Monthly Archives: February 2013

destination camp wedding at camp wandawega

Lindsay + Bobby were married last August at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin which in an incredible place to visit and a spectacular setting for a wedding.indie wedding ideas

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With a wedding in Wisconsin, a planner in Chicago, photographer in Washington state and a bride and groom in California, it was a huge team effort to see this weekend of fun come together.  Guests were invited to come for the entire weekend and many took advantage of everything Camp Wandawega has to offer: canoes were rowed, archery lessons commenced, s’mores were roasted and possibly a beer or two was drunk between old friends.

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Lindsay and my taste are pretty spot on, so our collaboration was so easy right from the start. From their amazing invitation suite to all of the glorious DIY details, AE’s Facebook feed was blowing up all weekend long.

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With ceremony music featuring Rogue Wave and Q Tip, and a gentle breeze of Lake Wandawega we were off to an amazing start.

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The reception was rocking.  Tons of delicious food served family-style, lots of home and locally brewed beers, dancing, doughnuts and a bonfire at the end of the party.  Perfectly styled and completely in love.  That’s how we like it here at Anticipation Events.  So happy we were a part of this amazing day.

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*eye candy courtesy of the wonderfully talented Sergio at Sergio Mottola Photography

Lindsay + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Underground Food Collective
Tent/Lighting: Sperry
Doughnuts: Elkhorn Bakery
Photography: Sergio Mottola Photography
DJ: Style Matters
Florist: Abundance Acres
Vintage Dishes: Frances Lane
Aisle Poofs: Marcie Lynn Walker
Vintage Napkins: Midwest Textiles
Reclaimed wood bar: Dan Ryan
Dress Designer: Miss Tashina
Suit: Hugo Boss
Handpainted Signs, Boutonnieres + Welcome Bag artwork: Jared Grellner

bad loo loo etsy shop launch

It’s been one of my personal goals for about two years now to open an Etsy shop.  I am always making things and creating things that people tell me I should sell.  It seemed like such a daunting task and for the better part of two years, something that was easier to check off my list always took precedence.  Finally, I whittled down said list to the point where it was getting a little ridiculous to not do it.  And then Indie Wed came and went and I had lots of product and beautiful pictures to boot.

So Bad Loo Loo was born.

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Named in honor of my little sister who my brother and I have called “Boo” since before we could walk and whose nickname for me is “Loo.”  When I do something she doesn’t like, she’ll scold me with a very firm “Bad Loo Loo” in a tone that makes me laugh every time.  Somehow, it just seemed the appropriate name, my alter ego perhaps: a superhero who wields scissors specifically for cutting fabric and 14 different kinds of glue and who could not be prouder of herself than when she gets through a session with her sewing machine without crying.  I imagine her wearing a cape and drinking sangria and using her washing machine to tea-dye everything she can get her hands on.

Here are some things you can buy from Bad Loo Loo if you are so inclined, or just browse around and see what she’s up to as new things will be added from time to time.

If you see something you like, or are interested in a custom version of one of our creations, feel free to reach out to Bad Loo Loo via Etsy or at  She’s always here, causing a little bit of trouble, searching out any mischief she can find and would love nothing more than for you to be a part of it!

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southern charm destination wedding at bartlett barn

Mary Susan + Peter got married in rural Arkansas in October.  Their ceremony was held at a private residence overlooking a cotton field in honor of Mary Susan’s father who worked in them his whole life.  Their reception was held at Bartlett Barn and though it rained intermittently all weekend long, you’d never be able to tell from these gorgeous ‘getting ready’ photos.indie wedding

indie weddingindie weddingindie weddingLots of hands made this wedding.  Mary Susan’s brother built what can only be described as a ‘set’ for their ceremony including doors for the bridal party to walk through and windows all around the guest seating.  It was my favorite outdoor chapel to date.  Mary Susan’s mom gathered cotton, dishes, grew succulents among many other things, and friends and family brought some of the most delicious desserts you have ever seen.  There is such a thing as southern hospitality.  If I wasn’t sure before being a part of this wedding, I am convinced now.

indie weddingindie weddingindie weddingindie weddingBack at the barn we had to scrap half of the outdoor seating as the rain picked up, but the family-style seating along with a few last minute tables we were able to bring in and set-up meant that everyone had room to sit and TONS of delicious southern cooking to fill their plates.  I also got to go hog-wild propping and styling every little corner of the barn, which I loved because this northern girl doesn’t ever get beautiful cotton stalks to play with in unlimited quantities.

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Mary Susan + Peter’s Vendors
Ceremony: Private Residence
Reception: Bartlett Barn
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Carmen Phelps
Desserts: Family and friends
Photography: Angela J. Martin Photography
Florist: The Blossom Shop
Guest Hotel: Mallard Pointe Duck Club

indie wed bridal show at ravenswood event center

What the hell is this Indie Wed thing you keep talking about?  From the horse’s mouth: Indie Wed is THE alternative to the traditional bridal expo.  For those in the midst of wedding planning, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop for all the best wedding artisans and professionals from the Midwest and beyond. Not only is our focus on promoting and supporting small, independent (indie) businesses, but also couples with an independent spirit.”

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 I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the vendors and wanted to make sure that I killed it.  Take a look, if you please, at how it all turned out.chicago wedding plannerchicago wedding plannerchicago wedding plannerchicago wedding planner

 I spent way too long making my backdrop but was really happy with how it turned out. It’s all tissue paper and love.  We had three hours to set-up at Ravenswood Event Center the day before the show and I cut all of the chevrons and fringe then.  I morphed into a bizarre combination of Edward Scissorhands and Martha Stewart, but it was worth it and I finished in the nick of time.  Ryan came to capture some shots for me, caught a few of me in action and I managed to step in front of the table to snap a quick i-phone picture of Katie chatting it up!

I spent a ton of time preparing for the show: tying my business cards to rock candy sticks for guests to take, packing up candy for the “swag bags,” and putting together packets of information about our services that I tied together with ribbon, hand-stamped each envelope and closed with some adorable black and white polka-dotted tape.  Also, Indie Wed proved the perfect excuse to debut my new business cards which I had been wanting to design for awhile.  So cute, right?

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 As if that wasn’t enough to do, for the very first time, I attempted to sell some things that I had crafted.  I was very pleased with the results.  Stay tuned for an Etsy store announcement soon.

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 All in all it was a fantastic day: I met tons of lovely ladies (and gentlemen) some of whom I hope will become frients (client-friends), I sold some things I made and got to reconnect with and meet a lot of new friendors (vendor-friends).  Thanks to Indie Wed for a fabulous show!

*eye candy courtesy of the generous and helpful Ryan of Ryan Moore Photography who not only took all of these lovely photos for me but also helped me hang my backdrop and carry a million loads of my crap up the stairs of Ravenswood Event Center.