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DIY backyard wedding

We just love a good outdoor wedding, so when Jenna + Max asked us to coordinate their wedding at Max’s family’s house in Wilmette, we couldn’t wait! Combine the most perfect, personal venue with some seriously awesome DIY details an amazing band and a fun-loving crowd and you have one of the best weddings ever!

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Jenna + Max started out the day getting ready at their next door neighbors house so they could have a blast hanging out with their wedding party while keeping the wedding venue spotless! When hosting a wedding at a residence, having the neighbors on board is key.

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From there, Jenna + Max headed out with their wedding party for some beautiful first look photos around the neighborhood and along the beaches of Lake Michigan.

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While they were off taking pictures, Elizabeth was back at the house making sure that each and every one of Jenna’s DIY details was in place and it looked spectacular when guests arrived! The biggest DIY however, came courtesy of the homeowners, Max’s stepmom is the most amazing gardener and cultivated some serious eye candy with the big day in mind.

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With the scene set, Jenna + Max were ready for the time of their lives! From the sweet ceremony to the rockin’ dancing to our pals Gussied, Jenna + Max’s wedding was one to remember. When you are invited into someone’s home it’s always a little different than meeting them at a venue. You get to know them a little better, you feel a little more like “one of them.” I definitely fell a little bit in love with Max’s family with all of the time we spent together, and couldn’t have been happier for Jenna + Max.

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*eye candy courtesy of Megan Saul Photography

Jenna + Max’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Food Evolution
Band: Gussied
Make-up: Aglaïa Bridal
Hair: Stephanie Reed
Photographer: Megan Saul Photography
Planner and Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Sheraton Northbrook Hotel
Florist: Four Finches

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When Laura met Laurie at an art fair in 2013 (and bought one of her beautiful Lake Michigan prints), she had no idea she’d end up coordinating her wedding a few years later or that she’d get to coordinate another wedding in one of her favorite places on Earth – Harbor Springs, Michigan. Get ready for a completely beautiful, handcrafted, labor of love. Strap on your seat belts, you’re in for an amazing ride…

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Laurie + Bret got ready in family cabins in Wequetonsing, a beautiful community of Victorian homes right on Lake Michigan. You could not pick a more picturesque or serene location if you tried! From there, they met up for first look photos before heading down to the beach for their ceremony.

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Laurie + Bret’s ceremony was in front of her cousin’s house on a patch of grass overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Bret’s dad made the most gorgeous nautical arbor, but the highlight of the ceremony had to be the groom’s entrance. That’s right…Bret stole the show when he paddled in with his officiant/brother via CANOE. It was epic.

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After the ceremony, Laurie + Bret led their guests down the street for a tented reception. Laurie (with a little help from her mom and sisters) hand-died vintage linens for the tables and then created centerpieces with wood rounds, assorted vases, and an eclectic collection of flowers. Complete with an amazing menu from Dave Cooper (who came in from Chicago just for the occasion) and music from the Jelly Roll Blues Band, their guests partied all night long.

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*eye candy courtesy of Anni Cee Photographie

Laurie + Bret’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s Family Home
Reception Venue: Wequetonsing Landowners Association Park
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Caterer: Dave Cooper, Bite Cafe
Event Staffing: Northern Service Solutions
Band: Jelly Roll Blues Band
Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Ceremony Musicians: Madz Negro Trio
Hair & Make-up: Vogue Salon
Photographer: Anni Cee Photographie
Bakery: Julienne Tomatoes
Rehearsal Dinner: Julienne Tomatoes
Rentals: Taylor Rental 
Liquor: Gurney’s Bottle Shop

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Britta + Ty were married in September 2013 at a private residence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Some family friends live on a gorgeous piece of property that seems otherworldly, like you stepped into a magazine.  With Britta’s great style (she owns Faithful Roots) a gorgeous setting and a wild and crazy bridal party, this was one of my most memorable weddings from 2013!indie wedding

 Britta’s flowers and dress were exquisite and sweet touches really made the day their own.  They rented vintage furniture from Covington & Co., we decorated their ceremony arch with tons of lush florals and set up paper cones of dried lavender that guests tossed after they said “i do!”

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Tons of personal touches make everything that day so special, Britta’s brother played guitar as she walked down the aisle, their friend officiated the ceremony and Ty’s brothers gave the craziest yet heartfelt toast I’ve seen (let’s just say they pulled up to said toast on a John Deere.)

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We hung a chandelier on a tree over the couples sweetheart table and set up a vintage desk for their friends and family to write their well wishes to the couple at, complete with a framed email that was their first correspondence. (Ty was obviously in need of a BUNCH of vintage furniture and lighting!)  Dessert in the sunroom, portraits by Alexandra Steele Photography on vintage sofas and plenty of dancing, drinks and debauchery make for a wedding day to be reminisced about by friends and family for years to come!

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*eye candy courtesy of one of the sweetest ladies in Chicago, Alexandra Steele Photography

Britta + Ty’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Braise Catering
DJ: Kory Bassett (friend of the couple)
Ceremony Musician: Evan Schneider (brother of the bride)
Cake: Jules Bakery
Hotel: Hilton Doubletree
Photography: Alexandra Steele Photography
Videography: Cashew Productions
Florist: Julie’s Fountain of Flowers
Hair: Nadia’s Salon & Spa
Officiant: Walker Fletcher (friend of the couple)
Vintage Furniture Rental: Covington & Co.
Rehearsal Dinner: Private Residence

destination camp wedding at camp wandawega

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.indie wedding ideas

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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*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
Vintage Napkins: Midwest Textiles
Reclaimed wood bar: Dan Ryan
Dress Designer: Miss Tashina
Suit: Hugo Boss
Handpainted Signs, Boutonnieres + Welcome Bag artwork: Jared Grellner