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!
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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
Rachel Rasp · Married on 02/23/2019
LOLA gave us a one-of-a-kind dream wedding
Circumstances were stacked against my husband and I in planning our wedding-- our wedding was in Chicago but we live in DC, we work long hours, and I had both a job change and a major medical emergency over the course of the planning year. Despite all that, Kirsty at LOLA Event Productions never missed a beat. She helped my parents meet with vendors when my husband and I could not, she connected us with amazing vendors that were perfect for us, she got us through every panicked moment-- she was absolutely invaluable. In addition, she fully committed to our offbeat wedding theme and tastes-- this woman can do it all. I was worried that a wedding planner might try and discourage us from some of the more personalized and unique elements we wanted to add to our wedding, but Kirsty was here for it! She helped give us the best, most beautiful and most picture-perfect version of the nerdy planetarium wedding we wanted, despite the chaos of our lives during the planning year. She's honestly phenomenal, and we could not recommend her highly enough.Sent on 03/09/2019
Jennifer Minkow · Married on 02/23/2019
Michelle + LOLA = The Dream Team
When we met with Michelle for the first time, we instantly knew she would be an excellent wedding planner. Her initial questions were thoughtful, meticulous, and catered to our specific needs. Over the course of ~10 months, Michelle and the LOLA team helped us coordinate a Jewish/Christian wedding that included two officiants, floral, catering, lighting, transportation, and stationery for a wedding of 225 people and a wedding party with 25. Needless to say, Michelle had her hands full.Sent on 04/07/2019
At the end of the day, what separates Michelle is how much we could trust her. We knew she was always on our side, would advocate for the best prices, would be pragmatic in her suggestions, and wanted nothing more than for us to have the most perfect wedding, which we did, in large part thanks to her.
We highly recommend Michelle and LOLA; they were simply amazing!
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!