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fun and fearless wedding at lacuna artist lofts

Laura + Toby’s wedding at Lacuna Artist Lofts last summer was just like them – fun, fearless, and full of personality!

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Laura + Toby started the day getting ready at the Hotel Burnham (now the Alise Hotel) before heading out for some amazing photos around the city. After some killer shots from Anna Zajac Photography, Laura + Toby headed over to Lacuna to say, “I do!” on the roof and enjoy a kick ass party into the night. A pie bar, late night soft pretzels (with mustard hand-selected by Toby), homemade hot sauce favors, and a fourth of July firework show on the roof, made this party one we won’t soon forget.

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*eye candy by Anna Zajac Photography

Laura + Toby’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Vendors: Lacuna Artist Lofts
Caterer: LM Catering
Planner/Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
DJ: Toast and Jam
Photographer: Anna Zajac Photography
Videographer: Dallas Golden
Hair + Make-up: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Hotels: Hotel Burnham/Alise Hotel + Hyatt Place River North
Florist: Ipomea Floral Design
Bakery: Windy City Pie Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Enoteca Roma
Lighting: Sound Investment
Transportation: Ideal Charter

 

 

love wins at the promontory

Ellen + Kathy’s wedding at The Promontory last year was everything you want in a wedding – sweet, deeply personal, and super fun!

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Ellen + Kathy had a beautiful ceremony at The Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer before heading to The Promontory in Hyde Park for an intimate celebration with friends and family. It was a special day for everyone, AE included because the day before their wedding (literally) the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. (Better late than never, people.) But it made it an even more jubilant celebration, for sure.

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*eye candy courtesy of Sebastian Kowalski Photography

Ellen + Kathy’s Vendors

Ceremony Venue: The Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer
Reception Venue/Caterer: The Promontory
Planner/Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Ceremony Musicians: Old St. Pat’s Cantor & Irish Traditional Band
Photographer: Sebastian Kowalski Photography
Florist: The Blossom Boys
DJ: Cage & Aquarium
Rehearsal Dinner: The Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer
Hair & Make-up: J. Andrews Salon
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Rentals: Tablescapes

 

 

 

colorful moonlight studios wedding

Margaret + Tito’s wedding at Moonlight Studios last winter was nothing short of an explosion of color, which as you know is our very favorite kind of explosion.

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Margaret + Tito started their wedding day getting ready with friends and family before heading out to take some killer first look photos with Heather DeCamp Photography. Plenty of aunties were on hand to help get Margaret dressed. And I spy Ruk from Ruk + Matt’s wedding earlier in the year!

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From there, they headed to Moonlight Studios for one of the most beautiful, colorful ceremonies possible celebrated by a Hindu priest and vows and rings presided by a friend of the couple. That was all before the party started and they did a quick change of outfit so they could dance the night away.

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We loved being part of Margaret + Tito’s wedding, truly the most down to earth and fun people!

*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Margaret + Tito’s Vendors:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Moonlight Studios
Caterer: Jewell Events Catering
DJ: Toast and Jam
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Hair + Make-up: Debra Petrielli
Hotels: Hotel Allegro, Palmer House Hilton
Florist: Revel Decor
Mendhi Venue: Jackson Junge Gallery
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Planner/Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Lighting: Sound Investment
Photo Booth: Gifyyy Photo Booth
Valet: Five Star Valet

eclectic, vintage wedding at thalia hall

Shine bright like Ruk + Matt! Last winter, when Ruk + Matt got married at Thalia Hall, it may have been dreary and cold in Chicago, but you wouldn’t know it by look at their bright and colorful wedding. With the most amazing vendor team and the coolest clients out there this January wedding was one hell of a way to kick off our 2016 wedding season.

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Ruk + Matt’s wedding was the perfect combination of everything about them – traditional, colorful, vintage, hip, and one big ball of fun, starting with their mehndi ceremony at a friend’s house.

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The next day was the big one. Ruk + Matt got ready and took their first look photos at Thalia Hall. On the most auspicious day, with a cake on every table, they flew in their favorite YouTube performer, donned their fancy clothes and partied all night long. Truly, this is a great example of the living the Anticipation Events brand.

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Ceremonies on stage bring the best kind of drama. Nothing but gorgeousness with that flower canopy created by Fleur?! I mean, come on with your ridiculous beauty. Can we plan this wedding every weekend?

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Following the ceremony, guests had cocktails on the balcony while we flipped the room for dinner and dancing. Ruk + Matt are one of the sweetest, kindest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with, and everything about this wedding was so much YES.

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*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Ruk + Matt’s Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s
DJ: Toast & Jam
Cocktail Hour Musician: Mike Masse
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Hair & Make-up: Debra Petrielli 
Hotels: Palmer House Hilton & JW Marriott
Florist: Fleur
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Planner & Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Valet: Five Star Valet

 

 

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