Get to know the individuals behind the Complete Weddings + Events team here in Central Illinois! With a combined 36 years of event industry experience, our team has nearly seen it all! We’re familiar with every venue in the Bloomington/Normal, Peoria, Champaign, Decatur, and Springfield area. We have worked with many of the event and wedding vendors you may work with for your big day! Feel free to contact us with any of your event-related questions, or to learn more about what we do to make sure you’re completely taken care of leading up to and on your event day. We’d love to hear about what you’re planning for your day, and see how we, or any of the vendors in Central Illinois, can help!
Meet the Complete Central Illinois Team!
Dan Sims, Owner
Years in Industry: 36
Favorite Vacation Spot: Ireland
Favorite Artist: Reo Speedwagon
Pets: Cocker spaniel
Memorable Moment in the Wedding Industry:
It put tears in my eye and a letter I will never forget. It always reminds me why I love my job so much!
Jordan Sweet, General Manager
Years in the Industry: 5
Favorite sports team: Cubs
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere near the water
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite phone app: Twitter
Memorable moment in the wedding industry: DJ’ing an event where the Bride and Groom met in a foreign exchange program and had to do long distance for over 5 years. The Groom was from Great Britain and couldn’t get his VISA. The party was a blast as well and the Groom’s wedding party, also from Great Britain jumped into a Pond on the property. They were the happiest couple I have ever seen and were so filled with joy that they finally got to tie the knot. Fun times!
Libbi Venable, Sales, and Marketing Manager
Years in the Industry: 5
Favorite Sports Team: St Louis Cardinals
Favorite Artist: Halsey is my Queen!
Favorite Travel Location: Anywhere in Europe or any beach.
Pets: 1 Adorable Puggle named Riley Bella aka Sweet Potato, Faterella, Monkey, RiRi, or Ri Bread.
Quarantine activities: Lots of time with my family, walks with my dog, cooking, cleaning, online shopping and working from home.
Memorable moment in the wedding industry: Showing up at weddings that I helped brides and grooms plans. Sometimes I never even meet the couple throughout the planning process. Sometimes we only email, text and talk on the phone. Showing up, meeting, hugging, and congratulating them is always fun.
Jeff Baker, Photo/Video Manager
Years in the Industry: 13
Favorite sports team: Cardinals
Favorite Artist: Justin Timberlake, or Panic! at the Disco
Favorite travel spot: Nashville
Pets: 2 Dogs Cinco, and Baron
Quarantine activities: Playing with the kids, reading, binging Netflix
A memorable moment in the wedding industry: Always leaving anyone I work with happier than they expected
Scott Bernstein, Event Consultant
Years in Industry: 23
Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Blues
Favorite Song/Artist: Anything 80’s.
Quarantine Activities: Working from home, Dog walks, Family movie nights, cleaning the house, golf, doing home projects. The most adventurous was setting up a tent in the backyard and camping out for the night. That was…interesting. I learned we have Raccoons that come out at 2 in the morning to feast out of the garbage lol!
Memorable Moment in the Wedding Industry: There are many. However, it boils down to all the hiring and training done to find and coach DJs to be awesome at their job, ensuring their equipment is working properly and making sure the weddings go smoothly. I love hearing that we were the highlight of their day.
Lucien Winner, Event Consultant
Years in the industry: 3
Favorite Artist: Led Zeppelin when I’m in the garage, Bruno Mars when I’m on the dance floor!
Favorite Travel Spot: Grand Cayman.
Favorite Color: Old Ford Aquamarine!
Pets: 2 cats Sonnet aka Babo, and Catpuccino aka Pucci man.
Quarantine activities: Walks in the park, kayaking with my family, projects around the house/garden, and working on my old bike and pickup truck.
A memorable moment in the wedding industry: There are countless wonderful memories. Each wedding holds so many special moments. Working with vendors that ask for our services for their own personal weddings proves we are a cut above the rest. We love what WE DO.
Complete Weddings + Events Team
We are so excited to help your wedding plans come to life, we are here for you! Contact us to get the party started with Complete Weddings + Events! Complete Weddings + Events Central Illinois, Springfield, Peoria and Champaign’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services & photo booth rental.