Francine + Dan were married in December at Salvage One and partied with their friends and family at their carnival chic reception. We had the pleasure of coordinating and styling their day and we brought out the big guns at this, our last wedding of the year.
These gorgeous photos were taken by Anni of Anni Cee Photographie. A year an a half before we collaborated on Francine + Dan’s wedding, Anticipation Events had the extreme pleasure of coordinating for Anni and her husband Ross at Salvage One. It felt like coming full circle, and I love that I get to see her and work with her on the vendor side of things for many years to come.
We not only coordinated for Francine + Dan, but we helped them create a unique style for their wedding. Salvage One is so wonderfully eclectic that we were careful not to over-do things, but still wanted to create a whimsical story and space for their guests. Handmade table runners to give each table a little pop of color, simple gold table numbers, old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottle escort cards, and rolls of vintage raffle tickets propped up flowers that Francine’s aunt brought all the way from California. We hung metal hot air balloons whose baskets were filled with flowers above each table and I brought Julia and Laura help create a top-drop (like a backdrop, but over your head?!) of fringed crepe paper and cafe lights. I love how it turned out and the way it photographed!
It was our last wedding of the year and a fantastic way to end our best year yet. We worked with the most wonderful vendors and had the loveliest clients. And a little carnival chic never hurt anybody on a bright and snowy December day. Congrats Francine + Dan!
*eye candy courtesy of my past client and current friend, Anni Cee Photographie
Francine + Dan’s Vendors
Ceremony: + Reception: Salvage One
Styling: Anticipation Events
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Unforgettable Edibles
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Photography: Anni Cee Photographie
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Francine’s Aunt Jasmin
Hair & Make-up: Chicago Ave. Salon
Officiant: Father Jef
So Tracey + Joshua got married: in serious style. They hosted almost 300 people at Ravenswood Event Center in late June. I love the story that Tracey’s friend told of how they met: she and Joshua went on a date via an online dating site. Though she knew Josh wasn’t her person she thought he might be perfect for Tracey. The rest is history!
Rachel + Joe got married in August in Wisconsin at a lake house that has been in Rachel’s family for years. Rachel and her family spent summers there and her aunt (who currently lives there) was kind enough to let us absolutely take over the place for the weekend. It was a serious team effort: Rachel’s family planted and gardened all summer, her neighbors cleared an enormous field so that we could put a tent up, and all of the vendors pulled together to create this amazing wedding in a spot that a wedding was not intended to be had. The results were absolutely stunning (if I do say so myself.)
The detail that went into their day made it so personal and fantastic. The ceremony was held overlooking the lake. During the ceremony both sets of parents contributed their reflections on marriage, their friends provided music and the entire guest list joined in playing kazoos and singing “When I’m 64.” Immediately following, guests were invited to join in a champagne toast and tossed wildflower seeds into a new garden patch next to the lake. Hopefully they will be in full bloom for Rachel + Joe’s first anniversary.
For the centerpieces we used encyclopedias that Rachel + Joe thrifted, candles in mason jars they painted and vintage planters full of flowers that served a dual purpose as part of the meal to hold a fantastic cheese course featuring local cheese (hello, Wisconsin cheese, amen) and Door County cherries. While we’re on the subject of food, I’d like to note that their second course was cheese curds (YES!) followed by an array of salads, sausages, whitefish and farmer’s market grilled vegetables that was served family style. Everything was organic and sourced from local farms in the area.
After dinner Rachel and Joe shared their first dance, as did Rachel and her dad. Joe and his mom decided to sing a duet instead of dancing = AMAZING! Then THREE different bands, all made up of Rachel + Joe’s friends played sets until the wee hours of the morning. It was a gorgeous night filled with so many personal touches that made it worth all of the added items on the “to-do list.” A place that holds so many memories for this brand new family, I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it!
*all photos courtesy of my buddy Michael of Michael Rastall Photography
Rachel + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: private residence in Wisconsin
Planning + Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Styling: the couple + Anticipation Events
Catering: Not By Bread Alone
Pies: Not By Bread Alone Cakes: Friend of the couple
Photography: Michael Rastall Photography
Florist: Petal Pushers
Band(s): The Dads, The Sunbeams + Matty & James (all friends of the couple)
Rentals: Celebrations + Biebel‘s
Katie + Bobby were married in May of this year at St. Mary of the Angels church and had their reception at the ever-popular Architectural Artifacts. They were such an easy couple to work with, so laid back and calm and everything went right on schedule. Katie’s dad walking her down the aisle could not have been sweeter and the amount of toasts from siblings and friends was a true testament to how many people love these two. (And also perhaps that they had been waiting for this day for awhile?!) Dan, a friend of the couple and of Broadway fame, sang while Bobby and his mom danced
and then the entire guest list tore the dance floor up all night long. A lovely night filled with the most lovely people at one of the most fun venues in the city. For the win? Indeed. For the win.
*all photos courtesy of the ubiquitous Megan of Megan Bearder Photography
Katie + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Mary of the Angels
Reception: Architectural Artifacts
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering + Cake: Froggy’s Catering
Photography: Megan Bearder Photography
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
DJ: Cross Fader King
Lighting: Chicago Lighting Design
Hair + Make-up: Francesca at Thomas West Salon
Transportation: Windy City Limo + Second City Trolley
Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Noon, David Jonies + Dave Johnson from Chicago Bagpipers
I thought I blew it with Anni + Ross the first time we met. I was definitely a creepy wedding planner. We were chatting about their wedding of course and I was gushing over their vendors and venue because they were all amazing. I’m probably the only wedding planner on the face of the earth that won’t throw a complete and total fit about a bride telling me she’s going to do her own flowers, I could just tell Anni could handle it. They were just. so. chill. So as we were wrapping up I asked if they were taking a honeymoon after the wedding and they said yes, they were going to Palm Springs. Without thinking I asked, “oh, are you staying at the Ace Hotel
?” The answer was yes, which I am sure creeped them both out a little bit, but I just knew. They are exactly cool enough to stay there and fit right in. Luckily, they saw past my bizarreness and hired Anticipation Events
Aimee, our super-duper wedding coordinator actually coordinated their wedding and I can’t tell you how jealous I was. I kept trying to find ways to sneak in to see it. But alas, Aimee killed it and didn’t need me at all.
The best news is that Anni was in the process of starting her own photography company and she is currently rocking it all over the city. I can’t wait until we get to do our first wedding together as vendors!
*all photos by the mayo-hating, photo-taking queen: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Anni + Ross’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Salvage One
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
DJ: Style Matters
Catering: Food for Thought
Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Florist: bride & bridesmaids via the farmer’s market
Officiant: Bruce Falk
Bride’s hair + make-up: Salon Soca