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camp indie wed!

As we prepare for Indie Wed this weekend, we’re taking a look back at last year, when we put together Camp Indie Wed with some of our favorite friendors (aka vendor-friends)! It was so ah-mazing that we just had to share…

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On one seriously gorgeous day in October, we packed our glue guns, duct tape, and ribbon and headed up to Camp Wandawega for a super scenic and absolutely banging photo shoot.

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In addition to the amazing eye candy from Jeremy Lawson Photography above, take a look behind the scenes of our awesome photo shoot courtesy of LEAP Weddings :

A few months later, we brought camp to Chicago at Indie Wed! Our fabulous team of vendors assembled again to take over the third floor Indie Wed Lounge and transform it into Camp Indie Wed for the day. And what’s camp without friendship bracelets, arts & crafts, a campfire, tents and a live band!

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Camp Indie Wed Vendors
Styling & concept: Anticipation Events
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Photography: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Videography: LEAP Weddings
Paper Goods: EVR Paper
Florals: The Foxglove Studio
Hair/Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hair & Make-up Artists
Bridal Fashion: Mignonette Bridal
Location & Decor: Camp Wandawega
Rentals: Punch House Chicago and Tablescapes
Handmade Tie: Lonesome Traveler
Models: Real life husband/wife Lisa & Karsten
Live Band: Gussied
Catering: Feast & Imbibe
Beverages: The Juice Box

 

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

camp wandawega wedding-reunion

What do you get when you combine fireworks, Camp Wandawega, a grilled cheese food truck, swimming, the biggest campfire you’ve ever seen, merit badges and old school games? The campiest weekend ever and Elena + Ken’s fourth of July wedding extravaganza!

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Elena + Ken’s wedding was more than a wedding, it was really a weekend of fun and family reunion with all of their best friends at one of the best places on Earth: Camp Wandawega. The guests started off the weekend with old school camp games where they could win merit badges created by the couple. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed breakfast on the hill, grilled cheese from the food truck for lunch and, of course, tasty beverages all day. We know, you wish you were there.

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While the guests played volleyball, potato sack raced and practiced their archery skills, Elena + Ken headed into the cabins to get ready. You can’t help but love a beautiful setting like this for getting ready for your wedding day!

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While the guests played and the couple got ready, we made sure each and every detail was in place from the mismatched chairs for the reception to the luminaries for late night shenanigans on the dock.

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Of course, with Camp Wandawega as your backdrop Elena + Ken had to sneak off to get some amazingly gorgeous photos.

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Finally the festivities begin with a super sweet ceremony overlooking the lake and a fun-filled reception followed by a bonfire of epic proportions!

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*eye candy courtesy of Elena + Ken’s pal, Esteban Monclova

Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Caterer: Best Events
Food Truck: Toasty Cheese Food Truck
DJ: criend of the couple
Bakery: Lakeland Bakery
Photographer: Esteban Monclova
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Transportation: Little Red Bus
Florist: Arranged by friends of the couple

rustic backyard michigan wedding

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

urban loft wedding at kitchen chicago

Get ready for one of the sweetest weddings of 2014! Erin + Kevin’s were married at Kitchen Chicago and the party was nothing short of amazing, full of an insane amount of DIY details, tons of delicious food, and plenty of loving sentiments and tears of joy.

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Erin + Kevin had big ideas and a lot of very specific things that they wanted to get just right. Their wedding vision was full of big ideas that took tons of blood, sweat and tears on their part to make happen. The best thing about Erin + Kevin was that they knew what they wanted and they were determined to make it happen. Starting with that dress…

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For the ceremony and reception, Erin collected vintage vases and filled them with floral arrangements she and her friends created. Their wedding ceremony at Kitchen Chicago was super personal: officiated by their dear friends, the ceremony was sweet, sentimental and heartfelt, always the best start to a great wedding day.

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For the reception, Erin + Kevin wanted an intimate, small affair, so we lined up all of Kitchen Chicago ‘s rustic farm tables and created one big long table in the center of the room. Lined with Erin’s handmade floral arrangements, candles, and gorgeous paper table runners, it looked amazing. For dancing, we moved the tables out of the way while Erin changed into another gorgeous dress transforming her into a BOMBSHELL if we’ve ever seen one! It pays to work at BHLDN when you’re a bride-to-be, that’s for sure!

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To say Erin + Kevin’s wedding at Kitchen Chicago was full of love, life, and laughter is an understatement. Just looking at this couple makes us smile. Thanks again for letting us be part of your wedding day, Erin + Kevin!

* eye candy courtesy of Anna Page Photography

Erin + Kevin’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago
Caterer: Fig Catering
Photographer: Anna Page Photography
Videographer: Don’t Shout Films
Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
DJ: Jon Swegle, friend of the bride + groom
Transportation: Buckingham Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Estrella Negra
Hotels: Holiday Inn Downtown + Holiday Inn O’Hare
Rentals: Tablescapes
Sound Equipment Rental: Just Press Play Productions
Officiants: Jacob Huelster + Alisha Wright, friends of the bride + groom
Flowers: Steve’s Flower Market