Tag Archives: 2012

lindsay + bobby go to summer camp

Lindsay + Bobby were married last August at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin which in an incredible place to visit and a spectacular setting for a wedding.

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With a wedding in Wisconsin, a planner in Chicago, photographer in Washington state and a bride and groom in California, it was a huge team effort to see this weekend of fun come together.  Guests were invited to come for the entire weekend and many took advantage of everything Camp Wandawega has to offer: canoes were rowed, archery lessons commenced, s’mores were roasted and possibly a beer or two was drunk between old friends.

Lindsay and my taste are pretty spot on, so our collaboration was so easy right from the start. From their amazing invitation suite to all of the glorious DIY details, AE’s Facebook feed was blowing up all weekend long.

With ceremony music featuring Rogue Wave and Q Tip, and a gentle breeze off Lake Wandawega we were off to an amazing start.

The reception was rocking.  Tons of delicious food served family-style, lots of home and locally brewed beers, dancing, doughnuts and a bonfire at the end of the party.  Perfectly styled and completely in love.  That’s how we like it here at Anticipation Events.  So happy we were a part of this amazing day.

*eye candy courtesy of the wonderfully talented Sergio at Sergio Mottola Photography

Lindsay + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Underground Food Collective
Tent/Lighting: Sperry
Doughnuts: Elkhorn Bakery
Photography: Sergio Mottola Photography
DJ: Style Matters
Florist: Abundance Acres
Vintage Dishes: Frances Lane
Aisle Poofs: Marcie Lynn Walker
Midwest Textiles
Reclaimed wood bar: Dan Ryan
Dress Designer: Miss Tashina
Suit: Hugo Boss
Handpainted Signs, Boutonnieres + Welcome Bag artwork: Jared Grellner

mary susan + peter + their southern hospitality

Mary Susan + Peter got married in rural Arkansas in October.  Their ceremony was held at a private residence overlooking a cotton field in honor of Mary Susan’s father who worked in them his whole life.  Their reception was held at Bartlett Barn and though it rained intermittently all weekend long, you’d never be able to tell from these gorgeous ‘getting ready’ photos.
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Lots of hands made this wedding.  Mary Susan’s brother built what can only be described as a ‘set’ for their ceremony including doors for the bridal party to walk through and windows all around the guest seating.  It was my favorite outdoor chapel to date.  Mary Susan’s mom gathered cotton, dishes, grew succulents among many other things, and friends and family brought some of the most delicious desserts you have ever seen.  There is such a thing as southern hospitality.  If I wasn’t sure before being a part of this wedding, I am convinced now.

Back at the barn we had to scrap half of the outdoor seating as the rain picked up, but the family-style seating along with a few last minute tables we were able to bring in and set-up meant that everyone had room to sit and TONS of delicious southern cooking to fill their plates.  I also got to go hog-wild propping and styling every little corner of the barn, which I loved because this northern girl doesn’t ever get beautiful cotton stalks to play with in unlimited quantities.

*all photos courtesy of Angela at Angela J. Martin Photography

Mary Susan + Peter’s Vendors
Ceremony: Private Residence
Reception: Bartlett Barn
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Carmen Phelps
Desserts: Family and friends
Photography: Angela J. Martin Photography
Florist: The Blossom Shop
Guest Hotel: Mallard Pointe Duck Club

downtown chicago wedding at the blackstone hotel

Beth + Eric were married this spring at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.  It was through Beth + Eric that I met these lovebirds and was lucky enough to work at the Blackstone twice this year!  Beth and Eric are both super busy lawyers and were planning their wedding from Washington DC.  They both envisioned something clean, elegant, classy with maybe just a little hint of preppy.  The architecture at the Blackstone is no joke and was the perfect backdrop to their white, navy and pop of pink party. Eric’s sister designed the wedding stationery, Beth’s mom scoured the town for flip-flops, ribbons and containers for months and Eric’s mom baked more cookies that I have ever seen in my entire life for their hospitality suite. It was a constant show of support for this couple and a constant parade of so many handy talents!
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I love this first look sequence.

Beth + Eric’s wedding will forever hold a special place in my heart and was the place where my 2012 “memory of the year” happened.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you this story.  It was unseasonably hot in May and once Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful started playing the dance floor was packed.  For hours.  After an hour or so, Beth was hot.  I told her if her crinoline wasn’t attached, perhaps we could take that off and it would be a lot more comfortable underneath all of that dress.  We headed into the bathroom only to be disappointed by the fact that it was not detachable.  She was desperate and overheated and said “what else can we do?”

“Well, I could cut it off?”

(I said pretty quietly hoping she wouldn’t think I was completely insane.)  She said, “Seriously?  You can do that?”  (Whew!)  She was ecstatic, I was relieved and I snipped that crinoline right off of her wedding dress.  Beth was totally realistic about the fact that if she has a daughter one day, she’s probably not going to want to wear it.  Even if she does, it’s easy to add a couple layers of crinoline as a removable layer.  I was also super happy that some nice guests happened to be in the ladies room with us and snapped this picture.  You know, for posterity’s sake.

My brides are the coolest.

*eye candy courtesy of the kind and talented Jen at JWiley Photography (unless obviously instagrammed by me or my friends in the bathroom)

Beth + Eric’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: Blackstone Hotel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Style: Anticipation Events
Catering: Blackstone Hotel
Cake: Take the Cake
JWiley Photography
Florist + Lighting: Kehoe Designs
Ceremony + Reception Band: Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful
Hair: Ginger DeMateo
Make-up: Cynde Cosmetics
Guest Hotel: Blackstone Hotel

eric + mike’s swanky chicago dinner party.

Eric + Mike were married at Public Chicago in Chicago in October.  Full disclosure: Eric and Mike live in Omaha and own an amazing hair salon there.  Eric has been my hair stylist since I was 15 years old.  He loves to tell the story of me running into the salon after a soccer game with a towel twisting up my still wet hair an hour before the Homecoming dance.  So obviously this man can work miracles.  Which obviously this means I love him.
When they told me they were getting married in Chicago I insisted I would coordinate, mostly because I wanted to attend.  I regret nothing.  They flew 20 of their closest family and friends to Chicago and spent the weekend enjoying their company before getting hitched on Sunday.  It was an exquisite event to say the least.  Take a peek.

My buddy!  I love how Pen/Carlson snapped this photo of me seeing Eric for the first time.  It was both odd and so amazing to see him outside of the salon.  Now if I can just convince them to hurry up and move to Chicago (at least part-time!?)


Eric’s vows made Mike cry and Eric was so proud of himself.  Love it!  Since they had just 20 guests at the wedding, they threw a dinner party to end all dinner parties.  Seriously.  It was at least six courses and the Dom was flowing nonstop.  Everyone sat at one amazing table and after dinner they enjoyed the terrace, more drinks and a second helping of dessert.  There’s something to be said for a small and intimate wedding, and this one was quite lovely.

*all photos courtesy of the kind and talented Kiri & Brett of Pen/Carlson

Eric + Mike’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Public Chicago
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering + Dessert Table: Public Chicago
Florist: Botanicals Chicago
Officiant: Chicago Wedding Judge

rachel + joe’s lakeside extravaganza.

Rachel + Joe got married in August in Wisconsin at a lake house that has been in Rachel’s family for years.  Rachel and her family spent summers there and her aunt (who currently lives there) was kind enough to let us absolutely take over the place for the weekend.  It was a serious team effort: Rachel’s family planted and gardened all summer, her neighbors cleared an enormous field so that we could put a tent up, and all of the vendors pulled together to create this amazing wedding in a spot that a wedding was not intended to be had.  The results were absolutely stunning (if I do say so myself.)
The detail that went into their day made it so personal and fantastic.  The ceremony was held overlooking the lake.  During the ceremony both sets of parents contributed their reflections on marriage, their friends provided music and the entire guest list joined in playing kazoos and singing “When I’m 64.”  Immediately following, guests were invited to join in a champagne toast and tossed wildflower seeds into a new garden patch next to the lake.  Hopefully they will be in full bloom for Rachel + Joe’s first anniversary.


For the centerpieces we used encyclopedias that Rachel + Joe thrifted, candles in mason jars they painted and vintage planters full of flowers that served a dual purpose as part of the meal to hold a fantastic cheese course featuring local cheese (hello, Wisconsin cheese, amen) and Door County cherries.  While we’re on the subject of food, I’d like to note that their second course was cheese curds (YES!) followed by an array of salads, sausages, whitefish and farmer’s market grilled vegetables that was served family style.  Everything was organic and sourced from local farms in the area.

After dinner Rachel and Joe shared their first dance, as did Rachel and her dad.  Joe and his mom decided to sing a duet instead of dancing = AMAZING!  Then THREE different bands, all made up of Rachel + Joe’s friends played sets until the wee hours of the morning.  It was a gorgeous night filled with so many personal touches that made it worth all of the added items on the “to-do list.”  A place that holds so many memories for this brand new family, I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it!

*all photos courtesy of my buddy Michael of Michael Rastall Photography

Rachel + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: private residence in Wisconsin
Planning + Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Styling: the couple + Anticipation Events
Catering: Not By Bread Alone

Pies: Not By Bread Alone Cakes: Friend of the couple
Michael Rastall Photography
Florist: Petal Pushers
Band(s): The Dads, The Sunbeams + Matty & James (all friends of the couple)

Tent: Celebrations
Rentals: Celebrations + Biebel‘s