About the Hosts
Born and raised in Chicago, Katherine taps into her deep knowledge of the “Second City” to plan beautiful events for her clients. Since any wedding or event is an important reflection of a client’s personality and taste, Katherine appreciates the opportunity to creatively combine all the details into a vision that is executed flawlessly.
After spending several years working in the industry, Katherine decided to launch Clover Events in August of 2014 and has been working hard building her business since then. One of the most important aspects of building a business is, of course, networking and Thursday Therapy has provided her with some of the best opportunities to meet and collaborate with some awesome Chicago wedding peeps! Katherine is beyond excited to get to work with her co-hosts, Jen and Bethany, each month to bring some super fun events to life!
When she’s not planning events, Katherine can be found spending time with the three most important guys in her life, her husband, Adam and her sons, Orrin and Emmet.
Looking back, working in the event planning world was something that Jennifer was born to do. She’s always found great joy in making people around her feel comfortable and happy, was the “planner” in her group of friends and naturally gravitated toward jobs where she excelled in customer service. It wasn’t long before she found her calling in the event planning world.
After 5 years working under another planning company, Jen launched A Fresh Event in 2016 and is enjoying all that comes with owning a business. Helping couples plan their once-in-a-lifetime days is extremely rewarding.
She’s very excited about stepping in as one of the hosts of Thursday Therapy. She credits much of her success in the Chicago wedding industry to this monthly networking event and is excited to help others grow their businesses in this amazing city!
It might have been the hand-constructed pinhole camera, maybe her dad’s 1978 Minolta 35mm, or perhaps thumbing through her grandmothers collection of black and white prints from Mexico… whatever the catalyst Bethany Fritz knew that photography was magical. She has been photographing weddings for over 10 years, and in 2008 Bethany started Maypole Studios Photography. She treasures amazing relationships her clients, making her their go-to gal for all of their photography needs as well as establishing a thriving word-of-mouth referral system. She prides herself on spending quality time with her clients to ensure comfortability with the camera as well as highly personalized images on their wedding day.
“Creating Grin-inducing, toe-tingling, love-inspired images that are just like you- forever.”
Bethany couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Katherine and Jen, helping the Chicago wedding industry be the absolute best at working together as a team.
What is Thursday Therapy?
A fun gathering for wedding pros to meet, mingle, share.
In 2007, Michelle Loretta wanted wedding pros to meet in a fun casual way without any strings attached. She began gathering Seattle wedding pros monthly for “Tuesday Toast” with the intention to toast to the industry.
In 2009, Kelly Simants took the idea to Dallas and ran with it. Here, she turned the concept into “Thursday Therapy” where it gained a life of its own. Monthly, wedding pros gather to collaborate and share in a fun, laid-back and approachable environment. There are no membership fees, you can drop in for 20 minutes if that’s all the time you can spare, and you’ll meet some really cool people in a welcoming environment.
Michelle and Kelly are Co-Owners of Sage Wedding Pros, a consultancy dedicated to educating small business owners. The company’s mission is to create sustainable business in the wedding and events industries. Thursday Therapy is a branch of Sage Wedding Pros.
Thursday Therapy is where business happens!
We promote a culture of camaraderie, collaboration, and cohesion within the wedding industry. It is through our relationships with one another that the wedding industry will become stronger and our businesses will be more successful. We welcome all people in the business of weddings to join our fun and festive mixers. Thursday Therapy is a place for us to meet, mingle, and share.