a fun-filled ravenswood event center wedding

When we met Amy + John last summer, we knew we were going to love working with them. I mean… look at those photos… you can tell they are having a blast and loving every minute! That, plus, getting to work in one of our fave venues with some awesome vendors – we’re in!

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Amy + John’s first apartment was right by the Ravenswood Event Center, so after getting ready, they started the day with first look in their old hood. We love the photos under the “L” and at their favorite brewery, Begyle Brewing Company.

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Amy + John’s ceremony was stunning under the huge windows of the Ravenswood Event Center and complete with flowers and an arch covered in lush greens from our friends at Pollen.

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After the ceremony, guests headed downstairs for cocktails, dinner and some serious dancing! It was Amy’s birthday, so John and One Night Band surprised her with a special tribute. It was definitely the best birthday ever!

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*eye candy courtesy of Hitch & Sparrow

Amy + John’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center
Band/DJ: One Night Band
Ceremony+ Cocktail Hour Musicians: Artistrings
Photographer: Hitch & Sparrow
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Hotel: Hyatt Place
Photo Booth: Hitch & Sparrow
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: Pollen

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When Laura met Laurie at an art fair in 2013 (and bought one of her beautiful Lake Michigan prints), she had no idea she’d end up coordinating her wedding a few years later or that she’d get to coordinate another wedding in one of her favorite places on Earth – Harbor Springs, Michigan. Get ready for a completely beautiful, handcrafted, labor of love. Strap on your seat belts, you’re in for an amazing ride…

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Laurie + Bret got ready in family cabins in Wequetonsing, a beautiful community of Victorian homes right on Lake Michigan. You could not pick a more picturesque or serene location if you tried! From there, they met up for first look photos before heading down to the beach for their ceremony.

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Laurie + Bret’s ceremony was in front of her cousin’s house on a patch of grass overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Bret’s dad made the most gorgeous nautical arbor, but the highlight of the ceremony had to be the groom’s entrance. That’s right…Bret stole the show when he paddled in with his officiant/brother via CANOE. It was epic.

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After the ceremony, Laurie + Bret led their guests down the street for a tented reception. Laurie (with a little help from her mom and sisters) hand-died vintage linens for the tables and then created centerpieces with wood rounds, assorted vases, and an eclectic collection of flowers. Complete with an amazing menu from Dave Cooper (who came in from Chicago just for the occasion) and music from the Jelly Roll Blues Band, their guests partied all night long.

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*eye candy courtesy of Anni Cee Photographie

Laurie + Bret’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s Family Home
Reception Venue: Wequetonsing Landowners Association Park
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Caterer: Dave Cooper, Bite Cafe
Event Staffing: Northern Service Solutions
Band: Jelly Roll Blues Band
Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Ceremony Musicians: Madz Negro Trio
Hair & Make-up: Vogue Salon
Photographer: Anni Cee Photographie
Bakery: Julienne Tomatoes
Rehearsal Dinner: Julienne Tomatoes
Rentals: Taylor Rental 
Liquor: Gurney’s Bottle Shop

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From the minute we met Carrie + Bob we knew they were going to be a blast to work with, and their wedding in southwest Michigan would be spectacular. They did not disappoint! Carrie + Bob had a a perfect fall day for their celebration at one of the coolest new venues, Sundance Studios, in the quaint town of Millburg, Michigan. Can it get any better? We think not.

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Carrie + Bob started their big day getting ready at a couple of lake houses they rented for themselves, family and wedding party. Not too shabby, we’d say.

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After their first look, Carrie + Bob and their wedding party headed to Sundance Studios to relax, take photos and finish getting ready for the big event. Sundance has the most awesome little cottages for the bride and groom and it was the perfect place for Carrie + Bob to hang out with family and friends before they walked down the aisle.

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Carrie’s brother officiated their ceremony, it was sweet and sentimental, plus THE BACK OF HER DRESS. We’re in love. A little DIY, some adorable ring bearers, and beautiful grounds are a perfect backdrop to the best day ever.

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We absolutely adored working with Carrie + Bob and wish them a lifetime of happiness and fun times together.

*eye candy courtesy of Michael Leaver Photography

Carrie + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sundance Studios
Caterer: C&K Catering
DJ: Bee Entertainment
Photographer: Michael Leaver Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Arclight Brewing & Greenbush Catering
Transportation: Midnight Madness
Bar Service: With a Twist

 

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Go big or go home, right? Well, Liz + Mick definitely didn’t go home for their wedding last October. Hundreds of balloons, twenty-foot live trees and a bagpiper — and that was just the ceremony! Just wait till you see this one. It will blow your mind!

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Liz + Mick started their day getting ready at home surrounded by family and friends. Photographer extraordinaire Andria Lindquist captured each moment beautifully and then took some amazing first look shots on the rooftop of the couple’s Lincoln Park apartment. We just love that they thought of every little detail down to personal notes and gifts to each other that we’re sure will be family heirlooms one day.

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From there, Liz + Mick headed to Covenent Presbyterian Church in Bucktown for one of the most beautiful ceremonies we’ve seen in a long time. With 20-foot live trees lining the aisle and a bagpiper leading the couple out of the church, this ceremony was definitely one the guests will never forget.

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From the church, the couple followed photographers (Andria Lindquist Photography) and videographers (Orange Wedding Films) for some more amazing shots on the lakefront before heading to Northerly Island for a bang-up reception. You would never know from these gorgeous shots that it was freezing with gale force winds outside. Inside the tent was draped in ivory, lush greens lined the tables and chandeliers sparkled while the couple and their friends danced the night away.

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*eye candy by the uber talented Andria Lindquist Photography

Liz + Mick’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Covenent Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: Northerly Island
Caterer: Hel’s Kitchen
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Rentals: Elegant Presentations
Photographer: Andria Lindquist Photography
Videographer: Orange Wedding Films
Band: TVK Orchestra
Hair: Bridal Beauty Salon
Make-up: Gaylin Roberts
Hotel: MileNorth Hotel
Florist: Monarch Florist
Rehearsal Dinner: The Bristol
Transportation: The Trolley Car and Bus Company
Photo Booth: Magic Moment Photo Booth
Restroom Trailer: Service Sanitation

 

 

 

a botanical-filled wedding at a new leaf

We just adored working on Steve + Amanda’s wedding last summer. One sweet couple plus one of our favorite venues equaled one perfect wedding despite the rainy day outside.

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Steve + Amanda started the day getting ready at Hotel Lincoln across the street and took their first look photos on the hotel’s beautiful rooftop overlooking Lincoln Park. Being the troopers that they are, then they headed out in the rain for some beautiful pictures in the park. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. We think that’s because it creates some seriously gorgeous pictures!

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While Steve + Amanda were off in the park, we were busy getting all of their little details in place and everything else ready for them at A New Leaf.

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One of our favorites, Anita Vaughan, officiated the couple’s sweet, sentimental and perfectly personalized ceremony before everyone headed back downstairs for dinner, drinks and dancing.

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*eye candy courtesy of Brian Kinyon Photography

Amanda + Steve’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: A New Leaf
Officiant: Anita Weds
Caterer + Bakery: Big Delicious Planet
DJ: Style Matters
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musician: Steve Vazquez
Hair: TAF Hair
Make-up: NIka Vaughan Bridal Artists
Photographer: Brian Kinyon Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Florist: A New Leaf