a botanical-filled wedding at a new leaf

We just adored working on Steve + Amanda’s wedding last summer. One sweet couple plus one of our favorite venues equaled one perfect wedding despite the rainy day outside.

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Steve + Amanda started the day getting ready at Hotel Lincoln across the street and took their first look photos on the hotel’s beautiful rooftop overlooking Lincoln Park. Being the troopers that they are, then they headed out in the rain for some beautiful pictures in the park. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. We think that’s because it creates some seriously gorgeous pictures!

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While Steve + Amanda were off in the park, we were busy getting all of their little details in place and everything else ready for them at A New Leaf.

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One of our favorites, Anita Vaughan, officiated the couple’s sweet, sentimental and perfectly personalized ceremony before everyone headed back downstairs for dinner, drinks and dancing.

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*eye candy courtesy of Brian Kinyon Photography

Amanda + Steve’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: A New Leaf
Officiant: Anita Weds
Caterer + Bakery: Big Delicious Planet
DJ: Style Matters
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musician: Steve Vazquez
Hair: TAF Hair
Make-up: NIka Vaughan Bridal Artists
Photographer: Brian Kinyon Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Florist: A New Leaf

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Nicole + Michael’s wedding last summer was nothing short of glamorous perfection.

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Nicole + Michael started the day getting ready and taking first look photos at the JW Marriott.It was one of those days in Chicago where she can’t decide what weather to stick with. It rained, it stopped, it thundered, then the sun shone. Their ceremony was supposed to be held at the Rose Garden at Buckingham fountain but with no shelter in sight, it was a risk. We waited until the very last minute to decide and finally called it and moved the ceremony to The Rookery. But when your “Plan B” looks like that, we’d say you’re winning.

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It was elegant, classic and timeline. All of the gorgeous details made for a truly romantic setting for Nicole and Michael to start their marriage off right! A fabulous vendor team and a host of guests, who were ready to party!

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*eye candy courtesy of the great Michael Novo Photography

Nicole + Michael’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Rookery
Caterer: Jewell Catering
Ceremony Musician: Symphony Sounds
DJ: Something 2 Dance 2
Hair + Make-up: Magnificent Bride
Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: JW Marriott
Transportation: Chicago Trolley
Florist: Natural Beauties Floral
Decor: Art of Imagination

art deco inspired thalia hall wedding

Cleary, we just can’t get enough Thalia Hall weddings! But who can blame us? Killer vendor team? Check. Fun fabulous couple? Check. Gorgeous unforgettable wedding? Check, check! Hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as we do!

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Melissa + Eric started their day getting ready at the Palmer House Hotel before heading out to the crazy Chicago wilderness for some photos. We love any couple that’s up for trekking through some obstacles to take amazing shots, but these guys embraced it in a whole new way.

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From there, Melissa + Eric headed to Thalia Hall for a sweet, sentimental ceremony, amazingly delicious dinner and, of course, to dance the night away! Thalia Hall has exposed brick, amazing patina on the walls and a dramatic chandelier in the entry, which is one of the reasons we love it so much: you really don’t need to decorate it. Melissa and her dad shimmied to a Blues Brothers homage, guests took snaps in front of their harvest moon, and that bouquet: StemLine Creative CRUSHED it!

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*eye candy courtesy of Ryan Moore Photography

Melissa + Eric’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s
Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
Band/DJ: Style Matters
Hair: Hair by Jenny B
Make-up: Makeup by Ioana
Photographer: Ryan Moore Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Florist: StemLine Creative

laid-back and fun shedd aquarium wedding

If you didn’t know, most of the Anticipation Events team members worked at Shedd Aquarium in the past, so when we get a chance to do a Shedd wedding and the bride is a marine mammal trainer, we dive right in! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun…) We loved working with Elizabeth + Joe at our old and always amazing beautiful stomping grounds.

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Elizabeth + Joe started the day getting ready at another Chicago icon, the Palmer House Hotel, before heading to St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in the Gold Coast for their ceremony. Since Elizabeth’s cousin is also an amazingly talented wedding photographer, she snapped tons of wonderful photos and we even got to see some from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

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After the ceremony, Elizabeth + Joe headed over to Shedd for some photos with their wedding party – and a special guest, their Great Dane – before heading inside for a wedding they will never forget. Elizabeth’s trainer friends even put together a special beluga whale presentation for the big day. After that, they traded their wet suits for some party clothes to enjoy dinner and dancing among the fishes!

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*eye candy courtesy of Allison Ragsdale Photography

Elizabeth + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
Reception: Shedd Aquarium
Caterer: Sodexo at Shedd Aquarium
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
DJ: Crossfader King
Hair: Thomas West Salon
Make-up: Gaby Raguso
Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: The Flower Firm

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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