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

 

classically gorgeous bridgeport art center wedding

Given the frigid temperatures plaguing the Chicago area these days, we decided it would be a perfect time for a little summer eye candy. So… check out Laura + Kevin’s gorgeous wedding held last August at the Bridgeport Art Center!

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Laura + Kevin got ready at the ever classic Peninsula Hotel downtown and then headed to the Bridgeport Art Center for their ceremony and reception. We love how they took advantage of a little rain to take some gorgeous photos!

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Their ceremony and reception at the Bridgeport Art Center was everything a Chicago wedding should be – elegant, classic and FUN! With amazing vendors coordinated by Katie from Team AE, Laura + Kevin were able to enjoy their day stress-free!

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*eye candy courtesy of Erin Hoyt Photography

Laura + Kevin’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Bridgeport Art Center
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Caterer: Stefani’s
Band: The Matt Reed Band
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair: Salon U
Make-up: Arch Apothecary
Photographer: Erin Hoyt Photography
Hotel: The Peninsula
Transportation: Signature Transportation Group
Florist: Flowers by Stem

eclectic cool thalia hall wedding

In March, we were thrilled to be back at one of our very favorite venues, Thalia Hall. And with clients like Mary + Andy, we were the lucky one.! Mary + Andy are just effortlessly fun, happy and cool. I mean, any bride that gets down on the floor to have a pep talk with her flower girl and ring bearer before she goes down the aisle is awesome in our book.

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Mary + Andy got ready at the Loews Chicago Hotel surrounded by friends and champagne! Can we just take a minute to stare in awe at that dress?!?!

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We love that Mary + Andy spent time hanging with their friends, family and adorable entourage before the wedding. There’s no doubt…this couple wanted nothing more than to enjoy every minute of the day.

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Mary + Andy’s ceremony combined all of the best elements of a killer ceremony. It was sentimental and sweet with beautiful music from some of their closest friends and even had crowdsourcing technology in the best way possible.

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For the reception, Dusek’s served a family-style dinner that was to die for and the crowd relaxed and danced the night away…even the turkey. Yes, there was a man-turkey.

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*eye candy courtesy of Jentri Colello Photography

Mary + Andy’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Band: The Fat Babies
Photographer: Jentri Colello Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair & Make-up: Friend of the Couple
Hotel: Loews Chicago Hotel
Florist: Swansons Blossoms Shop

 

winter garden wedding at a new leaf

Jackie + Jon’s winter wedding was everything a winter wedding in Chicago should be… lush, tropical and warm. Wait, what? Chicago winters aren’t any of those things? Well, when you get married at A New Leaf it is!

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We were lucky enough to help Jackie + Jon plan from the very beginning and they were so totally chill, and get a load of that sapphire ring! Love. After that, they went to Lincoln Park Conservatory for first look photos in the most tropical location they could find in Chicago in January.

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A few small touches beautified the space. Vintage rentals for the cake table from Nimble Well, truffles from Katherine Anne Confections and deep purple linens with jewel tone flowers. Winter weddings are the best.

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*eye candy courtesy of the only person we know whose feet don’t sweat, Julia Franzosa Photography

Jackie + Jon’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: A New Leaf
Caterer: Hearty Boys
DJ: Style Matters
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Planner + Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Bittersweet
Hair & Make-up: Rachel Reiman
Stationary: Spilled Ink Press
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Vintage Rentals: Nimble Well
Florist: A New Leaf
Favors: Katherine Anne Confections

styled shoot at thalia hall

So fun to finally get to share all of the pictures from this styled shoot we did at Thalia Hall before it was renovated and open to the public! An amazing crew of vendors pitched in to create one of my very favorite shoots ever. We coordinated and styled all of this amazingness, which I always find so amazing to see it all come together. Watch the video here and check out the feature on Burnetts Boards here.

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Thalia Hall Styled Shoot Vendors:
Venue: Thalia Hall
Concept, Style and Coordination: Anticipation Events
Food: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Drinks: Punch House Chicago
Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography
Videography: Poetic Productions
Floral: Forget Me Knodt
Wedding Gowns: Mignonette Bridal and Alyssa Kristin Bridal
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Makeup: Megan Kind for Chicago Ave. Salon
Hair: Debra Petrielli
Vintage Rentals: re:find Joy
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linen: BBJ Linen
Brides: Devon Sinead Thompson & Grace O’Neill
Groom: Pete Falknor
Jewelry: Redefined Design
Veils: Plume and Lace