About Me

Hi! I'm Madeline Ralph, the 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 currently work part-time as the Events Coordinator for Jonah's Seafood House & 2601 Oyster Bar, and as a Wedding Assistant for the Diocese of Peoria. I have planned over 100 events for Jonah's, all of which include a catered lunch or dinner service.


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. We now have a four-year-old daughter, Catherine, and a two-year-old son, Daniel! We love hanging out with our family & friends, drinking coffee (lots of it!), and cheering for Chelsea F.C., the St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Illinois basketball team!