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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?

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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.

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.

*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

elegant chicago wedding at adler planetarium

We’re so close to Spring!  Winter might not last forever, yesterday HAD to be the very last snow…right?!  This morning I wanted to re-live Rachel + Trevor’s summer wedding at Adler Planetarium.  All of those windows and that light!

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After spending the morning getting ready, Brian Kinyon Photography took the bridal party around town for some gorgeous shots that encapsulate this beautiful city.  I love, love, love public transportation in wedding photos (not so much when I have to sit by the smelly guy on a crowded train) but I love the perspective Brian caught through the bus shelter.  And the lakefront is always a stunner.


So many special touches that Rachel and Trevor brought to life to make their day uniquely theirs and classic shades of blues and purples made for an incredibly elegant day.  I think the windows overlooking the lake at Adler Planetarium are reason enough to think about getting married there.  Holy beautiful.

After the vows were said, the rings were exchanged, the cake was cut and the toasts had been made, we did what any good coordinator would do and turned it over to Great Life Music to keep the dance floor packed, and boy did they. A pretty wonderful day for some pretty wonderful people!

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

Rachel + Trevor’s Vendors
Ceremony: + Reception: Adler Planetarium
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Food for Thought
Band: Great Life Music
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Designs
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Florist: Kehoe Designs
Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Transportation: Chicago Double Decker & Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner: Scozzi!

megan + parker: peggy notebaert nature museum

Megan + Parker were married at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in May.  They had a Memorial Day weekend brunch wedding, which if you know me and my personal obsession with brunch (who isn’t obsessed with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s?) then you know we were a match made in wedding heaven.  Megan got up really early to get ready, luckily she had some serious help from their adorable daughter Olivia.

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The boys got ready and chased some geese around the museum before we began.  We had amazing weather and their outdoor ceremony was perfection.  Revel Décor did an outstanding job on their flowers and setting up a romantic and intimate ceremony space underneath the bridge on the patio at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Megan + Parker chose not to see each other before the wedding, but they did say hello before walking down the aisle.  T&S Hughes Photography and I set them up on either end of a door outside the museum so they could squeeze hands quickly and calm each others’ nerves before we lined them up to send them down the aisle to say “i do!”

We took care of some incredibly charming details inside.

While the dessert table got some extra special attention.  Megan used to work at Milwaukee Cupcake Company so her old boss brought cupcakes down especially for the wedding.  We supplemented with loads of popcorn, cookies, doughnuts and candy.  Seriously, their guests got brunch and then a boatload of dessert?  Genius!

I loved working on this brunch wedding with Megan + Parker and celebrating with their family and friends.  Buck the dinner trend and do something unique for your big day.  And please call us to coordinate, we’ll bring the mimosas!

*all photos courtesy of the talented duo Tony + Sharon of T&S Hughes Photography

Megan + Parker’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Berghoff Catering
Cake: Krischbaums Bakery + Milwaukee Cupcake Company
Photography: T&S Hughes Photography
Florist + Rentals: Revel Décor
Hair: Terry Fonseca
Make-up: Sam Paradiso
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: Old Town Pour House + The Second City

lindsay + bobby go to summer camp

Lindsay + Bobby were married last August at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin which in an incredible place to visit and a spectacular setting for a wedding.

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With a wedding in Wisconsin, a planner in Chicago, photographer in Washington state and a bride and groom in California, it was a huge team effort to see this weekend of fun come together.  Guests were invited to come for the entire weekend and many took advantage of everything Camp Wandawega has to offer: canoes were rowed, archery lessons commenced, s’mores were roasted and possibly a beer or two was drunk between old friends.

Lindsay and my taste are pretty spot on, so our collaboration was so easy right from the start. From their amazing invitation suite to all of the glorious DIY details, AE’s Facebook feed was blowing up all weekend long.

With ceremony music featuring Rogue Wave and Q Tip, and a gentle breeze off Lake Wandawega we were off to an amazing start.

The reception was rocking.  Tons of delicious food served family-style, lots of home and locally brewed beers, dancing, doughnuts and a bonfire at the end of the party.  Perfectly styled and completely in love.  That’s how we like it here at Anticipation Events.  So happy we were a part of this amazing day.

*eye candy courtesy of the wonderfully talented Sergio at Sergio Mottola Photography

Lindsay + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Underground Food Collective
Tent/Lighting: Sperry
Doughnuts: Elkhorn Bakery
Photography: Sergio Mottola Photography
DJ: Style Matters
Florist: Abundance Acres
Vintage Dishes: Frances Lane
Aisle Poofs: Marcie Lynn Walker
Midwest Textiles
Reclaimed wood bar: Dan Ryan
Dress Designer: Miss Tashina
Suit: Hugo Boss
Handpainted Signs, Boutonnieres + Welcome Bag artwork: Jared Grellner

rachel + joe’s lakeside extravaganza.

Rachel + Joe got married in August in Wisconsin at a lake house that has been in Rachel’s family for years.  Rachel and her family spent summers there and her aunt (who currently lives there) was kind enough to let us absolutely take over the place for the weekend.  It was a serious team effort: Rachel’s family planted and gardened all summer, her neighbors cleared an enormous field so that we could put a tent up, and all of the vendors pulled together to create this amazing wedding in a spot that a wedding was not intended to be had.  The results were absolutely stunning (if I do say so myself.)
The detail that went into their day made it so personal and fantastic.  The ceremony was held overlooking the lake.  During the ceremony both sets of parents contributed their reflections on marriage, their friends provided music and the entire guest list joined in playing kazoos and singing “When I’m 64.”  Immediately following, guests were invited to join in a champagne toast and tossed wildflower seeds into a new garden patch next to the lake.  Hopefully they will be in full bloom for Rachel + Joe’s first anniversary.


For the centerpieces we used encyclopedias that Rachel + Joe thrifted, candles in mason jars they painted and vintage planters full of flowers that served a dual purpose as part of the meal to hold a fantastic cheese course featuring local cheese (hello, Wisconsin cheese, amen) and Door County cherries.  While we’re on the subject of food, I’d like to note that their second course was cheese curds (YES!) followed by an array of salads, sausages, whitefish and farmer’s market grilled vegetables that was served family style.  Everything was organic and sourced from local farms in the area.

After dinner Rachel and Joe shared their first dance, as did Rachel and her dad.  Joe and his mom decided to sing a duet instead of dancing = AMAZING!  Then THREE different bands, all made up of Rachel + Joe’s friends played sets until the wee hours of the morning.  It was a gorgeous night filled with so many personal touches that made it worth all of the added items on the “to-do list.”  A place that holds so many memories for this brand new family, I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it!

*all photos courtesy of my buddy Michael of Michael Rastall Photography

Rachel + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: private residence in Wisconsin
Planning + Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Styling: the couple + Anticipation Events
Catering: Not By Bread Alone

Pies: Not By Bread Alone Cakes: Friend of the couple
Michael Rastall Photography
Florist: Petal Pushers
Band(s): The Dads, The Sunbeams + Matty & James (all friends of the couple)

Tent: Celebrations
Rentals: Celebrations + Biebel‘s