It’s still amazing to me, almost six months after the fact that my home and work space was featured on Apartment Therapy. Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution I try to make a list of ten goals for myself for the year. Some are semi-attainable like “visit a new country” and some are kind of a stretch like “pay off student loan.” They are work-related, personal, financial, anything goes, as long as it gives me focus for the year ahead. One of the goals that I wasn’t sure was possible last year was to get my apartment published. After living here for a year and spending all of it scouring thrift shops, painting, refurbishing and hanging things I was pretty proud of my 1,000 square feet of urban living.
This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city. The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose to showcase the city’s architecture and modern and clean backdrop through a wedding at Venue SIX10. From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day. We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view. Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot. We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!
Floral/styling: Natural Beauties Floral
Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Venue: Venue SIX10
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab
Linen: Private Label Linens
Dress: Jenny Yoo
I had the amazing opportunity to invite some wonderful ladies over one Saturday morning to chat about me and all of the various things I am working on as a chicago wedding and event planner. (I’m terrible at talking about myself and my work, I think, so it’s one of my goals in 2014 to get better at it!)
Kate and Alysse founded and run People with Panche, which is a blog that celebrates women with panache. They define panache as: flamboyant confidence of style or manner; reckless courage. Which I love. Totally love. Reckless courage is my new favorite thing ever. From their blog: “We believe in women, dreams and hard work. We believe in sharing stories, finding inspiration all over the place and having fun like it’s our job. We’re Alysse and Kate, and every Tuesday morning we’ll bring you new stories of young Midwestern women making their dreams come true. These ladies are bringing their passions to life as their jobs, side projects and after-work hobbies. We hope you find inspiration here and choose to do the same.”
We drank some coffee, I showed them around my apartment and we talked about all they jobs I have and why I am so happy having all of them. And of course, Walter did a little growling made the photos a million times cuter.
Read the whole article at People with Panache!
The holidays were no less than insane for Anticipation Events. Between holidays parties to plan, a couple of winter weddings to coordinate and some pretty exciting press we received I also threw together my favorite DIY Thanksgiving party ideas for you in Marie Claire. My first full page article and my first byline in all capital letters. It was a good way to wrap up a great year. Read the whole article here.
It’s true! You’ve probably been inundated by this on TMZ and E! News all week long but we’ve won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the FOURTH year in a row. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for four years but we couldn’t be more pleased to have this honor. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. So 2014, we’re thinking you’re going to be our best year yet, let’s do this.