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camp indie wed!

As we prepare for Indie Wed this weekend, we’re taking a look back at last year, when we put together Camp Indie Wed with some of our favorite friendors (aka vendor-friends)! It was so ah-mazing that we just had to share…

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On one seriously gorgeous day in October, we packed our glue guns, duct tape, and ribbon and headed up to Camp Wandawega for a super scenic and absolutely banging photo shoot.

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In addition to the amazing eye candy from Jeremy Lawson Photography above, take a look behind the scenes of our awesome photo shoot courtesy of LEAP Weddings :

A few months later, we brought camp to Chicago at Indie Wed! Our fabulous team of vendors assembled again to take over the third floor Indie Wed Lounge and transform it into Camp Indie Wed for the day. And what’s camp without friendship bracelets, arts & crafts, a campfire, tents and a live band!

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Camp Indie Wed Vendors
Styling & concept: Anticipation Events
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Photography: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Videography: LEAP Weddings
Paper Goods: EVR Paper
Florals: The Foxglove Studio
Hair/Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hair & Make-up Artists
Bridal Fashion: Mignonette Bridal
Location & Decor: Camp Wandawega
Rentals: Punch House Chicago and Tablescapes
Handmade Tie: Lonesome Traveler
Models: Real life husband/wife Lisa & Karsten
Live Band: Gussied
Catering: Feast & Imbibe
Beverages: The Juice Box

 

DIY backyard wedding

We just love a good outdoor wedding, so when Jenna + Max asked us to coordinate their wedding at Max’s family’s house in Wilmette, we couldn’t wait! Combine the most perfect, personal venue with some seriously awesome DIY details an amazing band and a fun-loving crowd and you have one of the best weddings ever!

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Jenna + Max started out the day getting ready at their next door neighbors house so they could have a blast hanging out with their wedding party while keeping the wedding venue spotless! When hosting a wedding at a residence, having the neighbors on board is key.

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From there, Jenna + Max headed out with their wedding party for some beautiful first look photos around the neighborhood and along the beaches of Lake Michigan.

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While they were off taking pictures, Elizabeth was back at the house making sure that each and every one of Jenna’s DIY details was in place and it looked spectacular when guests arrived! The biggest DIY however, came courtesy of the homeowners, Max’s stepmom is the most amazing gardener and cultivated some serious eye candy with the big day in mind.

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With the scene set, Jenna + Max were ready for the time of their lives! From the sweet ceremony to the rockin’ dancing to our pals Gussied, Jenna + Max’s wedding was one to remember. When you are invited into someone’s home it’s always a little different than meeting them at a venue. You get to know them a little better, you feel a little more like “one of them.” I definitely fell a little bit in love with Max’s family with all of the time we spent together, and couldn’t have been happier for Jenna + Max.

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*eye candy courtesy of Megan Saul Photography

Jenna + Max’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Food Evolution
Band: Gussied
Make-up: Aglaïa Bridal
Hair: Stephanie Reed
Photographer: Megan Saul Photography
Planner and Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Sheraton Northbrook Hotel
Florist: Four Finches

camp wandawega wedding-reunion

What do you get when you combine fireworks, Camp Wandawega, a grilled cheese food truck, swimming, the biggest campfire you’ve ever seen, merit badges and old school games? The campiest weekend ever and Elena + Ken’s fourth of July wedding extravaganza!

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Elena + Ken’s wedding was more than a wedding, it was really a weekend of fun and family reunion with all of their best friends at one of the best places on Earth: Camp Wandawega. The guests started off the weekend with old school camp games where they could win merit badges created by the couple. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed breakfast on the hill, grilled cheese from the food truck for lunch and, of course, tasty beverages all day. We know, you wish you were there.

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While the guests played volleyball, potato sack raced and practiced their archery skills, Elena + Ken headed into the cabins to get ready. You can’t help but love a beautiful setting like this for getting ready for your wedding day!

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While the guests played and the couple got ready, we made sure each and every detail was in place from the mismatched chairs for the reception to the luminaries for late night shenanigans on the dock.

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Of course, with Camp Wandawega as your backdrop Elena + Ken had to sneak off to get some amazingly gorgeous photos.

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Finally the festivities begin with a super sweet ceremony overlooking the lake and a fun-filled reception followed by a bonfire of epic proportions!

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*eye candy courtesy of Elena + Ken’s pal, Esteban Monclova

Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Caterer: Best Events
Food Truck: Toasty Cheese Food Truck
DJ: criend of the couple
Bakery: Lakeland Bakery
Photographer: Esteban Monclova
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Transportation: Little Red Bus
Florist: Arranged by friends of the couple

a fun-filled ravenswood event center wedding

When we met Amy + John last summer, we knew we were going to love working with them. I mean… look at those photos… you can tell they are having a blast and loving every minute! That, plus, getting to work in one of our fave venues with some awesome vendors – we’re in!

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Amy + John’s first apartment was right by the Ravenswood Event Center, so after getting ready, they started the day with first look in their old hood. We love the photos under the “L” and at their favorite brewery, Begyle Brewing Company.

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Amy + John’s ceremony was stunning under the huge windows of the Ravenswood Event Center and complete with flowers and an arch covered in lush greens from our friends at Pollen.

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After the ceremony, guests headed downstairs for cocktails, dinner and some serious dancing! It was Amy’s birthday, so John and One Night Band surprised her with a special tribute. It was definitely the best birthday ever!

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*eye candy courtesy of Hitch & Sparrow

Amy + John’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
Caterer: Ravenswood Event Center
Band/DJ: One Night Band
Ceremony+ Cocktail Hour Musicians: Artistrings
Photographer: Hitch & Sparrow
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Hotel: Hyatt Place
Photo Booth: Hitch & Sparrow
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: Pollen

a botanical-filled wedding at a new leaf

We just adored working on Steve + Amanda’s wedding last summer. One sweet couple plus one of our favorite venues equaled one perfect wedding despite the rainy day outside.

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Steve + Amanda started the day getting ready at Hotel Lincoln across the street and took their first look photos on the hotel’s beautiful rooftop overlooking Lincoln Park. Being the troopers that they are, then they headed out in the rain for some beautiful pictures in the park. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. We think that’s because it creates some seriously gorgeous pictures!

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While Steve + Amanda were off in the park, we were busy getting all of their little details in place and everything else ready for them at A New Leaf.

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One of our favorites, Anita Vaughan, officiated the couple’s sweet, sentimental and perfectly personalized ceremony before everyone headed back downstairs for dinner, drinks and dancing.

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*eye candy courtesy of Brian Kinyon Photography

Amanda + Steve’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: A New Leaf
Officiant: Anita Weds
Caterer + Bakery: Big Delicious Planet
DJ: Style Matters
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musician: Steve Vazquez
Hair: TAF Hair
Make-up: NIka Vaughan Bridal Artists
Photographer: Brian Kinyon Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Florist: A New Leaf