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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

 

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

fall michigan wedding at sundance studios

From the minute we met Carrie + Bob we knew they were going to be a blast to work with, and their wedding in southwest Michigan would be spectacular. They did not disappoint! Carrie + Bob had a a perfect fall day for their celebration at one of the coolest new venues, Sundance Studios, in the quaint town of Millburg, Michigan. Can it get any better? We think not.

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Carrie + Bob started their big day getting ready at a couple of lake houses they rented for themselves, family and wedding party. Not too shabby, we’d say.

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After their first look, Carrie + Bob and their wedding party headed to Sundance Studios to relax, take photos and finish getting ready for the big event. Sundance has the most awesome little cottages for the bride and groom and it was the perfect place for Carrie + Bob to hang out with family and friends before they walked down the aisle.

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Carrie’s brother officiated their ceremony, it was sweet and sentimental, plus THE BACK OF HER DRESS. We’re in love. A little DIY, some adorable ring bearers, and beautiful grounds are a perfect backdrop to the best day ever.

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We absolutely adored working with Carrie + Bob and wish them a lifetime of happiness and fun times together.

*eye candy courtesy of Michael Leaver Photography

Carrie + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sundance Studios
Caterer: C&K Catering
DJ: Bee Entertainment
Photographer: Michael Leaver Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Arclight Brewing & Greenbush Catering
Transportation: Midnight Madness
Bar Service: With a Twist

 

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

 

colorful DIY wedding at dank haus

There’s just nothing better than a wedding with a little quirkiness and a lot of personality. And that’s just what we got at Sarah + Matt’s wedding at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center last summer.

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It was a lovely summer day for Sarah + Matt to get ready at their apartment on the boulevard in Lincoln Square. We just LOVE Sarah’s dotted Swiss tea-length dress and, of course, you can’t beat a good bow tie on a groom!

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For the ceremony, Sarah + Matt’s closest family and friends gathered around them as they said “I do” in Palmer Square park – just blocks from their apartment. So intimate and relaxed, isn’t it perfect?

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Back at the reception space, Laura and Sabrina were busy setting up so much amazing DIY decor. Sarah is a teacher and you can tell she’s got the crafty touch in a very good way. She collected tin cans and wine bottles for the favors and centerpieces and then spent what had to be hours – if not days – creating tissue paper flowers and pom poms for the decor at the reception. The result is nothing short of fantastic! Matt’s got the graphic design talent, so he designed the pinata themed escort cards that we just adore!

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The reception was Fun with a capital F. Matt’s friends, the Tiny Cover Band, played some of the couple’s favorite tunes on their tiny instruments (yes, they have tiny instruments!), the couple gave a giant pinata prize to the best dancer and some of their family and friends even jumped in and sang a few songs.

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We loved being part of Sarah + Matt’s big day and wish them all the best!

*eye candy courtesy of the sweetest, Allison Williams Photography

Sarah + Matt’s Vendors
Ceremony Location: Palmer Square Park
Reception Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
Caterer: Cocina Fusion
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Allison Williams Photography
Bakery: MaddieBird Bakery
Band: Tiny Cover Band
DJ: DJ Merk One
Transportation: Acrosstown Charter
Rehearsal Dinner: Wishbone
Make-up: Nika Vaughan
Hair: Debbie Petrielli
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Officiant: Paris Coffey, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church