photo credit: Katie Kett Photography
We love us some Ravenswood Event Center here at AELO. If you love exposed brick, you're about to freak out a little. If you love massive windows with gorgeous light, you're about to freak out a little. If you're a car enthusiast (or you're marrying one), you might already be freaking out a little.
EVENT SPACES CAN'T TALK - WHO'S THE (WO)MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN?
I am Aly, the general manager of Ravenswood Event Center. I have been with the company since the day our doors opened in 2007. On a personal note, I just married the love of my life Dave in April 2014. By far the best decision of my life. We live in Irving Park with our pitbull Roxy. She is the center of our universe and we would have it no other way. I love to travel and try to experience a new location at least once a year. Somehow I was able to squeeze 7 vacations in last year! I am quite the homebody when I am not traveling and prefer a night in watching a movie and sipping wine with husband.
PHOTO CREDIT: JORDAN QUINN PHOTOGRAPHY
(FYI, that's Aly + her husband, and that is a HALLWAY at REC. Not an event space, a HALLWAY. Cannot stress this enough: even their hallways are pretty.)
TELL US ABOUT THE REC.
Ravenswood Event Center is a unique & one-of-a-kind loft space in Chicago. We craft unique urban events in our converted loft and warehouse event spaces. REC is a hands-on culinary, planning and management destination in the heart of Chicago’s north side community.
DESCRIBE THE REC'S PERFECT COUPLE.
The perfect Ravenswood Event Center couple is one who can appreciate a raw space, exposed brick, amazing natural light and a great visualization on how to make the space their own.
photo credit: Jordan Quinn Photography
WHAT CAN REC DO FOR COUPLES THAT OTHER VENUES CAN'T? WHAT SETS YOU APART?
Ravenswood Event Center is unique in the fact that we offer all services on site. Not only do we provide a gorgeous back drop to your day, but we offer full culinary services and professional event planning services. We are incredibly hands on and treat every wedding and event as if it is our own. We pride in ourselves that we go above and beyond with all our clients.
HOW DOES THE REC MAKE COUPLES' LIVES EASIER ON THE WEDDING DAY?
We are there from start to finish. You work with a designated event coordinator, who is entirely familiar with your details and event. We are there to answer even the littlest questions that come up during the planning process. We are also there from start to finish at all events making sure the event is running effortlessly and smooth.
photo credit: Ann & Kam Photography
WALK US THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU.
Every day is different at REC! My typically day begins with lots of coffee and an inbox full of emails. I am usually in and out of tastings, event planning meets and walk thrus in the venue on most days. Event days are a whole different ball game ; )
WHAT WEDDING WEBSITES, MAGAZINES, OR RESOURCES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO COUPLES?
I am Style Me Pretty obsessed! They offer such a great range of features from loft spaces to classic ballrooms. They really caterer to all types of brides & groom. It is helpful, especially for those just beginning the wedding process to see all the amazing and unique wedding ideas out there.
photo credit: J Wiley Photography
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE SPOTS IN CHICAGO, AND WHY?
1. The atrium of Ravenswood Event Center. The very location I said I do.
2. Forever Yogurt in Lincoln Square. My husband and I go at least once a week and it’s our “date night” to catch up and focus on us.
3. Michigan Ave during the Christmas season. Nothing makes me happier.
What’s something you wish you could tell every single person who’s starting to plan a wedding?
Enjoy the process. Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful. Savor the moments!
What’s your favorite part of a wedding?
Happy couples in love. There is nothing better.
photo credit: Vrai Photo
THE LIGHTNING ROUND
What’s your coffee order?
Venti white chocolate mocha, skim & no whip
Dogs or cats?
Dogs! 100% Especially pitbulls : )
(The aforementioned and totally adorable Roxy.)
Tell us a joke. (The lamer, the "dad"-jokier, the better.)
What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear : )
If you had to walk down the aisle tomorrow, what song would you pick?
The Girl by City & Colour
You can only eat one sugar cereal for the rest of your life, what is it?
Lucky Charms, though I would likely eat all the marshmallows out of it.
What’s on your pizza? Bonus, tell us your favorite Chicago pizza place - we won’t judge you, even if it’s Dominos.
Cheese and only cheese. I love Giordano’s for stuffed pizza. If I want something more unique I go to Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood.
Favorite “guilty pleasure” TV show?
Sister Wives. Feel free to judge.
Robot, zombie, wizard, or dinosaur?
The way to my heart is through __________.
Are there any local vendors or venues you’d love to work with, but haven’t had the chance yet? (We’re big believers in getting back what you put out into the world. Maybe we can do some matchmaking!)
We are always happy to work with new vendors. We welcome all vendors to work at REC!
PHOTO CREDIT: JORDAN QUINN PHOTOGRAPHY
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