Meet the Team

Hi! I'm Madeline Ralph, the owner and lead wedding planner behind Greater Joy Events. I have found so much joy in helping others plan their special events in the past, and I know I can bring you even greater joy when planning your dream wedding day! I would be so honored to help you feel relaxed, excited, and confident when planning - and eventually enjoying - one of the most memorable days of your life!


After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Information Systems and a degree in Business Administration, I worked as a Project Manager at Deloitte. I managed the staffing, budgets, and timelines of a wide range of projects - from limited budgets with four staff members to multi-million-dollar budgets with fifty+ staff members. I loved the hustle and bustle of Chicago, but big city life ultimately wasn't for us!


Born and raised in Central Illinois, my husband Tate and I knew we wanted to move back to the area when we started our family. I left my job at Deloitte to work as the Events Coordinator for Jonah's Seafood House & 2601 Oyster Bar and as a Wedding Assistant for the Diocese of Peoria. After gaining experience planning over 100 events for Jonah's, I decided to go full-time with Greater Joy Events!


We now have a six-year-old daughter, Catherine, a three-year-old son, Daniel, and are expecting a baby boy in July! We love hanging out with our family & friends, trying out new restaurants in Peoria, and drinking (lots of) coffee. We are avid sports fans, from the English Premier League to the MLB (go Cardinals!) to College Basketball (huge University of Illinois fans). We love it all! I look forward to getting to know you and your family & friends - being a wedding planner gives me the unique opportunity to get to know you, which I absolutely love! 

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My name is Carly Heck, and I am so excited to help you plan your dream wedding and make it the most memorable day! My entire life, I have loved to plan. There is no greater joy to me than creating a plan and seeing it through. I would be thrilled to be able to assist on your special day in any way!


I graduated from the University of Illinois in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in business. I interned on campus as a Marketing Intern, and during the summers as a Social Media Manager intern, a Public Relations intern and a Field Development intern for a nonprofit organization. I am currently an Associate Service and Solutions Representative at RLI Insurance and serve on the committee for Harvest Moon, a St. Jude event. I love connecting with people and helping to plan events of all shapes and sizes.

Want to get to know us more? You can schedule your initial consultation by contacting us now! Our initial consultation is completely free and there are no strings attached. Let's meet up for coffee and get to know each other - and talk about planning your dream wedding!

To take a look at our experience planning and coordinating past weddings, take a look at our Portfolio. Our calendar is filling up quickly, so don't wait to contact us to see if your date is available!