Happy Anniversary, Anticipation Events!

Julia here, taking over the blog to wish Anticipation Events a very happy five year anniversary!

Five years ago, my wedding was one of Elizabeth’s first with Anticipation Events.  She was caught in several photos, always with a big smile on her face.  (Despite my being “one of the craftiest brides [she] has ever met.”) She was amazing then, and has kept that same great attitude even while juggling multiple weddings in a weekend.

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Over the last several years Anticipation Events has grown considerably thanks to the wonderful couples who have made us a part of their weddings.  Several coordinators have joined the party, and one already-missed summer intern.  We’re a diverse little group, with one big thing in common – we all really really wanted to work with Elizabeth.  She’s a fantastic wedding boss and a pretty amazing #girlboss!

Congratulations, Elizabeth!  You’ve done an impressive job turning your hard work and unfailing positivity into happiness for so many other people.  We think you’re the best, and can’t wait to see what you do with the next five years!

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Britta + Ty were married in September 2013 at a private residence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Some family friends live on a gorgeous piece of property that seems otherworldly, like you stepped into a magazine.  With Britta’s great style (she owns Faithful Roots) a gorgeous setting and a wild and crazy bridal party, this was one of my most memorable weddings from 2013!indie wedding

 Britta’s flowers and dress were exquisite and sweet touches really made the day their own.  They rented vintage furniture from Covington & Co., we decorated their ceremony arch with tons of lush florals and set up paper cones of dried lavender that guests tossed after they said “i do!”

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Tons of personal touches make everything that day so special, Britta’s brother played guitar as she walked down the aisle, their friend officiated the ceremony and Ty’s brothers gave the craziest yet heartfelt toast I’ve seen (let’s just say they pulled up to said toast on a John Deere.)

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We hung a chandelier on a tree over the couples sweetheart table and set up a vintage desk for their friends and family to write their well wishes to the couple at, complete with a framed email that was their first correspondence. (Ty was obviously in need of a BUNCH of vintage furniture and lighting!)  Dessert in the sunroom, portraits by Alexandra Steele Photography on vintage sofas and plenty of dancing, drinks and debauchery make for a wedding day to be reminisced about by friends and family for years to come!

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*eye candy courtesy of one of the sweetest ladies in Chicago, Alexandra Steele Photography

Britta + Ty’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Braise Catering
DJ: Kory Bassett (friend of the couple)
Ceremony Musician: Evan Schneider (brother of the bride)
Cake: Jules Bakery
Hotel: Hilton Doubletree
Photography: Alexandra Steele Photography
Videography: Cashew Productions
Florist: Julie’s Fountain of Flowers
Hair: Nadia’s Salon & Spa
Officiant: Walker Fletcher (friend of the couple)
Vintage Furniture Rental: Covington & Co.
Rehearsal Dinner: Private Residence

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Michelle and Todd were married at The Rookery in August 2013.  As you can plainly tell from this photo, they had a terrible time. Ha! So much fun and lightheartness with these two made for just a lovely day for everyone. Aislinn, girl wonder and coordinator extraordinaire got Michelle and Todd down the aisle and to the party with ease.wedding styling

 After getting all dolled up the bridal party stormed the streets of downtown Chicago so Anna Guziak could capture these amazing shots. I love Michelle’s veil and A Stem Above did an awesome job with their flowers.

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“In 1871, the Great Fire ravaged Chicago. While devastating, it launched a building boom that pushed architectural experimentation and advancement that put Chicago at the forefront of progress. The Rookery was one of the resulting masterpieces of commercial architecture.” This building is stunning to say the least.

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Shades of purple, adorned the room after the flip and I had the great pleasure of styling out their awesome candy bar.  I appreciate when couples just want “the good candy” even if it doesn’t fit in with their color scheme: Swedish Fish, Rolos, and Sour Patch Kids, yes please!  Aislinn was the perfect match for Michelle + Todd’s glamorous and sophisticated day!

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Ceremony + Reception: The Rookery
Catering: The Rookery
Ceremony Musician: Penny Currier
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: Show on the Road Productions
Cake: Sensational Bites
Photography: Anna Guziak
Hotel: JW Marriott, Sheraton, Palmer House + Club Quarters
Florist: A Stem Above
Make-up: Orlando Barsallo
Hair: Robert Jeffery
Officiant: Fr. Gregory Zimmerman
Rehearsal Dinner: Orsos

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Emily + Dan were married in October at one of my favorite hotels in the city: The Blackstone Hotel. There is so much character and jaw-dropping architecture in that one Michigan Avenue building. Doesn’t hurt to have the loveliest bride to casually perch on the sill of a stunning art deco window for a snap either!wedding planners chicago

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Our lovely neighbor Meg over at Pistil & Vine did an amazing job with the flowers which brought the perfect pop of color to the room.  Emily and Dan were married under a chuppah that was fashioned from lace from the wedding dresses and veils of their families, all sewn together to make something new for Emily and Dan and the start of their future.

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These guys partied all night long.  It’s always so fun for us to watch our couples kick back, after all the “stuff” is done: the toasts, the first dances, the thank you’s the cake cutting.  We turn down the lights, turn up the music and let them loose onto the dance floor for the last couple of hours of the night and it’s so fun to see everyone get down.  The grandparents, the little guys and the bride and groom, it’s party time and those chandeliers on the ceiling of The Blackstone Hotel make a beautiful backdrop for dancin’.  Many happy days ahead for Emily, Dan and their little puppy dog!

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Emily + Dan’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: The Blackstone Hotel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: Charizma Entertainment 
Cake: Cake Chicago
Photography: George Street Photo
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Hair: Sonia Roselli
Rehearsal Dinner: Portillo’s

apartment therapy feature!

It’s still amazing to me, almost six months after the fact that my home and work space was featured on Apartment Therapy.  Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution I try to make a list of ten goals for myself for the year.  Some are semi-attainable like “visit a new country” and some are kind of a stretch like “pay off student loan.”  They are work-related, personal, financial, anything goes, as long as it gives me focus for the year ahead.  One of the goals that I wasn’t sure was possible last year was to get my apartment published.  After living here for a year and spending all of it scouring thrift shops, painting, refurbishing and hanging things I was pretty proud of my 1,000 square feet of urban living. chicago wedding planner

 So here she is!  First the living room that bleeds into the kitchen.  A cheerful yellow, a velvet blue couch, some handmade black and white striped curtains that my sweet mom made for me because I HAD to have giant horizontal stripes.  The bookshelf was in my room growing up and when I repainted it, on the back an “E, I love you!” painted by my dad when he was getting it ready for my kiddo room.  My late grandpas’ end table and my late grandmas’ coffee table plus a few new accent pieces to tie it all together.

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The kitchen and the living room are basically one in the same.  I found my kitchen table for $50 at a thrift store and once I stripped that sweet hunk of wood down, she turned out to be really beautiful.  I stained the top and painted the legs grey.  The only other thing I could really fit in the kitchen was my Mad Men-esque booze table and a couple of cheap Target stools I gave a mini-makeover to and painted the legs black.  A couple of easy additions in the form of pictures, a shelf of knick-knacks, changing out some knobs and my up-cycled spice rack and that’s about all the little baby kitchen could handle.

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There’s only so many pictures of a tiny bathroom I can show you.  But here is mine. It’s pink and it’s girly and it’s all good because Walter dog doesn’t even care. Also, I pretty much designed it around the shower curtain and the gold trash can. Not even mad about that.

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The bedroom is where I took on the project that took BY FAR the longest but probably my favorite part of my house.  I painted the whole room a dark grey and then stenciled gold flowers on top of it.  IT. TOOK. FOREVER.  It’s so imperfect but I love it.  My favorite thing is when people in the comments section of the blog said it looked like wallpaper!  A frame wall on top, simple white bedding and a wall of windows: another one of my favorite things about this place.  I refinished a chest-of-drawers (also from my childhood room) and painted them peach, I knew I wanted to incorporate peach curtains which were absolutely impossible to find so I bought white ones from IKEA and dyed those babies in the washing machine.  I have no idea how I did it but they came out so perfectly, but they were exactly the shade I had hoped for.

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And finally my tiny little porch.  It was the last thing I tackled and I don’t want to say an afterthought, but since I moved in in November so I honestly don’t think I set foot on it until Spring arrived in May-ish.  I bought a bunch of plants that I eventually killed, repainted some hand-me-down furniture from my parents a bright red and strung up some lights and an IKEA mosquito net.  It’s most definitely gotten the most love on Apartment Therapy and has been re-posted an absurd amount of times including being the poster child for cheap in the “7 Sources for Budget Outdoor Furniture” article. In addition it was named one of the “Best Balcony, Rooftop and Patio Gardens” and was first on the list of Apartment Therapy’s “Best of 2013 Outdoor Spaces.”  What do you think?  Which of my four rooms is your favorite?

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While Alexis shot one room I nervously sat in the other wondering what she was shooting and if I remember to dust there.  I was so worried everyone would attack me and the space in the comments, but I was pleasantly surprised that most people (who cared to comment) were so kind and complimentary.  You can read the whole interview here and see a list of sources of where I got almost everything in my house on Apartment Therapy.  Thanks for reading along and helping make one of my 2013 New Years dreams come true!