our approach

get to know us

Hospitality and the guest experience are at the forefront of what we do. Our relaxed and personal approach to design, styling and rentals transforms our clients into friends. As owners of multiple wedding businesses, Birch Hill Barn, Simply Proposed and Collected & Co., we take our craft seriously, but never ourselves. We approach design with an openness to new ideas, a fearlessness to try new things and a passion to create events as unique as our clients. We want you to walk in and immediately say “This is so me!” and know we fully told your story.


meet jacqueline

Jacqueline’s career in event planning began in her hometown of Chicago, where she planned luxury corporate events. Now co-owner of an event venue and Collected & Co. she plans and works with multiple couples each weekend and never lets anything fall through the cracks. Jacqueline’s passion for making a couple’s day everything they imagined shines through in each wedding she plans.

When she’s not planning or designing a wedding, Jacqueline loves to enjoy slow mornings sipping coffee and playing with her daughter Ellie.

owner + operations mgr

meet russ

You know that guy in the room who everyone immediately wants to be friends with? That’s Russ. He’s also the details guy. Russ knows exactly what needs to happen when and where, and he makes sure not a single detail is overlooked.

Russ’s background is in marketing and operations, but his passion lies in entrepreneurship. When he’s not chasing after Ellie or keeping the barn in tip-top shape, Russ enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs.