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 

an ice cream social, backyard bridal shower

gorgeous city wedding at chicago cultural center

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. chicago wedding planner

Courtney and Mike had a combined wedding party of 28 friends and family.  It was quite a group to coordinate but it had to be a blast to get ready with that many of your favorite people in one room.

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My sweet colleague Katie at The Savvy Event planned with the couple and as their wedding day got closer, and she got further and further along in her pregnancy, she realized she needed to call in some back-up because it was a day FULL of running around. Laura, Julia and I all pitched in to help get set up and make sure everything was perfect.

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I think I can officially say that Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the most gorgeous chapel in the city and the detail shots taken at the Chicago Cultural Center were absolutely gorgeous. So many lovely details Mike + Courtney incorporated, proving you can make a large wedding personal and unique. Cake pop escort cards, tons of sweets from Sweet Mandy B’s, that gorgeous domed ceiling, late night food from three of their favorite haunts and then of course, the bagpipers showed up!

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*eye candy courtesy of Olivia Leigh Photographie

Ceremony: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Reception: Chicago Cultural Center
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Ceremony Musicians: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Planning: The Savvy Event
Band: Indigo
Cake: Bittersweet
Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Videography: Smiling Toad
Hotel: Hyatt Regency
Florist: Fleur du Jour
Make-up/Hair: Crizen Hasegawa Hair & Makeup
Rentals: Halls
Lighting: Sound Investment AV
Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s – Downtown Chicago
Sweets Table: Sweet Mandy B’s
Bridal Party/Guest Transportation: Windy City Limo
Officiant: Fr. Francis Bitterman

downtown chicago wedding at hotel monaco

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!wedding event planner

Hotel Monaco was amazing to work with and Candice and Bill were so fun. Candice was super easy to work with and incredibly organized, which always makes our job so much easier!

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They even brought their pot-belled pig Rosie to cocktail hour for a little while.  If you’ve never oogled over a little pig in a cocktail dress, you really should try it sometime. She is adorable and Candice and Bill are crazy in love with her (and each other!)

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They chose a bold yet classic color palette, they incorporated the things are are so very special to them, and then with a little help from their amazing band 16 Candles, they danced the night away! Truly the recipe for a great party and an amazing life together!

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Let’s hang out downtown again this summer yeah? Congrats to Candice + Bill on an amazing party and best wishes for a very happy life together (with Rosie!)

*eye candy courtesy of Cage and Aquarium

Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Monaco
Catering: Hotel Monaco
Ceremony Musicians: Jennifer Ruggieri
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: 16 Candles
Cake: Alliance Bakery
Photography: Cage and Aquarium
Hotel: Hotel Monaco + Sheraton
Florist: Pistil and Vine
Make-up/Hair: Morgan Brown (Bridesmaid)
Rehearsal Dinner: Morton’s Steakhouse
Post-Wedding Brunch: McCormick & Schmick’s
Cocktail Hour Musician: Jennifer Ruggieri
Officiant: Anita Destino

modern chicago wedding at chez chicago

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. chicago wedding blog

They got ready!

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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.

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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.

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*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
Bakery: TipsyCake
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)