Ten years ago, STEPHANIE COOK founded The Creative Planners—an event planning company that specializes in weddings. Although Stephanie had years of experience in the industry, she never envisioned it would grow to become the business it is today. Before starting the company, she worked in catering in Miami. Upon moving to Chicago, she found herself coordinating events for volunteer and nonprofit organizations and fell in love with event planning all over again.
How do you impact your clients?
One aspect I love about weddings is how personal they are. By the time the wedding is over, you have become part of the client’s family. Our goal is to create the most perfect day possible for them, but the true joy is transforming their visions and dreams into reality. It is important to emphasize that this does not happen all by itself—it comes from a lot of hard work. Fortunately, I am also blessed with an incredible team and wonderful vendors that all contribute equally to helping create these magical events.
How are you most impacted by your clients?
Needless to say, watching the bride walk down the aisle after we have been together for over a year still brings tears to my eyes. That said, my favorite part of the day continues to be bringing the bride and groom into the reception room and seeing their heartfelt emotion and reaction to that first look. The love and happiness that I get to see in that deeply personal and unforgettable moment for the couple brings me such immense joy. I am beyond grateful for all my wonderful clients who make this truly a labor of love.’ I am truly blessed!
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