With an endless to-do list for weddings, many couples wish there was one place to find it all. This is no longer a phenomenon of the past - couples can now find everything from a DJ all the way to a designer in one innovative and collaborative location (Applause heard in the distance). Part of alleviating those planning complexities is eliminating the trek around the city and reworking back-to-back vendor appointments to your maximum benefit. Most wedding professionals advertise that wedding prep should be enjoyable, but there is a collective of forward-thinking businesses in the 312 who are actually making this happen. Where is this haven you ask?!
What started as an idea in 2015 from photographer Misty Winter, soon became a first class wedding collective, UNION Chicago. Knowing that the most important part of any wedding are those who are getting married, Misty’s hopes are to, “make the entire wedding planning process easier and more enjoyable for clients.” By creating a co-working space for some of the most sought-after luxury wedding professionals in Chicago, clients can minimize the countless hours spent meeting vendors in different locations around the city. With many of the key essentials in the planning process in one centralized location, these professionals work seamlessly together to provide couples with the resources they need to make their special day perfect.
Let’s take a peek into the professionals (listed in alphabetical order) who comprise Chicago’s latest wedding resource!
With sixteen years of experience photographing couples around the world, Misty captures moments that are honest, elegant and bold. Her attention to detail combined with a passion for art and people is truly present in her work. With 58 five-star reviews on Yelp it’s no wonder that she is featured in Style Me Pretty, Chicago SPLASH and CS Modern Luxury. Through UNION Chicago, Misty was able to fill a need, while being surrounded by talented and inspiring wedding professionals she can trust to exceed all expectations of her clients.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Ben has spent the last four years studying at University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Ben’s goal is to show his client’s personality through photos that will last a lifetime. He describes himself as a people person and says, “I love people. I love working with people, I love hanging with people, I love meeting new people. I’M ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE.” This, as a photographer, is an essential trait to have. Also, Ben brings a lot of energy and will surely challenge you to a dance-off at your wedding, so be sure to practice ahead of time!
Designer Erin McDonald possesses over two decades of experience in the event design world. He is able to turn any place, from home to venue, into a work of art that shows his motto: “Keep it simple and the design will speak volumes.” Erin works globally by designing events from conception to execution. Having designed events for presidents, dignitaries, celebrities and thousands of beaming couples, you can rest easy knowing you are in the best hands possible!
Cool kids on the block are always fresh, never cheesy. The videographers at LEAP use their unique angle of storytelling to craft a love story that blows any Oscar-nominated movie out of the water. Your movie will skip the cheesy rom-com moments and focus on the ones that make you want to say “I do!” year after year. When asked what sets UNION apart LEAP answered, “even though each of them [vendors] have their own individual businesses, they all have a desire to be part of a team and work collaboratively. That’s the type of vendor every couple should want to work with on their wedding day, and UNION is full of them!”
With over twelve years of event and wedding planning experience, owner Brianne Garritano, began Marquette Avenue Events with the goal of offering a truly customized approach to planning. She has a true passion in getting to know her clients and aligning their needs with the right network of event partners for the best possible fit and outcome. When asked what she loves about being a part of UNION she states, “There is something very special about retaining MAE’s independence to work with everyone in the business while being immersed in the awesome collective at UNION. A strong team of wedding professionals who place clients first is essential to the overall peace of mind that couples should experience. I would recommend any of the professionals at UNION Chicago to our clients.” From coordinating events of 1500+ attendees, all the way to intimate elopements, the team at Marquette Avenue Events is well-equipped with a strong knowledge base and artistic vision to make every experience for clients elegant, expertly planned and executed to the finest of detail.
2005 was the year Regina started designing luxury events and has grown into a well-known planner for her remarkable coordination and inspired ideas. Couples who plan with Regina rave about her professionalism through the planning process and their Big Day. On being part of UNION Regina says, "Misty and I had become invaluable friends within the industry when she approached me to join Union Chicago. After meeting with some of the other businesses within the collective, I felt that there was a great opportunity to build a fabulous team of creative partners that shared my passion for delivering impeccable service to couples."
Chicago DJ collective Orchard Lounge created Style Matters to celebrate all styles that are present in our lives. With over 30 DJs on their roster, Style Matters can find a talented DJ that will help you celebrate your Big Day with any genre of music. Their mission is simple: appeal to independently minded people who want to show their guests an incredible party, nothing more. This unconventional group can have any couple paired with their perfect DJ in no time!
Are you prepared to be amazed? Contact the team at UNION Chicago for assistance in planning YOUR dream wedding at http://www.theunionchicago.com. We promise you will find everything you are looking for in One Stop with a team of luxury event professionals who are dedicated to your Wedding Day!