Our Story

Carolyn and Amy met in the spring of 2008, when they performed together as Marty and Rizzo in a Chicago production of Grease. The pair quickly discovered a shared love for books, animals, and alphabetizing color-coded lists of lists. A friendship was formed over sushi and the perfect Chicago summer, and they realized that with their powers combined, a spark of an idea might become something real.

250+ events later, these Pink Ladies are immensely proud of their little company - a wealth of strong industry relationships, the dream team they've assembled, and the thousands of happy moments they've worked hard to create. 


An Event Less Ordinary Staff

Carolyn Johnson
Owner & Senior Event Consultant

Our Lead event coordinator has a passion for planning and believes that events should be relaxed, yet epic; full of fun & laughter. A strong background in theatre has given Carolyn over twenty years of experience in creating a production, and years of administrative leadership have honed organizational skills that are second to none. With Carolyn on your team, you'll enjoy a stress-free, flawless day.

Amy Nolan
Owner & Senior Event Consultant

Amy takes pride in helping couples find their own unique ways to express their love and commitment to one another. Over 20 years of experience in theatre and office management has cultivated in Amy the need to keep things organized and on time, an intense attention to detail, and the ever-present desire to make others smile. Amy will put all of the pieces together to ensure that you experience the happiest day of your lives.

Lauren Donnelly
Senior Event Consultant

Lauren has been with us since 2011, but her career in event planning began in 2008 as an Events & Activities Manager at Orange Lake Resort in Florida. Her impressive resume includes private parties, themed events for families, & non-profit fundraising galas. Coupled with a strong ability to make people happy, you can rest assured that Lauren will coordinate all of the moving pieces of your wedding and orchestrate a fun, beautiful, & memorable day. 

Rachel Belk
Associate Event Consultant

Rachel has been an Early Childhood educator for over 15 years, and has always known a passion for weddings and events. She joined AELO in the Spring of 2014 and has loved every minute of it! Rachel delights in being a part of that special day when two people, who are so in love, embark on a new journey together. Rachel enjoys baking and watching movies - she is a sucker for old classics and musicals, as well as Pumpkin Spice lattes and peanut butter!

Brittany Barnes
Associate Event Consultant

Brittany has served as an arts administrator and event planner for Chicago's cultural institutions such as Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation and the Goodman Theatre. She has shared her brilliant mind and excellent customer service skills with AELO since 2015. Brittany hails from Wichita and loves art museums, the color purple, and firmly believes that all dresses should have pockets.                                                                                           

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Ciara Warner
Event Design Consultant

Ciara has been employing her impeccable sense of style and eye for design in many ways for over 15 years. She holds a degree from NIU in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising, and uses her talents as a home decorating consultant & furniture painter, as well as a merchandiser for a vintage home decor shop. Ciara is also an avid sports fan and often visits her hometown of Indianapolis to cheer on her beloved Colts!