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eclectic, vintage wedding at thalia hall

Shine bright like Ruk + Matt! Last winter, when Ruk + Matt got married at Thalia Hall, it may have been dreary and cold in Chicago, but you wouldn’t know it by look at their bright and colorful wedding. With the most amazing vendor team and the coolest clients out there this January wedding was one hell of a way to kick off our 2016 wedding season.

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Ruk + Matt’s wedding was the perfect combination of everything about them – traditional, colorful, vintage, hip, and one big ball of fun, starting with their mehndi ceremony at a friend’s house.

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The next day was the big one. Ruk + Matt got ready and took their first look photos at Thalia Hall. On the most auspicious day, with a cake on every table, they flew in their favorite YouTube performer, donned their fancy clothes and partied all night long. Truly, this is a great example of the living the Anticipation Events brand.

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Ceremonies on stage bring the best kind of drama. Nothing but gorgeousness with that flower canopy created by Fleur?! I mean, come on with your ridiculous beauty. Can we plan this wedding every weekend?

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Following the ceremony, guests had cocktails on the balcony while we flipped the room for dinner and dancing. Ruk + Matt are one of the sweetest, kindest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with, and everything about this wedding was so much YES.

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*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Ruk + Matt’s Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s
DJ: Toast & Jam
Cocktail Hour Musician: Mike Masse
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Hair & Make-up: Debra Petrielli 
Hotels: Palmer House Hilton & JW Marriott
Florist: Fleur
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Planner & Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Valet: Five Star Valet

 

 

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

classic downtown wedding at howells & hood

Angeline + Roman no longer live in Chicago, so for their wedding they wanted a classic Chicago experience where their guests could enjoy the best the city has to offer. With a ceremony at Holy Family Church and reception at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Building, their wedding delivered just that!

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Angeline + Roman got ready just over the river from their reception venue at the Hyatt Regency Chicago before heading out to take a few photos around downtown. We love that Taz Luto from Heather DeCamp Photography did such a great job of capturing their laughs in these photos! Angeline + Roman were having a blast and it shows!

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After photos, Angeline + Roman headed to the stunning Holy Family Church for their ceremony. It is truly a classic with architecture utterly to die for.

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Following the ceremony, everyone headed to Howells & Hood in the Chicago Tribune building for cocktails, dinner and dancing into the night in the center of it all on Michigan Avenue.

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*eye candy courtesy of Taz Luto from Heather DeCamp Photography

Angeline + Roman’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church
Reception Venue: Howells & Hood
Caterer: Howells & Hood
DJ: Toast & Jam
Ceremony Musicians: Paul French
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hair & Make-up: Pin Me Up
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Fulton Market Kitchen
Transportation: Ideal Charter

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

fall michigan wedding at sundance studios

From the minute we met Carrie + Bob we knew they were going to be a blast to work with, and their wedding in southwest Michigan would be spectacular. They did not disappoint! Carrie + Bob had a a perfect fall day for their celebration at one of the coolest new venues, Sundance Studios, in the quaint town of Millburg, Michigan. Can it get any better? We think not.

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Carrie + Bob started their big day getting ready at a couple of lake houses they rented for themselves, family and wedding party. Not too shabby, we’d say.

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After their first look, Carrie + Bob and their wedding party headed to Sundance Studios to relax, take photos and finish getting ready for the big event. Sundance has the most awesome little cottages for the bride and groom and it was the perfect place for Carrie + Bob to hang out with family and friends before they walked down the aisle.

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Carrie’s brother officiated their ceremony, it was sweet and sentimental, plus THE BACK OF HER DRESS. We’re in love. A little DIY, some adorable ring bearers, and beautiful grounds are a perfect backdrop to the best day ever.

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We absolutely adored working with Carrie + Bob and wish them a lifetime of happiness and fun times together.

*eye candy courtesy of Michael Leaver Photography

Carrie + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sundance Studios
Caterer: C&K Catering
DJ: Bee Entertainment
Photographer: Michael Leaver Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Arclight Brewing & Greenbush Catering
Transportation: Midnight Madness
Bar Service: With a Twist