Monthly Archives: March 2016

laid-back and fun shedd aquarium wedding

If you didn’t know, most of the Anticipation Events team members worked at Shedd Aquarium in the past, so when we get a chance to do a Shedd wedding and the bride is a marine mammal trainer, we dive right in! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun…) We loved working with Elizabeth + Joe at our old and always amazing beautiful stomping grounds.

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Elizabeth + Joe started the day getting ready at another Chicago icon, the Palmer House Hotel, before heading to St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in the Gold Coast for their ceremony. Since Elizabeth’s cousin is also an amazingly talented wedding photographer, she snapped tons of wonderful photos and we even got to see some from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

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After the ceremony, Elizabeth + Joe headed over to Shedd for some photos with their wedding party – and a special guest, their Great Dane – before heading inside for a wedding they will never forget. Elizabeth’s trainer friends even put together a special beluga whale presentation for the big day. After that, they traded their wet suits for some party clothes to enjoy dinner and dancing among the fishes!

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*eye candy courtesy of Allison Ragsdale Photography

Elizabeth + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
Reception: Shedd Aquarium
Caterer: Sodexo at Shedd Aquarium
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
DJ: Crossfader King
Hair: Thomas West Salon
Make-up: Gaby Raguso
Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: The Flower Firm

casually elegant ovation chicago wedding

Last August, we had the pleasure of working with Jane + Chris on their wedding at one of our favorite new venues, Ovation Chicago. Chris was a groomsman in one of 2013 weddings (and one of the most helpful groomsmen we’ve ever met), so we were thrilled to team up with him again and meet his beautiful bride, Jane, who we adored just as much.

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Jane + Chris started their day getting ready at The Drake before headed across the street for first look photos in the gardens.

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It was a beautiful day for their ceremony and reception at Ovation Chicago and we were thrilled to work with some of our favorite vendors to make their day absolutely perfect. Plus, we love any wedding that ends with a tamale truck!

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*eye candy courtesy of Misty Winter Photography

Jane + Chris’ Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Ovation Chicago
Caterer: Fig Catering
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Food Truck: The Tamale Spaceship
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
Band/DJ: Style Matters
Hair: Raymond Rodriguez
Make-up: Spoil Me
Photographer: Misty Winter Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: The Drake
Transportation: Top Fleet, Inc.
Florist: Larkspur