Nico and Lala work with brides and grooms nationwide to create exquisitely branded weddings. With studios in both Nashville and Chicago, they service brides nationwide. From custom designed wedding monograms to luxe invitations, menu cards and expertly tailored welcome gifts, we create a cohesive, one-of-a-kind look and style for your wedding day.

Nicole Speake

Nicole Speake

Creative / Design Director

Nico and Lala are Chicago based custom wedding and event designers with a panache for chic and snappy branding.
Both Southern born and bred, owners Nicole Speake and Lauren Staley collaborate on all things creative with their company.
Inspired daily by fabulous prints, thick paper and bold colors,
Nico and Lala are making their southern, yet sophisticated mark on the wedding and design world.
Lauren Staley

Lauren Staley

Sales / Marketing Director

Nico and Lala are Chicago based custom wedding and event designers with a panache for chic and snappy branding.
Both Southern born and bred, owners Nicole Speake and Lauren Staley collaborate on all things creative with their company.
Inspired daily by fabulous prints, thick paper and bold colors,
Nico and Lala are making their southern, yet sophisticated mark on the wedding and design world.
Courtney Fane

Courtney Fane

Senior Designer

The talented Courtney joined us after graduating in 2014.  She knocked our
socks off as an intern and we are constantly amazed by her creativity! Courtney
loves a good themed party and designs the most fabulous invitations and swag!
And this girl can draw like no other!  She’s even created some of our favorite
wedding monograms and patterns.  A fellow foodie/Fireball shot enthusiast,
Courtney fits right in at the N&L studio!
Meghan Freier

Meghan Freier

Marketing / Lead Production

Meghan is our official social media and marketing guru! She began working for the N&L team
in May of 2013, and brings such a positive energy to the studio! We laugh all day at/with her
and she has taught us all about what a “bossy” invitation is: it shows the recipient “who is boss”.
What would we do without someone with such poignancy? All kidding aside, she tweets, she
surfs, and she blogs…and we’d be a MESS without her!

Charming Charleston

While I’ve spent a large majority of my life in the midwest, I’ve always felt that I’m a southern girl at heart. So when the long 4th of July weekend presented itself as the perfect time to plan a summer getaway, my fiancé and I booked a trip to...
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Chicago Summer Guide 2016

        Chicago summer’s can’t be beat.  It is the sole reason we Chicagoan’s bear 6 months of bitter cold… and question ourselves the entire time.  The minute the weather reaches a balmy 60 degrees the streets fill up and the possibilities are...
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Rosemary Beach Road Trip

In April, Lauren and I packed up her car and went for a road trip to Rosemary Beach!  Living in Chicago and rarely being in a car, it was actually kinda fun to relive the days of long road trips…We had plenty of time to catch up, eat junk food (because calories...
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Taking Tokyo

Ohio! Last September two of my very best friends decided to leave Chicago to teach abroad in South Korea.  As sad as it was to say goodbye, I was excited to plan a trip to visit them.  After some back and forth on our meeting destination we finally decided on Tokyo. ...
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Harbour Island Birthday Bash

Flashback to June 2015…I can’t believe it’s been a year since our epic girls trip to Harbour Island!  We had THE BEST TIME exploring the island, making friends with the locals and celebrating LaLa’s birthday!!!  It was a bit of trains, planes...
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Nico and Lala have been a complete joy to work with for both of my daughter’s weddings. We were lucky enough to find them two years ago and used them for everything from Save-the-Dates, wedding invitations, and all the “swag” to go along with our oldest daughter’s special day. Our experience was so positive that we again asked their “team” to help with daughter #2. They listened to our youngest daughter and gave her exactly what she wanted for her wedding. We loved all the enthusiasm and willingness to help us with both special occasions!

Karen Navarre,

Mother of the Bride

Nico and Lala had the vision to design and pull all our wedding details together! They were the absolute best artistic consultants and were so easy to work with. They designed our table numbers, escort cards, welcome signage, our custom monogram, wedding weekend swag, save the date, and our full invitation ensemble plus more.  I can’t even imagine what the look of our wedding would have been without them and all the details they designed.  The guests all raved about how beautiful our signage and invitations were!  The branding throughout was thematic and consistent from end to end!
Melissa Mykulak

2015 Bride