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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

 

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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

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The only wedding show we ever participate in rolled around last winter and we (per usual) stayed up all night putting the finishing touches on our booth. Indie Wed is one of our favorite times of the year because we get to see so many of our very favorite vendors in one place and get the chance to be creative with only the dimensions of our booth to confine us.

Laura saved the day when I was setting up and my giant, golden “P” popped.  Let’s face it, “Let’s Arty” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Let’s Party!”

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Eye Candy by yours truly as well as the uber talented Tuan Bui Photography.

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Indie Wed is the alternative to traditional wedding expos.  From their website “For those in the midst of wedding planning, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop for all the best wedding artisans and professionals around the country.  Indie Wed is the longest running independent bridal fair in the U.S.

So what exactly does Indie Wed mean? Not only is our focus on promoting and supporting small, independent (indie) businesses, but also couples with an independent spirit. For some that may mean a full-blown unconventional fete while others may simply want to incorporate handmade items from local artisans. Indie Wed is wedding planning… redefined.  Indie Wed is not just a show but also a market where many of the artists will be selling their wares on the spot.”

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 I’ve had the privilege of doing this show three times and I love taking a moment away from planning and timelines and vendor confirmations to come up with something totally creative with no boundaries except for the size of the table. Styling a booth that gets couples’ attention and makes them stop by to chat makes for one of my favorite events every year.  Here are some photos from the lovely Tuan Bui from my handmade fabric tassel booth from the summer 2013 show at Zhou B Art Center:

wedding planner websiteThen in February we headed back up north to Ravenswood Event Center for the 2014 winter Indie Wed and I took a lot of terrible pictures of my awesome “Let’s Party” booth!  Laura saved the day by running out to get a new “P” balloon when the first one popped.  “Let’s Arty” just didn’t have the same ring.

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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!hipster wedding ideas

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

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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!)

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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!

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*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