Before starting Prickly Pear Events I managed hundreds of charity events over eleven years, but my sister’s wedding changed everything. After coordinating her wedding, then a friend’s, I was hooked! I started Prickly Pear Events to use my event management skills to help Chicagoland folks celebrate their love, totally carefree. My wide range of experience managing parties, fundraisers, conferences, and of course weddings, makes me a pro at event logistics. I’m cool under pressure, and a magician at transforming “oh no!” moments into “wasn’t it funny when…” memories. Beyond my expertise, I bring a cheery disposition to your celebration. You and your guests will be blissfully unaware of the details moving around behind the scenes because I keep a smile on my face and a cool head on my shoulders.

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I had a ton of fun planning my own wedding, so I know first-hand what it’s like to go through through the process. Check out our wedding profile, featured on Offbeat Bride!


Prickly Pear Events Business Ethics:

Our business model is simple: we want you to be so happy with our service you’ll rave about it to your friends (and maybe even in online reviews!). If something isn’t going how you want it, let us know, and we will make it right. We will always hustle to make you happy, especially on your wedding day when you should be totally carefree!

At Prickly Pear Events we believe in marriage equality, and we work hard to live up to high standards of inclusion and diversity. We want your traditions, your style of loving, and your uniqueness to shine through on your wedding day. It’s our great pleasure to help you celebrate, your way.

Environmental sustainability is hugely important to the way we do business. First and foremost, we support your environmental vision by putting your green plans into action. We follow sustainable practices including low paper usage, recycling, and composting in our office, and we recommend green vendors who are committed to waste reduction. In her free time, Cecil participates in volunteer action days in Cook County forest preserves to conserve natural areas and to give back to environmental causes. But don’t take our word for it, The Green Wedding Alliance has put their stamp of approval on our commitment to sustainable practices!

A note about the name, Prickly Pear Events:

Cecil is a nature lover from Texas where the prickly pear is the state plant. In cowboy lore, prickly pear cacti are a source of beauty and comfort on long nights out on the range. They make a mighty fine meal if you know how to coax ’em, but they also pack a wallop if you don’t treat ’em right. There could be a metaphor about marriage in there somewhere… The prickly pear is also the only cactus native to Illinois, but you may have to search for a while to find it. It thrives in delicate habitat on sandy beaches, watching the sunrise and sunset over the water, blooming in the light, and weathering every storm. Prickly pears are elusive, but once you find them, they possess enough beauty, heart, and charm… to last a lifetime.

Find out more about the services we provide: Wedding Coordination and Logistics

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