This Is Us

Experience shows.

Stephanie Cook has organized, planned and managed hundreds of successful and memorable events from weddings and corporate entertaining to non-profit galas and intimate social gatherings.

I love seeing my clients’ beaming faces as they experience an event that perfectly captures their vision! Bringing all the details together is a joyous process for me — and I make it equally enjoyable for my clients.

Hosting small gatherings for family and friends has always been my passion, so when my husband and I moved to Miami I took a leap of faith and changed careers working with one of the area’s premier caterers when the city was just coming into its own. Later, after settling in Lake Forest and raising two children, I began slowly planning events for a local non-profit. Friends starting hiring me on the side to plan weddings, birthdays and family celebrations. From there The Creative Planners was born.

Besides my love to plan events, I enjoy skiing, running, yoga, reading, golf  and cooking. As you can imagine, I am the one that loves to bring friends and family together...no surprise there!

She earns outstanding referrals and repeat client business because of her skillful creativity and organizational skills. Stephanie offers a calm expertise together with access to exceptional vendor resources. It’s experience that shows—not only in the creative design of the event but on the joyful faces of clients and guests.

Style, creativity, thoughtfulness, organization and common sense are the most important resources you can bring to the wedding planning process.

Michele joined Creative Planners in the summer of 2016. Her passion is to bring an individualized creative design and sense of style to each planned event. Her dedication, ability to multi-task and work well under pressure along with maintaining a positive attitude helps her overcome any hurdle that may arise. Michele lives in the North Shore with her three children for the past ten years.

To see the distinctive elements of clients’ personalities integrated into one of the most important days of their lives gives me great satisfaction that we were able to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is uniquely theirs.
Holli Volkert

Holli became skilled at how to make ideas happen after working in the special events industry for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in catering, hotels, event venues and destination management, and has executed everything from small intimate gatherings to large galas. With a keen eye for special touches, she takes great joy in creating unique event experiences. Holli has lived on the North Shore for 15 years and enjoys exploring new places, treasure hunting at upscale flea markets and spending time with her four children.