Lori Stephenson founded LOLA Event Productions in 2006. LOLA’s collaborative style is perfect for the client seeking to create a unique, beautiful and FUN wedding and for the couple that are seeking a streamlined and enjoyable planning experience. To date, the LOLA Pros have helped 600+ couples design, plan and implement their dream weddings. LOLA has been named one of the best wedding planning companies in the world by Vogue Magazine, Best Wedding Planners in the Country by Brides Magazine and Best Wedding Planners in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. Their online reviews speak for themselves, and the best hotels and event venues in Chicago recommend them.
Lori's career in the wedding business started her freshman year of college when she began designing and making custom bridal gowns and accessories while interning for some of the biggest designers in New York City and attending Parsons School of Design. She was awarded a senior thesis scholarship that focused on the history and customs surrounding weddings in multiple cultures and has spent the last 25+ years building her experience within every facet of the wedding industry. Her team of talented Pros have a combined 60+ years of planning experience under their collective belt. Put "LOLA Hive” (as we call our collective brain-power) to work for your event!
Customizable packages can be tailored to the clients needs and include:
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Lynn Goldberg · Married on 12/08/2018
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Perfection
We got married three weeks ago and wish we could do it all over again. The entire weekend was perfect and we owe so much of that to Lori and her amazing wedding planner superpowers. We worked with Lori for 18 months leading up to our wedding day. Lori is knowledgeable, creative, so so organized, and FUN. Lori kept us on track and took on any issues and obstacles that came up. She was able to understand our vision and helped to translate that into the most beautiful day of our lives. There were so many details that we had not ever considered that Lori listed for us (in her very detailed planning tools) helped us understand and executed to perfection. This attention to detail ensured that we, our family and all our guest had such a wonderful experience. We planned our wedding with Lori while living out of the country. Lori was very responsive to texts, emails, phone calls and FaceTime. She knows everyone there is to know in the Chicago areas for weddings and events and every professional we talked to knew Lori and commented that they loved to work with her and we were in the best hands. Everyone she referred us to was amazing! As we were two women getting married, Lori ensured that everyone we worked with was sensitive and inclusive to this. When we met with a vendor or two whose language was not inclusive for a Lesbian wedding she went out of her way to discuss this with them without prompting from us. In fact she noticed more of these details than we did. Of course she did!! Lori was our advocate to ensure we had a perfect, beautiful, personal, stress free wedding. And let me say again, Lori is SO MUCH FUN. If you want the perfect wedding, if you want zero stress on your wedding day, and if you want to laugh and have fun while planning, hire Lori and her team at Lola events immediately. It will be your best decision since saying yes! Lori, we miss you already!Sent on 12/30/2018
Milo Siegel · Married on 06/22/2019
Hire the best wedding planner
I don't know how we would have pulled all of this off without Lori and LOLA. Everything went off without a hitch. Full disclosure, I was not 100% sold that we needed an event planner when we started the process. But I learned quickly that it was more than worth the price. For the months leading up to the event we had regular calls that kept us all on track, especially challenging with everyone spread across the country. And then on the actual day of the wedding I swear there were 4 clones of Lori. She was everywhere. And the few minor questions that came up were resolved immediately, without any stress. Can't say enough good things about Lori and LOLASent on 08/08/2019
Amy Gallacher · Married on 03/30/2019
The most amazing wedding planner!
We wanted to say a huge thank you for everything Lola events, and in particular everything our wedding planner Kirstin did for us.Sent on 07/13/2019
Organising a wedding in Chicago whilst living in England was such a daunting task for us.
From day one Kirstin was friendly, organised and always responded to our emails. She didn't miss a single detail throughout the planning process and her local knowledge and vendor experience made the planning process easy!
The wedding day itself flowed perfectly. Kirstin's level of preparation and organisation meant that we could relax and enjoy the day!
At every moment I felt that you and your team took care of us so so well! The attention to detail (such as the hors d’oeuvres and wedding cake in our room) created magical moments that we will always cherish!
Overall Sohail and I had the most perfect wedding day! Our friends and family had an absolute ball and everyone keeps messaging us saying it was the best wedding they’ve ever been too (and the most well organised!)
I feel that throughout the process I gained a friend, as well having an amazing wedding planner! We highly recommend Lola and in particular the lovely Kirstin - our day would not have been the same without you!
Warmest wishes and huge thanks,
Amy and Sohail
we love LOLA events! She is absolutely one of the best in Chicago and nationwide. We trust so much LOLA that we use them for our own wedding. Lori did such an amazing job that we still hear from our guest that our wedding was the best looking one hands-down! We will recommend LOLA to anybody anytime!
We LOVE LOLA! LOLA Event Productions is THE place to go if you want your wedding to be fun, absolutely stress free, and perfectly coordinated between vendors.
We have worked with LOLA on several weddings and even hired them for our own wedding - we think that's a genuine testament to how great they are!