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 Starbucks, SoulCycle, browsing boutiques, or screaming my head off at my son’s hockey game.

Ashley Crawford

Event Manager

 

All you need is love. And a wedding planner. That’s where we come in!

 As a child, long before Pinterest, I had a passion for all things creative. I’d spend hours clipping magazine articles, taking pictures of inspirational concepts, and scouring the Internet for unique ideas to use when planning events for family and friends.  

After years in unrelated fields I finally decided to follow my dreams and joined SQN Events! Seven years later I have executed a myriad of events, from elegant and romantic country club weddings to chic, city glamorous affairs.  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 taking walks with my husband and kids, traveling and eating dessert!

Esther Kim

Event Planner

 

After graduating with a BA in Communication, I decided to follow my passion for events and dove right into the wedding industry by joining SQN in 2013. As someone who loves working with people and being hands-on behind the scenes, event planning is the perfect career fit for me. I love all types of weddings – from classic and romantic to chic, modern, whimsical, and everything in between.

 

By day, I’m still putting my eye for detail and organizational skills to use as an Executive Assistant & Meeting/Events Planner at a start-up, retail eCommerce company here in Chicago.

 

I’m also a huge sports fan – especially our Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, and  Bears. My other passions include spending time with family & friends, positivity + good vibes, traveling, the outdoors, dogs, music, good food, fitness, bourbon, and wine.

Mina

Mina Lee

Event Manager

 

After assisting on numerous events for over a year, I officially joined the SQN team in July 2018. While I may be new to SQN, I’m no stranger to the events industry. My family owned a number of restaurants and I learned early on that hospitality can take on an art form. With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, I have done it all – nonprofit events, corporate events, social events, and of course, weddings. I even owned my own event planning company a few years back and have also worked in catering and as a venue manager.

 

Born in Chicago and raised in Georgia, I have a unique combination of city savvy and southern charm.

 

When I’m not planning and executing events, I can be found playing at the beach with my kids, drinking coffee and reading at local cafes in Oak Park, and researching new recipes and cooking fun meals for family and friends.

Jackie Rabin

Event Manager, Corporate and Nonprofit

 

I have always enjoyed creating special experiences. It didn’t matter if it was a warm family dinner or a large, inspirational gala. It is thrilling to transport people to different times and places to help create immersive and memorable experiences.

 

Born and raised in Texas (Hook ‘Em Horns!), I moved to Chicago with my husband last year, bringing six years of nonprofit event management and donor development experience with me. I served as a Development Manager of Society Giving for the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin and Events Manager for the Anti-Defamation League Austin. During my time with the Jewish Federation I managed and executed the fundraising and stewardship events, bringing the organization’s mission to life. My experience engaging and inspiring community members thought donor cultivation gives me an inside view of how to connect with people through events.

 

When not planning events (and the occasional dinner party for friends) I love spending time with my dog, testing new recipes, and exploring this beautiful city I now call home.

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