There are no words to fully express the integral role Megan Estrada played in making my wedding a beautiful and unbelievably smooth event. From the moment we met, I was struck by her attuned sense of style and gift for creating elegance, somet...
hing that I greatly wanted for my black-tie wedding at the Armour House. Megan is also open to everything, and is a truly good listener; there were some aspects of the planning process where I knew exactly what I wanted, and Megan allowed me to have that agency with grace, but for those aspects where I was clueless, she presented options before me that spoke to me, showing that she was keenly aware of my desires. She also did a fabulous job of managing the budget, presenting me with a highly detailed, multi-dimensional spreadsheet immediately in the process, as well as a proposal that listed three suggested vendors for each needed item. This tightened list of choices allowed me to choose what I wanted to splurge on and where I wanted to cut back, all while remaining on budget, and not impeding my busy work schedule.
However, Megan’s acts as an individual largely outshone her skills as a planner. She was a true friend, and not simply in the sense of being a joy to spend time with. I needed more than a friend; with my mom living out of town, I needed an advisor and guide—an emotional support. Megan easily slipped into all those roles, accompanying me to appointments when I needed her, giving me space when I wanted to do something alone, but always being only an email, phone call or even text away to offer me help at any moment. A highly illustrative example of how Megan’s kindness and support reached beyond the role of a planner was when my plans for picking up my dress the day before the wedding fell through. I got married over Thanksgiving weekend, and living in the northern suburbs, I panicked in tears when I found out that my arrangements for having my dress picked up in the city had backfired—and on Black Friday. With a million appointments that day, and my own family busy with getting into town, Megan instantly stepped up, offering to not only pick up my dress, but also brave the mania of shoppers and figure out parking the day after Thanksgiving. Coming back to my apartment to find my dress lusciously draped over a chair certified Megan as a savior. She demonstrated this same selfless resolve during the actual event. The whole thing went flawlessly from start to finish, but a transportation issue that occurred during the rehearsal dinner, which Megan wasn’t even meant to be involved with, found her showing up at the event regardless to direct traffic outside, as well as recruiting a second assistant for the next day, lest the same issue should happen at the wedding—which it didn’t thanks to her.
Megan Estrada of North Shore Weddings and Events is a true professional. Her business background in the hotel industry makes her a poised and effective negotiator, and gives her a sense of calm that is all-encompassing in everything she does. Her creativity is able to glean elegance and fun into luscious and personalized settings, and her pristine work-ethic combined with an eye for beauty left all of our guests saying that they had never been to a wedding so beautiful, and they’re still talking about it. I truly love Megan, and people about to embark through this consuming yet exciting process could do no better than have an ally like her at their side.