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lk-events-grateful-2016_2642 Hard to believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  We are so grateful for what each day has brought us.  I especially love this post because it allows us to take a moment to reflect and think about what 2016 has meant to us.  We wish you all a safe and wonderful Holiday weekend filled with family, friends, food and champagne, of course!

Lauren KnuepferI am especially grateful for this year, as 2016 reminded me how lucky I am to be still doing what I love most. After seven successful years of running LK Events and planning my dream client’s weddings and events, I was able to take a tiny step back to focus on my family. My time (even though it never felt long enough), made me realize how much I love this industry, how much I truly love planning weddings and how incredible this company is. Thank you to my couples and their families; I have made lifelong friends and have had some of the most memorable weddings to date.

Watching my children grow has been the greatest gift God could have ever given me. I am eternally grateful for my husband (and rock), Bryan, my precocious son, Jack and my precious baby girls, Lucy and Ellie…(who are no longer babies).  You two were the biggest surprise in my life but I can’t imagine my world without you. As Carrie Underwood wrote (and what I sing to you everyday), “I finally found, what I never knew I always wanted.”   You kiddos keep me on my toes (literally) all day, you make me laugh harder than I ever thought possible and I can’t wait to come home to our nightly dance parties.

I am grateful for Sunday Fun Days, now that majority of my immediate family have made their way to the suburbs. Somehow, we happen to have dinner together every Sunday. Our kids are so close and I am so excited to watch them grow up together. My nieces and nephews are my world. I am grateful for my parents and in laws who have been the BEST Nana’s and Papa’s to our babies and provides them with the most unconditional love. To my best friends (old and new) who continue to inspire me and make me laugh even when we aren’t living in the same city anymore….I cherish the times we spend together and grateful that we can still laugh and talk for hours.

This company has grown again and I couldn’t be more proud. Bridget and Lara, congratulations on your first successful year with LK Events!!  Nicole, Jennifer, Allison, Bridget and Lara – you are the heart and soul of LK Events. I am so lucky to have you on my team. I continue to learn from each of you every day. You make me a better Mom and a better business owner by providing me with the most unconditional support and love. You are my family, my closest friends and my inspiration. And to the new additions about to make their debut into this world, Baby Young and Baby Warren – welcome to the family!! We can’t wait to spoil you!

It has definitely been an interesting year but I am SO excited for 2017 and what’s to come!! It’s going to be our best year yet!

XOXO,
Lauren

Nicole ZennerI think I speak for most people when they say that 2016 has been a roller coaster of a year. I am grateful that I have weathered the ride – I have grown as an event professional, I have evolved as a friend, I have become a stronger individual. I am thankful for this year’s journey.
A special thank you to my family and friends who never question my commitment to my clients and are patient with my crazy schedule. To my ILEA family – you continue to inspire me, refuel my passion, and keep me driving to be a better event professional. A very heartfelt thank you to my clients, past and present, and the trust you put in me to help you plan your special day. I am grateful to call many of you dear friends! Finally, to Lauren, Jennifer, Allison, Lara, & Bridget – thank you for always sharing a smile, a shoulder, a bottle of champs and your friendship.

XOXO,
Nicole

Jennifer2016 had some amazing highs and some not so fabulous lows. I am thankful for both as the lows made me appreciate the highs even more. I am most thankful that I was able to celebrate my Grandma’s 95th Birthday with her this year. I was fortunate enough to travel & explore Austria & Croatia with one of my best friends. We met wonderful people, saw beautiful places & things & I was able to eat anything I wanted which for someone with a lot of dietary restrictions this was a real treat! Oh how I miss those chocolate croissants! I was so fortunate to have another amazing year building relationships with clients and other wedding professionals. I am so appreciative to have another year with the lovely ladies of LK & thank them for their constant support, friendship & willingness to always pop a bottle of champs or uncork a bottle of wine. Love you ladies!

Cheers,
Jennifer

AllisonWith 2016 coming to a close, I am so grateful for my growing family! This Thanksgiving will be spent waiting for our first little one to enter our lives, which I know will never be the same. This little girl is already so loved and I just can not wait to introduce her to family, friends and of course my LK family too! Until then, I am also thankful for all the Thanksgiving pies and treats to make the end of this long wait just a bit more bearable. Oh, and Andy Cohen’s new book! 🙂

I am also so thankful for my husband, Dave, who makes me laugh everyday and never complains when I work late or ask for help alphabetizing escort cards on a Friday night. My friends and family who are spread across both coasts – I miss you all every day and continue to relish any time we spend together.

Thank you to all the couples I have been blessed with over the past year. Each of you have taught me something new and let me be a part of such an intimate and special day in your lives and I will never forget it.

And to my LK Events team – thank you for being family, friends, coworkers and everything in between. We grew so much as a company this year and and it only makes me that much more excited to share all of our passion and knowledge with the incredible couples we get to work with. Can not wait to celebrate the end of 2016 with many glasses of wine!

XO,
Allison

BridgetAs I reflect back on this year, I have SO much to be thankful for, and have spent 2016 continually grateful. First and foremost, I am so very thankful for my husband, Mark, my rock, sounding board, and constant support. His love and laughter through even the toughest of times, keeps me going, and I wouldn’t be who I am without him. And for the little one we are expecting this spring. We haven’t met you yet, but my love for you already is more than I could imagine, and I am thankful for you every day.

I am thankful for my family and friends, who no matter the distance, continue to support and encourage me through life with unwavering guidance, approval and love.

I am thankful to be a part of this amazing LK team! To Lauren, Nicole, Allison, Jennifer and Lara, thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to grow in my love and dedication to event planning! Thank you for being a constant support, guidance and source of laughter through it all. You ladies make this job incredibly rewarding, and I am in constant awe of each one of you! And to each couple I have met along the way, I am thankful to know you, and to have the opportunity to share in your love!

Lastly, I am thankful to be healthy and happy, to have taken risks and made choices that have brought me to where I am today. I look forward to the year ahead and all that is to come! Cheers to 2016, and hello 2017!

XOXO,
Bridget

LaraI feel like I say this every year, but in 2016 I’m so grateful for how much I’ve learned and grown. I was able to prioritize my own happiness, which has made 2016 one of my happiest and healthiest years yet. I am so thankful for my husband, who supports and encourages me every day. We brought home a little puppy this year and it’s been so fun to watch him practice being a dad to our ball of fur. I’m thankful for my siblings and my parents who are my best friends in the entire world. I’m also thankful for all of my other amazing friends, who are so often selfless beyond measure. I am thankful each day for the girls on this team, who lead by example, are so kind, knowledgeable, and most importantly, the best people to share a drink and a laugh with. I’m hopeful that 2017 will be filled with many more (drinks and laughs).

Cheers,
Lara
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