Bride and Joy is an event design + planning company who gracefully creates events that are perfectly reflective of your personality and style. Each event is an opportunity to work alongside incredible people and create a fresh and imaginative experience. We aim to make every event personal and memorable, through the planning, details and production.

+ Purpose


To spread beauty through celebration by exceeding expectations, providing imaginative ideas, incorporating eco-friendly business practices and partnering with local and small businesses.

To give back by donating all unclaimed floral, goods and food to local charities, and by sustaining relief and hope efforts through The Midwest Food Bank and Double Harvest, as well as an education + farming initiative in Liberia, Africa.  




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Kim Gapinski      +      Owner, Event PlannING + Design

Kim has been working in the wedding industry for 10 years starting her time in Chicago 8 years ago. Since then, she's planned hundreds of weddings and managed events at some of the cities most notable venues.  Her easy-going personality and exceptional organization are the ideal combo for a delightful planning experience.  Her personal interests in art and interior design add the perfect finish to creating a personally styled celebration. 

+  Muse: My LARGE, crazy-beautiful family
+  Ride: My silver Vespa
+  Jam: Anything by Ray Charles or Bill Withers
+  Fix: Dark Chocolate!

ERIN SHANLEY KIM      +      Event PlannING + DESIGN

Erin came to Bride + Joy in 2016 after 11 years in the corporate event world. During that time she planned fashion shows, culinary demos, wedding expos for the likes of Beyonce, Martha Stewart, Chef Stephanie Izard, and celebrity wedding producers Preston Bailey and Colin Cowie.  Her passion for creativity and attention to detail are the cornerstones of what make Erin such a fabulous wedding planner. A bride recently referred to Erin as a "logistical guru and sanity firefighter"- truer words have never been spoken!

+ Style: Casual classic
+ Getaway: The rolling vineyards of wine country
+ Jam: Unapologetically (The Queen) Beyoncé
+ Fix: All. Things. Coffee.