Alison Grossman (Sousa)

Owner & Senior Event Specialist

Alison is the owner and creative director of Designed and Detailed Event Planning. After gaining a degree in Special Event Management at Johnson & Wales University, Alison began her career interning with various New England Wedding Planners and fell in love with, well…love! Upon graduation, she moved home to Chicago where she realized her dream of opening her own unique event planning company, and in early 2016 Alison launched Designed and Detailed – a boutique event and design company.


Alison’s love for events comes from the instant gratification she feels when she brings a client vision to life. With a passion for creating unforgettable memories, Alison’s philosophy is to make each client feel like a guest at their own event by providing exceptional guidance throughout the planning process and the execution of their vision on event day.


Being extremely artistic and meticulous, Alison approaches each task with a fresh and determined approach to reach nothing less than perfection. Whether it is following yet another Pinterest tutorial or vigorously color coating anything in sight, she finds comfort in her quirky OCD and loves having the perfect career to hone in on her demanding, detail-oriented personality.  


Although her infatuation is with wedding planning, she strives to one day be part of the planning team responsible for the Governor’s Ball!  Her ultimate goal is to plan the Oscars – Award shows are her guilty pleasure and are incomplete without her cat and “child”, Zeus.


Alison recently got married in October of 2018 at Salvage One. She enjoys sharing her experience as a bride and as a planner. 

Hi, I'm Christina! I have been working for Designed and Detailed since the opening in 2016. Once I got my certificate in Meeting and Event Planning, I started working for Alison and have loved it ever since. I find such joy in weddings from the start of the planning process till we send off the newlyweds. 

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Christina Slabik

Office Manager & Assistant Event Specialist