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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

rock + roll ravenswood event center wedding

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!  Tracey + Joshua 59

Their first look was so sweet and Josh sent Tracey an adorable little love gift as she got ready.

The bridal party was a blast, they were so full of life and just seemed to be having the BEST time together, Jen did an awesome job really getting so many shots that are so full of LIFE!  The dance floor was packed, the desserts and drinks were plentiful and it was the most fun party (and I was working!)

Tracey + Joshua even gave all of the vendors a seat at a table, which was so kind!  I generally pride myself on being able to fix everything so when Tracey’s feet were hurting and she asked me if I had anything to help, I was so pleased to find out that we wear the same size shoe so I gave her my ratty old Toms.  They were (at one time) white and enabled her to dance the night away.  Maybe that should be AE’s new slogan: the shoes off our feet?  I’d do it again for her!

*eye candy courtesy of my favorite California girl, Jen Wiley at J. Wiley Photography

Tracey + Joshua’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Ravenswood Event Center
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Ravenswood Event Center
Sweets Table: Sweet Mandy B’s, Uptown Brownies, Glazed & Infused, Molly’s Cupcakes
Photography: J. Wiley Photography
Band: Ken Arlen’s Indigo
Florist: Kehoe Designs
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker
Rehearsal Dinner: Gino’s East
Make-up: Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup
Hair: Zahadita Kudrna
Guest Hotel: Public Hotel
Photobooth: 312 Photobooth

downtown chicago wedding at the blackstone hotel

Beth + Eric were married this spring at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.  It was through Beth + Eric that I met these lovebirds and was lucky enough to work at the Blackstone twice this year!  Beth and Eric are both super busy lawyers and were planning their wedding from Washington DC.  They both envisioned something clean, elegant, classy with maybe just a little hint of preppy.  The architecture at the Blackstone is no joke and was the perfect backdrop to their white, navy and pop of pink party. Eric’s sister designed the wedding stationery, Beth’s mom scoured the town for flip-flops, ribbons and containers for months and Eric’s mom baked more cookies that I have ever seen in my entire life for their hospitality suite. It was a constant show of support for this couple and a constant parade of so many handy talents!
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I love this first look sequence.

Beth + Eric’s wedding will forever hold a special place in my heart and was the place where my 2012 “memory of the year” happened.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you this story.  It was unseasonably hot in May and once Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful started playing the dance floor was packed.  For hours.  After an hour or so, Beth was hot.  I told her if her crinoline wasn’t attached, perhaps we could take that off and it would be a lot more comfortable underneath all of that dress.  We headed into the bathroom only to be disappointed by the fact that it was not detachable.  She was desperate and overheated and said “what else can we do?”

“Well, I could cut it off?”

(I said pretty quietly hoping she wouldn’t think I was completely insane.)  She said, “Seriously?  You can do that?”  (Whew!)  She was ecstatic, I was relieved and I snipped that crinoline right off of her wedding dress.  Beth was totally realistic about the fact that if she has a daughter one day, she’s probably not going to want to wear it.  Even if she does, it’s easy to add a couple layers of crinoline as a removable layer.  I was also super happy that some nice guests happened to be in the ladies room with us and snapped this picture.  You know, for posterity’s sake.

My brides are the coolest.

*eye candy courtesy of the kind and talented Jen at JWiley Photography (unless obviously instagrammed by me or my friends in the bathroom)

Beth + Eric’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: Blackstone Hotel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Style: Anticipation Events
Catering: Blackstone Hotel
Cake: Take the Cake
JWiley Photography
Florist + Lighting: Kehoe Designs
Ceremony + Reception Band: Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful
Hair: Ginger DeMateo
Make-up: Cynde Cosmetics
Guest Hotel: Blackstone Hotel

eric + mike’s swanky chicago dinner party.

Eric + Mike were married at Public Chicago in Chicago in October.  Full disclosure: Eric and Mike live in Omaha and own an amazing hair salon there.  Eric has been my hair stylist since I was 15 years old.  He loves to tell the story of me running into the salon after a soccer game with a towel twisting up my still wet hair an hour before the Homecoming dance.  So obviously this man can work miracles.  Which obviously this means I love him.
When they told me they were getting married in Chicago I insisted I would coordinate, mostly because I wanted to attend.  I regret nothing.  They flew 20 of their closest family and friends to Chicago and spent the weekend enjoying their company before getting hitched on Sunday.  It was an exquisite event to say the least.  Take a peek.

My buddy!  I love how Pen/Carlson snapped this photo of me seeing Eric for the first time.  It was both odd and so amazing to see him outside of the salon.  Now if I can just convince them to hurry up and move to Chicago (at least part-time!?)


Eric’s vows made Mike cry and Eric was so proud of himself.  Love it!  Since they had just 20 guests at the wedding, they threw a dinner party to end all dinner parties.  Seriously.  It was at least six courses and the Dom was flowing nonstop.  Everyone sat at one amazing table and after dinner they enjoyed the terrace, more drinks and a second helping of dessert.  There’s something to be said for a small and intimate wedding, and this one was quite lovely.

*all photos courtesy of the kind and talented Kiri & Brett of Pen/Carlson

Eric + Mike’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Public Chicago
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering + Dessert Table: Public Chicago
Florist: Botanicals Chicago
Officiant: Chicago Wedding Judge

christine + brett: art imitates love + love imitates art.

My new favorite pictures are these amazing bridal portraits I keep seeing.  First this one, and now the gorgeous Christine. Brett married this lovely lady in July at Holy Family Parish in Chicago.  Their wedding fell on the last day of a historic heat wave that hit Chicago with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees for days in a row.  You’ll see in the pictures below how absolutely stunning Holy Family is, however, one thing gorgeous, old churches tend not to have is air-conditioning.  After fighting rush hour traffic on Friday and the serious risk of melting in church, I made sure we did the worlds fastest rehearsal (seriously, blink and you missed it) and got them out into the (basically non-existent breeze) ASAP.  Saturday we caught a break and hit a high of only 98 degrees but what a difference it made.  In the end, the heat didn’t matter: these two art teachers put so much work and love into their day, they were all smiles all day long and most definitely ready to party by the time the reception rolled around.  Not to mention we found out the American Idols were touring in Chicago and staying at the hotel.

Let’s get to the incredible details shall we?  I mentioned they are both art teachers right?  Holy moly did they kill it in that department.  I’ve included some shots instagrammed by yours truly because I was loving it.  So many colors and so much personality in all of their details.  They handmade all of the table cards and holders that went with them, had a candy bar, a chocolate fountain AND a cotton candy machine.  Amazing.  In the cocktail area they put up a bunch of their engagement pictures in which a chalk fight was captured on film. (Why wasn’t I invited? So fun…) In addition, some original artwork they created was displayed and of course a fabulously colorful twist on announcing the bridal party: light sabers, which caused epileptic shock in the absolute best way possible.


Congrats love birds.  I have no doubt the amazing amount of color that will be brought into the world  because of the two of you.  Thanks for letting Phillip Phillips and I both be a part of your big day.

*all photos by the lovely Luis + Clarissa of I Luv Photo

Christine + Brett’s Vendors
Ceremony: Holy Family Parish
Reception + Catering: Intercontinental O’Hare
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
DJ: Annalise (DJ Lion Tamer) of Fig Media
Photography: I Luv Photo
Florist + Rentals: M & M Special Events
Videography: Delack Media Group
Make-up: Stephanie Negrete
Photobooth: Shutterbooth Photo Booth
Cake: Take the Cake
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Co.
Lighting: PSAV Lighting