mexican folk wedding at ignite glass studios

Siobhan + Nate’s wedding at Ignite Glass Studios last summer was nothing less than magical, beautiful and most of all, happy. You would never guess it rained just minutes before the ceremony from looking at these bright, sunny faces!

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Siobhan + Nate are the kind of people that you just adore from the minute you meet them and the more you get to know them, the more you adore them. So, it’s only fitting that their wedding is the same way – the more you see of this wedding, the more you will love every bit of it. First, there’s Siobhan’s gorgeous dress and stunning flowers from Jasmine Galleria and then there are the bridesmaid dresses! Hot pink dresses with turquoise statement necklaces?! We approve.

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One of our favorites, Julia Franzosa Photography, captured some great candid shots of the bride + groom and the wedding party before the wedding. Those gentlemen are quite dapper if we do say so ourselves. 

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Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean, Ignite Glass Studios, we were putting the finishing touches on everything for the reception. The couple brought Mexican folk elements in to weave some cultural touches into the day and every detail was flawless. We loved the papel picado banners (that were custom made to include the bride + groom’s names and wedding date), the cafe lights, and the table numbers (based on the Mexican Bingo game, La Lotoria). As if that wasn’t enough… there were also the favors — Mexican pottery collected by Siobhan + Nate for each guest — and the dozens (maybe hundreds) of vases that Siobhan and her mother collected to line the rustic farm tables. And that cake! We have to admit, cakes aren’t typically our favorite elements, but this one from Elysia Root Cake might be our favorite one yet.

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Despite a forecast with ZERO percent chance of rain, Mother Nature kept us on our toes and let it drizzle just moments before Siobhan + Nate were supposed to walk down the aisle…outside. Well, Mother Nature met her match! The team of vendors moved FAST and within minutes we had everything moved inside and ready to go. You never would have guessed that Plan B wasn’t Plan A from these gorgeous photos.

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The rain stopped right as Siobhan + Nate were saying their “I do’s” (Coincidence? We think not!), so the guests headed up to the rooftop deck to enjoy cocktails outside following the ceremony. Siobhan + Nate’s guests rounded out the night with a delicious meal from Fig Catering, late night snacks from The Tamale Spaceship and some of the best dancing we’ve seen in a long time.

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They say rain on your wedding day is good luck and we definitely believe it! Siobhan + Nate are expecting a baby boy in a few months! Thanks for letting Anticipation Events be part of your very lucky and very happy wedding day!

*eye candy courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography

Siobhan + Nate’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Ignite Glass Studios
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Fig Catering
DJ: Style Matters
Rentals: Tablescapes + Chicago Farm Tables
Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Florist: Jasmine Galleria
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Late Night Snack: The Tamale Spaceship
Liquor: Binny’s Beverage Depot
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Bistro Margot
Hair & Make-up: Anna Jackson
Hotel: Conrad Hotel + Homewood Suites

tres chic chicago wedding at thalia hall

James + Cyril said “oui!” at Thalia Hall in August.  A lawyer and an architect, one from Chicago and one from France, these two have enough style in their pinky fingers to pull off the chicest wedding of the year. Thalia Hall was built in the 1800′s and was restored and reestablished in May of 2014 after having been vacant for 50 years. An architectural wonder in and of itself and coupled with James and Cyril being the very first wedding Thalia Hall hosted was just the kind of experience they were looking to wow their guests with.

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They got ready together, which I kind of love. No nervousness or build up, just two people who get up every morning and get ready in the same room doing it on their very special day in fancy suits and being trailed by a photographer. No bigs.  They hit the city and the Pilsen neighborhood for some photos with their wedding party on their way to Thalia Hall.

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The stage was set (see what I did there?!) for a magical ceremony on stage in front of their custom-made neon sign with the most important little word of the day, “oui!” Original wood floors, exposed brick, tin ceilings, there are literally no decorations needed at Thalia Hall. Cocktail hour was hosted in the balcony and dinner on the main floor followed by the most epic dance party with state of the art sound and lights (what else would you expect from a music venue?) and a fog machine might have made an appearance.

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A truly amazing day for an exceptional couple, and we couldn’t have been happier to be a little part of their day!

* eye candy courtesy of Scott Kaplan Photography

James + Cyril’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Thalia Hall
Catering: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Planning + Day-of Coordinating: Anticipation Events
DJ: Jojo (friend of the couple)
Photographer: Scott Kaplan Photography
Florist: Foxglove Studio
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Rehearsal Dinner: El Ideas
Hair: The Suite Spot
Hotel: Swissotel
Linens: BBJ Linens

 

downtown chicago riverfront wedding

Tanya + Sarah got married at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront and it was spectacular. These two were so funny and fun to be around, there were a few times I had to remind myself I was at work!

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They got all dolled up at the hotel and were close byso many great downtown Chicago photo ops. Michael Novo Photography killed it with the photos, so many for me to choose from, I don’t know how in the heck Tanya + Sarah choose their favorites.  One of my favorite florists in town (you can see why looking at those bouquets) Asrai Garden put them in touch with us and I was so happy when they said they had met with a bunch of different planners and didn’t “feel it” until they found us!

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Sarah manages bands and her great friend Aaron Wilhoft sang them down the aisle. I’m not impressed easily but I kind of wanted to be a creeper and ask if he would sing at all of my weddings…I could make you a star, Aaron!  With a few happy tears, some glorious sunshine streaming through the windows, and a Russian blessing from Tanya’s parents, Tanya and Sarah made it official with Anita Weds and all of their friends and family looking on.

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Oh my god, did these guys know how to party. They drank and danced and toasted and spun vendors around the dance floor all night long. Such a fun-loving couple and a wedding that was a dang joy to be apart of. Check out their wedding featured on Equal & Forever, aptly titled “The Princess and the Rockstar!” So perfect, I love it (and them.)

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* eye candy courtesy of Michael Novo Photography

Tanya + Sarah’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Caterer: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Ceremony Musician: Aaron Wilhoft
Officiant: Anita Weds
Florist: Asrai Garden
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
Videographer: Media Mix Entertainment
DJ + Lighting: Media Mix Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner: Sweetwater Tavern + Grille
Make-up: Traci Fine, Fine Makeup Art
Hair: Blushing Brides Hair Design
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Rentals: M&M Special Events 

 

DIY camp wedding at camp wandawega

Get ready for a swoon-worthy wedding! Rachel and Mike were married last June at the beautiful Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin. There’s a reason Camp Wandawega is one of our favorites. And let’s just this this out of the way right now: that dress is to dang die for. 

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Getting ready at camp is not for the prissy. It’s usually hot and with no A/C in the bunkhouses it can be a challenge. But Rachel and Mike’s wedding day was beautiful, a little breeze of Lake Wandawega and an emerald green dress that Rachel kept a surprise from almost everyone.

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Camp Wandawega wedding doesn’t need much fanfare in order to be spectacular. Rachel and Mike had just enough details to complement the setting without overwhelming it. Bright wildflowers, a golden moose or two and cafe lights under a tent on a summer night. Dear Camp Wandawega, can we move in? Will work for turns on the tire swing.

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Their ceremony overlooking the lake was full of personality and happy tears. With friends and family presiding over the ceremony, singing and doing the readings, a wedding ceremony at camp is one of the most intimate spots we’ve found for a wedding.

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As if you needed more proof, John and Maura of Stoffer Photography are incredibly gifted. Just look at these ridiculous pictures of Rachel and Mike.

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We’re obsessed with everything about this place and these two (not a creepy way, we promise!) And after our job was done we went ahead and let them party well into the night while Teresa and David built one of their famous bonfires for the “have to have it” late night s’mores. Congrats you two crazy kids, let’s do this again for an anniversary real soon.

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*eye candy courtesy of Stoffer Photography

Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Caterer: Underground Food Collective
Planning/Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Stoffer Photography
Floral, Lighting + Rentals: Best Events
DJ: Style Matters 
Dress: Veronica Sheaffer
Guest Transportation: Little Red Bus
Hair & Make-up: Brideheads
Rehearsal Dinner: Camp Wandawega + Underground Food Collective
Hotel: Camp Wandawega + Hampton Inn Elkhorn
Vintage Rentals: A La Crate 

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