At Kristina Taheri Special Events, our mission is to be Your Story Builder. The foundation for any event is your unique story. Our job is to provide the tools and resources to help translate that story into the special event you are hosting. We focus on innovative design, custom planning, and all of the fine details that make your event the only one of its kind.
We make it possible for you and your guests to fully enjoy your occasion and relieve you of the pressure normally associated with planning and managing an important event. Educated and trained in luxury hospitality management, we understand the vision and details that go into making your story the perfect affair.
Kristina Taheri Special Events is affiliated with the following organizations:
Cornell Hotel Society, San Francisco/Chicago Chapters
“Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.”
What distinguishes Kristina Taheri Special Events from other event management companies is the diverse background and experience of its founder. Following her undergraduate studies, Kristina held an international position with American Airlines. She then joined the staff of British Airways in Paris, where she lived for several years. Following this phase of her career, Kristina decided to further her formal education and attended Cornell University’s top-ranked Statler Hotel School.
Upon receiving her Masters of Management degree from Cornell in 1997, Kristina embarked on a career in the hospitality industry. Prior to launching her event management company, Kristina worked for the Four Seasons Hotel Group in Chicago, and was subsequently recruited by the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York where she managed major social, high-end corporate, political, and celebrity fund raising events.
“Quality never goes out of style!”
Peggy joined Kristina Taheri Special Events as business consultant in 2011. Peggy brings a wealth of experience following a very successful career as vice president of sales, marketing, and business development in the construction industry.
Peggy directs corporate events and assists in social events. She is responsible for the new business development and management of client events in the Chicago area. These events may include product launches, grand openings, holiday parties, sales events, site negotiations, and any related support services. Her skills, enthusiasm, business savvy, and ability to engage with a diverse client base insures a fun-filled as well as cost-effective experience for our clients.
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”
Susan's love of events was set in motion at a young age when she enthusiastically began planning festivities for her large family. Presently, with over twenty years of professional planning experience, she has executed many memorable events ranging from weddings to high profile concerts.
Susan joined Kristina Taheri Special Events in 2006 as our wedding consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan's experience in the hospitality and interior design industries, extensive world travel, and degrees in art and business from California State University, give her the unique ability to fashion fresh ideas to help build our client's own special story.
As an Ambassador for the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, a volunteer at both the San Francisco Opera House, and Boys Hope Girls Hope, Susan stays well connected with the current trends in the San Francisco area.
“You are the gas to my car, the sneakers to my marathon...”
Hillary is a natural for the position of Assistant Manager of Production and Projects. Her eye for detail, calm under pressure, and enthusiasm for the event industry makes her an ideal fit for KTSE.
Special projects, marketing plans, social media, accounting, and company communications are dealt with efficiently and professionally by Hillary. She also loves working on site with day-of events.
Prior to graduating from LSU with a degree in Communications, Hillary got her first taste of event management by coordinating sorority events. In addition, she worked for Guaranteed Rate helping plan over 200 national events per month.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
We truly recognize all the great work that you did in the planning, preparation and coordination of our wedding day. As you know, our lives are extremely busy and having you plan our wedding day was essential not only to a seamless execution of the day itself but to our sanity as we moved through this event. You captured our vision of how we wanted the weekend flow perfectly and we never felt any bumps along the way. All of our guests are still commenting on the beautiful event. Some would like the dance list “exactly as it was played”, others just cannot get over the service nor the laughter.
Ann and Terry, Bride and Groom
I want to thank you for your help and support in making Meghan and Andrew's wedding such a success. We really appreciated the attention to detail and soothing attitude you had, and I think your work was reflected in the beauty and timing of the ceremony and reception. Also, thank you for responding so quickly to changes in schedule, the program and other last-minute things that could have become major problems but didn't because of your expertise. Thank you!
Marcy, Mother of the Bride
Thank you for helping us through such an amazing wedding weekend! You were so on top of everything! We will highly recommend you and your team to any of our future friends getting married in Chicago. I hope you have recovered by now. We are still working on it…
Michaela and Joe, Bride and Groom
I wish there were 6 stars!! I can't begin to describe how thankful I am for Kristina. She planned my dream April 2012 wedding on a budget that I could actually afford at the Palmer House. She was always professional, supportive, and took my ideas and made them more beautiful than I imagined. We love her so much-she's become a friend of the family. Do yourself a favor. If you're getting married in Chicago hire Kristina! Heck, get married in Chicago just to work with her!
Meghan, Bride, Yelp Review
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
Nicodem Creative Highlights Elizabeth and Bradley
Such a soulful and beautiful couple on their nuptial day as captured by Marianne Nicodem and Team. Love that they featured Elizabeth and Bradley!
Hinsdale Magazine: Publicity on Wellness House Ball "Women on a Mission"
Steely determination! So proud to have worked with these fierce and talented women (and other ball chairs!) over the years to produce the annual black tie gala that benefits Wellness House, for living with cancer.
Christmas Wedding Magic with Life in Bloom for Camp's
Christmas with the Camp's theme! A perfect Christmas wedding for our Dallas couple in Chicago. Whitney and Josh certainly showed off their fabulous style at Fourth Presbyterian and the University Club. Many unique touches! Thanks to Life in Bloom for sharing their gorgeous wedding.
Style Me Pretty California
Villa Montalvo, plucked right from the Italian countryside and nestled in Silicon Valley, lent such a sophisticated backdrop to Nicole and John's soirée. Their gorgeous day was filled to the brim with soft pretty pinks and personal inspirations.
Chicago Sun-Times - Why Hire a Wedding Planner?
The best wedding planners do a lot more than plan! We give inside tips on what services, expertise, and pricing to expect when hiring a wedding planner.
Hinsdale Living Scandinavian Holiday Benefit for The Community House
Total transformation of the Hinsdale Community House into a "Wine Country Winter" inspired Holiday Ball was the task. The Napa Valley chic concept was a fresh and sophisticated one for this annual event, inspired by the fundraising wine auction.
Style Me Pretty Chicago Ballroom Bliss
Holy Name Cathedral and The Drake Hotel were classic Chicago backdrops for Kristin and Brad's dazzling city wedding. Perfect elegance and time-honored tradition were underscored by wickedly fun moments, like the "Sweet Home Alabama" first dance!
Hinsdale Living - Profile on Kristina Taheri, The Story Teller
In this publisher's profile, our interviewer discovers more about our company and explores why we think the "residential" trend in event design is here to stay.
The Morton Arboretum Benefit News Release
Publicity on highly successful "Brilliance in Bloom," the 2018 Annual Dinner Party. KTSE has worked on this annual benefit for many years, transforming many warehouse, building and tent spaces at the Morton Arboretum!
Chicago Tribune Holiday Ball Benefit Spotlight
"But as attendee Mary Grace Burke pointed out, “we aren’t eating in a gym, we’re dining.” Kristina Taheri Special Events turns the gym into a spectacularly-decorated dining spaces full of color, roses and sparkle for an annual black tie affair."