We figured the best way to introduce our blog is to introduce our bloggers! So we casually interviewed our bloggers with some important (and some not so important) questions to get to know them better.
Our blog will be about everything from planning tips to trending ideas and previous events. We’ll be posting once a week, so feel free to subscribe or just check back in periodically. Go ahead and comment; we love to hear your feedback!
Tom the Marketing Man John our Tech Guru Victoria the Creative Director
What do you love about the wedding & events industry?
John: This industry is constantly evolving. There are always new techniques and ideas to try out, and my favorite: new equipment. The ever-changing environment always gives me a sense of accomplishment that I don’t believe I could ever get in other industries.
Tom: Whether I am working with a couple on a wedding with a certain style and color scheme in mind or setting up a New Year’s Eve event with a new truss rig that we just came up with, it’s always a blast creating new ideas and designs.
Victoria: I thrive on the personal connection with my clients, as well as the exciting challenge to create the vision they want while helping with what can be, a very stressful process. I love that it is creative, service oriented, and that every couple is unique!
John: My fiancee’s cooking, and anything spicy. After being out late so many nights, there is nothing more satisfying than a home cooked meal.
Tom: Hands down, Pad Thai with Crab Rangoon or Deep Dish.
Victoria: Easy. Thai/sushi. Or my dad’s cookin’.
The first rendition of our logo designed by John himself
What is your top complaint about the wedding/event industry?
John: As I said previously, this industry, as well as its technology, is constantly evolving. It is a big pet peeve of mine to see décor or equipment that is either used incorrectly, not well maintained, or ancient tech.
Tom: I love setup and seeing the finished product, but the tear down at the end of the night is the hardest part for sure.
Victoria: I often see the wedding industry stray from its original intention. We’re here to help you celebrate your love and commitment. At the end of the day, it’s not about a bottom line, it’s about a celebration of who you are and who you love, no matter how big or small your budget may be.
In our free time we go to lots of industry networking events.
Let’s say you had some free time. What do you do?
John: Relaxation is key to a free mind. I could always use time to wind down. I also do enjoy puzzles and spending time with my family.
Tom: Free Time LoL! I love going to concerts and comedy shows at Zanies. I really enjoy River North Dance Company when they do shows at the Harris Theater, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Victoria: Ha, free time. Live music, sculpture, DIY projects, or hanging out with my mini-me, Olivia.
Favorite Musician, Go!
John: Hard to pick a single favorite. The most influential musician in my life would be Mikael Akerfeldt of the band ‘Opeth’. His work tends to influence the music I write even after listening to a song thousands of times.
Tom: Too many to name, its impossible to pick a favorite so here is a list of artists I’ve seen or worked with live: Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton @ Cross Roads Festival, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Jurassic 5, Rage Against the Machine, Robert Plant, Joan Jett, Plain White T’s…the list goes on and on.
Victoria: Jack White. Done. Although, I gotta throw a shout out to my favorite local band doing big things, Waxworks. Check ‘em out. Seriously.
John at one of our first shows fixing a light on-site
Do you have any advice for couples planning a wedding?
John: Don’t let others (family members/friends) dictate how your wedding should go. Taking advice is one thing, but don’t let someone else take over your special day.
Tom: The earlier you start your planning or gather of ideas and vendors the easier and more stress free the whole process will be.
Victoria: So much that I’ll have to write a blog post about it. But my top advice: your wedding is the day that marks the beginning of your marriage. Get excited, work together, and build into the marriage, not just the party.
How about the best vendor advice you can give to couples?
John: Be open about your plans. When we know what to expect from the venue and other vendors, the day runs smoothly and we can focus on what we can do to make the event spectacular.
Tom: I hope that couples understand that most of your vendors are working events on the weekends. You wouldn’t want me talking on the phone to another client at your event so I give everyone the same courtesy.
Victoria: Asking vendors to discount labor is a big no-no. Our crew works tirelessly to give you the best of the best, and they love it. But asking us to pay them less starts us off on the wrong foot. However, you can totally ask us how you can save money. We have creative ideas to cut your budget while getting you what you want.
Long Haired Tom djing back in the day
Favorite wedding trend or tradition?
John: I am a huge fan of pattern projection because it can go with any theme, from scary to elegant.
Tom: I really like that galleries and lofts are coming into style. When I was younger I had a dream of owning a loft space for artists to work out of, and it just brings me back to my artistic days with lofty ambitions (pun intended).
Victoria: Trend: Couples are tailoring events to themselves. Tradition: The chuppah. I’m not Jewish, but I love what the chuppah signifies, and the tradition it upholds.
What do you love and hate about Chicago-land?
Tom: Traffic is terrible, but the summers are the best.
Atmosphere Events Group has been lighting up Chicago since 2007
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