modern chicago wedding at chez chicago

Heather + David were married in May 2014 at Chez Chicago.  They really rallied when they lost their original venue just a few weeks before their wedding.  All of us vendors kind of tried to jump in and help them find a new space and it was weird how it worked out — Heather kept talking about bright, light, open and airy spaces.  I think Chez ended up being a better fit than their original choice and theirs was the very first wedding they had. A leap of faith, maybe, but man did we all have our game faces on ready to throw ourselves in front of a bus for these two. chicago wedding blog

They got ready!

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The old saying goes something like, “you catch more flies with honey,” and I can’t help but think of that every time I think of Heather and David.  They are two of THE. LOVELIEST. PEOPLE you will ever meet and it’s amazing how you can feel yourself going above and beyond for them.  It was an incredible day to be a part of with a rock star vendor team.

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1,000 paper cranes folded by Heather, along with some drape, lighting, floral and a few personal touches made a simple but ridiculously elegant day.  A little bit Chicago city chic, a little bit rustic, but mostly a lot of love, support, and teamwork. An amazing thing to watch and once of those couples that you know if just going to be so happy together, forever.

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*eye candy courtesy of David Turner Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Chez Chicago
Caterer: Paramount Events
Photographer: David Turner Photography
Day of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Florist: Forget Me Knodt
Bakery: TipsyCake
DJ: Toast & Jam
Bridal Party Transportation: Loyalty Limo
Rehearsal Dinner: Pequod’s Pizza
Hair & Make-up: Crizen Hasegawa Hair & Makeup
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Place River North
Lighting & Drapes: Art of Imagination
Officiant: Tim Martin (Friend of the Couple)

indie wed 2014 at ravenswood event center

The only wedding show we ever participate in rolled around last winter and we (per usual) stayed up all night putting the finishing touches on our booth. Indie Wed is one of our favorite times of the year because we get to see so many of our very favorite vendors in one place and get the chance to be creative with only the dimensions of our booth to confine us.

Laura saved the day when I was setting up and my giant, golden “P” popped.  Let’s face it, “Let’s Arty” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Let’s Party!”

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Eye Candy by yours truly as well as the uber talented Tuan Bui Photography.

best thing we saw today: pressed bouquet flowers

Lucy had a brilliant idea to preserve her wedding bouquet in a gorgeous, modern way.

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After her wedding she disassembled the bouquet, pressed the flowers (along with one her husband picked on their honeymoon!) and placed them between glass frames.

lucy bouquet pressed flowers in glass frameThis is such a beautiful reminder of her beautiful day – and one I plan to copy just as soon as I can!

Ceremony photos by Rob Wilkinson Photography, pressed flower photo by the very creative Lucy.

behind the scenes with siobhan + nate

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Elizabeth stopped by Siobhan + Nate’s wedding just as Laura finished putting the final touches on their papel picado banners and clusters of flowers in milk glass vases.  Rain moved the ceremony indoors at the last minute, but the happy decorations kept things bright and cheerful!

destination wedding at st. john ultimate villas

Katie + Ryan were married in March 2014 at St. John Ultimate Villas.  They belong in a magazine, no? (Don’t worry I’m working on that.)  Katie, Ryan and about 50 of their friends and families hopped a plane in the middle of the Polar Vortex and then caught the ferry to St. John. Twist my dang arm.destination wedding planner

Katie and Ryan got married at the Annaberg Ruins, a sugar plantation named by the Dutchman who acquired it in 1758.  For the reception, they rented a house called Villa Kalorama which means “Beautiful View” and it was the perfect setting for their modern beach shindig.

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The truth is, I adore this gal.  Way back in the day when I planned events at Shedd Aquarium Katie was the first person I ever managed.  I must have been 24 years old, and Katie right out of college when we stole her away to the events department.  She and Ryan were dating when I met her so it was only a matter of time before this day arrived.

When I left Shedd to travel and then started Anticipation Events, Katie was the first person I called when I realized I had enough clients to bring on a coordinator.  She is responsible for introducing me to at least three of the people who coordinate on our team now and at she sends more clients my way than anyone.

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As any good planner would, Katie realized her want to take over and direct all weekend long so she brought me on to do that for her.  Katie’s a modern gal and she absolutely did not want a seashell and sand themed wedding so I brought the hammer and made sure she had an elegant, cohesive look to the day without going overboard.  I mean look at these surroundings.

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A million years of happiness, vacations to the island, and frozen painkillers at Beach Bar for the two of you!

*eye candy courtesy of the one, the only Ryan Moore Photography

Ceremony + Reception: St. John Ultimate Villas.
Catering: St. John Catering
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Cake: VI Desserts
Photography: Ryan Moore Photography
Hotel: The Westin St. John Resort
Make-up/Hair: Sugar and Spice Spa
Rehearsal Dinner: Joe’s Rum Hut