eclectic cool thalia hall wedding

In March, we were thrilled to be back at one of our very favorite venues, Thalia Hall. And with clients like Mary + Andy, we were the lucky one.! Mary + Andy are just effortlessly fun, happy and cool. I mean, any bride that gets down on the floor to have a pep talk with her flower girl and ring bearer before she goes down the aisle is awesome in our book.

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Mary + Andy got ready at the Loews Chicago Hotel surrounded by friends and champagne! Can we just take a minute to stare in awe at that dress?!?!

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We love that Mary + Andy spent time hanging with their friends, family and adorable entourage before the wedding. There’s no doubt…this couple wanted nothing more than to enjoy every minute of the day.

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Mary + Andy’s ceremony combined all of the best elements of a killer ceremony. It was sentimental and sweet with beautiful music from some of their closest friends and even had crowdsourcing technology in the best way possible.

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For the reception, Dusek’s served a family-style dinner that was to die for and the crowd relaxed and danced the night away…even the turkey. Yes, there was a man-turkey.

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*eye candy courtesy of Jentri Colello Photography

Mary + Andy’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Band: The Fat Babies
Photographer: Jentri Colello Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair & Make-up: Friend of the Couple
Hotel: Loews Chicago Hotel
Florist: Swansons Blossoms Shop

 

winter garden wedding at a new leaf

Jackie + Jon’s winter wedding was everything a winter wedding in Chicago should be… lush, tropical and warm. Wait, what? Chicago winters aren’t any of those things? Well, when you get married at A New Leaf it is!

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We were lucky enough to help Jackie + Jon plan from the very beginning and they were so totally chill, and get a load of that sapphire ring! Love. After that, they went to Lincoln Park Conservatory for first look photos in the most tropical location they could find in Chicago in January.

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A few small touches beautified the space. Vintage rentals for the cake table from Nimble Well, truffles from Katherine Anne Confections and deep purple linens with jewel tone flowers. Winter weddings are the best.

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*eye candy courtesy of the only person we know whose feet don’t sweat, Julia Franzosa Photography

Jackie + Jon’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: A New Leaf
Caterer: Hearty Boys
DJ: Style Matters
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Planner + Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Bittersweet
Hair & Make-up: Rachel Reiman
Stationary: Spilled Ink Press
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Vintage Rentals: Nimble Well
Florist: A New Leaf
Favors: Katherine Anne Confections

styled shoot at thalia hall

So fun to finally get to share all of the pictures from this styled shoot we did at Thalia Hall before it was renovated and open to the public! An amazing crew of vendors pitched in to create one of my very favorite shoots ever. We coordinated and styled all of this amazingness, which I always find so amazing to see it all come together. Watch the video here and check out the feature on Burnetts Boards here.

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Thalia Hall Styled Shoot Vendors:
Venue: Thalia Hall
Concept, Style and Coordination: Anticipation Events
Food: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Drinks: Punch House Chicago
Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography
Videography: Poetic Productions
Floral: Forget Me Knodt
Wedding Gowns: Mignonette Bridal and Alyssa Kristin Bridal
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Makeup: Megan Kind for Chicago Ave. Salon
Hair: Debra Petrielli
Vintage Rentals: re:find Joy
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linen: BBJ Linen
Brides: Devon Sinead Thompson & Grace O’Neill
Groom: Pete Falknor
Jewelry: Redefined Design
Veils: Plume and Lace

modern floating world gallery wedding

James + Mark’s classic, modern wedding at Floating World Gallery was amazingly intimate. Coordinated by Julia, James + Mark celebrated their 20th anniversary together by officially tying the knot!

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I love when couples get ready together, so casual and like real life, plus who in the hell can tie a bow tie on themselves? A few pictures at the hotel and outside before heading to Floating World Gallery. Simple wooden tables, and lanterns strung up around the ceremony gave some added warmth to the gallery.

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With their pooches in tow and bearing their rings, James and Mark walked down the aisle together. Post dinner, lots of dancing ensued. Classic, simple and elegant, Jame and Mark truly exemplified what a wedding should be all about. Congrats Jame + Mark, cheers to so many more happy years together!gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding

* eye candy courtesy of Carasco Photography

James + Mark’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Floating World Gallery
Caterer: Fig Catering
DJ: MDM Entertainment
Photographer: Carasco Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Photo Booth: Photo Bomb Picture Co.
Bakery: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Hair: Rebellious Beauty Salon
Make-up: Lauren Taylor
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Decor: Millennium Decorations
Florist: Gratitude Heart Garden

 

 

 

urban elegance bridgeport art center wedding

Meghan + Jack’s were married in November at the Bridgeport Art Center and was everything a Chicago wedding should be – urban, elegant, creative, and personal. Friends of our past couple and referred to us by Louisa + Jeff, we’re completely in love with this crew.

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Meghan got ready at her parent’s high rise in the Gold Coast with the most amazing view of the city.  Their first look was on the balcony and was so great. Those red lips!  That bow tie!  Slay me now!

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Off to take some photos around the city with Braxton of Jeremy Lawson Photography at so many favorites: Garfield Park Conservatory, Maria’s Packaged Goods and of course, McDonalds. (Duh.)chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner

Over at Bridgeport we were setting up for total wedding world domination. We’re not sorry for all of these photos below, there are just too many good ones to choose from. Look at this place…

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We helped style this one and with Asrai Garden and Art of Imagination by our side, how could we go wrong? Meghan and Jack love to play board games so we used some in our centerpieces and Meghan’s friend crushed some chalkboard art. Their friends had even made them a customized guess who game with caricatures of all of their friends replacing the original people. WHAT?! I want one immediately.  Seriously, this was a good way to end our busiest, most insane season ever.

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* eye candy courtesy of Jeremy Lawson Photography

Meghan + Jack’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center
Caterer: The Hearty Boys Caterers
Ceremony Musicians: Dan & Emily Duszynski
Photographer: Braxton of Jeremy Lawson Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Florist: Asrai Garden
Bakery: Sam Slade
DJ: Cage + Aquarium
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Sauce + Bread Kitchen
Hair + Make-up: Nika Vaughan Bridal
Hotel: Swissotel 
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Lighting: Art of Imagination