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a fun-filled ravenswood event center wedding

When we met Amy + John last summer, we knew we were going to love working with them. I mean… look at those photos… you can tell they are having a blast and loving every minute! That, plus, getting to work in one of our fave venues with some awesome vendors – we’re in!

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Amy + John’s first apartment was right by the Ravenswood Event Center, so after getting ready, they started the day with first look in their old hood. We love the photos under the “L” and at their favorite brewery, Begyle Brewing Company.

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Amy + John’s ceremony was stunning under the huge windows of the Ravenswood Event Center and complete with flowers and an arch covered in lush greens from our friends at Pollen.

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After the ceremony, guests headed downstairs for cocktails, dinner and some serious dancing! It was Amy’s birthday, so John and One Night Band surprised her with a special tribute. It was definitely the best birthday ever!

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*eye candy courtesy of Hitch & Sparrow

Amy + John’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center
Band/DJ: One Night Band
Ceremony+ Cocktail Hour Musicians: Artistrings
Photographer: Hitch & Sparrow
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Hotel: Hyatt Place
Photo Booth: Hitch & Sparrow
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: Pollen

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

 

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Last fall, we spent a lot of time at Lacuna Artist Lofts coordinating not one, but two, amazing weddings! Laura + Antonio put their own unique spin on the eclectic space with dramatic draping, lighted cocktail tables and, of course, amazing food (after all, Laura’s family owns a restaurant and Antonio is a chef, so a good spread was key!)

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Classic and beautiful, it wasn’t hard for these two to look amazing for their big day. Just a few final touches and they were ready to head to the alter!

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The ceremony at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii was breathtaking.  The church is so grand and made Laura’s walk toward Antonio pretty dang dramatic. (Loving Antonio’s “no sock” look, so stylish!) And of course the collection of bridesmaid dresses looked fantastic together, coordinated but each lady was able to express a little bit of their own individual style!

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After some quick pictures with friend and photographer extraordinaire Julia Franzosa they were off to the party!  We loved their gold flatware. strings of cafe lights and sprigs of green everywhere, it was the perfect combination of glamorous elegance in a very eclectic venue!

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Congrats to the lovely couple!

*eye candy courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography

Laura + Antonio’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
Reception Venue: Lacuna Artist Lofts
Caterer: Publican Quality Meats
Ceremony Musician: Josie Falbo
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Florist: Celeste Romano
Bakery: Bittersweet 
DJ: Maurico Mesa
Transportation: Anees Bader
Rehearsal Lunch: Avec
Hair: Paola Cutri 
Hotel: Aloft Chicago City Center
Rentals: Tablescapes
Lighting: Concept Effects

cinematic wedding at lacuna artist lofts

Tracy + Franklin’s wedding last November was nothing short of cinematic perfection at Lacuna Artists Lofts, proving love is actually all around.

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I met Tracy more than a year before their wedding at Indie Wed and I was so pumped when she kept in touch and emailed me as soon as she and Franklin got engaged!  Tracy + Franklin are anything but average, so their wedding was screaming with personality and COLOR. First, there’s that dress…

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The paparazzi, AKA Jeremy Lawson Photography and Leap Weddings, captured every lovely moment of the day. From Eleven City Diner to the murals of Pilsen, they had their first look and then got some amazing photos and video before the party even started.

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The bride and groom added tons of delightful personal details to their wedding ceremony and reception including sunflowers and the most amazing backdrop featuring minimalist posters for all of their favorite movies. We loved helping them style this space to bring their love of movies and color to life. With all of the blushes and whites and greens of the wedding world, it was a fun departure from the norm to style for these two: I really think we went overboard with color in all of the right amounts!

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Their favorite movie candy, a southern, family-style feast, minimalist movie ticket place cards, video games and a slow-mo video booth plus a packed dance floor meant everyone was happy and the party raged on all night. Cheers to a life chock full of dancing, movies and color for these two!

*eye candy courtesy of Jeremy Lawson Photography

As if that wasn’t enough, check out Tracy + Franklin’s wedding video from Leap Weddings. Why do I always cry when I watch these?! Sigh….

Tracy + Franklin’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lacuna Artists Lofts
Caterer: Wishbone Catering
Band: Ken McMullen’s Dixieland Band
DJ: Toast and Jam
Planning, Styling + Day-of Coordinating: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Videographer: Leap Weddings
Florist: Gratitude Heart Garden
Make-up: Jaclyn Mednicov
Hair: Ramsay Marston
Transportation: Second City Trolley and Aries Charter Transportation
Rehearsal Dinner: Lou Malnati’s Gold Coast
Hotels: Hotel Indigo, Westin Michigan Avenue and Public Chicago
Rentals: Tablescapes
Lighting: SC Lighting Design
Officiant: Rev It Up!
Video Booth: Le Slo Motion Booth by Le Cape
Draping: Drape Kings

mexican folk wedding at ignite glass studios

Siobhan + Nate’s wedding at Ignite Glass Studios last summer was nothing less than magical, beautiful and most of all, happy. You would never guess it rained just minutes before the ceremony from looking at these bright, sunny faces!

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Siobhan + Nate are the kind of people that you just adore from the minute you meet them and the more you get to know them, the more you adore them. So, it’s only fitting that their wedding is the same way – the more you see of this wedding, the more you will love every bit of it. First, there’s Siobhan’s gorgeous dress and stunning flowers from Jasmine Galleria and then there are the bridesmaid dresses! Hot pink dresses with turquoise statement necklaces?! We approve.

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One of our favorites, Julia Franzosa Photography, captured some great candid shots of the bride + groom and the wedding party before the wedding. Those gentlemen are quite dapper if we do say so ourselves. 

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Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean, Ignite Glass Studios, we were putting the finishing touches on everything for the reception. The couple brought Mexican folk elements in to weave some cultural touches into the day and every detail was flawless. We loved the papel picado banners (that were custom made to include the bride + groom’s names and wedding date), the cafe lights, and the table numbers (based on the Mexican Bingo game, La Lotoria). As if that wasn’t enough… there were also the favors — Mexican pottery collected by Siobhan + Nate for each guest — and the dozens (maybe hundreds) of vases that Siobhan and her mother collected to line the rustic farm tables. And that cake! We have to admit, cakes aren’t typically our favorite elements, but this one from Elysia Root Cake might be our favorite one yet.

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Despite a forecast with ZERO percent chance of rain, Mother Nature kept us on our toes and let it drizzle just moments before Siobhan + Nate were supposed to walk down the aisle…outside. Well, Mother Nature met her match! The team of vendors moved FAST and within minutes we had everything moved inside and ready to go. You never would have guessed that Plan B wasn’t Plan A from these gorgeous photos.

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The rain stopped right as Siobhan + Nate were saying their “I do’s” (Coincidence? We think not!), so the guests headed up to the rooftop deck to enjoy cocktails outside following the ceremony. Siobhan + Nate’s guests rounded out the night with a delicious meal from Fig Catering, late night snacks from The Tamale Spaceship and some of the best dancing we’ve seen in a long time.

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They say rain on your wedding day is good luck and we definitely believe it! Siobhan + Nate are expecting a baby boy in a few months! Thanks for letting Anticipation Events be part of your very lucky and very happy wedding day!

*eye candy courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography

Siobhan + Nate’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Ignite Glass Studios
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Fig Catering
DJ: Style Matters
Rentals: Tablescapes + Chicago Farm Tables
Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Florist: Jasmine Galleria
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Late Night Snack: The Tamale Spaceship
Liquor: Binny’s Beverage Depot
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Bistro Margot
Hair & Make-up: Anna Jackson
Hotel: Conrad Hotel + Homewood Suites