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Liz + Matt’s fairy tale wedding at Germania Place last fall was definitely one of the most romantic affairs of the season! Laura was on board to coordinate this one and had a blast working with this sweet couple and one of the most organized brides we’ve ever met! 

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Liz and her bridesmaids got ready at her apartment, which she spruced up for the big day with some adorable details to make it super special. We love when people want to get ready at home, what a comforting, fun environment for the morning of your wedding and GREAT memory to have in your house!

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When Liz first moved to Chicago, she lived at the Belden Stratford, so this was the perfect place for her first look photos with Matt. Liz’s dad also couldn’t wait to see her all dressed up for the big day, so Liz did a mini first look session with him too, which is just too cute! After that, Liz + Matt headed out with their wedding party for photos against the beautiful and iconic background of Lincoln Park.

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Liz is a project manager and she project managed the heck out of her wedding! Every little detail was perfect and she had the day planned out perfectly. Liz and her mom put together all of the wedding details themselves and they could not be more beautiful and personal. For their guest book, friends and family wrote notes on fabric squares that will be made into a quilt to keep forever. In keeping with the romantic overload of this gorgeous day, dramatic floral arrangements and candelabras adorned  purple linens and provided wine glass favors for all of their guests.

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Liz and her wedding party walked down the aisle to Christina Perri’s song, A Thousand Years. Liz entered right as the song hit its crescendo and the entire room was in tears. 

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The couple ended the night on the dance floor – twirling away the evening into their very own happily ever after.

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*eye candy courtesy of Cristina G Photography

Liz + Matt’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Germania Place
Caterer: Kenmare Catering
Photographer: Cristina G Photography
Videographer: Well Spun Videography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Florist: Fleur du Jour
Bakery: Twisted Baker
DJ: Toast & Jam
Transportation: Chi Town Limo, Windy City Limo and Deluxe Chicago Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Tarantino’s Restaurant
Hair & Make-up: Hairspray Revolution
Hotel: Marriott Downtown
Draping: Drape Kings
Officiant: Eric Metcalf of Community Christian Church
First Look Location: Belden Stratford

delightful danada house wedding

Maura + Aaron had the most delightful summer wedding at the Danada House in Wheaton last year.  A little bit preppy and a lot classic, their wedding photos will be timeless FOREVER!

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Maura and Aaaron got ready for the big day with their nearest and dearest. We are weirdly obsessed with the picture of Maura in her rollers when she’s getting ready. We just adore those shots by Ryan Moore Photography.

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After their very first look at each other all dolled up in their wedding best, Maura, Aaron, Ryan Moore Photography, and Charlie Hilbrant Films took to the streets for some photos. Navy, pink and ALL OF THE GREEN, colors on absolute POINT!

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When they arrived at Danada House, they signed their handmade ketubbah and we sent them down the aisle to say “i do!” After they did, (ha!) we were ready to party!  We invited them into the “house” portion of Danada House for cocktails and appetizers while our team along with team Food Evolution flipped the room. It was the first time the crew at Danada House had ever seen the room flipped but it was well worth the woman-power that went into it. We helped them find a lot of their vendors, so we knew what a group of bosses we had under the lights!

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Mini ice cream cones, take out noodles and sushi, tray after tray of champagne, literally all of our favorite things under one bright, shiny, star-filled sky!  Maura + Aaron’s wedding was classic in all the right places, with plenty of unique twists to keep their guests on their toes. Thanks to an amazing crew of vendors and to the loveliest couple for an amazing night of love and fun.

*eye candy courtesy of the bearded wonder, Ryan Moore Photography.

Maura + Aaron’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Danada House
Caterer: Food Evolution
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory
DJ: Style Matters
Planning: Anticipation Events
Photography: Ryan Moore Photography
Videographer: Charlie Hilbrant Films
Photo Booth: Magic Moment Photo Booth
Florist: Vale of Enna
Bakery: The Artful Baker
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s Little Italy
Make-up: Orlando Barsallo
Hotel: Chicago Marriott Naperville 

mexican folk wedding at ignite glass studios

Siobhan + Nate’s wedding at Ignite Glass Studios last summer was nothing less than magical, beautiful and most of all, happy. You would never guess it rained just minutes before the ceremony from looking at these bright, sunny faces!

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Siobhan + Nate are the kind of people that you just adore from the minute you meet them and the more you get to know them, the more you adore them. So, it’s only fitting that their wedding is the same way – the more you see of this wedding, the more you will love every bit of it. First, there’s Siobhan’s gorgeous dress and stunning flowers from Jasmine Galleria and then there are the bridesmaid dresses! Hot pink dresses with turquoise statement necklaces?! We approve.

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One of our favorites, Julia Franzosa Photography, captured some great candid shots of the bride + groom and the wedding party before the wedding. Those gentlemen are quite dapper if we do say so ourselves. 

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Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean, Ignite Glass Studios, we were putting the finishing touches on everything for the reception. The couple brought Mexican folk elements in to weave some cultural touches into the day and every detail was flawless. We loved the papel picado banners (that were custom made to include the bride + groom’s names and wedding date), the cafe lights, and the table numbers (based on the Mexican Bingo game, La Lotoria). As if that wasn’t enough… there were also the favors — Mexican pottery collected by Siobhan + Nate for each guest — and the dozens (maybe hundreds) of vases that Siobhan and her mother collected to line the rustic farm tables. And that cake! We have to admit, cakes aren’t typically our favorite elements, but this one from Elysia Root Cake might be our favorite one yet.

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Despite a forecast with ZERO percent chance of rain, Mother Nature kept us on our toes and let it drizzle just moments before Siobhan + Nate were supposed to walk down the aisle…outside. Well, Mother Nature met her match! The team of vendors moved FAST and within minutes we had everything moved inside and ready to go. You never would have guessed that Plan B wasn’t Plan A from these gorgeous photos.

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The rain stopped right as Siobhan + Nate were saying their “I do’s” (Coincidence? We think not!), so the guests headed up to the rooftop deck to enjoy cocktails outside following the ceremony. Siobhan + Nate’s guests rounded out the night with a delicious meal from Fig Catering, late night snacks from The Tamale Spaceship and some of the best dancing we’ve seen in a long time.

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They say rain on your wedding day is good luck and we definitely believe it! Siobhan + Nate are expecting a baby boy in a few months! Thanks for letting Anticipation Events be part of your very lucky and very happy wedding day!

*eye candy courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography

Siobhan + Nate’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Ignite Glass Studios
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Fig Catering
DJ: Style Matters
Rentals: Tablescapes + Chicago Farm Tables
Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Florist: Jasmine Galleria
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Late Night Snack: The Tamale Spaceship
Liquor: Binny’s Beverage Depot
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Bistro Margot
Hair & Make-up: Anna Jackson
Hotel: Conrad Hotel + Homewood Suites

tres chic chicago wedding at thalia hall

James + Cyril said “oui!” at Thalia Hall in August.  A lawyer and an architect, one from Chicago and one from France, these two have enough style in their pinky fingers to pull off the chicest wedding of the year. Thalia Hall was built in the 1800’s and was restored and reestablished in May of 2014 after having been vacant for 50 years. An architectural wonder in and of itself and coupled with James and Cyril being the very first wedding Thalia Hall hosted was just the kind of experience they were looking to wow their guests with.

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They got ready together, which I kind of love. No nervousness or build up, just two people who get up every morning and get ready in the same room doing it on their very special day in fancy suits and being trailed by a photographer. No bigs.  They hit the city and the Pilsen neighborhood for some photos with their wedding party on their way to Thalia Hall.

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The stage was set (see what I did there?!) for a magical ceremony on stage in front of their custom-made neon sign with the most important little word of the day, “oui!” Original wood floors, exposed brick, tin ceilings, there are literally no decorations needed at Thalia Hall. Cocktail hour was hosted in the balcony and dinner on the main floor followed by the most epic dance party with state of the art sound and lights (what else would you expect from a music venue?) and a fog machine might have made an appearance.

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A truly amazing day for an exceptional couple, and we couldn’t have been happier to be a little part of their day!

* eye candy courtesy of Scott Kaplan Photography

James + Cyril’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Thalia Hall
Catering: Dusek’s Board & Beer
Planning + Day-of Coordinating: Anticipation Events
DJ: Jojo (friend of the couple)
Photographer: Scott Kaplan Photography
Florist: Foxglove Studio
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Rehearsal Dinner: El Ideas
Hair: The Suite Spot
Hotel: Swissotel
Linens: BBJ Linens

 

downtown chicago riverfront wedding

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.)

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* 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