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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

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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

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

 

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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

art deco inspired thalia hall wedding

Cleary, we just can’t get enough Thalia Hall weddings! But who can blame us? Killer vendor team? Check. Fun fabulous couple? Check. Gorgeous unforgettable wedding? Check, check! Hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as we do!

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Melissa + Eric started their day getting ready at the Palmer House Hotel before heading out to the crazy Chicago wilderness for some photos. We love any couple that’s up for trekking through some obstacles to take amazing shots, but these guys embraced it in a whole new way.

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From there, Melissa + Eric headed to Thalia Hall for a sweet, sentimental ceremony, amazingly delicious dinner and, of course, to dance the night away! Thalia Hall has exposed brick, amazing patina on the walls and a dramatic chandelier in the entry, which is one of the reasons we love it so much: you really don’t need to decorate it. Melissa and her dad shimmied to a Blues Brothers homage, guests took snaps in front of their harvest moon, and that bouquet: StemLine Creative CRUSHED it!

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*eye candy courtesy of Ryan Moore Photography

Melissa + Eric’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Thalia Hall
Caterer: Dusek’s
Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
Band/DJ: Style Matters
Hair: Hair by Jenny B
Make-up: Makeup by Ioana
Photographer: Ryan Moore Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Florist: StemLine Creative