Originally from Virginia, Carolyn was drawn to Chicago’s vibrant event scene after studying Hospitality and Tourism at James Madison University, with a concentration in Special Events and Meeting Planning. Carolyn’s career began in catering, where she got to know the myriad vendors, venues, and how all the moving parts work together. It was when her path crossed with Natalie Walsh that she knew she wanted to immerse herself in the world of design. Bartering with Natalie to clean floral buckets in her studio in exchange for all of the knowledge regarding event and floral design that she could acquire, so began her career in event design. Eventually joining Natalie’s team as a full time member and later moving to a larger firm for several years, Carolyn is delighted to further expand her creative capabilities here at HMR, with a team she feels is unmatched in the industry.
Carolyn lives in Lakeview with her husband, daughter, and tiny Yorkshire Terrier. When she’s not at work, she can often be found traipsing about the city she loves, introducing her daughter to the vibrancy and diversity that has always drawn her here. She also loves to travel, always looking for new locales to hone her burgeoning photography skills. In addition to her ample experience bringing beautiful weddings to life, Carolyn has also had the pleasure of working with an impressive list of brands such as The Chicago Cubs, Louis Vuitton and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Why do you enjoy what you do?
Working with clients is a truly rewarding experience. They trust us with the most personal details of their events, and that we will present events that display their personalities and seamlessly blend the desires of many different decision makers, whether it be parents or shareholders, to create a thoughtful event that they can be proud to host.