The Wedding Party Team

We are an elite group of wedding professionals who will entertain, educate and inspire you during your engagement. We look forward to connecting with you to create a memorable experience

Our Area’s of Expertise Include:

Wedding Planning, Venues,
Flowers, Bridal Attire,
Hair + Makeup, and more

Anna Niklarz
The Shores of Turtle Creek

Beautiful and Rustic yet Elegant Venue located in Spring Grove, Illinois. Family owned and operated, priding itself on providing excellent service for the past 13 years. The Shores of Turtle Creek offers a private 30+ acre estate for wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail hours and rehearsal dinners. The grounds are equipped to impress any and all guests. And, best of all, the couples get to work with their talented staff and list of preferred vendors with whom the venue is proud to partner.

Steve Neilson
Valen Studios

Established in business since 2003, Valen Studios has prided itself on strong relationships with their clients. Valen Studios is compiled of a team of 10 all trained by the owner who is a nationally renowned photographer and speaker, teaching new photographers and amateurs basics in camera knowledge as well as very advanced levels of high fashion photography and Photoshop at numerous seminars around the country. Steve's charismatic personality comes alive at weddings, always making full bridal parties and families feel at ease. Steve is nationally recognized at producing beautiful pieces of wedding and engagement photography art. Steve's style is colorful, artistic, edgy and humorous. Steve prides himself on the fact that he studied under the top five photographers in the world to bring his craft to the highest level.

Tami Hacker
Creatively Yours Wedding & Event Planning

Tami has been helping couples plan their big day since 2006. A certified wedding planner, grew her business around her family so she could be there for all those special moments that life brings. Creatively Yours will go the extra mile to ensure communication and friendliness is nothing less than perfect!

Dan Neilson
I Wed Solutions - DJ Service & More

With 20+ years of Wedding DJ service, we DJ with Pride, Passion and Integrity! Our past brides say it best... Tons of 5 star reviews, Couple's Choice award winner and always Wedding Wire rated. Dan's unique style comes from the old school. Reading the crowd and choosing the perfect song for that moment is what he does best! Someone once said "Dan somehow knew our favorite songs and played them all, best wedding ever!" Getting compliments from people of all ages, shows you are doing it right! Sure, the fun part of the night is picking out some dank dance tunes but Dan takes it to another level by running the perfect wedding day for you. Just like magic! A big smile and a nice guy attitude is one of Dan's best qualities. Plus he can slice like a ninja and cut like a razor blade, so fast...All the other DJ's say Damn! Like Kid Rock says... It ain't braggin if you can back it up.

Courtney Pillman

Courtney Pilman is the owner and head designer of Trellis, a special event florist. She and her team have designed over 5,000 weddings and have more than 20 years experience in the floral industry. They really specialize in creating a cohesive design for your big day whether it being with flowers, candles, linens or different textures, Trellis can provide the special touch you're looking for to bring your event together. Courtney and her team also head Valen Bridal Boutique which will help you even more when bringing your design to life with the gown of your dreams. Let Trellis help you bring your wedding day design to life!

Dina Kloss
Embrace Your Face Artistry

My name is Dina Kloss, business owner of Embrace Your Face Artistry. I am a professional freelance makeup artist specializing in picture perfect bridal, special occasion, and fashion makeup application. Using top of the line quality products, I offer both airbrush and traditional services.

Jackson Neilson
Valen Formal wear

Jackson Neilson is the owner of Valen Formal wear. He is "one of the guys" and brings that attitude with him as he helps you and your fellas be the best dressed without the stress. He will make you feel right at home as you come in, open a beer and enjoy the process from start to finish. He is all about customer service and can't wait to help you out.

Megan Cantrell
Valen Studios Bridal Boutique

We are an edgy, chic Bridal Boutique in down town Grayslake. Find your dream bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses at Valen Studios Bridal Boutique!

Here at Valen Studios Bridal Boutique we offer a unique experience for all of our guests. We only work with one bridal party at a time, so you are guaranteed to be the only ones in here during your visit. You can expect us to put you at ease with our expert knowledge and one on one personal attention.

Unlike shopping at a department store, here you have the place to yourself for up to two hours along with whomever you'd like to bring along (bridesmaids, best friends, mom etc.) We serve wine, champagne, mimosas and other beverages while you listen to music of your choice and try on dresses at a leisurely pace.

We are here with you every step of the way and take the time to educate you on what we have in store and help you find what you are looking for. You will feel at home here at Valen Bridal, and your experience with be one of a kind!

Call us to schedule a personalized visit with Megan Today!

Brittney Bowman
Blondie Bridal Artistry

The Blondie. Bridal Artistry Team is based on the belief that our Clients needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.


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