Magdalena L. has been dedicated to the world of event planning for over eight years and understands that the key to success is having patience, love, dedication, respect, and the main key is listening to her clients needs. She has worked on small and large projects in the wedding, corporate, and special occasion fields, along with a variety of cultures and backgrounds. From Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish (Orthodox), Muslim weddings, non-denominational, to traditional, modern, whimsical and unique themes for events. Listening and communication is a strong pursuit of hers and, being as open-minded as she is, she can assist with creating truly magical events.
Fashion Show Production: Magdalena’s event planning background started back when she worked for a national prom dress company, called ALYCE Paris. This was her first professional experience where she had the honor of coordinating photo shoots, fashions shows for retailers and consumers, music videos with social media influencers, and fashion styling.
Corporate Event Planning: Corporate events are a whole different ballpark! From seminars, team building experiences, award ceremonies, birthday parties, client relation parties, employee appreciation outings, fundraisers, golf retreats, and even more… Magdalena and the in house events teams made it happen! Magdalena also coordinated themed out events that involved bringing intriguing entertainment, such as a trapeze artists, snake charmers, mermaids, comedians, bands, and more. Working for Realty ONE Group and Everest Escrow, Magdalena also had the privilege to coordinate grand openings of their offices during a rapid growing period.
Design Coordination: Working as a design consultant for the top full production decorator in Chicago, named Yanni Design Studio (YDS), Magdalena has designed events from start to finish. Coordinating the perfect centerpieces using the clients’ ideal vision, she was responsible for putting together perfect flower colors, flower types, vases/stands, and candlelight collections. The table centerpieces were just the beginning since the look of the event was not nearly complete without the proper lighting, backdrops, dance floor covers, guest chairs, table rentals, stage decor, lounge furniture, ceiling decor… a even more! Anything decor related she and the YDS team brought it to life. Working for this company, Magdalena had the proper introduction to cultural weddings, such as, Indian weddings, Muslim weddings, and Jewish weddings. She worked with a variety of clientele budgets ranging from a $1,000.00 order to a $60,000.00+ order and everything in between. This opportunity really challenged Magdalena as she learned proper decor alternatives that made the event look unbelievably gorgeous, yet stayed within the client’s budget.
Personal Life: Magdalena was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of three. She has a “baby” brother, who is twelve years apart from her and is already 6 inches taller than her. Being raised in Chicago, she always kept her Polish roots alive by traveling for summer vacations to Poland. Magdalena graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Columbia College Chicago. She met the love of her life, her husband Jerry, eight years before she married him. They were always best friends and even tried really hard to find each other dates because they both knew they were good people and deserved someone special in their lives. After Magdalena took the leap and moved to California for the first time, little did they know, they realized that they like each other more than just friends. Having a long distance relationship brought their relationship to a strain, so Magdalena decided to take the leap and move back to Chicago. During that time span, six months after she moved back, Jerry got down on one knee and proposed. Knowing how obsessive Magdalena gets about planning events, they decided to set their wedding date to be only eight months after the proposal. July 22, 2017 is their special date! Only six months after the wedding, Jerry, Magdalena, and their furbaby Weslee took the plunge all together and decided to start their happily ever after in Orange County, California!
My first taste of planning actually happened when I coordinated my first social gathering at just 9 years old. Being the little adventure seeker that I was (and still am), I organized the very first block party/picnic on my street in Poland. I displayed & handed out fliers with the event details to children in the area, purchased all of the food and beverages, set up a barricade around the event space, made different entertainment stations (Barbie Play Area, Massage Area, Hair/Makeup/Nails Spot, Dance Space, & Sports Section), played music, and made a cover fee of 1 złote (less than 1 cent) per guest. Believe it or not, kids actually showed up! Not only did I make a ton of new friends, but I was so happy seeing everyone having fun.
Photography Credit: Wasio Photography