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elegant lakeside wedding at the chicago yacht club

Lauren + Bob said “I do” last fall at the Chicago Yacht Club. The event was perfection with all of its nautically inspired decor and, of course, that beautiful backdrop! 

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One of my favorite things is when someone hires me when they kind of know me. Lauren and I share a mutual good friend and we had met several times at parties and showers for her. People love to talk weddings with me (and let’s face it, I love it too) but I never, ever go into any kind of sales pitch. Mostly because I am a big weenie and I am a terrible saleslady. Lauren followed AE on social media and reached out right after Bob popped the question. All the warm fuzzies happened and before any of us knew it, it was game day!  The couple got ready for their big day at the Hyatt Regency overlooking the lakefront.

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They are not photogenic at all are they?! HA, just a couple of supermodels, no big deal. From there, they headed out around town for some great shots with Heather. A little rain didn’t stop these babes…it only made their photos better. Those boots! That umbrella! Loving it!

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Back at the yacht club against the gorgeous setting of Lake Michigan and a humongously awesome yacht, we helped bring Lauren + Bob’s vision to life. Classic, sophisticated, with just enough gold and sequin to keep my feining at bay.

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It was so fun to plan this with them and while they might be relieved that all of the planning and preparation is over, I wouldn’t mind doing it all over again. Congrats to a most excellent couple on a beautiful wedding day.

*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Lauren + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Yacht Club
Caterer: Chicago Yacht Club
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Videographer: DeLack Media Group
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Make-Up: Aga Kaskiewicz
Hair: Marija Ariana Puljic
Bakery: Just Desserts
DJ: Toast & Jam
Cocktail Hour Musician: Zoie Moser
Violinist: Edith Yokely
Transportation: Classic Wedding Car
Rehearsal Dinner: Trattoria Isabella
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Rentals: Lil Epic Event Design + Melina’s Rentals
Officiant: Chicago Weddings

handmade barn wedding at byron colby barn

Sarah + Jamie were married at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and hosted their reception at Byron Colby Barn.  It was the second wedding of the year I had the pleasure of working with Brian Kinyon Photography.  One of my favorite things Sarah, Jamie and Brian did together was take some bridal party photos at Pickwick Theatre, how great is that space?wedding planner organizer

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I loved seeing the dramatic photos of the ceremony because I was at the barn all day unloading and setting up the trailer full of DIY decor that Sarah made.  The set-up was an all day project, but it turned out so great, all of Sarah’s crafty work and DIY projects really turned the barn into a cozy backyard wedding full of the story of their love.

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Lots of backyard games, framed photos, custom built wooden centerpiece boxes, Hoosier Mama Pies, flowers in ball jars that Sarah arranged herself, their wedding was truly a labor of love.

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*eye candy courtesy of one of the kindest gentleman in the business, Brian Kinyon Photography

Sarah + Jamie’s Vendors
Ceremony: Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Reception: Byron Colby Barn
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Dave’s Specialty Foods
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Florist: Kiko’s Flowers
Make-up: Tara B Artistry
Transportation: American Coach Limo
Pie: Hoosier Mama Pie Company

rustic barn wedding at byron colby barn

Ali & Matt got married in June at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Take a look at them getting all dolled up.

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Ali’s dress and hairpiece were amazing.  She was so effortlessly beautiful.chicago wedding planner

A glowing mom and a dapper dad (love the hat, right?) escort Ali to her waiting groom.chicago wedding planner

Poor groomsman on crutches in a suit in the June heat.  What a trooper he was and still smiling the entire way down the aisle.chicago wedding planner

Waiting…

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Walking…

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Kissing!

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This picture is amazing.  So happy to be married were these two!chicago wedding planner

After, the crew headed into the party.

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 Meanwhile, the dudes took some glamour shots of their own.chicago wedding plannerchicago wedding planner

The barn was ready for revelry.chicago wedding planner

Wine bottle table numbers and mis-matched vessels made for a cozy and eclectic atmosphere.chicago wedding planner

Then Matt decided it was time for everyone to get down…chicago wedding plannerchicago wedding plannerchicago wedding planner

…and then their friends decided it was time to put them up, high up in the air.chicago wedding planner Matt and Ali were just so lovely to work with and they made my day week when they called me (on their way to Hawaii no less) to tell me what a great day it was and say thanks one more time before they jetted off.  Such class acts and it was my pleasure to be a part of it all.

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Ali + Matt’s Vendors
 

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Planning + Styling: Anticipation Events
Photography: Victoria Sprung Photography
Florals: Nancy Rolison
DJ: Toast + Jam
Catering: Dave’s Specialty Food
Cupcakes: 
Bleeding Heart Bakery
Custom Hairpiece: Love, LuLu Mae

 

outdoor barn wedding at byron colby barn

Stephanie and Brian were married in August at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Both Brian and Stephanie are super creative and artistic and put a ton of effort into making their day unique to them. Which is mt MOST FAVORITE thing.  Brian’s hat and bowtie were so dapper and Stephanie rocked an amazing dress and killer shoes:

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Stephanie’s dad has passed away but Stephanie kept him close by all day long on her bouquet.day of coordination

Stephanie and Brian were super troopers trucking through the fields surrounding the barn with Jeremy Lawson to get these shots.  Stephanie even brought some little insect friends back with her trapped in the layers of her wedding dress!  And yes, that was just after they shook hands with Mr. Ed.day of coordinationday of coordination

Then it was time to get married!  

So I rallied the troops: Stephanie’s brother escorted her down the aisle, they exchanged rings,  shared a smootch.

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Brian just could not help himself: a fist pump on the way out of the ceremony.

I mean, when you are marrying this girl, who wouldn’t be?day of coordination

Fabulous details from the party follow.  By now you know this is my absolute favorite part, right? Right.day of coordinationday of coordination

Stephanie collected doilies that we fashioned into table runners and blue mason jars that Nancy filled with gorgeous wildflowers.

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Stephanie and her family made these magical magic wands for their guests to shake and wave as Stephanie and Brian walked back down the aisle as a married couple.  Then they shook them when the bridal party was announced, and when they shook their booties on the dance floor and I’m hopeful they shook them back at the hotel and at brunch the next morning as well!day of coordinationday of coordination

A lot of laughing, singing, drinking and dancing capped off an incredible day celebrating two incredible people.  S & B: It was so much fun to be a part of your day and may you always be able to laugh off the bugs that fly up your dress!

Stephanie & Brian’s Vendors
Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Photography: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Planning: Anticipation Events
Florals: Nancy Rolison Designs
DJ: Stax-O-Wax
Catering: Catered Productions