Afton Events got its name from its founder, because when you hire us, that's exactly who you get. We are a boutique wedding planning company, with one lead planner.
However, it takes a village to bring a wedding to life, and we have a team of assistant planners ready for your day!
Afton Vangsness, Owner and Lead Planner
Hi, I'm Afton - the lead wedding and event planner around here, and your new fangirl! I am a Type A personality - organized, detail-oriented, and bossy, with a Type B mindset - creative and free-spirited. Combining these traits with my years of experience in the events industry, led me to launch Afton Events, a Chicago wedding and event planning company. I am a firm believer that every wedding and event should be a direct representation of the client and an expression of who you are. I LOVE all of the pretty things involved with weddings, but I also LIVE for a detailed timeline and all of the little logistical details. I specialize in making the process FUN and a constant celebration. My favorite part about being a planner is taking the stress off of others so they can truly enjoy their day!
I live in downtown Chicago with my husband and dog (see more on him below). In my spare time, I love experiencing all of the Chicago restaurants, watching all of the reality TV shows, and I am ALWAYS down to grab a drink!
Monster, Chief Chihuahua Officer
Monster is my right-hand man who is always by my side acting as my assistant, security guard, and really boosting office morale. He unfortunately is not available for onsite support at events (due to his Chihuahua attitude), but rest assured he is working hard behind the scenes.
In his spare time, he enjoys eating treats (Greenies are his favorite), barking at dogs, and sleeping pretty much all of the time.