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(773) 942-6172
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    Beth

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  • Working with Lori was, hands down, the best decision we made in planning our wedding. She was the first person we hired, and we’re fortunate that we did. Not only is she friendly, creative, attentive, and professional, she is also a joy to be around. She made every part of the planning process fun! Lori and the Lola team were our guides every step of the way, from carefully preparing a thorough budget (down to the stamps on the invitations!), to recommending vendors that complement our style, to handling the nitty gritty details leading up to and during the big day. Neither my husband and I, nor our family members, endured any of the stressful or overwhelming aspects of celebrating a wedding, and for that alone we are so grateful. Lori is the reason that it all went seamlessly, and we can enjoy the memories of our wedding as a truly perfect day. If I had one piece of advice to give future brides, it would be to partner with Lori and Lola Events and let them work their magic. It will... Read more

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    Such a fun couple! They were so receptive to all our suggestions, and we pulled together a really inovative, fun and personal wedding day for them! Beth is one of the nicest brides we have ever had the honor of working with - Matt is a lucky guy! xo.

    Patrick

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  • My husband and I had 2-3 months to pull together a pretty large party to celebrate our recent marriage. We started to try and do this on our own but lost focus and found ourselves lost. The best decision we made was to reach out to the folks at LOLA and in walked out savor, Tara. At our first meeting we knew she was the one. She understood our vision and helped us bring it to life. We stayed on budget and on track. The event was more beautiful then what I could have ever hope for. With Tara's help we made decisions quickly and effectively. In the end we came slightly under budget and all of our guests have told us that this party was one of the best they have been to. None of this would have been possible without Tara and the team at LOLA. Thank you for keeping us sane and on track and for making our night so very special for us!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Best money spent by far. Well worth it!! A+++

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    Thank you so much for your kind words - Tara LOVED working with you guys and the event photos that she snapped were phenominal! A perfect night for a perfect couple. All our best wishes.

    User4255300

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    5 out of 5
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  • This wedding stuff was all new to my-now husband and me, too. We didn't know where to begin. We would sit in the living room, every Sunday for about a month, each with a laptop, trying to pick a place, coordinate times, figure out what we needed/wanted, etc.. That's when he found LOLA. Whew! Lori and her team guided us through some pretty rough terrain. She met with us first to see what we were looking for in a wedding. Our tastes, our budget, what was important to us, what wasn't. After that initial meeting and some subsequent conversations/emails, she came up with a list of 20-some places. Places that weren't even on our radar. Mind you, this all took place during the month of January, when the snow and temps were at their worst. Thanks to Lori (and her connections, which are FABULOUS), we found the place that was perfect for us. Better than we could have POSSIBLY done on our own. She made deals for us, left and right. She respected our budget and stuck to it. She did whatev... Read more

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    This was such a fun wedding to plan - only issue was that the Blackhawks couldn't take the Stanley Cup again! Darn you Blackhawks! The full sized Stanley Cup cake was a big hit anyway!!!!

    Betsy

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  • Jimmy and I truly loved every minute of our wedding day over and we don’t think things could have gone any smoother, so THANK YOU Kirsty & the whole Lola team! The entire weekend was so special and truly so memorable for not only Jimmy and I but all our guests as well. We were lucky to be introduced to Lola from our friends who used them for their wedding and they promised that we were in good hands. So my first conversation with Kirsty she knew that I had a vision and she wanted to help make it come to life, it was great! She knew from day one that I am totally a type A personality to an extreme, overly organized and detailed, she handled me with ease and constantly reassured me that all would come together. Her calm demeanor actually helped me let go of quite a bit of the added stresses of a large wedding with numerous people’s opinions. She has seen it all and heard it all which made everything so much easier to handle! We will never be able to thank you all enough for... Read more

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    Kirstin loved working with Betsy - especially on the fun decor that KK designed for the wedding!

    Allison

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  • We had the Last Minute LOLA service and Wedding Decor. Kirsty Klarklin was our wedding coordinator, florist, and helped execute our wedding design/vision. Kirsty was exceptional in every way- positive, upbeat, enthusiastic, calm, sincere, creative, attentive, clever, and an absolute joy to work with. She did an amazing job on our flowers! She created my gorgeous bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutineers, and the most precious flower girl garland I have ever seen. She also arranged flowers in the 150 recycled soda pop glass bottles we re-purposed for the table displays. And not to mention the 8 foot tiny, adorable paper rose garland she created by hand. Honestly, I don't know how she had the time to do all of that. She had a smile on her face the entire time too! Another thing about Kirsty, she has a very calming presence and can relieve your stress in a flat minute. No matter how prepared you are for your wedding, you will suffer some stress towards those final weeks. As soon as she wa... Read more

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    What an absolutely wonderful review! We love Kirstin as much as you do and are so proud to have her on the team - thanks for your kind words.

    Allison

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  • We had the Last Minute LOLA service and Wedding Decor. Kirsty Klarklin was our wedding coordinator, florist, and helped execute our wedding design/vision. Kirsty was exceptional in every way- positive, upbeat, enthusiastic, calm, sincere, creative, attentive, clever, and an absolute joy to work with. She did an amazing job on our flowers! She created my gorgeous bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutineers, and the most precious flower girl garland I have ever seen. She also arranged flowers in the 150 recycled soda pop glass bottles we re-purposed for the table displays. And not to mention the 8 foot tiny, adorable paper rose garland she created by hand. Honestly, I don't know how she had the time to do all of that. She had a smile on her face the entire time too! Another thing about Kirsty, she has a very calming presence and can relieve your stress in a flat minute. No matter how prepared you are for your wedding, you will suffer some stress towards those final weeks. As soon as she wa... Read more

    Katie

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  • My husband and I were living in Boston when we became engaged and knew we wanted to have our wedding in my hometown of Chicago. After looking through reviews and calling various wedding planners we decided on Lola Event Productions. It was the best and easiest decision that we made. Lori and her team were absolutely amazing. From helping with all the wedding details to watching our English bulldog during the ceremony so she could be outside to greet us, they went above and beyond. Her intern even carried our 45 pound stubborn bulldog through the hotel lobby in order to keep us moving. From the moment we met, I knew there was absolutely nothing to be stressed about. Everyone kept asking us is wedding planning crazy and it definitely would have been if it were not for Lori. Her various spreadsheets are amazing and kept us on track the entire time. She was incredibly easy to get a hold of and sent email responses right away. To say she is super organized is an understatement. We h... Read more

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    Katie, Thanks so much for your kind words - you and Steve were an absolute dream to work with and the selections you made with design were dreamy! What a gorgeous color palette and fun details. One of our favorite parties to date! Miss P the Bulldog will always have a special honorary place in the LOLA flower girl rotation :-)

    Amol

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  • My wife and I used LOLA as our event planner for our wedding in November 2013 and we are absolutely thrilled with the way Lori and her team helped us plan, organize and help us on the day of the wedding. Since my wife is Catholic and I'm Hindu, our wedding was a bi-cultural affair with complexities regarding decorations, timelines, food, clothing, priests and family involvement layered into every planning aspect. Lori and her team helped us make timely and informed decisions while successfully navigating through all of the bi-cultural planning hurdles. Her wealth of expertise really shines through and her flexibility in helping us accommodate some our family members unusual requests was much appreciated. In the end, our wedding decorations, arrangements and planned activities went off without a hitch. Looking back, the best part of the wedding was that my wife and I were genuinely able to enjoy the moment with the knowledge that Lori and her staff were tending to any and all last... Read more

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    Amol and Melissa's wedding was so uniquely THEM which is what we love most about helping our couples! Blending traditions and cultures was so creatively inspiring - and I can't think of a nicer couprincipalle! Thanks for the kind words! We miss you! - Lori Stephenson, Owner

    Devon

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    5 out of 5
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  • I found Lori after I had already booked a venue (including caterer and cake), photographer, DJ, and officiant, but I needed someone to help with the decor and overall design theme for the wedding, and to be there on the day of. Lori came highly recommended by some work colleagues, and they were right on. I knew I wanted the wedding to be modern, formal, and mainly black and white. From the very beginning, Lori had amazing ideas and was able to take my amateur suggestions and turn them into totally "wow" creations that worked perfectly in the space. She helped me with invitations, day of paper goods, and a decor for the ceremony and reception, all of which were beautifully coordinated, black/white/fuchsia modern designs with a hint of Old Hollywood flair. It was all perfect, and, even more importantly, it was all my vision. Lori didn't push her own views -- she took my inspiration and turned it into something even more beautiful than I had imagined. She lined up great vendors... Read more

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    Devon, We loved working with you! Gorgeous, stylish and fun! xoxo

    User3616867

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  • Lori was a pleasure to work with. For the first time in my adult life I was actually able to be a guest at my own party! We used Lori as our 'day of' planner, she coordinated all vendors, participants, and guests with such professional grace. Lori and her staff were fabulous! Mother of the Bride

    Ann

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  • Planning a wedding is one of the most daunting things a parent can do. And, when it’s your only daughter who also happens to be an event planning professional, the pressure to make everything perfect is almost overwhelming. It was our great good fortune to find Lori who provided us with the direction, counsel, and firm but gentle guidance that resulted in a flawless, perfect, wonderful (insert 100 other superlatives here) event. Lori has the skills, knowledge, vendor connections and contacts that will give you every resource you could need to make your daughter’s vision come true. Even more important is Lori’s interpersonal skills that enable her to really understand what you want and how to help get you there calmly and efficiently. And on the most important day of all, Lori’s leadership – steady and smooth – made the day go so well it almost seemed effortless; truly remarkable given the level of emotion everyone was feeling and the hundreds of details, both big an... Read more

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    We loved every minute of planning Laura and Ryan's wedding, and really enjoy it when the entire family gets involved. I think this is our first official review written by dad and we are so flattered!!!!!

    User3551862

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  • I was never the type of person who had fully planned out their wedding before even getting engaged. I just hadn't really thought about it. But once I started the planning I became quickly overwhelmed with all of the different aspects to manage and we immediately decided we would like to enlist the help of a wedding planner. When we found Lori at LOLA- we knew it was a great match. Her laid back personality, but well-organized business was just what we were looking for. We bought the "Little Bit o' Lola" package as we didn't feel we needed her to do everything for us, but rather just point us in the right direction and make sure we were on track. We were so happy working with Lori that we never really felt stressed throughout the wedding process. We knew that we were in good hands and that the budget was in line; we had a go-to person whom we could ask questions and that there weren't any big pieces that we were forgetting. On the wedding weekend Lori was extremely helpful in coor... Read more

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    Thanks for the kind words Caroline! This was such a fun party to plan - and the guests had a fabulous time at the event.

    Julia

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  • LOLA is amazing! From our first conversation with Lori, we knew that she was the wedding coordinator for us. She exuded the type of calm, friendly personality that you need in a wedding planner -- along with an obvious knowledge of the Chicago wedding industry, eye for detail, and talent at organization. We interviewed a few other wedding planners before selecting Lori and none compared. In the months leading up to our wedding -- as well as on the day of the event -- our initial impressions were validated. In the weeks before the wedding, Lori prepared a detailed timeline and confirmed it with all of our vendors, created gorgeous bouquets and floral centerpieces that were exactly what we wanted, and provided invaluable guidance on the myriad planning questions that arise during the lead-up to a wedding. On the day of the event, Lori kept everyone -- including 11 bridesmaids and 11 groomsmen, as well as 11 other ceremony participants (readers, ushers, candle lighters) -- on schedul... Read more

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    Julia's wedding was so fun and unique - and her bridesmaid Jamie who did the decor is so talented we have asked her to come join our team on a part time basis executing decor and assisting at events!

    Stacey

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  • Thinking back a year ago, to when my then-fiance and I were deciding whether or not to hire an Event Coordinator for our May 2013 wedding, I remember going back and forth about cost and thinking "is it really necessary?" and "well, i can do most of this myself..." I can now honestly say that hiring Lori from LOLA Event Productions was the best decision we made in the planning process. I, too, searched Yelp high and low for Chicago wedding planners and there are - of course - conflicting reviews for everyone. We met with one other company before our consultation with LOLA. I was unsure about the cold, modern, pink atmosphere that we felt at the first company. But, I walked out of our meeting with Lori feeling so excited to work with her. Their space is so welcoming. It was so easy to be ourselves with her, and we really had so much FUN working together. She understood exactly what we were going for and executed it beautifully. She took my inspiration photos to the next level. Lori h... Read more

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    We miss you and Todd, Stacey! I need to plan an "alumni" party so we can still have an excuse to get together with all our old clients.

    Caroline

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • I was never the type of person who had fully planned out their wedding before even getting engaged. I just hadn't really thought about it. But once I started the planning I became quickly overwhelmed with all of the different aspects to manage and we immediately decided we would like to enlist the help of a wedding planner. When we found Lori at LOLA- we knew it was a great match. Her laid back personality, but well-organized business was just what we were looking for. We bought the "Little Bit o' Lola" package as we didn't feel we needed her to do everything for us, but rather just point us in the right direction and make sure we were on track. We were so happy working with Lori that we never really felt stressed throughout the wedding process. We knew that we were in good hands and that the budget was in line; we had a go-to person whom we could ask questions and that there weren't any big pieces that we were forgetting. On the wedding weekend Lori was extremely helpful in coor... Read more

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