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Meet Olivia Nicoletti of Olive Fine Weddings & Events in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Nicoletti.

Olivia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A few years ago, a college friend reached out and said, “You always talk about being a wedding planner. Well, my sister is engaged, overwhelmed, and just wants to show up at her wedding. Can you help her?”

Shortly thereafter, I met Julie and Erik who would become my first-ever wedding clients. They were laid-back and somehow totally cool with the fact that I had never done this before. Little did I know that this experience would teach me so much and inspire the dream that is Olive Fine Weddings & Events.

In the last 4+ years, I worked as a Wedding Planner for Chic Weddings & Events in Washington, DC and am currently the Special Events Manager at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. I live in Chicago, IL with my cute husband, who is the most supportive and continues to encourage me to pursue my dreams.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing is ever easy, but I try and always live by one of my favorite quotes: “follow your bliss”. I am just so happy to be doing this work – it fills me with such joy to surround myself with other creatives and humility to know that there is always something to learn.

I work full-time at a job I love in addition to managing Olive Fine Weddings & Events, and sometimes that means early mornings, working during my breaks, and many late nights. But it has helped me learn what I am capable of, and how much this business means to me. It is worth every minute.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Olive Fine Weddings & Events story. Tell us more about the business.
I am an event planner, and I specialize in weddings!

I am passionate about creating the perfect event to highlight the extraordinary love between two people. I graduated from Cornell University and my career began in consulting, where I learned how to think critically, be direct, and adapt to clients. These skills have transformed my working style. I moved to nonprofits and events next, and although I have worked in a variety of roles, weddings are what make my heart glow.

Weddings are meaningful, festive, fun, silly, nerve-wracking, raw, emotional, but most of all, joyful. I especially enjoy weddings that are chock full of details – sometimes, small things can elevate an event and make the couple’s personalities shine.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”, but I think you have to put yourself out there and give everything your all as well. Good things will come to you. I push myself to attend networking events, go on venue tours, and collaborate as much as possible.

From these experiences, I have met people who I’ve clicked with, and they have been generous enough to help, teach, and encourage me. Relationships are the key to growing a business. This business began by just talking about it with the right people who then encouraged me to use my skills and put my passion to use.

Pricing:

  • Packages start at $2,000. Day-of coordination, partial planning, and full planning packages are available.

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Image Credit:

RachelLizPhotography, Kurstin Roe Photography, Sharmila Photography, Ashley Dahl photography

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1 Comment

  1. The Wedding GPS

    March 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    These weddings look beautiful! Keep up the great work you’re doing!

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