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carnival chic wedding at salvage one

Francine + Dan were married in December at Salvage One and partied with their friends and family at their carnival chic reception. We had the pleasure of coordinating and styling their day and we brought out the big guns at this, our last wedding of the year.

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These gorgeous photos were taken by Anni of Anni Cee Photographie.  A year an a half before we collaborated on Francine + Dan’s wedding, Anticipation Events had the extreme pleasure of coordinating for Anni and her husband Ross at Salvage One.  It felt like coming full circle, and I love that I get to see her and work with her on the vendor side of things for many years to come.

We not only coordinated for Francine + Dan, but we helped them create a unique style for their wedding. Salvage One is so wonderfully eclectic that we were careful not to over-do things, but still wanted to create a whimsical story and space for their guests.  Handmade table runners to give each table a little pop of color, simple gold table numbers, old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottle escort cards, and rolls of vintage raffle tickets propped up flowers that Francine’s aunt brought all the way from California.  We hung metal hot air balloons whose baskets were filled with flowers above each table and I brought Julia and Laura help create a top-drop (like a backdrop, but over your head?!) of fringed crepe paper and cafe lights. I love how it turned out and the way it photographed!

It was our last wedding of the year and a fantastic way to end our best year yet.  We worked with the most wonderful vendors and had the loveliest clients.  And a little carnival chic never hurt anybody on a bright and snowy December day.  Congrats Francine + Dan!

*eye candy courtesy of my past client and current friend, Anni Cee Photographie

Francine + Dan’s Vendors
Ceremony: + Reception: Salvage One
Styling: Anticipation Events
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Unforgettable Edibles
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Photography: Anni Cee Photographie
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Francine’s Aunt Jasmin
Hair & Make-up: Chicago Ave. Salon
Officiant: Father Jef

a bicycle built for two. (part two)

Remember these save-the-dates?  Well the invites and place cards have been made, sent and the party has been had for this happy couple!

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The Fay’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in upstate New York at the end of July.  Here’s how the rest of the invitation suite turned out.  Mighty fine, I’d say!

And they lived happily ever after!

the art of marriage.

Look at me go, blogging away these days.  I thought you might like to see these invitations I made for Megan’s bridal shower.  She is an artist at heart and we played off of that for her party.  I also got to whip out the watercolors for this one, which hasn’t happened since at least 1998, so that was fun.  And yes, I did borrow some paint swatches from Home Depot, but I bet someone going to this party will be inspired to paint their powder room blush. I found a little quote that I used at the bottom, “art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” So true. xo

Megan Bridal Shower 1

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hank the tank learns the alphabet

So I have this friend who is a twin.  We met in second grade, well, I actually met her twin sister Lindsey because Lindsey was in my class.  I didn’t even know there was another one when I did the unthinkable: I invited Lindsey but not Melissa to my second grade birthday party.  In my defense (besides the defense where I didn’t know she existed) who invites people to their birthday parties when they have never met?  Needless to say, my birthday party was killer and she never got over it.  Luckily, she has let me spend the past 25 or so years making up for it.

So when she found out she was expecting, you know I got on that like white on rice.  Take a little look-see at the invitations that I made for her baby shower.  Hank’s nursery has an alphabet/ transportation theme and Melissa painted an incredible mural on one of the walls, so I used that as my inspiration.  Behold: B is for boy.

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Hank 2

a bicycle built for two.

I recently had the pleasure of creating some save-the-dates for a 50th anniversary party happening this summer in upstate New York.  Inspired by a photo from Anne & John Fay’s 1963 wedding in County Kildare, Ireland I designed the piece to take a page from a photo album of yesteryear.  Using a whimsical font, black and white photo prints, photo corners and luxurious letterpress we certainly set the mood for what will be quite the celebration.  A #10, fig, paper source envelope and wraparound mailing labels completed the package.  The Fay’s have been known to tool around town on their bicycle built for two and have enjoyed a bit of notoriety for it, so we paid a little homage to this most amazing pastime.  Hope you like them as much as I do!

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