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a floral delight at the chicago botanic garden

Lauren and Phil were married at Chicago Botanic Gardens in September.  Katie lead the charge and coordinated their wedding like a boss!  This weekend happened to be the weekend we had three weddings and Katie, Laura and I kept in touch through the rain, the traffic and attempted to meet for a drink afterward: we failed.  Luckily, Lauren and Phil succeeded in being crazy stunning.  lauren + phil 23


Lauren got ready at her parents home and I love her simple yet stunning choices.  As a human being who has a “more is more” philosophy, I envy her ability to pull back on the reigns and put together such a simple and lovely fete.

It rained in torrential bursts but Katie and High Society Orchestra adjusted like pros, making their tent wedding happen and no one was ever the wiser (especially not in these pictures, how lovely are they?)

A few rustic details perfectly complimented the gorgeous Asrai Garden flowers and plenty of drinking, dancing and love ensued.  It makes me so happy to know what wonderful people Lauren and Phil are and to hear how wonderful they thought Katie was and that we could be a little part of their best day.

*eye candy courtesy of one of the coolest ladies behind the lens, Azuree Wiitala

Lauren + Phil’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Patrick Church
Reception: Chicago Botanic Gardens
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Chicago Botanic Gardens
Band: High Society Orchestra
Cake: Deerfield’s Bakery
Photography: Azuree Wiitala
Florist: Asrai Garden
Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Transportation: Illinois Classic Trolley Rentals & Limos Alive
Rehearsal Dinner: Lovell’s of Lake Forest

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!

styled shoot: modern architecture at venue six10

This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city.  The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose Venue SIX10 to showcase the cities architecture and give us the modern and clean backdrop we wanted for the shoot.  From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day.  We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view.  Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot.  We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!

Floral/styling: Natural Beauties Floral
Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Venue: Venue SIX10
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab
Linen: Private Label Linens
Rentals: Tablescapes
Dress: Jenny Yoo

carnival chic wedding at salvage one

Francine + Dan were married in December at Salvage One and partied with their friends and family at their carnival chic reception. We had the pleasure of coordinating and styling their day and we brought out the big guns at this, our last wedding of the year.

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These gorgeous photos were taken by Anni of Anni Cee Photographie.  A year an a half before we collaborated on Francine + Dan’s wedding, Anticipation Events had the extreme pleasure of coordinating for Anni and her husband Ross at Salvage One.  It felt like coming full circle, and I love that I get to see her and work with her on the vendor side of things for many years to come.

We not only coordinated for Francine + Dan, but we helped them create a unique style for their wedding. Salvage One is so wonderfully eclectic that we were careful not to over-do things, but still wanted to create a whimsical story and space for their guests.  Handmade table runners to give each table a little pop of color, simple gold table numbers, old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottle escort cards, and rolls of vintage raffle tickets propped up flowers that Francine’s aunt brought all the way from California.  We hung metal hot air balloons whose baskets were filled with flowers above each table and I brought Julia and Laura help create a top-drop (like a backdrop, but over your head?!) of fringed crepe paper and cafe lights. I love how it turned out and the way it photographed!

It was our last wedding of the year and a fantastic way to end our best year yet.  We worked with the most wonderful vendors and had the loveliest clients.  And a little carnival chic never hurt anybody on a bright and snowy December day.  Congrats Francine + Dan!

*eye candy courtesy of my past client and current friend, Anni Cee Photographie

Francine + Dan’s Vendors
Ceremony: + Reception: Salvage One
Styling: Anticipation Events
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Unforgettable Edibles
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Photography: Anni Cee Photographie
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Francine’s Aunt Jasmin
Hair & Make-up: Chicago Ave. Salon
Officiant: Father Jef