Julia is one of our day-of coordinators, and her enthusiasm for parties and handmade details brought her to Anticipation Events. Her friend Katie loves ice cream, so an ice cream social was the perfect theme for her bridal shower.
She prettied up her backyard with roses and mint in vases hung from tree branches, and made huge crepe paper flowers to decorate the chairs (inspired by A Blissful Nest’s tutorial.)
She made five different kinds of homemade ice cream, with edible chocolate bowls and a chalkboard menu. (Beautiful Hello Blog has a great shortcut for chalkboard lettering!)
The toppings and cupcakes were a hit, but…
Not as big a hit as the ice cream! The bride-to-be showed off her ice cream expertise with this pretty sundae.
Julia used her collection of vintage pressed glass to serve sparkling pink lemonade and mint iced tea. A handful of paper straws and a vintage silver ice bucket finished the beverage bar.
The flowers were grocery store blooms with some stems and herbs from Julia’s garden. Mint and sage make great, sweet-smelling fillers!
The hanging vases were empty glass baby food jars, wire-wrapped and hung from low-hanging crabapple limbs with ribbon.
The guests took home cake cones filled with Coldstone Creamery flavors from Jelly Belly, each topped with a huge peppermint meringue.
Almost too pretty to eat!
Best wishes to Katie, thank you for sharing your party with us!
Courtney + Mike were married in April 2014 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Being Irish and Catholic didn’t help their guest list numbers and they celebrated with 250 friends and family at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and they partied all night long at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center.
Candice and Bill were married in June 2014 at Hotel Monaco. The funniest thing happened at our final walk through, Bill looks at me and says: ”I just have one more question: what happened when the hatch to the roof got thrown off of the apartment?” I had NO IDEA what he was talking about. It turns out that he was my landlord at my first apartment in Chicago and my jerk roommates broke a piece off of the roof (and then threw it off?!) He said I handled it well, and it’s a good reminder that this big city is really kind of small. And also that someday you might be planning your landlords wedding so you shouldn’t throw pieces of an apartment that doesn’t technically belong to you off your three-flat. He let us coordinate anyway and Laura killed it!
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.
They got ready!
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.
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.
*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
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)
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!”
Eye Candy by yours truly as well as the uber talented Tuan Bui Photography.