Our team has grown so much, we wanted to take some time to introduce you to the fine individuals who help make The Haight and your day run smoothly.
Meet The Leads
Briana Bialk, Events & Sales Manager
1. What made you get into the industry?
2. How do your weddings differ from one another?
3. What is your claim to fame?
4. How do you relax after a hard day of work?
5. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you can experience for the first time again.
Lauren Schroeder, Venue & Events Manager
1. What is your favorite part of the planning process?
I love the final meeting with the bride and groom, they are starting to get super excited about their big day and most of the hard work has been done. So, it is a great opportunity to get to know the clients a bit better!
2. What is the best/funniest/worst wedding story?
3. What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
4. What would be your ideal way to spend a weekend?
5. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Nicole Patterson, Events Coordinator
1. What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love seeing how creative all of our clients are! Although everyone is using the same venue, every wedding has a different style and creative touch. It’s so fun to see all the new ideas and personality that comes with each event!
2. What tips do you have for brides and grooms planning their wedding?
3. What are you most likely to become famous for?
4. Where do you usually go when you have time off?
5. What would you rate 10/10?
Ashley Radosav, Events Coordinator
1. Why the Haight? What makes us stand out vs. working with other venues?
2. What was the most unique wedding you’ve ever planned?
3. What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
4. What amazing thing did you do that no one was around to see?
5. What’s the best way a person can spend their time?
I believe besides taking a really good nap, the best way to spend your time is with friends and family. It is not about the stuff in your life that makes it complete, it is about who you spend your time with that makes all of the difference.
Kelsey Richmond, Social Media Coordinator
1. What’s your favorite thing about writing the real weddings blog?
I really enjoy that I get to relay the story of how our couples met and fell in love. I also love that I get to give those couples a chance to relive their wedding day. I can’t tell you enough how many times I hear from couples thanking me for giving them a chance to revisit those precious memories.
2. Any specific blog or wedding really stand out for you?
A specific blog that stands out to me would be Behind The Scenes of Your Wedding Day. I loved writing about how each wedding comes together and giving the audience a visual for that with beautiful pictures from some of our photographers. I even got to share an amazing timelapse video from Newlyweds Cinema showing the transformation of our space. I just really enjoyed putting that post together!
3. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
Oh for sure my eyebrow pencil! I love a good eyebrow. I constantly have to remind myself that eyebrows are sisters not twins. The day I learned to shade my brows changed my life.
4. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
I am OBSESSED with the horror genre of anything. I absolutely love being scared. When I go to a movie or read a book, I need it to affect me…and I get the biggest affect from horror anything.
5. Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
The most relaxing place I’ve ever been would have to be my family’s summer home in Meredith, New Hampshire. The little cabin in the woods sits right on the lake with the most breathtaking views of still water and trees. It is one of my favorite places on earth.
Meet The Assistants
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
Meet The Security Team
Wayne Deitz, Head Security
1. What the best part of being the lead security guard?
The best part of being lead security is seeing everything—the good and the bad.
2. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
No more wedding cake!
3. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to?
I really want to try camping in Alaska.
4. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
5. What movie title best describes you?
What is your best story from working a wedding?
Breje Whitt: The best story I have is from a very rainy day, when the deck was not going to be open. All of a sudden, the weather completely changed (go figure Chicago weather), the sun ended up coming out and we opened the deck for the guests. It made my night to see how happy our guests were to be able to enjoy some fresh air and sunlight during the reception.
Jose Ocon: My favorite experience working security was during a reception when hardly anyone was dancing and I wanted to help get the party started. I did what any normal security guard would do….I went out to the dance floor and challenged the groom to a dance off. It was an epic battle. Moves were exchanged, but in the end, I’d say it was a draw.
Peter Lentz: I don’t have a specific story that stands out to me, but I really enjoy the sparkler send-off. The couple and the guests are all so happy and it’s really fun to watch!
Meet The Owners
What do you like most about owning an event venue?
Kari Haight-Goodmay: Definitely the tacos. What I like most about owning an event venue is seeing that the equation to develop a perfect event is so open to interpretation. The basic formula and logistics plus customization and personality all equate to one unique and memorable event. I love knowing that so many lives are changed in our space, families are formed and celebrated, meals are shared, laughter is belly shaking good and that no matter how old you become dance moves never improve. I love knowing that our passion for family is experienced by thousands of people a year. I love that something old has become new again and that every single member of our family has had hands on involvement in the development of this business. I love that we grew up working in a family business and those skills and commitment to each other have been carried forward a generation and are now shared with thousands. But mainly the tacos.
Doree Haight-Motl: Every event is different. No client is ever the same. Ideas are constantly flowing. And getting to work with everyone across the company. We have an awesome, talented, funny dedicated staff.
John Haight: My favorite part was watching a fairly unusable and filthy warehouse space transform into a warm and inviting venue for people to share some of the happiest memories of their lives…and getting to see this week after week. And knowing that I had something to do with helping create those happy memories even if they don’t know me.