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BURST Event Co is an award-winning team of Chicago Wedding Planners with a combined experience of 30+ years in events.

 

Our diverse backgrounds in event planning, hospitality, wedding & event design, film & TV production & fashion makes us a well-rounded team of logistics experts, design fairies & guest experience specialists.

Our expert team has been featured in national publications like The Associated Press, NBC News, Wedding Chicks, and Maharani Weddings.

Because we know that wedding planning overwhelm is stealing joy from engaged couples, there are certain key characteristics we know we need to have to accomplish our mission of getting all engaged couples back to being excited about getting married.

  1. We are relational. What we do is 90% relationships and 10% wedding planning so we work hard to consistently strengthen our relationships with our customers, our vendor partners and each other.

  2. We are inclusive. Our mission is to get ALL engaged couples back to being excited about getting married. That means we lovingly & equally serve LGBTQ+ couples, BIPOC, interracial couples, any couples of any religion. 

  3. We are creative problem-solvers. Planning a wedding requires creativity in everything from how we design a table to how we allocate a budget to how we manage a dropped cake on the wedding day to how we facilitate the resolution of family conflict.

  4. We advocate. We view ourselves as the bridge between client and vendor, so we are always working to advocate for both parties. Sometimes that looks like calling vendors in to fix gendered language in their marketing or unethical commission practices and sometimes that looks like holding clients accountable to boundaries and deadlines. In order to make these partnerships work well and the planning process to feel as stress-free as possible, we work diligently to advocate for whoever needs a voice.

  5. We have fun. It's wild to us that planning a celebration of love, commitment and community has developed a reputation of being a drag. Vendors and couples alike are burnt out and we work to bring the fun back to wedding planning through our own work/life balance boundaries and time off policies for our team, planning breaks for our couples, and developing playful relationships with both our vendor partners and clients.

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ALEXIS ALVAREZ

CEO - she/her

Alexis opened BURST after spending 5 years in the hospitality industry and nearly 10 years dreaming of owning her own business. While on maternity leave with her oldest daughter, Lillian, Alexis realized that if she was going to teach her newborn daughter that she can live her dreams and have a family, that she had to do it herself first. So with a 3-month-old baby, between naps and nursing, Alexis launched BURST Event Co. 6 years, another baby, and 100+ weddings later, Alexis is excited to fully step into the role of CEO; shifting her focus to creating new services, allowing BURST Event Co to live our mission of helping ALL couples, regardless of budget, defeat confusion and reclaim the joy that comes with being engaged.

Fun Facts about me:

  • I love Jesus.

  • My favorite coffee is sourced from Guatemala & Honduras.

  • My favorite tacos are Al Pastor 

  • I love drinking Chardonnay, but I'll take pot over wine any day.

  • I have recently developed a new hobby in caring for plants & floral design.

  • I have a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

  • I am a SP4 with a 3 wing on the Enneagram.

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BEVERLY

Creative Director - she/her

Beverly joined our team after spending 15 years as a Floral Designer and 4 years WOW-ing our clients with her out of this world floral creations. Her extraordinary design talent & remarkable way of understanding a couple's vision makes her a true asset to our team & yours. Beverly loves the process of deepening her relationship with her couples throughout their time working together.

Fun Facts about me:

  • My favorite flower is Pink Mink Portea.

  • I grew up near NASA and have a fascination with space.

  • I play tenor Saxophone.

  • I love the outdoors, hiking, boating and traveling.

  • My favorite food is Pozle.

  • I'm DYING to do a Pot inspired styled shoot or wedding.

  • I am a 2 with a 3 wing on the Enneagram.

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CHRISTINA

Managing Director - she/her

Christina joined Team BURST after spending the last 3 years as the Event Coordinator at Darby House in Columbus. Her experience working at the venue level brings expertise in the management of vendors & the wedding day.  Christina gets most excited about working with couples the full length of their engagement and developing a relationship that lasts long beyond the wedding day.

Fun Facts about me:

  • My favorite food is Pad Thai.

  • I was raised in the Golf Cart Capital of the World, Peachtree City, GA.

  • I love Jeopardy and I try to watch it every night.

  • I have a minor in Criminology.

  • I love the outdoors and spending my free time on adventures like kayaking and hiking.

  • I am 2 with a 3 wing on the Enneagram.

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LIZ

Event Director - she/her

Liz joined our team after moving from a self-proclaimed IG stalker to an intern for our busiest, most sink or swim wedding szn - 2021. And she SWAM you guys! Liz quickly became a highly requested and recommended Wedding Attendant. Our clients immediately fell in love with her infectious laugh, bubbly personality, and ability to become BFFs with an entire wedding party in a matter of moments. Prior to joining our team, Liz spent 5 years as a Flight Attendant for Skywest Airlines, handling wedding-level chaos, only IN THE AIR. Liz will mainly be focused on managing weddings with our venue partners The Zephyr Chicago and The Stockhouse Chicago.

Fun Facts about me:

  • I'm also a film actor.

  • I LOVE LOVE LUV T Swift.

  • I have 3 cats and hopefully a bunny one day.

  • I have been to 49 states (when should I go to Alaska?!)

  • I am a 3 w 4 on the Enneagram.

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ALLY

Junior Event Director - she/her

Ally joined our team after 2 rounds in our job training program while finishing up her degree at DePaul. She has a bachelors in PR and Advertising with a dual minor in Event Planning and Business. In addition to her internship with our team, she interned with a handful of other Chicago Wedding Planning firms and planned events for her sorority, Alpha Phi, including their biggest philanthropy event, The Red Dress Gala. Now that Ally has completed her training program with us and graduated, she's been promoted to Junior Event Director in which she has quickly mastered wedding execution and is learning the full cycle wedding planning process under the wings of our Managing Director.

Fun Facts about me:

  • I used to play competitive Ultimate Frisbee.

  • I was born in San Antonio, TX.

  • I have a huge blended family with SIX siblings.

  • I love Creative Writing and reading Colleen Hoover books.

  • I'm a HUGE cat person and I'm obsessed with my cat Rolly.

  • I am a 3 on the Enneagram.

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KEN

Office Manager - he/him

Ken joins Team BURST after spending 10 years working in project and account management in the logistics + transportation management industry. Ken is a master doer and keeps all of our wheels turning here at BURST. You'll interact with Ken when you initially onboard with us, but most of his work is BTS managing our processes and team.

Fun Facts about me:

  • I'm a digital artist with a passion for character design.

  • #girldad

  • My favorite show of all time is Community.

  • I'm an avid gamer and am currently deep into Breath of the Wild.

  • My Spotify is an eclectic mix of everything from Las Vegas Swing to At The Drive-In.

  • I am a 4 with a 5 wing on the Enneagram.

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