Ashley Joy (owner/lead event planner)
After years in the hospitality industry and event planning I finally decided to start my own business in 2011. It's not that I am the girliest girl, that I wanted to relive my own wedding over and over, or that I was really even the most romantic of ladies; what I am is passionate. If there is one thing that I love its taking care of people, getting to know their stories, and helping them come to life.
Long gone are the days of boring old weddings. We are in an age of such artistic expression and personalized experiences that weddings are so much more than a party. If you are to spend the time, money, and energy to welcome friends and family to your union it ought to tell your story beautifully.
Midwestern Bride is a team of totally different personalities so that we can pair our clients with a planner that best suits their story, their location, and their voice. Not everyone wants to be a princess on their day, not everyone wants to be a party animal. Your planner should be someone that you can connect with and build a relationship with.
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Our Associate Planners
Brittany: The ultimate "Midwestern Girl" born and raised in Illinois she graduated from Southern Illinois University . Brittany's favorite part of plannning is seeing that finished product of a concept come to life. Her approach to planning is building that personal relationship with her couples so that there is an established trust with each and every client. When she isn't planning with MB you will find her playing with her pUp Kip , her beau, or studying any kind of dance.
Danielle: In her second year now with MB she has really made a name for herself. Born and raised in Wisconsin and graduating from Marquette (" Go Eagles! ") she has been involved in the wedding scene for quite some time. From her own wedding blog to her ritualistic reading of anything wedding since young adulthood she is as emerged in the wedding culture as anyone we have ever met. Her approach to planning is to lean into her own perceptiveness and really let each couples personality shine. She wants your wedding to develop organically in order to have each wedding tell your story and no one else's. When not planning she is crafting, practicing her calligraphy skills, hanging with the hubby, or watching Fixer Upper.
Val: After her first year with MB it was clear Val was a keeper. Raised in Chicago suburbs and attending Columbia and Southern Illinois University she worked in events throughout her college career. Her approach to all weddings is to STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME. The world is unpredictable but she wants her planning process to be anything but. She wants her clients to feel well taken care of and always always understood. When she isn't planning she is cooking/eating (self proclaimed "foodie") or scouting new home decor items. She is super active and always has her hands into something.
Alex : Our little spitfire Alex. Alex is a Wisconsin girl through and through and after so much experience in the hospitality industry she was naturally attracted to the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Like the restaurant industry we are invited into some of your biggest celebrations and exciting moments and she loves to take part in making each moment memorable. She feels that her experience in hospitality as well as her age gives her an edge to keep bringing the new and fresh trends to her couples. When she isn't planning she is found outdoors as much as possible participating in kayaking, skiing, hiking, or maybe just snuggling up with a sappy romance novel.