Services

SQN Events believes that planning a wedding is a creative, collaborative, and rewarding process. Each wedding is a unique reflection of the individual couples we work with. As no two weddings are alike, we customize each and every proposal to meet the specific needs of our clients.

We can begin working with you at any part of the planning process – from the moment you become engaged, to two months prior to your event to take the reins during the final weeks, to anything in between.

We pride ourselves on recommending and working with the best fit for our clients and maintain strong relationships with a variety of venues, caterers, florists, musicians, photographers, and more. Our clients’ needs are our top priority – SQN Events does not accept commission from vendors.

We are committed to creating a culture that reflects the diversity of our clients. With that goal in mind, we encourage our employees to understand, accept, and celebrate differences among people. We welcome everyone and prohibit all discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender.

Meet Our Team

Beth Bernstein

Owner & Event Director

 

I’m not one of those girls that dreamed of being a wedding planner since I was a little girl. I’m a classic Type-A personality with crazy organizational skills and a passion for perfection. These qualities led to a career in advertising, which then ignited a creative part of my brain I never knew existed before! Though I worked in account management (think budgets, timelines, and client/vendor relationships), I fell in love with becoming involved in the more artistic aspect of my job and relished collaborating with designers on our projects.

 

I left the corporate world in 2002 – for a good reason. My daughter was born and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with her (and my son who followed in 2004), hitting the “Mommy & Me” circuit full steam ahead.

 

While I absolutely loved spending time with my kids, I knew I needed more. I started planning non-profit events for our school, temple, park district, and more. This fed the logistical and creative sides of my brain (and allowed me to interact with people that didn’t call me “Zoe’s mom”).

 

In 2009, I received an email from a woman who was planning her wedding at a venue at which I had recently produced a fundraising event. She asked me to help with her wedding plans, regardless of my not having done one aside from my own in 1999, and trusted me implicitly. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

I officially launched SQN Events in July 2009 and am humbled by (and incredibly proud of) its success and growth. I love, love, love my job because it allows me to be creative and practical at the same time, form relationships with incredible people, and collaborate to bring dreams to life.

 

When I’m not working, you can usually find me at Anthropologie, Starbucks, taking a Shred415 class, or screaming my head off at my son’s hockey game.

Ashley Crawford

Lead Event Planner

 

Long before Pinterest, I spent hours clipping magazine articles, taking pictures of inspirational concepts, and scouring the internet for creative ideas to use when planning events for family and friends.

 

In 2011 I decided to turn my hobby into a career and joined SQN Events! After starting as an intern, I was quickly promoted to an Event Assistant, and am currently the company’s Lead Planner.  Over the years I have executed a myriad of events, from an elegant and romantic country club wedding to a chic, city glamourous affair.  My weddings have even been featured in industry leading magazines such as Inside Weddings and Modern Luxury Brides.

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, fixing up our 100-year-old home in Naperville’s Historic District, and of course, shopping! These days I can’t get enough of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn Kids, and J Crew.

Rachel Drescher Smith

Event Planner

 

I have always been the organizer, the planner, the executer – and I love pulling events together. So it was no surprise to me that when Beth approached me to join the SQN team as an event assistant (while we were discussing my custom ketubah business), I felt it was a natural fit! Plus, my background in design with a BFA in Graphic Design and also a BA in Art History keep me yearning for creativity in my day to day, but always through the lens of my type-A personality to get it all done perfectly all the time.

 

I’ve planned many large-scale events over the years, mostly fundraisers for various organizations with whom I’m deeply involved. And I never thought about extending my talents to weddings, but after assisting at my first one over three years ago, I was hooked!

 

I’m an account manager at a marketing agency by day, which allows me to hone my skills at managing client expectations and turning their visions a reality while managing timelines and keeping them at (or under) budget.

 

Most recently I’ve put my wedding planning skills to the test planning my own destination wedding this past June in Palm Springs. After working with many amazing vendors and also some challenging situations, I know and value how important communication is for couples  and their planner and I can’t wait to add my upcoming credential of bride to my list of experience.

 

P.S. If you’re in the market for a custom Ketubah, I also spend my free time creative one-of-a-kind artwork!

Esther Kim

Event Coordinator

 

The second semester of my junior year in college was when I realized I wanted to pursue a career in Event Planning instead of Interior Design. As someone who loves to organize, schedule, design, and help out others, I knew this was the right decision for me. After graduating from Illinois State University, I was fortunate enough to join the SQN team in the Summer of 2013 as an intern and was soon promoted to assistant. I am currently working as the company’s Event Coordinator.

 

Since joining SQN, I have gotten my hands dirty many times assisting with various weddings, collaborating with different vendors, and getting a feel for the logistical side of things. And after every event, I am still left in awe of seeing everything come together and witnessing the look of pure joy and excitement spread across the couple’s faces.

 

When I’m not working, you can find me jogging outside, shopping at J.Crew, or trying out different eateries in Chicago!

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