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!
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.
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!