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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
With each wedding we see things the guests and couple might not – here’s what was happening while you were getting married!
Anissa’s mom was instrumental in planning this red-white-and-blue Independence Day celebration. She arrived for a walkthrough carrying her notes, her car full of fun things. We toured the event spaces at the Newberry Library together, catching a peek at the reception hall being set up for that day’s wedding.
Wedding day brought the nicest weather in weeks, but the wedding prep was just getting started! We picked up various things from the ceremony site in Washington Park: newspapers, clothing, plastic bags. That cleanup is just a fact of ceremonies in public spaces, especially in nice weather.
One of the fun things about a Newberry/Washington Square wedding is that your processional will stop traffic. Even buses and cabs will wait for a chuppah and some gorgeous bouquets.
The guests stopped for a group photo on the steps while the catering staff waited inside with drinks and appetizers at the ready.
Meanwhile, Anissa was more and more uncomfortable in her dress. We shifted the lacing, pinned the bustle to shorten the back, and after some serious talk we (gasp) took scissors to the hem.
That helped, but not enough to get this bride comfortable enough to rock her reception. So we jetted over to her hotel and scooped up a party dress for a quick change. After that she danced and danced, right up to the sparkler send-off in the park.
Congrats Anissa and Graham! We were thrilled to be part of your day and can’t wait to post the professional pictures!
Dannalynn + Pablo were married in January 2014 at the Prairie Production. I absolutely love these two and have been so lucky to get to see them a ton post-wedding day. They went for a chic and glamorous wedding and they knocked it out of the park.
The snow fell just the right amount to be the most beautiful backdrop to the ceremony and the whole wedding party was dressed to impress. After some photos around the city we sent them down the aisle to begin the next chapter of their love story!
LACE BRIDAL GLOVES! SEQUIN LINENS! SAMBA DANCERS! KEGS OF PUNCH! I don’t really think anything else needs to be said about how wonderfully unique and FUN this wedding was. I think the only thing better is knowing that these two are expecting a baby girl in just a few short months. I lost my mind a little bit when they told me and we couldn’t have been happier to be a small part of their wedding day magic.
*eye candy courtesy of the sharpest shooter in town, Megan Bearder Photography!
Ceremony + Reception: Prairie Production
Catering: Calihan Catering
Ceremony Musicians: JD Music Chicago
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: Non-Stop Entertainment
Cake: Bittersweet Bakery
Photography: Megan Bearder Photography
Hotel: Public Hotel
Florist: Asrai Garden
Make-up: Kat DeJesus
Hair: Haley Meinke/ Salon Blonde
Cocktail Hour Musician: Mark Colby
A little heartbroken over here these days. Our beloved #Sabrintern packed up her downtown abode and headed back to Ohio for her senior year of college. It physically pained me to write that, how absolutely amazing does that sound? One more senior year for me would be a dream come true. I went all “it goes by so fast” and “cherish every moment” and “seriously, never leave” on her at our last meeting, maybe sounding a little desperate after a 17 day stint with no days off and 14 hour work days. It’s all good Sabrina, just like you. As my last demand (nope just kidding, she’s still finishing a few things for me before school starts next week) I asked her to write a blog post on being our first ever intern.
The one question every single 21 year-old college senior dreads to hear is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As always my response is, “I’m actually not sure yet.” Which usually is conveniently followed by, “Well what do you truly enjoy doing?” No matter who you are or what profession you are currently in, you have had the same conversation at least once in your lifetime.
Before this summer in Chicago I’d always jokingly told people, “I want to find a profession that involves attending parties and being surrounded by enormous groups of people I’ve never met.” This “joke response” actually became a reality when I was given the opportunity to intern at a wonderful event planning company known as, Anticipation Events. [Editor's note: it was an unpaid internship, I didn't pay her to say that.] I know what you are thinking, how glamorous it must be to be an event planner! Event planning definitely does have its glamorous moments, but those usually come after hard work and very long days.
One month in and five events down, I already knew I had found something I truly enjoyed doing. Yes, I did have to put beautifully packaged chocolates in front of each place setting (I mean someone’s got to do it), but I was also able to see how to interact with a client, and ultimately how to produce a smooth run of show.
After the first few weeks, I was able to not only observe every aspect of event coordination, but also participate in it. Every single day as an intern consisted of something new. I was given the major task of reconstructing and organizing the company website, as well as updating social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Within the fast-paced world of the event planning industry, I’ve learned how to manage multiple projects at once, which has taught me to always be raring and ready to go! Being able to gallivant throughout the wonderful city of Chicago to various venues has definitely been the most rewarding part. It’s very rare to see how all of your hard work pays off in the end, and attending events is the most fulfilling feeling. Above all, I was able to grasp the wide range of skills you have to possess in order to succeed in this industry.
As you sit and read this post, maybe you’re wondering why I took the time to write this? I wrote all of this to say one simple thing: If you live in Chicago (or actually, even if you don’t…I’m from Michigan) and you want an incredible internship experience working under people who, not only hold their company’s integrity as a high priority, but are deeply interested in your own success, then Anticipation Events is THE place to go!
-Sabrina (AKA Sabrintern)
COME BACK! We miss you already! And we realized we can’t live without a #sabrintern. If you’re looking for a fall event planning internship, give us a shout. We can’t replace her and there are some big shoes to fill, but we’re looking for another perfect match. Send your resume, favorite candy and a little about yourself to elizabeth (at) anticipationevents (dot) com. We pay in Nutella coffee from Ipsento, lots of real life event experience and hugs.