Who We Are

whoweare-team2Naturally Yours Events is an eco-friendly wedding and event planning company committed to planning events that are unique, stress free, and absolutely fun. Our owner, Carlene Smith, started Naturally Yours Events in 2011 to help couples plan weddings that were less wasteful but still full of their personality and style. We are a full service event planning company that has developed a positive reputation here in Chicago. Just look at our reviews!

We have worked with all types of couples and all types of budgets, and even love to throw some baby showers and other social events on the calendar. You see, we are anything but cookie-cutter planners, and we think outside the box to create unique and memorable events. I would even say we’re a little quirky (in a fun way).

The dedication to our clients and vendors really shines through in our work, so be sure to check that out too!

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CARLENE SMITH
Owner and Lead Event Planner

Carlene has always been obsessed with details! Whether she was planning themed birthday parties at ten years old, organizing huge trips to midnight showings of super geeky movies, or helping family and friends plan their most important life moments, she was always known as “the planner” among those around her.

While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, Carlene worked for a prestigious wedding photographer as a day-of coordinator and bride de-stressor extraordinaire. It wasn’t until she moved to Chicago and took several coordination roles in the hospitality industry that she had that “ah ha” moment: “I love to plan events and I rock at it!” Pairing her personal and professional commitment to the environment with a passion for details, Naturally Yours Events came into fruition. READ MORE »
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KRISTEN WILFINGER
Associate Event Planner

Kristen is the queen of organization and preparation. From an early age she could be seen with a clipboard in hand and pen at the ready. She really cultivated and applied these innate skills at Western Michigan University (go Broncos!), where she earned a B.A. in Sales and Business Marketing.

Through years of various (and interesting) work experiences, Kristen found that planning events allowed her to express her creativity and innovative ideas for solving challenges. In 2014, she set her mind to pursue event planning as a career and found a home at Naturally Yours Events. Since day one, her motto has been to prepare well, have fun, and save the earth (whether from zombie hordes or large carbon footprints). Kristen continues to bring so much excitement and passion to each one of her client’s events. READ MORE »
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STEPHANIE PAVLOVCIK
Associate Event Planner and Social Media Manager

Stephanie has been a life-long lover of all things social! She earned her Bachelor’s in Media Studies amidst the cornfields of Urbana-Champaign before bringing those skills to bear, back home in Chicago. She paved her way into the marketing arena handling social media for several small local businesses, before finding herself at the back-end of an event-focused marketing agency. But her true passion was always the execution of the event itself. So, after a fortuitous block party rendezvous, with Associate Event Planner Jessie Martinez, she began to pursue that passion with Naturally Yours Events.

Stephanie found immediate kinship with the quirky, chic, and environmentally-conscious approach to event planning at NYE. Now when she’s not planning and coordinating elegant events and chic soirees, she blogs and posts to a variety of platforms on behalf of Naturally Yours Events. READ MORE »
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LAUREN WEST
Associate Event Planner

Lauren is a natural leader and organizer of all the details! She has a passion for seeing the production of an event come together. Lauren comes from a performance background, both on the stage and behind the scenes. At Loyola University Chicago, she pursued her degree in Psychology while stage managing theatre productions and keeping everything running smoothly. She has continuously growing Pinterest boards and loves discovering new ways to make her client’s day unique.

Lauren was thrilled to become a part of the Naturally Yours team- diving right in at the height of the wedding season. Her approachable and keep-it-cool personality will make her the perfect partner in the planning of your event.

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Photos by Tuan B & CO