As trusted wedding advisors, we exist to provide compassionate and honest counsel to fun-loving couples who want to create an experience-driven celebration. Using our industry expertise and big-picture thinking, we translate your dreams and ideas into unforgettable memories.
Our couples value exceptional service and seek out a wedding planning experience built on a foundation of genuine care, consideration, and creativity. We pride ourselves on offering a big-hearted, people-first approach to planning from your first meeting through your last dance.
We create events that are true reflections of our clients, diligently working on every detail behind the scenes so you and your loved ones can savor every moment together. We go above and beyond to ensure that your wedding weekend is truly rooted in the essence of who you are.
Learn more about us and get in touch at www.afreshevent.com. We can't wait to meet you!
43 Reviews for A Fresh Event
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Rocio A. · Married on 05/08/2020
Best. Day. EVER!! Thanks to Jen :)
Echoing the reviews before me: I cannot say enough about Jen Henderson!! She is like your cool cousin, meets Oliva Pope. She just HANDLES things. I've been a corporate event planner for nearly 10 years in Chicago, and a promotions coordinator for a few years before that. As such, I have a very high bar when it comes to event planning and coordination, and was very worried about handing off the biggest event in my life to a stranger. Jen almost instantly became a friend, and her planning and execution blew my expectations out of the water. When the day came I didn’t worry about a thing! It was the first event I’ve ever planned where I didn’t have to worry or stress about a single thing (well, aside from my vows of course ). My *now* wife, Katherine, is my polar opposite when it comes to event planning. She's analytical and science minded, so she needed a lot more hand holding through the process. Jen was always patient, supportive, and more than willing to answer questions three or four times if need be. Jen has the personality, passion, and organization skills every wedding planner should have. Seriously, if you can book her, do it now! Don't wait!Sent on 11/02/2019
Callie S. · Married on 12/14/2019
The Best Decision - Jen!
Jen Henderson is the VERY best! She is the best decision we made for the entire wedding! Everyone kept warning us how stressful wedding planning was, but Jen made is manageable and truly enjoyable. If you are on the fence about a planner, just do it. You won’t regret it. Let’s start with HER. Jen is SO fun! We were so excited for our meetings with her. Her energy is contagious, and from day 1, we were confident she would help us plan a beautiful party. I’m a Type A planner (and so is my mom and husband), so initially I didn’t know if we needed a planner. However, my friends encouraged me to look into it. We interviewed 5 planners, and Jen stood out among the others. It was as if I hired a best friend to plan with. Her organization skills matched mine, and she used Google for all her planning materials which made collaboration easy. We never felt like our questions were an annoyance. She answered our emails early each morning with thorough and informative answers. (I loved seeing her name in my inbox!!) Every single vendor she recommended was top notch, and she made the selection process seamless. We honestly ended up with the A-team in my opinion. ALL of our vendors I actually wanted at the reception because they were that bubbly and fun (not to mention talented!) Another reason to hire Jen? She helped mediate a lot of our decisions. Planning can get tricky with everyone’s opinions within the family, and Jen was a great resource to get honest feedback and someone I felt comfortable sharing my personal opinions with. We are so excited to have Jen as a lifelong friend. She helped us pull off the most beautiful day, and we are forever grateful. Hire A Fresh Event!!! It’ll be the wisest decision you make!Sent on 01/01/2020
Michelle S. · Married on 11/02/2019
We would of been completely lost without Jen & her magical team!
We absolutely loved working with Jen and her team! We would have been completely lost without her. Jen’s bubbly personality was such a joy to be around and she made the planning process a breeze. We had no concerns and were able to enjoy our wedding day while she and her magical team handled everything. Jen is so fantastic, that my Maid of honor loved her so much she is using her for her wedding in November.
It’s pretty simple, if you want one of the most important days of your life to be prefect... you need Jen and her team!Sent on 04/01/2020
Team of A Fresh Event
Owner + Lead Planner
Jen is the founder and owner of A Fresh Event and has almost a decade of experience planning weddings and corporate events. She has spent her entire career in customer service, and takes pride in solving problems and bringing smiles to her planning couples’ faces. A veteran in the Chicago wedding industry, she is a member of the local chapters of the Wedding International Professionals Association and Catering Executives Club of America, and is a former host of the Thursday Therapy networking mixer for local wedding pros. Jen lives in Lincoln Park and loves walking along the lakefront, getting her SoulCycle on a few times a week, and cheering for the Packers behind enemy lines.
Planner + Coordinator
Rachel joined the A Fresh Event team in 2019 and comes from a background in musical theatre, where she learned exactly how much creativity and preparation goes into pulling off unforgettable, magical moments. She's a true Enneagram 5 that delights in learning her clients' events inside and out, all while keeping the process streamlined and fun for the people she works with. Born and raised in Maryland, she relocated to the Chicago area for college. She lives in Lakeview with her husband and their Boston Terrier, and loves nothing more than indulging in craft cocktails in beautiful places.
Hilarious, personable, and reliable--Jen is the not only a phenomenal planner, but a joy to be around.
We really love working with these professionals! They make our jobs soooo easy. And if you let them, they will make your day run smoothly and easy for you!!
We Love working with professional planners and that's what you will get with the staff at Fresh Event!