elegant lakeside wedding at the chicago yacht club

Lauren + Bob said “I do” last fall at the Chicago Yacht Club. The event was perfection with all of its nautically inspired decor and, of course, that beautiful backdrop! 

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One of my favorite things is when someone hires me when they kind of know me. Lauren and I share a mutual good friend and we had met several times at parties and showers for her. People love to talk weddings with me (and let’s face it, I love it too) but I never, ever go into any kind of sales pitch. Mostly because I am a big weenie and I am a terrible saleslady. Lauren followed AE on social media and reached out right after Bob popped the question. All the warm fuzzies happened and before any of us knew it, it was game day!  The couple got ready for their big day at the Hyatt Regency overlooking the lakefront.

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They are not photogenic at all are they?! HA, just a couple of supermodels, no big deal. From there, they headed out around town for some great shots with Heather. A little rain didn’t stop these babes…it only made their photos better. Those boots! That umbrella! Loving it!

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Back at the yacht club against the gorgeous setting of Lake Michigan and a humongously awesome yacht, we helped bring Lauren + Bob’s vision to life. Classic, sophisticated, with just enough gold and sequin to keep my feining at bay.

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It was so fun to plan this with them and while they might be relieved that all of the planning and preparation is over, I wouldn’t mind doing it all over again. Congrats to a most excellent couple on a beautiful wedding day.

*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Lauren + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Yacht Club
Caterer: Chicago Yacht Club
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Videographer: DeLack Media Group
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Make-Up: Aga Kaskiewicz
Hair: Marija Ariana Puljic
Bakery: Just Desserts
DJ: Toast & Jam
Cocktail Hour Musician: Zoie Moser
Violinist: Edith Yokely
Transportation: Classic Wedding Car
Rehearsal Dinner: Trattoria Isabella
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Rentals: Lil Epic Event Design + Melina’s Rentals
Officiant: Chicago Weddings

eclectic-glam lacuna artist lofts wedding

Last fall, we spent a lot of time at Lacuna Artist Lofts coordinating not one, but two, amazing weddings! Laura + Antonio put their own unique spin on the eclectic space with dramatic draping, lighted cocktail tables and, of course, amazing food (after all, Laura’s family owns a restaurant and Antonio is a chef, so a good spread was key!)

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Classic and beautiful, it wasn’t hard for these two to look amazing for their big day. Just a few final touches and they were ready to head to the alter!

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The ceremony at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii was breathtaking.  The church is so grand and made Laura’s walk toward Antonio pretty dang dramatic. (Loving Antonio’s “no sock” look, so stylish!) And of course the collection of bridesmaid dresses looked fantastic together, coordinated but each lady was able to express a little bit of their own individual style!

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After some quick pictures with friend and photographer extraordinaire Julia Franzosa they were off to the party!  We loved their gold flatware. strings of cafe lights and sprigs of green everywhere, it was the perfect combination of glamorous elegance in a very eclectic venue!

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Congrats to the lovely couple!

*eye candy courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography

Laura + Antonio’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
Reception Venue: Lacuna Artist Lofts
Caterer: Publican Quality Meats
Ceremony Musician: Josie Falbo
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Florist: Celeste Romano
Bakery: Bittersweet 
DJ: Maurico Mesa
Transportation: Anees Bader
Rehearsal Lunch: Avec
Hair: Paola Cutri 
Hotel: Aloft Chicago City Center
Rentals: Tablescapes
Lighting: Concept Effects

cinematic wedding at lacuna artist lofts

Tracy + Franklin’s wedding last November was nothing short of cinematic perfection at Lacuna Artists Lofts, proving love is actually all around.

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I met Tracy more than a year before their wedding at Indie Wed and I was so pumped when she kept in touch and emailed me as soon as she and Franklin got engaged!  Tracy + Franklin are anything but average, so their wedding was screaming with personality and COLOR. First, there’s that dress…

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The paparazzi, AKA Jeremy Lawson Photography and Leap Weddings, captured every lovely moment of the day. From Eleven City Diner to the murals of Pilsen, they had their first look and then got some amazing photos and video before the party even started.

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The bride and groom added tons of delightful personal details to their wedding ceremony and reception including sunflowers and the most amazing backdrop featuring minimalist posters for all of their favorite movies. We loved helping them style this space to bring their love of movies and color to life. With all of the blushes and whites and greens of the wedding world, it was a fun departure from the norm to style for these two: I really think we went overboard with color in all of the right amounts!

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Their favorite movie candy, a southern, family-style feast, minimalist movie ticket place cards, video games and a slow-mo video booth plus a packed dance floor meant everyone was happy and the party raged on all night. Cheers to a life chock full of dancing, movies and color for these two!

*eye candy courtesy of Jeremy Lawson Photography

As if that wasn’t enough, check out Tracy + Franklin’s wedding video from Leap Weddings. Why do I always cry when I watch these?! Sigh….

Tracy + Franklin’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lacuna Artists Lofts
Caterer: Wishbone Catering
Band: Ken McMullen’s Dixieland Band
DJ: Toast and Jam
Planning, Styling + Day-of Coordinating: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Videographer: Leap Weddings
Florist: Gratitude Heart Garden
Make-up: Jaclyn Mednicov
Hair: Ramsay Marston
Transportation: Second City Trolley and Aries Charter Transportation
Rehearsal Dinner: Lou Malnati’s Gold Coast
Hotels: Hotel Indigo, Westin Michigan Avenue and Public Chicago
Rentals: Tablescapes
Lighting: SC Lighting Design
Officiant: Rev It Up!
Video Booth: Le Slo Motion Booth by Le Cape
Draping: Drape Kings

romantic germania place wedding

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