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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!

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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

 

 

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

rustic backyard michigan wedding

When Laura met Laurie at an art fair in 2013 (and bought one of her beautiful Lake Michigan prints), she had no idea she’d end up coordinating her wedding a few years later or that she’d get to coordinate another wedding in one of her favorite places on Earth – Harbor Springs, Michigan. Get ready for a completely beautiful, handcrafted, labor of love. Strap on your seat belts, you’re in for an amazing ride…

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Laurie + Bret got ready in family cabins in Wequetonsing, a beautiful community of Victorian homes right on Lake Michigan. You could not pick a more picturesque or serene location if you tried! From there, they met up for first look photos before heading down to the beach for their ceremony.

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Laurie + Bret’s ceremony was in front of her cousin’s house on a patch of grass overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Bret’s dad made the most gorgeous nautical arbor, but the highlight of the ceremony had to be the groom’s entrance. That’s right…Bret stole the show when he paddled in with his officiant/brother via CANOE. It was epic.

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After the ceremony, Laurie + Bret led their guests down the street for a tented reception. Laurie (with a little help from her mom and sisters) hand-died vintage linens for the tables and then created centerpieces with wood rounds, assorted vases, and an eclectic collection of flowers. Complete with an amazing menu from Dave Cooper (who came in from Chicago just for the occasion) and music from the Jelly Roll Blues Band, their guests partied all night long.

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*eye candy courtesy of Anni Cee Photographie

Laurie + Bret’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s Family Home
Reception Venue: Wequetonsing Landowners Association Park
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Caterer: Dave Cooper, Bite Cafe
Event Staffing: Northern Service Solutions
Band: Jelly Roll Blues Band
Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Ceremony Musicians: Madz Negro Trio
Hair & Make-up: Vogue Salon
Photographer: Anni Cee Photographie
Bakery: Julienne Tomatoes
Rehearsal Dinner: Julienne Tomatoes
Rentals: Taylor Rental 
Liquor: Gurney’s Bottle Shop