Ellen Donaghy
President and Principal Event Planner

Ellen came to An Urban Affair in 2008 as an intern, armed with a background in public relations and a desire to plan events with more personality. Her ability to balance her creative nature with a strict attention to detail lent itself naturally to event planning, and she quickly worked her way up to lead coordinator. From there it was a short hop to buying the company in early 2012.

With eclectic tastes and a quirky sense of style, Ellen specializes in sophisticated weddings and events with unique flair. Whether it’s Old Hollywood elegance or ultra-modern edge, rustic romance or rock-n-roll glamour, downtown or the suburbs, from the classic to the contemporary, Ellen is committed to helping you realize your vision and bring your personal style to your special day.

Marcia Hemphill
Consulting Partner

For the past seven years, Marcia Hemphill served as company President and Principal Event Planner of An Urban Affair. Marcia has planned a variety of unique and stylish occasions in Chicago and across the country. Currently, Marcia serves as an executive advisor to An Urban Affair. Outside of event planning, Marcia enjoys volunteering her time with the Junior League, traveling with her husband and trying new restaurants with friends. Marcia earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.

An Urban Affair also works with a team of talented and creative experienced freelance planners, planning assistants and interns.