Miles and Taylor are the best!