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Meet Alexandra Feo, MarComm Committee Member, ILEA Greater Chicago

Alexandra Feo  is the latest addition to the ILEA Chicago Marketing & Communication Committee and a new member of our chapter as of September, 2017.  Since Alexandra was a sophomore in high school she has dreamed of following in her father and her brother’s footsteps of owning their own local businesses. That is when she discovered the idea of owning an event/wedding planning company. This dream has taken Alexandra to Drake University to study Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing. During her time in the College of Business and Public Administration, she participated in several new business venture projects. One of these ventures was Magnolia, an online wedding planning business. Together Alexandra and her business partner competed in The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

Besides Drake University, Alexandra’s dream has also taken her to London, England. During the Spring of 206, she studied abroad with Central College. While she was abroad, she studied Visual Merchandising at The London College of Fashion, and interned with Belle and Bunty, a local bridal boutique. Since her return to the states, she has participated in internships with three different event planners both in Iowa and Illinois.

Getting to Know You Q & A ...

What made you interested in participating in ILEA’s MarComm Committee?  

I decided to join the MarComm committee because I would like to make good use of my marketing degree. Besides my passion for event planning I have found a true passion for marketing at Drake University. I have really enjoyed all of my classes and would love to be able to apply my skills in places other than my own business. 

What would you say are the benefits for participating in our ILEA committees?  

I decided to join a committee because I would like to get involved in ILEA. I want to take advantage of everything that ILEA has to offer and I believe that joining a committee is a great way to network with other members. 

Tell us one thing we might not know about you. 

I have a pet bunny named Hazel Grace. 

What do you love the most about what you do? 

I love getting to see all of the little details come together at my events. For example, at my recent mean girls themed party, I had lots of small details like quotes integrated into my menu, like "we should totally just stab caesar salad"  and "enough cheese and crackers for 8 people." It is wonderful to get to see my guests admire these little details. Also when all of my elements are put together and setting up my decor, it is magical to see the space transformed. 

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in South Barrington, Illinois. 

What's your event gone wrong horror story? 

I haven't been in the business for very long but I helped with my brothers wedding when I was in high school. And like most event horror stories mine involves the weather. Of course it was pouring rain on their wedding day and of course it was an outdoor ceremony at The Kane County Cougars Stadium. We ended up having an hour rain delay because they wanted to get married on the baseball field. We were very lucky because about an hour later the rain cleared up and we were able to have the ceremony on the field. This could have ended up much worse if we would have had to move the ceremony inside because there wouldn't have been very much room for the guests to see the ceremony. Luckily, when the rain stopped the ushers had some towels and quickly wiped off the seats for the guests and the sun came out making it a beautiful day. 

Thanks Alexandra and welcome to ILEA!

Alexandra Michele Events is a full-service Event Planner based in the Chicago suburbs. Operating since 2017, we pride ourselves on our highly customized and unique events. Whether planning your next Wedding, Corporate Event, or Birthday Party, we are here to make sure that each and every event we are involved with is truly unforgettable.

Our services include: Weddings, Corporate & Social events, fundraisers, customized gifts and favors. For more information or to contact us visit: alexandramicheleevents.com.

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Event Recap: ILEA Chicago's Holiday Bash

In case you missed the fun, on December 5th ILEA Chicago event profs gathered at the fieldhouse at Maggie Daley Park to kick off the holiday season and celebrate a fantastic and fun-filled year together!

Guests brought toys for The Birthday Party Project, and enjoyed festive cocktails and food provided by Feast & Imbibe. Hall's Rental, BBJ linen, Anthony Gowder Designs and Sound Investment added holiday flair with tables covered with gorgeous linens, flowers, lighting and holiday music to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

After an hour of visiting and networking, we bundled up in our winter gear to carol through the park! The group stopped and sang as park patrons skated around the ribbon, visited the snack stand, and took in the evening. 

Park Grill provided the perfect ending to the evening, as the ILEA members and guests reconvened to warm up and enjoy some more food, drink and camaraderie!

Lisa Ware provided an update on the Birthday Party Project and proudly displayed the holiday tree filled with members contributions.  Jeff Duroucher reminded all that it was December Membership Drive and guests who joined us for the festivities were introduced.

During a busy time of year for everyone, especially for those in the event industry, this event was a fun way to get together, share an experience and relax.  Thank you to everyone who came to the event and many, many thanks to our very generous sponsors who ensured that the event was a success!

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Summer's a Wrap After ILEA Chicago's August 30 Street Fest

We ended summer with a bang at the first ILEA Summer Fest hosted by Hard Rock Café.  What a perfect night on their lovely patio!  Hard Rock provided passed hors d’oeuvres, a stationary buffet with some great summer comfort food and beverages perfect for our ILEA Chicago koozies.

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Our long-time member, Dave Calzaretta with Magnificent Events, kicked off the presentation.  He gave such a great overview of the world of summer fests.  Everything from musical entertainment, staging, permitting, parking, food, and more!  Everyone was impressed with all the little and complicated details that go into such a large event. 

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 Following Dave, Hayden Moldenhauer with Arena Americas, was able to dive a little deeper into the tenting structures and parameters for permitting.  We all learned that tents might as well be buildings with all the architectural details and plans required.

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Spoon Photo & Design snapped photos for us all evening, including a great group shot with our ILEA International President, Ingrid Nagy. It is always great to have members from other chapters in town for our events and we couldn’t think of a better send off for summer!

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 Finally, many thanks to Erica Roskoskey with Food For Thought Catering Group for planning this fabulous event

 

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