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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.)
* 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
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.
Julia is one of our day-of coordinators, and her enthusiasm for parties and handmade details brought her to Anticipation Events. Her friend Katie loves ice cream, so an ice cream social was the perfect theme for her bridal shower.
She prettied up her backyard with roses and mint in vases hung from tree branches, and made huge crepe paper flowers to decorate the chairs (inspired by A Blissful Nest’s tutorial.)
She made five different kinds of homemade ice cream, with edible chocolate bowls and a chalkboard menu. (Beautiful Hello Blog has a great shortcut
for chalkboard lettering!)
The toppings and cupcakes were a hit, but…Not as big a hit as the ice cream! The bride-to-be showed off her ice cream expertise with this pretty sundae.
Julia used her collection of vintage pressed glass to serve sparkling pink lemonade and mint iced tea. A handful of paper straws and a vintage silver ice bucket finished the beverage bar.
The flowers were grocery store blooms with some stems and herbs from Julia’s garden. Mint and sage make great, sweet-smelling fillers! The hanging vases were empty glass baby food jars, wire-wrapped and hung from low-hanging crabapple limbs with ribbon.
The guests took home cake cones filled with Coldstone Creamery flavors from Jelly Belly, each topped with a huge peppermint meringue. Almost too pretty to eat!
Best wishes to Katie, thank you for sharing your party with us!