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I had the amazing opportunity to invite some wonderful ladies over one Saturday morning to chat about me and all of the various things I am working on. (I’m terrible at talking about myself and my work, I think, so it’s one of my goals in 2014 to get better at it!)

Kate and Alysse founded and run People with Panche, which is a blog that celebrates women with panache. They define panache as: flamboyant confidence of style or manner; reckless courage.  Which I love.  Totally love.  Reckless courage is my new favorite thing ever.  From their blog: “We believe in women, dreams and hard work.  We believe in sharing stories, finding inspiration all over the place and having fun like it’s our job.  We’re Alysse and Kate, and every Tuesday morning we’ll bring you new stories of young Midwestern women making their dreams come true.  These ladies are bringing their passions to life as their jobs, side projects and after-work hobbies.  We hope you find inspiration here and choose to do the same.”

We drank some coffee, I showed them around my apartment and we talked about all they jobs I have and why I am so happy having all of them.  And of course, Walter did a little growling made the photos a million times cuter.

people with panacheRead the whole article at People with Panache!

art institute of chicago + park hyatt city wedding

Pam and Ed were married in June at Art Institute of Chicago and had their reception at Chicago Park Hyatt.  I remember getting off the phone with Pam after our initial call and saying out loud “I want this wedding.”  Fifty-somethings, neither of whom had ever been married and then they flipping found each other.  How inspiring is that?  I loved it so hard and really was so, so happy to be a part of their day.  It was also completely hilarious that Pam kept saying it was the best day of her mom’s life because she was finally getting married. HA. Pam, you slay me.Pam + Ed 28

Pam and Ed had their ceremony on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago.  I had never done a wedding on the staircase there and it was so amazing.  All of the guests watched from above and it was such a cool 360 degree view.

My pal Janessa and her team at Forget Me Knodt made their visions of a forest in the city come to life. Pam and Ed are travel lovers and love to hike so they wanted to bring a touch of that into their sleek city venues.

Ed was the cutest groom. Not only was he heavily involved in the planning and production of the wedding day but he cared so much about all of the little details they planned and that all of their guests had a great time. I was downstairs setting up at the Chicago Park Hyatt that morning, and Ed came down to check on me.  We chatted about a few things and then he asked if he could borrow the dance floor. I set up place cards while Ed practiced his first dance solo.  He was so adorably nervous and wanted to make sure he nailed it.  And boy did they.  It was one of my favorite first dances to date.

*eye candy courtesy of my the lovely Susan Ryan Photography

Pam + Ed’s Vendors
Ceremony: Art Institute of Chicago
Reception: Chicago Park Hyatt
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Chicago Park Hyatt
Sweets Table: Cake Chicago
Photography: Susan Ryan Photography
Band: Matt Stedman Band
Florist: Forget Me Knodt
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Mid-America Club
Guest Hotel: Chicago Park Hyatt

host a thanksgiving party (even if it’s february!)

The holidays were no less than insane for Anticipation Events.  Between holidays parties to plan, a couple of winter weddings to coordinate and some pretty exciting press we received I also planned your Thanksgiving dinner party for you in Marie Claire.  My first full page article and my first byline in all capital letters.  It was a good way to wrap up a great year.  Read the whole article here.

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ukrainian wedding at north shore country club

Areta + Ryan were married in September at Queen of All Saints Basilica and hosted their family and friends for a rocking reception at North Shore Country Club.  They had the loveliest, most classic and timeless wedding.  And let’s just take a moment to say, “DANG!” what a stunning bride Areta was. Dang.

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Queen of All Saints Basilica is stunning.  Inside and out, it’s breathtaking.  And the aisle is so long which is wonderful.  Every so often, I’ll be going through photos from a wedding and find myself in one. Usually fluffing a train, bossing someone around (nicely!) or sweet talking the little ones down the aisle.  Angela Renee Photography caught me pep talking Areta + Ryan’s adorable flower girl here and I am head over heels in love with this photo.

From the venues to the dresses the flowers and the cake, everything about their wedding was sophisticated, classic and clean.  Areta’s aunt was the emcee and her parents welcomed the couple into the reception with a blessing and the korovai.  Korovai is a traditional Ukrainian wedding bread that symbolizes community. It was super cool to see how intricate it is.  It’s adorned with ornaments of baked dough: two birds to represent the couple, and other ornaments to represent family and friends. In the center of the korovai is the “tree of life,” signifying life, fertility, and the building of a new nest. The entire arrangement is surrounded with a wreath of periwinkle, a symbol of love and purity.

A High Society dance party, heartfelt toasts and bottle of hot sauce for guests to take home rounded out an incredible night.  And in my humble opinion, they are the Tapatio to each others’ Doritos.

*eye candy courtesy of my always Indie Wed neighbor, Angela Renee Photography

Areta + Ryan’s Vendors
Ceremony: Queen of All Saints Basilica
Reception: North Shore Country Club
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: North Shore Country Club
Sweets Table: Angela Renee Photography
Videography: Blu Couture Wedding Films
Band: High Society
Florist: Kathie’s Flowers
Transportation: Second City Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner: Quartino
Make-up: Salon V Chicago
Hair: Nika Vaughan

award winning wedding planning in chicago

It’s true!  You’ve probably been inundated by this on TMZ and E! News all week long but we’ve won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the FOURTH year in a row.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for four years but we couldn’t be more pleased to have this honor.  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.  So 2014, we’re thinking you’re going to be our best year yet, let’s do this.

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