Lauren Knuepfer Rozum
Founder & Senior Event Consultant
Lauren launched LK Events in the summer of 2009, after ten years in the catering and event industry. While pursuing her hospitality degree at the University of Illinois, Lauren worked in sales and catering management. She began her professional career in Chicago at one of the premier catering companies, Food For Thought. Her years of coordinating weddings and corporate events inspired her to start her own company.
Her creative vision and impeccable attention to detail have led her to successfully coordinate flawless weddings and events. Lauren’s infectious enthusiasm makes the event planning process a truly enjoyable and relaxing experience for her clients. Lauren cherishes the relationships that she’s built with each and every couple; to this day she keeps in touch with all of her past brides.
When Lauren is not planning weddings, she is spending time with her husband Bryan, her son Jack and twin girls, Lucy and Ellie. She is passionate about food and wine and loves to entertain family and friends. She is in love with being an aunt to her nieces and nephews and is very fortunate to live so close to her family in Hinsdale. Lauren feels especially blessed to be doing what she adores most – planning weddings!
- Lauren lived in Budapest, Hungary as a child & studied abroad in Sydney, Australia.
- If Lauren wasn’t a wedding planner, she would be Carrie Underwood’s back-up singer or work in the Whole Foods Cheese department.
- When Lauren was little, she aspired to be a cleaning lady. She sanitizes everything to this day…and is never without antibacterial wipes.
Allison DeKnight Young
Senior Event Consultant
Allison’s love of events is in her genes, as her mother was a corporate event planner in Washington, DC during her childhood. After spending years in the advertising industry in New York and Chicago, Allison had the opportunity to support events at Pandora Radio and realized that the events industry was her true passion. Planning her own wedding provided Allison with so much energy and inspiration, she decided to rethink her career in advertising and apply her skills of organization, client service, and problem solving to working with couples to plan their big day.
With a love for design and anticipating the next trend, Allison is dedicated to incorporating the small details that make each wedding unique and reflective of the couple. She believes that the planning process should be fun, exhilarating, and collaborative and the event all about the couple’s love, laughter, and family.
Allison loves living in Chicago, but is still a true Marylander at heart. When she is not planning, she is exploring Chicago from a different perspective, with her baby girl, Nora. Her time spent as a collegiate rower has made her passionate about the ultimate team environment, which she brings to the table in her great relationships with industry professionals and, of course, her couples.
- Allison has never had a fast food hamburger in her life, yet is not vegetarian.
- Allison has an irrational fear of birds, to which anyone who has walked down Michigan Ave with her can attest.
- The book Aquamarine, which inspired the young adult movie, is dedicated to Allison.
Senior Event Consultant
Bridget began her career in corporate event planning in Washington DC. After moving to Chicago in 2010, she began planning fundraising events, receptions and galas for Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and later at Loyola University Chicago. She thrived in a small team environment, and developed close relationships with some of the top Chicago vendors, industry professionals and of course, the donors and committee members she served.
Bridget’s excitement for the planning process, her love for design, and desire to make each bride and groom truly enjoy every minute of their wedding planning process, make her an asset to the LK Events team! Bridget believes a successful event starts with good communication, finding a connection with each couple, and bringing their vision to life. She is committed to making every event personal, and a dream come true for her clients!
Although Bridget is a true east coaster at heart, she has called Chicago home for 8.5 years! When she isn’t planning events, Bridget loves spending time with her husband, Mark, daughter Sadie, and their giant puppy, Beau exploring Chicago and all the city has to offer! Bridget never misses an opportunity to entertain and finds true passion in being surrounded by those she loves the most! No event is too small to pick a theme, decorate and celebrate!
Bridget loves interior design, and can often be found thinking up new furniture DIY projects or reorganizing every room in her house at least once a month.
Bridget is a self-proclaimed “Sauvignon Blanc aficionado”, and argues those from the Marlborough region of New Zealand are the best. She can’t wait to visit there one day soon to try them all!
Bridget is a reality TV junkie, and never misses a Bravo TV show. Personal favorites include RHOBH, RHONY and Southern Charm.
Senior Event Consultant
Carolyn started her college days with the goal of becoming a geneticist. But a chance meeting with a career counselor led her to change her course of study at James Madison University to Hospitality & Tourism Management. After graduation she moved to Chicago with her eyes set on fulfilling her mantra of “making beautiful things, making things beautiful.” She would go on to spend the next 12 years in event work first in venue and catering, and then ten years were spent in décor sales and production for some of Chicago’s premier firms including Revel Décor and HMR Designs. During this time, she was integral to the design and production of hundreds of weddings and events which have all helped her build a vast understanding of Chicago’s top venues and vendors, and an innate understanding of the logistics of planning large scale celebrations.
Joining LK Events was the natural culmination of her years spent working directly with the LK team and combines her eye for thoughtful event design and attention to detail with her passion for fitting together all of the puzzle pieces of an event. Carolyn loves building relationships with her couples and their families and working alongside them to manage the creative and logistical process to create beautiful, personalized events that her couples are proud to host.
Carolyn resides in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her husband, Brian, and their daughter Sophia. When she isn’t planning events, you can find Carolyn at SoulCycle or Shred415, or at the park or pool with her daughter. She and her husband travel as often as possible and plan their destinations around incredible restaurants and opportunities for her to hone her photography skills.
- Carolyn spent ten days in Washington, DC decorating the White House for Christmas.
- Carolyn has completed the Chicago Sprint Triathlon twice and has her eyes on the Olympic Distance race in 2019.
- Carolyn has been known to name her plants after prominent political figures.
Senior Event Consultant
Andrea’s experience in events began in the corporate world. When Andrea graduated from Illinois State University, she moved back to the western suburbs where she was born and raised. Shortly after moving back, she began planning events for a few different companies both based in Chicago and Seattle (her favorite city second to Chicago!)
Although she is forever grateful for the experience gained working corporate events, she knew she was meant for a more meaningful path. Andrea believes that planning a couple’s most memorable milestone is both an honor and rewarding. She also believes the most important part of her job is building strong client relationships and connecting with couples in order to bring their vision to life. Her best asset is her dedication and will go above and beyond to ensure her clients have an unforgettable and stress-free planning experience.
Andrea lives in the South Loop with her husband and their black lab. Together they love trying out new restaurants and exploring other neighborhoods in the city. Outside of planning, she has a passion for health and fitness. You can find her at the gym, running along the lake with her dog, or enjoying a glass of rose with a great book.
- Andrea would leave the Christmas tree up all year long if it were socially acceptable.
- If she could be anything in this world, she would be a Dancing with the Stars pro.
- She must satisfy a sushi craving at least once a week.
Award Winning Events
We’re so excited and honored to have been nominated and to have won these awards in recent years.