DIY backyard wedding

We just love a good outdoor wedding, so when Jenna + Max asked us to coordinate their wedding at Max’s family’s house in Wilmette, we couldn’t wait! Combine the most perfect, personal venue with some seriously awesome DIY details an amazing band and a fun-loving crowd and you have one of the best weddings ever!

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Jenna + Max started out the day getting ready at their next door neighbors house so they could have a blast hanging out with their wedding party while keeping the wedding venue spotless! When hosting a wedding at a residence, having the neighbors on board is key.

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From there, Jenna + Max headed out with their wedding party for some beautiful first look photos around the neighborhood and along the beaches of Lake Michigan.

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While they were off taking pictures, Elizabeth was back at the house making sure that each and every one of Jenna’s DIY details was in place and it looked spectacular when guests arrived! The biggest DIY however, came courtesy of the homeowners, Max’s stepmom is the most amazing gardener and cultivated some serious eye candy with the big day in mind.

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With the scene set, Jenna + Max were ready for the time of their lives! From the sweet ceremony to the rockin’ dancing to our pals Gussied, Jenna + Max’s wedding was one to remember. When you are invited into someone’s home it’s always a little different than meeting them at a venue. You get to know them a little better, you feel a little more like “one of them.” I definitely fell a little bit in love with Max’s family with all of the time we spent together, and couldn’t have been happier for Jenna + Max.

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*eye candy courtesy of Megan Saul Photography

Jenna + Max’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Food Evolution
Band: Gussied
Make-up: Aglaïa Bridal
Hair: Stephanie Reed
Photographer: Megan Saul Photography
Planner and Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Sheraton Northbrook Hotel
Florist: Four Finches

camp wandawega wedding-reunion

What do you get when you combine fireworks, Camp Wandawega, a grilled cheese food truck, swimming, the biggest campfire you’ve ever seen, merit badges and old school games? The campiest weekend ever and Elena + Ken’s fourth of July wedding extravaganza!

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Elena + Ken’s wedding was more than a wedding, it was really a weekend of fun and family reunion with all of their best friends at one of the best places on Earth: Camp Wandawega. The guests started off the weekend with old school camp games where they could win merit badges created by the couple. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed breakfast on the hill, grilled cheese from the food truck for lunch and, of course, tasty beverages all day. We know, you wish you were there.

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While the guests played volleyball, potato sack raced and practiced their archery skills, Elena + Ken headed into the cabins to get ready. You can’t help but love a beautiful setting like this for getting ready for your wedding day!

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While the guests played and the couple got ready, we made sure each and every detail was in place from the mismatched chairs for the reception to the luminaries for late night shenanigans on the dock.

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Of course, with Camp Wandawega as your backdrop Elena + Ken had to sneak off to get some amazingly gorgeous photos.

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Finally the festivities begin with a super sweet ceremony overlooking the lake and a fun-filled reception followed by a bonfire of epic proportions!

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*eye candy courtesy of Elena + Ken’s pal, Esteban Monclova

Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Caterer: Best Events
Food Truck: Toasty Cheese Food Truck
DJ: criend of the couple
Bakery: Lakeland Bakery
Photographer: Esteban Monclova
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Transportation: Little Red Bus
Florist: Arranged by friends of the couple

classic downtown wedding at howells & hood

Angeline + Roman no longer live in Chicago, so for their wedding they wanted a classic Chicago experience where their guests could enjoy the best the city has to offer. With a ceremony at Holy Family Church and reception at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Building, their wedding delivered just that!

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Angeline + Roman got ready just over the river from their reception venue at the Hyatt Regency Chicago before heading out to take a few photos around downtown. We love that Taz Luto from Heather DeCamp Photography did such a great job of capturing their laughs in these photos! Angeline + Roman were having a blast and it shows!

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After photos, Angeline + Roman headed to the stunning Holy Family Church for their ceremony. It is truly a classic with architecture utterly to die for.

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Following the ceremony, everyone headed to Howells & Hood in the Chicago Tribune building for cocktails, dinner and dancing into the night in the center of it all on Michigan Avenue.

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*eye candy courtesy of Taz Luto from Heather DeCamp Photography

Angeline + Roman’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church
Reception Venue: Howells & Hood
Caterer: Howells & Hood
DJ: Toast & Jam
Ceremony Musicians: Paul French
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hair & Make-up: Pin Me Up
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Fulton Market Kitchen
Transportation: Ideal Charter

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

rustic backyard michigan wedding

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