who is lola

lori

 

It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together… That is where my story begins.

My career in the wedding business started my freshman year of college in 1991 when I started designing and making custom bridal gowns and accessories while interning for some of the biggest designers in that business. I attended Parsons School of Design (you might know the name from Bravo’s Project Runway series) where I worked toward a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, and ultimately decided to bring my creative juices back to the Midwest where I graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (Go Badgers!). In my senior year, I was awarded and completed a scholarship thesis on the history and origins of bridal traditions in multiple cultures.

After college, I worked in all aspects of social event planning and personal styling. For me, a successful event is one where your guests feel excited, cherished, welcomed and exuberant! My true passion is helping clients plan smart and creative events that say something about them as an individual, couple or business, and find creative solutions to their individual challenges. Finding and incorporating small special and meaningful touches is my signature.

My design inspiration comes from my fine art and design background where I was taught to look at ordinary things in extraordinary ways and find practical applications for my designs. This combined with a sharp wit and relentless attention to detail makes my skill set the perfect balance of ‘Type A’ psycho-organizer and irreverent artist! My goal with every LOLA client is to make sure that a mutually fulfilling working relationship and understanding can be developed among the LOLA staff, our vendors and our customer.

I have managed projects in Chicago for national companies within the wedding space and coordinated events that demanded specific results for the involved businesses as well as large social events and weddings throughout Chicagoland. From country clubs and art galleries to airplane hangers and office spaces, I have brought detailed events together in some exciting and unlikely places! My weddings and events have been published in national and regional magazines and I am constantly being interviewed for my insight on creative event ideas, wedding trends and industry knowledge of “what’s hot now.” I have spent much of my time and energy building business-to-business relationships with best-in-class merchants that span every aspect of the world of weddings and events.
With my design background and training, extensive management experience and many years dedicated to superior customer service, I look forward to making sure your event is designed and executed creatively and professionally.

Personally, I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Milwaukee, WI and currently live in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago with my husband and what my family lovingly calls ‘the menagerie’ which consists of a mixed bag of shelter dogs named Pickle, The Gooch and a 150lb Great Dane named Bob the Dog. At any given time I also probably have a litter of kittens I am fostering for a local shelter since a home office with kittens is a pretty stress-free zone (looking to adopt?! Call me!)!  As certified SCUBA divers, my husband and I spend all our vacation time in the Caribbean diving, exploring different islands… and sipping fruity cocktails in beach bars!

Lori Stephenson
Owner and Senior Event Coordinator

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