Cultural Fusion Wedding Guide: Tips for planning a multicultural wedding celebration

Photo:    Amy Anaiz

Photo: Amy Anaiz

A fusion wedding is a beautiful way to celebrate the blending of two cultures. It offers the perfect opportunity to create a guest experience exclusive to the couple and their wedding day.

What we love most about fusion weddings is that the possibilities are endless. You can choose to complete the fusion within one ceremony, separate ceremonies on the same day or even separate ceremonies on different days. Whatever combination you choose, it is important to ensure that the details are seamless.

So, today we are excited to share some tips to help you execute a flawless fusion wedding.

Communicate with Both Sides of the Family: 

It is important to effectively communicate with both sides of the family because you want to be sure that both cultures and/or religions are properly represented in your wedding day.

Make a Statement with Your Dress:

Your dress is an extension of you and should tie in all the elements of your big day, so don’t be afraid to make a statement!

Get Creative with the Menu:

Food is one of the most memorable pieces of the guest experience. So, get innovative as you craft the cuisine for your wedding day.

Personalize Your Invitations:

When merging two cultures, you want to find a blend of traditions and rituals that best exemplify you, the couple, and represent your culture and character. The wedding invitations mark the beginning of your guest experience and should embody all of the intricate details that help to create your signature wedding. 


Credits: Carasco Photography

Are you planning a multicultural fusion wedding? We would love to hear from you!

Chicago’s Finest Threads: Luxury Bridal Boutiques in Chicago

Chicago’s Finest Threads ~ Luxury Bridal Boutiques in Chicago

"A wedding dress is both intimate and personal for a woman — it must reflect the personality and style of the bride." — Carolina Herrera

Don’t say yes to any dress, say “YES” to the dress of your dreams!

Here at Kesh Events, we make it a priority to work with the finest vendors in Chicago and worldwide. When it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, you are trusting that the bridal salon you visit is committed to getting you into a dress that will leave you looking the way that you feel on your special day.

So, today we are so excited to share some of Chicago’s finest luxury bridal boutiques we love working with. Here’s our selection of top luxury bridal boutiques in Chicago and go-to for exceptional bridal selections and experience!

Dimitras Bridal Couture: 1009 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Dimitria’s Bridal:

Located in Chicago's esteemed Oak Street fashion district, Dimitra's Bridal Couture opened its doors in 2001, bringing to Chicago's bridal scene an experience like not other.

Address: 1009 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 787-0920

Website


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Bella Bianca:

Bella Bianca features a selection of bridal & bridesmaids dresses from the finest designers both domestic & international. Locations in Chicago & Oakbrook.

Address: 12 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone:(312) 787-2377

Website


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Ultimate Bride:

A high end bridal salon in Chicago that carries exclusive designers like Monique Lhuillier, Berta, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and more.

Address: 106 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 337-6300

Website


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Vera Wang Bride ~ Chicago:

Discover Vera Wang's iconic wedding dresses. Browse the complete Vera Wang collection of bridal gowns and designer ready-to-wear fashion from Vera Wang.
Address: 945 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 379-5355

Website


Are you planning a wedding or special event? Contact us today, we would love to hear from you! 

Creative Seating Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Creative Seating Ideas for Your Wedding Day

There are so many intricate details involved that can make or break this special day for the couple. That’s when it’s helpful to have the right planner/designer in your corner that understands all of the nuances and intricacies of the entire planning and design process; without losing you (the couple) in the process.

When it comes to your guest experience, we are always dreaming up new and creative ways to wow your guests. Honestly, we are nothing more than master story tellers, visually articulating our clients love stories. Copiously implementing our client’s style, charm, sophistication and discerning tastes in every detail.

Why just usher when you can elegantly escort your guests to their seats? We are excited to share some creative seating ideas to leave your guests gushing from the first moment that they step into your wedding day to when they leave.

Here are some ways to dazzle your guests with a unique seating experience:


Tented Place Cards

Place cards are a great way to customize the seating experience for your guests and simultaneously serve as beautiful keepsakes.

Photo:    Apertura Photo    | Planning, Floral & Event Design:    Kesh Events

Photo: Apertura Photo | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Mirror Seating Chart

Guide your guest with elegance! Select your favorite mirror style and transform the way your guests find their seats and experience your wedding day. '

Photo:    Carasco Photography    | Planning, Floral & Event Design:    Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Champagne Flute Escort Cards

Bring on the bubbly and start the guest experience with a sparkle.

Photo:    Shumanev Production    | Planning, Floral & Event Design:    Kesh Events

Photo: Shumanev Production | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Floral Wall Escort Cards

Fresh flowers beautifully accent your wedding day and are the perfect way to elegantly escort your guests to their seats.

Photo:    Carasco Photography    | Planning, Floral & Event Design:    Kesh Events    | Stationery:    Gourmet Invitations

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events | Stationery: Gourmet Invitations

Are you planning a wedding or special event? Contact us today, we would love to hear from you! 







Beyond the Bouquet: Creative Ways to Use Flowers for your Wedding

Beyond the Bouquet: Creative Ways to Use Flowers for your Wedding

Flowers are a great way to add a sophisticated touch to your wedding day. One of the things that we love most about fresh flowers here at Kesh Events is how versatile they are. Whether you are tossing your bouquet to “all the single ladies” or dazzling all of your guests with a floral grand entrance that they are sure to remember; flowers are customizable and a beautiful way to transform your wedding into a dream land. 

Here are some creative ways to use flowers in your wedding:

Floral Fixtures:

Florals elegantly hang above your guests for a breathtaking effect.

Photo:  SY Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: SY Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Floral Table Runners: 

Floral table runners are beautiful way to kick-up the glam and transcend traditional table runners.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Flower Wall:

A flower wall adds an alluring touch to any photo booth backdrop design.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Floral Arch:

Add a floral arch to your ceremony to hone in the romance.

Photo:  Apertura Photo  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Apertura Photo | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Grand Entrance:

Greet your guests with a grand entrance that will take their breath away.

Photo:  Amy Anaiz  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Amy Anaiz | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Stage Flowers (in front of band) :

Serenade your guests with an elegant floral staple in front of your band. 

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Sweetheart Table:

Sweetheart table floral arrangements are a lovely way to frame the newly weds throughout the wedding reception.

Photo:  Fola Lawal Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Fola Lawal Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Flower Girl Floral Purse:

What a beautiful way to accent the flower girl as everyone prepares for the grand entrance of the bride.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Looking to dazzle your guest with creative floral designs for your wedding or special event? We would love to hear from you! 


Luxury Wedding Invitation Staples

Photography:  Carasco Photograph y | Invitations:  Elizabeth Grace  | Menus:  Gourmet Invitations

Photography: Carasco Photography | Invitations: Elizabeth Grace | Menus: Gourmet Invitations

Luxury Wedding Invitation Staples

One of the greatest parts of celebrating your love in marriage is being able to share beautiful memories with your loved ones. Moreover, your wedding invitations serve as your guests’ ticket into your dreams.

Wedding invitations mark the beginning of your guest experience and should embody all of the intricate details that help to create your luxury signature look. 

Here are 5 signature wedding invitation ideas to “WOW” your guests before they even step foot into your wedding day: 

Wedding Websites

A wedding website is a great place to share important wedding details, engagement photos and even a loving note from the couple. Additionally, it offers a digital element that will enhance the way you interact with your guests. Your wedding website can be shared on your wedding invitations, giving all of your guests access to just a taste of your wedding day.

Envelope Liners

Envelope liners help to add a pop of expression to your wedding invitations. They beautifully unveil your signature wedding style and theme to your guests. 

Wax Seals 

Personalized wax seals are sure to up the elegance and leave your guest gushing. Wax seals can feature personalized details like a family crest, a wedding logo or even the couple’s initials. The possibilities are endless, and the results are timeless.

Calligraphy

If you are looking to add a sophisticated touch to your wedding, you may want to consider using a calligrapher for customized handwritten wedding invitations. 

High-Quality Paper

Ignite the senses with invitations that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests all the way up to your wedding day. Choosing a high-quality paper for your wedding invitations enriches the guest experience and gives them just a taste of what luxury feels like. 

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Planning a wedding or special event? We would love to chat with you! Contact Us

The Guest Experience: 5 ways to wow your wedding guests

Wedding planning is ultimately one of the most stressful jobs, because there are so many intricate details involved that can make or break this special day for the couple. That’s when it’s helpful to have the right planner/designer in your corner that understands all of the nuances and intricacies of the entire planning and design process; without losing you (the couple) in the process.  Honestly, we are nothing more than master story tellers, carefully and meticulously visually articulating our clients love stories.  Copiously implementing their (the couples) style, charm, sophistication and discerning tastes in every detail. 

Let’s be honest, most couples are more concerned about the guest experience – from food, entertainment, and decor, over that of their own desires/wants/needs.   However, if planned and executed properly, not only does one have a happy couple (that has been 100% represented throughout the festivities) at the end of the night, but guests leave the celebration feeling as if they have just experienced the best party of their lives! The experience created, will ultimately stay with your guests forever.  Constantly using your wedding as the standard for which they measure other weddings/receptions by for years to come.   

With that in mind, here are some 5 tips for creating the best guest experience: 

First Impression:

Think of the first thing your guests will experience. You can NEVER go wrong with a breathtaking entrance.  It’s really your opportunity to make that initial first impression on your guests.  It sets the tone, and when executed properly, it begins to stir up feelings of excitement and anticipation for what is to come. From childhood, through adulthood – we have always been taught that you never have a second chance to make a first impression; I take that literally when creating a grand entrance for my clients.  From candles lining the flowing steps that leads guests down a hallway with walls adorned in thousands meticulously placed flowers – the perfect “WOW Factor” Grand Entrance can easily be created with a well thought out design, blooms, soft fabrics and ambient lighting.  And, what better way is there to give a quick preview the wedding flowers.

Decor

This is often the most commonly overlooked component in the wedding planning/design process.  When money is running low, it’s commonly the first area that begins to experience scale-backs or cuts.  This should never be the case, your décor is the basis for which sets the tone, mood and vibe for your entire wedding.  With flowers, pipe-and-draping, candles and other carefully placed décor elements and personal touches, a space can be transformed into the wedding that you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl.  \

For a curated experience, consider creating a different mood on each space being utilized for your festivities.  For the ceremony, you may want to use soft, warmly lit amber lighting and soft classical music to create a very romantic, soft and ethereal environment for the ceremony space.  While for cocktail hour – more decor elements, soft jazz and signature libation can be used to create more of a lounge or relaxed feel. Keep in mind, it’s during this time that you can also introduce more interactive entertainment options for your guests to enjoy, such as a flower wall, live entertainment, custom lounge seating, and bars - or another statement piece like a baby grand piano with flowers billowing from it and puddling to the floor to get the guests talking. Depending on the space, draping and lighting effects can also add to the overall ambiance of this space as well. For the reception portion of your wedding, this should be “GO BIG, OR GO HOME” time.  This should be the most grandiose display of them all.  Featuring the most opulent, extravagant and visually stimulating floral centerpieces and candelabras, the most luxuriously textured linens,  extravagant creative lighting, couture and meticulously created stationary, a fabulous dance floor, and decedent food that leaves your guests clamoring for more.   and so much. When I design a room, I like to think of it from top to bottom.

When designing a reception, it is important to engage all five sensory systems of your guests:  touch, smell, sound, taste and sight.  This includes flowers and the beauty and scent they present, Linens for the tables and napkins, menu cards, Chair options, lighting and more. By successfully engaging these systems, you are subconsciously insuring that your guests leave fulfilled and wanting nothing.  In fact, they may not want the party to stop.    

  • Florals: Guests will always enjoy being surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements. From the entrance to the ceremony and reception, flowers speak romance and are welcoming. At the reception, Guests are going to sit at their dinning tables for hours. Make a statement with a centerpiece that perfectly sets the tone for your reception. Don’t be afraid to mic things up. I like to play with a mix of long, square and round tables and design a unique centerpiece for each type of table. Candles always add the perfect finishing touch. 

  • Creative Lighting: Lighting is one of the best ways to transform a room. I like to utilize patterns, pin-spots, room washes and more to my room designs. It takes the space to whole new level. The options are endless. Bad lighting can ruin the experience for you and your guests.

  • Lounge Seating: At some point in the evening, you guests may want to take a break to relax, have a cocktail and some late night snacks. Lounge sets inside the ballroom is one of my favorite ways to incorporate comfy seating into the reception. Placing them strategically around the perimeter of the dance-floor and bar areas are great ways to make sure your guests won’t have to leave the room and miss all the fun. 

Entertainment

Wedding Entertainment is a crucial factor.  If you are looking to wow your guest, think of customizing the entertainment to fit your (the couples) personal style.  I love the idea of a live performance as the guests walk into the room, live harpists and violinists are great ways to start a party on the right note.  Live wedding bands and singers are another way to customize your overall guests experience, nothing gets your guests to the dance floor and makes sure it stays packed more than the live performances of some of their favorite songs l

Dinning

We all love good food, so it goes without saying – one of the main things your guests will remember is their dining experience at your wedding. From cocktail hour to dinner and even the after party, food is one of the most talked about elements of any wedding.  In today’s wedding market, couples are spending a good amount of money and time crafting creative menu option from lobster and steak stations to meal courses perfectly paired with various wines.  Don’t let your guests down when it comes to their meal quality.  Think about how many times you have been to a wedding and talked about it later … the conversation may have gone like this – “The wedding was nice, but that food at the reception was nasty” or “My soup was cold”. Don’t let this be said about your wedding.

Creative Seating arrangement

Beautiful stationery is always a hit with your guests. Get creative with your escort cards and make that an enjoyable experience. Consider a fun way to display the cards like hanging them from a tree with ribbon and crystals, or in front of a flower wall or backdrop.

If you choose, to display the escort cards on a table, place a statement piece on the table. A round table calls for a large floral arrangements and some candles. Use this table as a preview of whats to come. Get your guests gushing and talking.

Bridal shower time

Photo: Collin Pierson Photography

Photo: Collin Pierson Photography

A bridal shower is a celebration of the bride-to-be and anticipation of her upcoming wedding. Have you been discussing your bridal shower with your friends and family? Are you trying to determine a theme? Here are 3 most requested but easily customizable ideas that you can discuss with your full service wedding planner and designer.


Brunch Bridal Shower

Who doesn’t love brunch! Whether you are an outdoorsy bride or a have more of a “sex in the city” personality, you can’t go wrong with a brunch theme. Complete with a mimosa (or perhaps a bloody mary) bar, waffles, or a raw bar with caviar and decadent desserts! Brunch is a fantastic setting for your bridal shower.

Sophisticated Glam Bridal Shower Soiree

This shower is for the ultra chic bride. Accents of black and gold dinnerware, paired with a floral runner of different hues of pinks or lavenders make for a sexy and sophisticated theme. Classic cocktails like a manhattan, or old fashion coupled with baked brie and tuna tartare on endive will send your guests taste buds into overdrive.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is known for its abundance of lemons.  This has to be one of the most sunny, beautiful and whimsical shower themes.  Your guest will be wowed by beautifully created lemon tree centerpieces. Clean white linen.  Yellow roses or maybe tulips! Wow your attendees with libations of limoncellos and lemon drops. Let them feast on lemon chicken piccata and finish with lemon tarts!  If you really want to wow your guest, this is surely the theme for you.

Whether it’s brunch or taking your guest on a journey to the Amalfi Coast, let you wedding planning and design team orchestrate it all! Kesh Events would love to provide extraordinary event planning and design services for you bridal shower and wedding. Lets us curate a magical experience for you!

Planning your wedding and need some guidance? With a wedding planner by your side, the possibilities are endless! We would love to plan with you. Contact us for a consultation.

We cant wait to meet you. x


2019 top 5 destination wedding locations!

There is one occasion in your life when you want to create a memorable extravaganza. Your wedding!  Are you looking for a luxurious wedding experience that is far from ordinary? Here are 5 of our most favorite wedding locations for 2019.

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Morocco

What a magical and exotic location!  From its rich history and culture to great weather, Morocco is where you want to be.  Are you a beach bride? Try the beaches of Morocco's Atlantic Coast. Or perhaps you’re more of a city couple.  Take a trip to Marrakesh and have a Parisian inspired celebration. This luxurious destination has it all!

Greece

Picture saying “ I do” a top of a cliff in the majestic Santorini!  The Greek Isles has some of the most beautiful locations for a destination wedding.  With its picturesque coastline to the enviable Mediterranean climate, Greece sets the scene for romance.

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Iceland

Are you looking for an absolutely breathtaking backdrop for your big day?  Consider the beautiful country of Iceland. Iceland is where you will find hot springs, waterfalls at every turn and magnificent volcanoes.  The beauty and dramatic scenery are unmatched. Picture re-sighting your vows underneath the Northern Lights!

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Australia

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If you have ever envisioned walking down the aisle in a romantic vineyard or having sand as your aisle runner, look no further than Australia.  With its expansive and diverse landscape, you are only limited by your imagination. Contemplate treating your guest to the nature sanctuary. Or, take in a snorkeling adventure on your private yacht to see the beautiful marine life within the coral reef!

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Costa Rica

If you are adventurous and want a destination packing a punch, Costa Rica is for you!  Lush rain forest, black and white-sand beaches and waterfalls are just a few reasons to consider Costa Rica for you nuptials.  You will not be disappointed. How are about your fiance’ seeing you for the first time riding in on horseback. Maybe you are more of an hiking couple looking to give you guest a unique and memorable wedding in the forest.   Whatever your desire, Costa Rica provides a range of possibilities.


With a full service wedding planner by your side.  The possibilities are endless!

Planning a destination wedding? We are thrilled to offer destination planning services. We specialize in full wedding planning and design services including, location scouting, curating a stellar team of creative partners and managing every last detail.

We would love to plan your destination wedding! Contact us!







You Just Said Yes! 10 things to do after the engagement!

You just said, “YES!” The ring has been placed on your finger.  You are BURSTING with happiness!  So now what?

Here are 10 things for you to do after the engagement!

1.      BREATHE!

Take in the joy of this moment! 

2.      Pop some champagne!

You just got ENGAGED!  Make your way to a restaurant or bar. Perhaps your new fiancé has come equipped with a bottle of delicious bubbly?  Toast each other and celebrate your moment.

3.      Instagram Time!

It is time to tell the world and show off that gorgeous ring!

4.      Nails, Nails, Nails!

Now is not the time to miss your trip to the nail salon!  Your hands must stay photo ready.

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5.      Insure the Carats

You now have this beautiful and dazzling ring.  It is very important that you insure and protect it should the ring become lost, stolen, or damaged.  Make sure you have your appraisal papers in hand and contact your insurance agent. 

6.      Hire a Full Service Wedding Planner

A full service wedding planner is your greatest asset.  From beginning to end, your planner will be instrumental in crafting your vision.  From finding the perfect venue, styling your dream wedding, hiring vendors that fit your style and budget to coordinating events leading up to the wedding. Your wedding planner will help set things in motion.  

7.      Engagements Photos

It is time to commemorate the momentous occasion.  Let your planner coordinate your shoot with the chosen photographer.  Your planner will collaborate with your photographer to find a setting that defines you as a couple or a location that brings about memories from dating. Decide on colors, attire, and the timing of your pictures and poses.  

8.      Engagement Party

Even though you have shared your engagement all over social media, nothing beats having a formal celebration of your pending nuptials.  Engagement parties are a great way to introduce family and friends to one another prior to the wedding.  Also, this is a great way for the people in your life to celebrate you!  Share your ideas with your wedding planner.  Consider this the “Kick Off” to your wedding!

9.      Set the date

Deciding on your date sooner, rather than later, can greatly increase the chances of your date being available at your preferred venue.  Once your date and venue are set, the fun part of designing your wedding begins!  Together with your planner, you will discuss everything from flowers to food, dresses to music and beyond.  Maybe you’re considering a destination wedding.  Your planner is here to make your dream day a reality! 

10.   Budget!

Now that you’ve chosen your date and hired your planner.  You and your fiancé need to determine a budget.  Budgets are necessary because it allows you to determine how much you have/want to spend and whether your families will contribute.     

Now the real fun begins! 

Can we help you put those worries aside? Our specialty is in a hands-on approach to planning weddings and events; orchestrating a one of a kind curated approach to life’s most unforgettable celebrations. Contact us today. You can learn more about our services HERE!

Let’s start planning!

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Kesh Events named one of the Top 30 Event & Wedding Planners in Chicago for 2019 by PartySlate

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We are thrilled and so honored to be included in the list of top 30 event and wedding planners in Chicago by PartySlate.

“When it comes to throwing a fun, meaningful, and memorable celebration, the first step is to hire an experienced planner to guide you through venue and vendor selection, to calm your nerves, and to keep you within budget while still fulfilling your vision. We’ve curated a list of the top event planners in Chicago. You can’t go wrong with the experienced planners on this list — they boast strong networks, are professional and personable, and will produce your dream party.”

Get the scoop here!

Coastal Romance ~ Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Coastal Romance ~ Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Today, on the blog, we are so excited to share some sneak peeks from a recent collaboration at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was such a pleasure to explore the beauty this luxury property has to offer and create some beautiful memories with friends and colleagues! if you are seeking a romantic destination wedding or celebration, this is a great property to celebrate with your friends and family and we are ready to jet set with you and create your dream destination wedding!

To learn more about our destination wedding planning services, please visit our services page here!

Enjoy teasers from Collin Pierson Photography.

Creative Partners: Photography: Collin Pierson Photography | Design & Floral: Kesh Events | Planning & Styling: Michelle Durpetti Events | Travel Concierge: Travel Luxe Official | Stationery: Gourmet Invitations | Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | Napkins: BBJ Linens | Bridal Gown: Berta Bridal | Bridal Store: Ultimate Bride Chicago | Groom’s Tux: J Hilburn | Resort: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Love these photos of my talented friend (Michelle Durpetti) and I working behind the scenes!

Dreaming of a destination wedding? Start your journey and plan with us!

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Kesh Events named one of the top vendors in the world by WedLuxe

We are over the moon and thrilled t be included in WedLuxe Global Trend Report as one of their top 5 weddings vendors in the world. What an honor!

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KR Planner Collective Gala - Chez Event Space

Photos by  Nicee Martin

Photos by Nicee Martin

KR Planner Collective Gala

It was such a pleasure hosting Kathy Romero in Chicago during her 2 day workshop. The event was held at Chez Event Space. The 2 day workshop was finalized with a gala designed by Kesh Events alongside some amazing creative partners I admire and respect. What a night! Please enjoy these photos by Nicee Martin.

Special thanks to these amazing talents.

Chez Event Space

Jewell Events Catering

Urban Icing

SY Photography 

Mirar Media

Parchment By Dami

Beatmix Chicago 

Art Of Imagination

Calligraphy by CT

Tailored Elements

Workshop Sponsors

On The Go Jo Coffee

Simply Sweetness Food Design


Wedding planner and event designer Akeshi Akinseye speaking at the NACE Detroit conference

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Wedding planner and event designer Akeshi Akinseye speaking at the NACE Detroit conference.

September 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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The Henry Hotel
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
http://www.behenry.com/

CLIENT EXPERIENCE

In today's competitive event climate you need to set yourself apart from your competition with the experience that you provide to your clients. We'll discuss:

1) What is customer service?
2) The key components to your clients' experience - Knowledge, Value Proposition and Core Value, Atmosphere, Expectations, Communication, and Problem solving
3) Key Skills you need to provide stellar customer service

MEETING AGENDA

6:00 - Registration, Networking, and Wine Pull
7:00 - Announcements, Board Nominations, and Dinner
8:00 - Presentation by Akeshi Akinseye
8:45 - Book Giveaway

Get to know Akeshi Akinseye - Owner & Lead Planner of Kesh Events

Meet Akeshi Akinseye - Owner and Founder of Kesh Events and President of Kesh Luxury Group. Akeshi is the creative force behind the Kesh Luxury Group brands (Kesh Events, Kesh Designs Home and The Kesh Experience). She and her team are known for creating unique and exquisite weddings and events in Chicago and beautiful locations around the world.

10 things to know about Akeshi

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Photo: Sy Photography

1. She is Nigerian

Born of Nigerian parents, Akeshi spent her childhood in Nigeria. She moved to Chicago after high school. Akeshi honors the individual styles of her clients and she continually strives to make every experience one to remember.

2. She is not just a planner

Akeshi is not just a planner. She is a planner and designer. In addition to planning flawless executed events, she is known for designing stylish and lavish florals arrangements and stunning ballroom transformations. Her clients love that they get not only a planner but a designer as well. 

 3. Inspiration

She finds her inspiration everywhere. Her inspiration comes from nature, travel, exploring different cultures, fashion and all things beautiful. 

4. Background

Akeshi was introduced to the world of hospitality and design at a very young age. Raised by parents who are entrepreneurs, she learned the business of hospitality, design, food and more. Her parents still own several businesses including hotels, catering, fabric design and event venues.

5. She is an Author

Akeshi is the author of the Best-Selling book, "The Art Of Floral And Event Design".  The stunning coffee table book features over 250 pages of weddings, stylized shoots and special events designed by Akeshi. Chapters offers inspiration in different color palettes and styles showcasing creative ways to use flowers. Akeshi shared a glimpse of her world so you can explore the various colors, textures and moods that are orchestrated to create the splendor and magnificence captured in The Art of Floral and Event Design.

6. She is an Educator

Her dedication to supporting and sharing her knowledge to the industry initiated the idea for her floral and design workshop program, The Kesh Experience, a series of design masterclasses that offer mentorship and education to industry professionals at all levels. Akeshi also coaches planners and designer on a one on one basis.

7. Home Decor

Akeshi expands beyond designing luxurious weddings and events around the world into the  home-decor to offer her own brand of housewares and tabletop accessories - Kesh Designs Home. The Kesh Designs Home brand is designed to be synonymous with the same style, luxury and sophistication that the Kesh Events brand is know for. Items in this line which includes napkins, table runners, placemats, charger plates, table-top fabrics, and accessories. Influenced by Akeshi’s own effortless and glam style, the collection ranges from modern, couture, feminine to traditional. There is something for everyone.

8. Radio, TV and Publications

Akeshi has been featured on ABC Chicago providing party planning tips, published expert advice on Inside Weddings Magazine, and radio segments. Her work and events can be seen in some of the top wedding publications like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings, Modern Luxury Brides Magazine, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Partyslate, The Knot, Wedding Lovely, Tribune, Red Eye, Wedding Guide, The Knot and other wedding publications. 

9. Destination Celebrations

Akeshi and team plans and designs weddings  and event in Chicago and destinations around the world. Some of her destination wedding locations include venues in the Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and locations around the United State.

10. Leisure

When Akeshi is not creating fabulous events, you will find her writing, spending time with her family, at home watching romantic movies, traveling around the world soaking up other cultures, catching up with friends or relaxing at the spa! 

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