Our Story

Cygnet Events and Design is a luxury wedding planning and design firm based in Chicago and the North Shore. Founded in 2012 as Chicago Vintage Weddings, an event planning and vintage rental company, we quickly established ourselves as top wedding planners in the city due to our high standards in taste and communication.

In 2022, we unveiled an exciting change: Chicago Vintage Weddings would now become two separate brands. Cygnet Events and Design is the new face of Chicago Vintage Weddings’ planning division, and Arcana Vintage Rentals is the rental division. Being able to focus solely on our voice as planners and designers is a liberating shift, as Cygnet retains and expands upon everything that has driven Chicago Vintage Weddings’ success over the past decade.

Cygnet Events and Design focuses exclusively on weddings and wedding-adjacent events. We adore wedding planning and understand the demand for excellence and focus that our work entails. We are based in both Chicago and the North Shore, and we travel for destination weddings on a selective basis.

Event Design
with a purpose

Cygnet Events and Design is a mission-driven company that proudly supports conservation and animal rescue, along with a broader social justice platform. Since our inception we have been members of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, serving as board members and always striving to put the “chic” in eco-chic. We are One Tail at a Time and CRISP animal rescue monthly donors, and we also support with in-kind donations. We have even fostered several animals in our studio!

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

We Love your Dog

You love your pet, why wouldn’t you want to include them in your day? We are experts in how to safely and happily incorporate pets in your wedding day, so you and your best friend can both have the best day ever.

meet the Team

Kate Reavey

Owner and Lead Planner

Kate founded Chicago Vintage Weddings in 2012 as a way to channel her love of design and her extensive hospitality background into something that would bring joy to others.

Both a big picture thinker and obsessively detail-oriented, she loves working with clients to figure out their needs and realize the vision for their events from start to finish. She thinks even the most minor details are exciting and loves figuring out event logistics. Clients and families consistently praise her organization, taste level, communication and ability to take charge of any situation. Kate eats, sleeps and breathes weddings; she feels lucky to be able to do what she loves for a living and she treasures the lasting relationships she builds with her couples.

A west suburban native who lived in Chicago for over 15 years before moving to the North Shore, Kate is intimately familiar with the entire Chicagoland area. When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, restoring her Tudor home, and deep dives into horror classics and natural history. She can usually be found at home with her family and rescue dog, Hoagie.

Alyssa Szczek
Event consultant

Aly is an experienced Chicago events veteran, having produced over 1,000 weddings during her 15 year career.

Aly is a highly organized, detail-oriented planner whose weddings have been featured in some of the best-known U.S. publications. Prior to joining Chicago Vintage Weddings, Aly helped to open and develop all operating systems for a venue with in-house catering, and she brings that logistical expertise to her role as a planner for our couples. Her favorite part of a wedding day is seeing the couple recess after their ceremony.

Deborah Topolski
COORDINATOR

Deborah laughed through her own wedding day and hopes to bring that same joy and ease to every couple preparing for their big day

Deborah applies her project management skills in residential, retail, restaurant and entertainment venue design to each event she coordinates. Her whimsical concept illustrations led to her love of children’s literature and role as a regional steward within a global kidlit professional organization, where she continues managing projects and generating opportunities for her colleagues. Throughout her career, she has established themes in event planning, writing, illustrating and designing. A natural storyteller, Deborah is ready to help our couples craft their first chapter: a wedding day that tells family and friends exactly who they are.

Veasna Kim
COORDINATOR

Veasna is a wedding wizard, having spent 10 years in the Chicago special events industry.

A Public Relations and Hospitality Leadership major at DePaul, she applies that organizational and leadership knowledge to each event she manages. Veasna’s calm, collected presence is exactly what a couple needs on their wedding day, and she rallies vendor teams to deliver flawless results. Veasna’s favorite part of a wedding is when the couple gets a chance to relax and let loose once the formalities have wrapped up!

Kim GENUNG
COORDINATOR

Kim is a couple’s dream come true. She is a triple threat, having worked in interior design, hospitality and event management.

Originally an interior designer, she brings her sense of style to each event and ensures that every project is managed seamlessly at every level. Organization and communication are her strong suits, and she loves the opportunity to connect with couples and vendors as the big day approaches. On wedding days, she can be found triple checking every detail and making sure that everyone in the wedding party and family know exactly what to do.

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