Friendor Friday: Shannon Gail

Happy Friday! This week I’d like to showcase an amazing team of women who rock it daily with their planning, styling, and generally just being rockstars. It all started with Shannon of Shannon Gail Events and became a fabulous team of six women who will be there with their expertise, advice, style knowledge, and trendsetting tidbits. And Chicago isn’t the only place they share their magic, so for those of you from New York to the Caribbean, it’s always a pleasure working with these ladies. You, the couple, is stress-free knowing all of the day’s elements are planned perfectly. They will take care of you from the first chat to your grand exit from the amazing reception. They assist with planning from colors to invitations to honeymoon details. These gals have impeccable taste and are on trend. What are you waiting for, get your planning on!

Shannon Gail Team, Photo by- Cristina G Photography
Photo Credit: Cristina G. Photography

Company Name: Shannon Gail Weddings and Events, Shannon Gail Clemonds

Service Area: Wedding and Event Planning

Years in Business: 9

How Did You Begin Your Career? My family is in the catering industry, and has a venue in the suburbs so I worked various hospitality-related jobs growing up. In high school, I worked at a bridal gown shop and also did hair for brides. After graduating with a finance degree and briefly working with futures at a trading firm, I knew I wanted to be my own boss. I pieced together my love for the wedding industry with my ability to forecast and plan large scale budgets, and SG was born.

Shannon Gail Wedding, Photo by- averhouse
Photo Credit: Avery House

What is Your Planning/Design Style? We draw our inspiration from our couples! We would never want someone to walk into a wedding we designed and say “This is a Shannon Gail Wedding.” Each of our couples has a unique story to tell, and we love the challenge of finding ways to tell it through their wedding. We pay attention to their personalities and experiences which have built the foundation of their relationship, but also draw stylistically from their sense of fashion, home decor, and anything else we can use to pinpoint aesthetic and assist in translating that to the wedding world.

Photo by- Cristina G Photography (1)
Photo Credit: Cristina G. Photography

Describe Your Ideal Client: Our ideal clients are in love, engaged, and ready to share it with their family and friends! Ideally, they would also love champagne and buttercream frosting, but we can work without that.

Photo by- Nancy Beale
Photo Credit: Beale & Wittig

What Makes You Different At What You Do? Our team is built of experts in every area of event planning so that our couples truly get the best knowledge and guidance every step of the way. Our team is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in finance, hospitality, décor, and marketing, and have truly worked every angle of the event industry from event design and floral to venue management, allowing us to provide meticulous support for our clients.

Photo by- T & S Hughes Photography 2
Photo Credit: T & S Hughes Photography

What Do You Love Most About Weddings? Truly, the best part is that each wedding and couple is so different. You may use the same set of rules as your framework for planning but you are constantly adjusting to meet the personality and priorities of your client, the regulations of the venue, etc. It keeps our work fun, exciting, and always challenging.

Let’s Get Social!

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PS: Here’s a wedding we did with the Shannon Gail team that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

PPS: Here’s another beautiful wedding we worked on with Shannon Gail!

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