Behind The Vendors of Weddings Enlightened–A Night Of Education Event

A Posh Production along with nine other vendors will be coming together for the first ever Weddings Enlightened–A Night of Education event!  Where all vendors attending will talk to future brides and grooms and give their expert advice about what to look out for while in the wedding planning process.

Sound like something you would like to attend?  You can register for the event on Eventbrite, we hope to see you there!  Until then you can learn a little bit about each vendor through their bio’s below.

  DJ Entertainment, Lighting, Decor, and Photo Booth Rental  10428609_10105570529675754_2680935073097742628_n

Matt is the owner of A Posh Production, a full-time professional DJ, as well as father to a wonderful girl and boy, and husband to a wonderful wife. He believes in high-quality customer service and providing experienced staff to make sure your wedding is elegant, fun, and memorable.  He has conducted over 800 weddings as Master of Ceremonies and DJ.   Before starting A Posh Production, Matt was the DJ manager of one of the largest DJ, lighting, and photo booth companies in Chicago. He is also a representative of Denon Pro-DJ audio equipment, DJ’ing from coast to coast at some of the worlds hottest clubs to demonstrate the brand’s sound and performance capabilities. In 2007, Matt was awarded “Chicago CitySearch DJ of the Year” for his work on Odyssey Cruise Lines. His experiences have left him with the desire to create a well-rounded wedding entertainment company and ensure that every wedding leaves a lasting impression.

    Wedding Planner  ashleycouch

Prior to graduating from UW- Madison Ashley had worked in the world of event planning for 3 years. Experience in the hospitality industry, bridal boutiques, floral, and catering she developed a passion for all things bridal. Upon starting Midwestern Bride in 2011 she dove into the wedding scene and never looked back.  Her energy and enthusiasm to make each and every brides vision a reality brought her planning to Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois essentially creating the unique and multi-faceted Midwestern focused planning group.  Bringing on planners of different backgrounds and specialties and working in widely varied backgrounds allows MB to become everything Ashley desired.  Ashley brings an experience, knowledge, and vigor to planning that allows her clients to trust and truly enjoy each and every moment.

    Officiant Rev.AnneStyx-RevForWhatev (1)

Rev. Anne Styx is the founder of The Rev For Whatev, Inc., leading a group of interfaith ministers providing both religious and non-religious ceremonial services. In the 5 years since she began her ministry, she has performed well over 400 ceremonies all over the Northern Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan areas, in all different kinds of venues. She specializes in personalized ceremonies that reflect a couple’s story and personality and depend on what a couple’s personal needs, wants, and beliefs are. She is also a junior high school teacher, a mom of two boys, ages 8 and 5, and been married to her husband Mike for nearly 12 years. More information about her, her group of ministers, and services can be found at

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Kate grew up overseas in a family of restaurant owners and has always had a passion for event planning.  She had worked in the sales industry before she took the career path in event planning.  She’s been with Pinstripes for over three years and is in charge of at least twelve receptions each year.  Pinstripes is a one-of-a-kind concept that combines beautiful event spaces, outdoor facilities, gourmet food and sophisticated gaming all under one roof!  Kate brings knowledge and creativity to every event.  The goal is to create unique and flawless weddings that bring good memories for the lifetime together.  Getting to know every couple, their ideas and bringing them to a new level, helping every step of the way to make the day special, making sure that every detail is perfect and the reception is a well-orchestrated performance is crucial to her.

People that love what they do for a living are the best to do business with. Kate is proud to be one of them, bringing her passion for people, food, design, and travel to work.

She is very excited to share her expertise at the upcoming event!

    Photography CarusoOlsonsmall

Deonna is the owner of Deonna Caruso Photography, Specializes in Wedding & Engagement Photography, is a member of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), and a recipient of the “Bride’s Choice awards (2010-2014).  She fell in love with photography 15 years ago when she traveled to Italy for the first time and brought her camera.  Since then she has studied with photojournalist Paul Akerman in Venice Italy and fashion photographer Dean Berdusis in Chicago.  Both experiences have helped her develop her style of photography which she would simply describe as a perfect marriage of the two.  Deonna has been shooting weddings & couples in love since 2006 and she simply loves it!

She encourages you to visit her new Facebook page “Nerium Bride” for information on making you Radiant & Picture Perfect on your Wedding Day and to check out her site and latest video to see what she has been up to.  If you appreciate her style and think you would be a great match she would love to hear from you!

    Videographer philipe

After graduating with honors in History and Film & Media studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007, I began my career working for the financing and production entity, Sandbar Pictures.  At Sandbar Pictures, I associate produced the documentary WHIZ KIDS and worked as a production coordinator on AND SOON THE DARKNESS, starring Amber Heard and Odette Yustman, a remake of the atmospheric British Thriller by the same name.  It is during this time that I began Mirar Productions.

After leaving Hollywood, I spent a year at Google in their Maps division and was part of the team that unveiled a new dataset for the entire United States.

I relocated to Chicago with my family in the summer of 2010 to support my wife as she began medical school. This move coincided with the success of Mirar and a decision to expand the company to the Chicagoland area.

Last year I released my first book and I have been  working on the documentary YOURS IN THE DUST, on Burning Man, for the last couple years. Check out the trailer.

    Cake Vendor Elysia Root Headshot (158 of 194)

Elysia Root Cakes grew out of Elysia Root’s desire to create uniquely beautiful and delicious cake, cupcakes and cookies.  Having planned her own wedding, Elysia knows how important every detail is in making every bride’s perfect wedding day a reality, from the dress, the flowers to….of course the wedding cake!

Elysia believes that each wedding cake that she and her team creates should be always couture, always custom, and always uniquely you!  Often the cake is the last impression of the reception, make it a reflection of who you both are!

Before launching Elysia Root Cakes, Elysia who has her B.S. in Business from the University of Illinois and a M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Marketing Management from the University of Chicago, worked in the Insurance industry for 10 years in various roles.  Cake decorating began as a fun hobby for Elysia in 2010 and she enjoyed making cake creations for her family, friends, and colleagues.

Elysia received her formal training in the pastry arts at The French Pastry School in Chicago where she attended L’art du Gâteau and studied with Chefs and Master Cake Artists Nicholas Lodge, Mark Seaman, and Kristin Ryan, as well as Chefs and World Pastry Champions Scott Green and Joshua Jackson. Elysia has continued to refine her skills by taking additional classes from some of the world’s best sugar and cake artists including Nicholas Lodge, Ron Ben-Israel, Mark Seaman, Susan Carberry, Lauren Kitchens, Mike McCarey, Courtney Clark, Debbie Brown, Marina Sousa, Rick Reichart, Jacqueline Butler, Kaysie Lackey, Mike Elder, and Alexandria Pellegrino.

    Florist Kesh-Event-Planner-Coordinator-Akeshi3

Akeshi is the owner of Kesh Events, president of Kesh Designs, and a lover of all things “fabulous” .  Her positivity, keen eye, attention to detail and knack for perfection is what her clients love about her. She brings the art of creativity and personalization to every single event making her the best at what she does. Akeshi honors all cultures, traditions and individual styles.

As a bride herself, she continually strives to make every experience at Kesh Events stress-free and one to remember. Building a solid reputation for creating luxurious events, she is recognized as a premier industry expert and brides and celebrants turn to her for her creativity, extensive relationships with the Creme de la Creme of industry experts and detail-oriented approach to event planning and design. She has been featured in Grance Ormonde Wedding Style, ModernLuxury Brides Magazine, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, Bella Naija Weddings, Wedding Lovely, News Tribune, Red Eye Wedding Guide and other wedding publications. Her focus is always on transforming a personal story into a living, breathing moment in time.

    Invitations Laura Pugh (1)

Laura is the owner and designer of Lucky Invitations, a custom design invitation and stationery studio.  Lucky Invitations was started 13 years ago after she created her own wedding invitations.  After her own wedding, she had the opportunity to create invitations for a few of friends and fell in love with the whole process of creating a custom invitation for someone.  For 10 years Laura worked by word of mouth while continuing her corporate career and in 2012 took the leap of faith to turn her passion into her business.  Laura’s favorite things are dogs, letterpress and coffee.

    Hair & Makeup Elana Darrus

Hi, I’m Elana.  I’ve been a Makeup Artist pretty much most of my life.  I have been blessed to work in the cosmetic industry for the past thirty years.  My love for makeup began while working in a beauty salon at age thirteen. Loving art, I soon learned I could create artistic beauty with makeup.

I started my career in 1980 at Neiman Marcus training with all of the elite cosmetic brands: Channel, Lancome, Estee Lauder & Clinque.  While at Neimans I was offered a position at Marilyn Miglin Model Makeup this position was an extraordinary learning experience, it inspired me to further my education in theatrical and television makeup.  Which lead me to positions with CNN and the Chicago Lyric Opera House.  Next I was married & had my beautiful babies which encouraged me to start my own business in my favorite area of expertise freelance bridal makeup artistry.  While promoting my own freelance, I also had the honor to work for MAC Cosmetics & as a key artist at a hair salon.  While working in the beauty industry I met a great group of fellow artists/stylist’s.  The energy of working together sharing our passions inspired me to create Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair. Established in 2012!  I am now blessed and honored to manage an amazingly talented Network of  freelance professionals.  We are available for wedding’s, special occasion’s, television, theater and print .

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