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styled shoot: modern architecture at venue six10

This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city.  The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose Venue SIX10 to showcase the cities architecture and give us the modern and clean backdrop we wanted for the shoot.  From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day.  We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view.  Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot.  We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!

Floral/styling: Natural Beauties Floral
Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Venue: Venue SIX10
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab
Linen: Private Label Linens
Rentals: Tablescapes
Dress: Jenny Yoo

meet me! i’m a chicago wedding and event planner!

I had the amazing opportunity to invite some wonderful ladies over one Saturday morning to chat about me and all of the various things I am working on. (I’m terrible at talking about myself and my work, I think, so it’s one of my goals in 2014 to get better at it!)

Kate and Alysse founded and run People with Panche, which is a blog that celebrates women with panache. They define panache as: flamboyant confidence of style or manner; reckless courage.  Which I love.  Totally love.  Reckless courage is my new favorite thing ever.  From their blog: “We believe in women, dreams and hard work.  We believe in sharing stories, finding inspiration all over the place and having fun like it’s our job.  We’re Alysse and Kate, and every Tuesday morning we’ll bring you new stories of young Midwestern women making their dreams come true.  These ladies are bringing their passions to life as their jobs, side projects and after-work hobbies.  We hope you find inspiration here and choose to do the same.”

We drank some coffee, I showed them around my apartment and we talked about all they jobs I have and why I am so happy having all of them.  And of course, Walter did a little growling made the photos a million times cuter.

people with panacheRead the whole article at People with Panache!

host a thanksgiving party (even if it’s february!)

The holidays were no less than insane for Anticipation Events.  Between holidays parties to plan, a couple of winter weddings to coordinate and some pretty exciting press we received I also planned your Thanksgiving dinner party for you in Marie Claire.  My first full page article and my first byline in all capital letters.  It was a good way to wrap up a great year.  Read the whole article here.

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award winning wedding planning in chicago

It’s true!  You’ve probably been inundated by this on TMZ and E! News all week long but we’ve won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the FOURTH year in a row.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for four years but we couldn’t be more pleased to have this honor.  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.  So 2014, we’re thinking you’re going to be our best year yet, let’s do this.

Weddings, Wedding VenuesAnticipation Events, Best Wedding Planners in Chicago - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner

ask a chicago expert: yep, that’s me!

Recently I was one of the experts in CBS Chicago’s, Best of Chicago: ‘Ask an Expert’ series.  Who am I to argue with that?  The article features tips for hosting a baby shower but can be applied to any shower or party in general.

You can check the whole article out here!

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