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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!


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



behind the scenes with anissa + graham

With each wedding we see things the guests and couple might not – here’s what was happening while you were getting married!

Anissa’s mom was instrumental in planning this red-white-and-blue Independence Day celebration.  She arrived for a walkthrough carrying her notes, her car full of fun things.  We toured the event spaces at the Newberry Library together, catching a peek at the reception hall being set up for that day’s wedding.

newberry library reception

Wedding day brought the nicest weather in weeks, but the wedding prep was just getting started!  We picked up various things from the ceremony site in Washington Park: newspapers, clothing, plastic bags.  That cleanup is just a fact of ceremonies in public spaces, especially in nice weather.

washington square park chicago

One of the fun things about a Newberry/Washington Square wedding is that your processional will stop traffic.  Even buses and cabs will wait for a chuppah and some gorgeous bouquets.

carrying dress train

The guests stopped for a group photo on the steps while the catering staff waited inside with drinks and appetizers at the ready.

appetizer cocktail presentation

Meanwhile, Anissa was more and more uncomfortable in her dress.  We shifted the lacing, pinned the bustle to shorten the back, and after some serious talk we (gasp) took scissors to the hem.

cutting the dress

That helped, but not enough to get this bride comfortable enough to rock her reception.  So we jetted over to her hotel and scooped up a party dress for a quick change.  After that she danced and danced, right up to the sparkler send-off in the park.

sparkler sendoff

Congrats Anissa and Graham!  We were thrilled to be part of your day and can’t wait to post the professional pictures!