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Cheers to a Fantastic 2017!

With this year’s wedding season winding down, we finally have a chance to catch our breath and take a look back on all the amazing things that happened. It’s been the best kind of whirlwind.

We started the year off with a  bang, welcoming new team members in order to be able to satisfy demand and keep standards high. After learning that we were the only vintage furniture rental company left in the city, we began expanding our collection to accommodate all of the new orders. Orders for other rental items like vintage china and glassware kept coming in and we kept scouting more great pieces for the collection. Weddings during the colder months of the year have been getting more popular, so we assisted with planning and rentals for plenty of great couples during what is typically our “slow” season. At the same time, we were continuing to work work our planning clients for later in the season and for 2018, plus meeting new couples who had gotten engaged over the holidays. We could tell 2017 was going to be big!

One of the best things about Chicago Vintage Weddings is the type of couple we attract. We get people who are fun, creative and interesting. We get people with great style. We get people who are so in love with each other that you can feel it when they enter the room. While it would take ages to share the details of every one of the unique weddings that took place this year, here are some highlights that we’ve been looking forward to sharing with you!

First up is Sarah + Will. We began working with them in 2016 for planning with a focus on design. The vision was to host an elegant, romantic, classic affair at the Chicago History Museum. With the help of a fantastic team of professionals, everything was executed beautifully. It’s been hard to stop working with the couple and with Sarah’s darling family; after every wedding we start to miss our clients!

Later in June, Chrissy + John had one of the most unique weddings we have ever planned. In 2016 they approached us to help them plan a surprise wedding at the family home. This required a lot of strategizing, especially because Chrissy’s own father didn’t know that the party we were throwing on his property was going to include his daughter’s wedding ceremony! Considering that only the moms and the couple were in on the surprise, we knew that guests might not arrive on time for the “engagement” party. This meant that the beginning of the event would be a dog rescue fundraiser for One Tail at a Time dog rescue, complete with adoptable pups! After the big reveal, guests were invited to witness the ceremony and join in a gorgeous tented reception featuring our vintage rentals, live music and creative catering.

Next we worked with blogger Casey a.k.a. Officially Quigley, her groom Alex + his darling mom Karen to host a boho-chic affair in Karen’s backyard. As a model and art director, Casey had a strong creative vision for the day. The L.A.-based couple enlisted our help after switching venues only a few months before the big day. Every little detail was carefully considered, from food trucks to florals to decor to personal style. You’ll surely be seeing much more of this amazing affair around the web! Even this small sneak peek is perfection.

Last but not least were Jasmine + Tianshu. The couple were already married and had a delightful little ring bearer of their own, but they wanted to host an elegant event for guests to enjoy. After selecting the Garfield Park Conservatory as their venue, they brought us on to organize a team of vendors that would be able to fulfill their romantic vision. As with every CVW planning event, we focused not only on logistics and budgeting but design, ensuring that the day would run smoothly while turning out picture-perfect. The couple’s joy on the wedding day was contagious!

Of course, these weddings are just the tip of the iceberg. We worked with more incredible couples this year than we can list here, keeping each of their events true to who they are. Our planning advice was featured in Style Me Pretty and we received other recognition and honors throughout the season, but we still believe that there is no bigger honor than to guide couples through one of the most momentous occasions of their lives. Here’s to a 2018 filled with more successful events and satisfied clients! We are looking forward to sharing even more exciting updates with you in the near future.

 Sarah + Will: Photography | Megan Wynn // Venue | Chicago History Museum // Catering | Blue Plate // Florist | Flowers For Dreams | Invitations | Emily Rose Ink // Day-Of Signs + Paper | The Early Word // Music | Style Matters + String Theory // Beauty | Renee Feldman Salon

Chrissy + John: Photography | Candice Cusic // Tenting | Blue Peak // Florist + lighting | Atmosphere Events Group // Catering | Hearty Boys // Beer Tent | Dark Horse Brewing

Casey  + Alex: Photography | Jordan Voth // Florist | Verdant Company // Lighting | Atmosphere Events Group // Photo booth trailer | Jazi Photo // DJ | Milwaukee Airwaves // Bar | Absolut Elyx

Jasmine + Tianshu: Photography | Roots of Life // Florist | Flowers For Dreams // Catering | Food For Thought // Paper Goods | Emily Rose Ink // Calligraphy | Emmy Star Brown // Cake | Sugar Fixe // Beauty | Debra Petrielli

Real Wedding: Katy + Jon

Having strong relationships with our clients is the most important thing to us as wedding planners. The connections we build and trust with develop allows us to develop and execute creative, personal events that are unique to every couple. When Katy + Jon came to us, they were living out of state and caught up in work schedules that did not allow them to spend much time planning their wedding day. Getting married was the priority–not planning the details or thinking about design–so we stepped in to help.

One major question mark when we were booked was decor. As a no-fuss bride, Katy wanted something special without all the frills. We decided on a clean, modern vibe with masculine touches to fit the feel of Morgan’s on Fulton‘s sleek urban setting. Florist Beth of Larkspur created lush, green-filled arrangements including a minimalist ceremony arch and tabletop arrangements in our vintage mixed metal vases. Berries in moody tones contrasted beautifully against a palette of deep reds, blues and grays.

Graphic design by Amanda at The Early Word was the perfect complement for the event’s look. Katy gave us license to make interesting choices, so we went with pared-down graphics and stark contrast. Seating was assigned using a large chart with individual envelopes for each guest. Menus at each place setting and clear acrylic menus at the bar set the luxe-yet-simple mood for a stylishly catered meal by Hearty Boys. Vintage glassware rented from us was a hit with guests as well!

Quite possibly our favorite part of the day was pulling off Katy’s surprise for Jon. As an amateur photographer, he has built an impressive portfolio of images featuring Chicago sights. We curated eight of these photos and had them blown up to create a gallery for guests to enjoy when they arrived. It was such a thoughtful touch and now the couple has a gallery collection to display for years to come!

Katy + Jon are the kind of people you want to be friends with. They are the kind whose ceremony moves you to tears because you can feel the love between them. We are honored to have been trusted with the details of their day and feel so lucky to have gotten to know them. Congratulations, you two! We cannot wait to see the amazing things you accomplish in your life together.


Planning + vintage rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings // Photography: Nicodem Creative // Catering: Hearty Boys // Florist: Larkspur // Graphic design: The Early Word // Venue: Morgan’s on Fulton // String music + DJ: Backthird // Officiant: Walton Weddings // Transportation: Windy City Limo // Hair: Sine Qua Non Salon – Lakeview // Makeup: Nika Vaughan Makeup Artistry // Cake: Oak Mill Bakery // Donuts: Stan’s Donuts

Real Wedding: Lauren + Jason

With our wedding season starting earlier each year, we find ourselves spending more time on events and less time on the blog. Once spring begins the most reliable place to view our real events will on Facebook and Instagram, with added inspiration bonus on our Pinterest page. By the way, have you followed us yet? Go do it! Some of our 2015 weddings are also making their way to your favorite wedding publications and we will share those as soon as they debut!

Meanwhile, before this blog gets quiet so that we can focus on creating beautiful weddings for our couples, Lauren + Jason’s wedding decor is just too pretty to keep to ourselves. Lauren began working with us in 2014 to bring to life her vision of an urban, feminine affair at Room 1520. The venue was the perfect blank slate, brimming with white and gray tones throughout, crystal chandeliers, in-house specialty lighting, and a vintage mirrored bar that makes a big statement.

We paired Lauren with some of the most talented decor vendors in the city and partnered with them to build a cohesive style that would come in right on budget; if there’s one thing you can say about Kate, it’s that she is very dedicated to keeping couples on track with smart spending! Well, that and she loves producing beautiful events to showcase every couple’s personality. And she loves her lists and timelines. Okay, there are a lot of things you can say about Kate.

With a vendor dream team of Field & Florist for local, breathtaking floral design, Dashwood Shop for hand lettered signage, and the Chicago Vintage Weddings team (plus some of our fab vintage rentals and candle treatments) on site to manage set up of the ceremony and reception with Food For Thought Catering, this was one special day. Building a relationship with Lauren meant to much to the process because we were able to get to know her and develop a seamless design concept over time. With any team of creative professionals working together, nothing is more valuable than having a strong connection to the client as well as to one another. We are incredibly thankful to have been trusted with the details of such a special day and are very happy for Lauren + Jason as they continue to grow together!

Venue: Room 1520 // Photographer: We Laugh We Love // Event Design + Vintage Rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings // Florist: Field & Florist // Caterer: Food For Thought // Calligrapher: Dashwood Shop

Real Wedding: Stephanie + Michael

We work with lots of cute couples, so saying that Stephanie + Michael are one of the cutest ever really means something. Being part of this fun-loving pair’s wedding day was an absolute joy! Even with the weather being less than cooperative in late November, warmth filled every element of the day; we think that shows in these amazing images from Jason Brown of J Brown Photography. We’re obsessed with the Art Institute of Chicago portraits!

Stephanie had an elegant vision for event decor and Art of Imagination executed it beautifully. As with every wedding we’ve ever planned at Bridgeport Art Center, every detail was lovely. Sarah and her team at Berghoff knocked catering out of the park, Dominic Wayne served up the tunes, and the Venue Logic team helped everything come together seamlessly. Our own Elizabeth meticulously arranged each hand-lettered escort card because we know it’s those little details that make a big difference!

This wedding was so fun and cozy–even on a snowy day–because of all the love in the room. We had a blast working with Stephanie + Michael as well as their families and wedding party, and are so happy that they tied the knot (and picked us to help it all come together)! Congratulations to these two darlings!

Photographer: J Brown Photography // Planner: Chicago Vintage Weddings // Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden // Event Decor: Art of Imagination // Caterer: Berghoff Catering // DJ: Dominic Wayne // Photo Booth: Photo Booth of the Stars // Salon: Maxine Salon // Transportation: Windy City Limo // Hotel: The James

Real Wedding: Jessica + Wyatt

We can’t say enough about how much fun Jessica and Wyatt’s wedding was! With elegant, classic details throughout, it would have been enough simply to stare at the gorgeous scenery at their Holy Name Cathedral ceremony and Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile reception. The bride and her entire bridal party were beautiful in their full length gowns and delicate florals. The groom and his groomsmen looked fab in summery gray suits with striped ties and elegant boutonnieres. Husband-wife team Christy and James of Christy Tyler Photography captured everything with a talented eye. There’s so much happiness in these images!

At the reception, guests enjoyed a refreshing cocktail hour to beat the heat and made their way to a fantastic meal in the hotel’s ballroom. Once dinner ended, a serious rager broke loose. Toast and Jam’s DJ Kate kept the dance floor packed all night, not that she needed much help prompting this crowd to get moving! With a little help from their families, Jessica and Wyatt kept guests decked in enough glowing party gear to give the lights on the Vegas Strip a run for their money. Chicago-style late night bites and thoughtful favors were a perfect way to end the night.

We loved being part of this fantastic couple’s day and are excited to see what the future holds for them. Congratulations, you two!

Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral | Reception: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile | Videographer: Robert Cawthorne Wedding Films | DJ: Toast & Jam | Florist: Bunches | Bridal hair: Salon U | Bridal party hair: Debra Petrielli | Makeup: Anjelica Bannos Artistry | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth

Real Wedding: Amanda + Luke

Amanda and Luke blew us away with their November nuptials. Classic inspiration and personal touches lent a warm tone to the entire day, even with blustery weather outside. Drawing on East Coast roots with a seafood station and honey favors from Luke’s Massachusetts family hive, every last detail was perfectly chic. One of our favorite moments was seeing the couples’ eyes light up when they viewed their University Club reception space before it opened, sneaking in to practice their first dance as newlyweds and to spend time taking it all in. We’ll admit, too, that we got a little teary hearing Luke’s words: “Amanda doesn’t just make me happy, she makes me happiest.” This couple is a perfect match, and we’re thrilled that they have been featured on The Knot!

Photography: Sarah Postma | Ceremony: St. Clement | Reception: University Club of Chicago | Floral: Abby Flowers

Real Wedding: Allison + Neil

We connected with Allison and Neil when Allison visited our pop-up shop during September’s Design Harvest street festival. She had the best style and we could tell right away that her wedding was going to be just gorgeous. That was, of course, confirmed on January 3 when we coordinated and provided rentals for her and Neil’s wedding at Prairie Production Studios.

This couple couldn’t be more darling. Their deep love for each other and their spirituality shone through beautifully in the ceremony, during which they broke bread with loved ones and shared a laying on of hands with guests. Their artistic sides were evident as well, with Allison’s handmade touches throughout and inspired floral design by Samantha Margerum. Big Star, never failing to impress, catered the affair with a handmade tortilla station and to-die-for tacos. Desserts came from Lovely: A Bake Shop, and we just couldn’t get over the gold-accented miniature donuts. This was truly an indie, local affair, with nearly all vendors coming from the West Loop, West Town, and Logan Square neighborhoods.

The couple’s closest friends rocked it out with live music and a song written just for them. Zoe Prinds of Flash Photography and assistant Crystal Liepa captured every sweet moment on film, which you can take a peek at below.

 Congratulations, Allison + Neil!

Venue: Prairie Production // Coordination + vintage rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings // Photography: Zoe Prinds-Flash Photography + Crystal Liepa Photography // Florist: Samantha Margerum // Caterer: Big Star // Standard rentals: Tablescapes // Sweets: Lovely: A Bake Shop

As Seen on TV

Wedding season is still a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean we rested on our laurels during February! Aside from gearing up for spring events and meeting great new couples, we went on a major media blitz. Our vintage rentals and wedding planning advice were featured on NBC Chicago’s morning news, WCIU The U’s You & Me This Morning, and Fox Chicago’s afternoon news in the span of just two weeks. Don’t worry if you missed it because we have the rundown here.

Larkspur provided lush blooms in one of our mercury glass vases and Elysia Root wowed with a signature cake design. Those tabletop goodies you see are our vintage rentals, of course.

We also stopped by WCIU studios to talk with Melissa about hosting a greener wedding, featuring our friends in the Green Wedding Alliance.

Link to You & Me’s WCIU Green Wedding Feature

Whew! Okay, we’re off to nap…and then off to this weekend’s absolutely fabulous wedding. Can’t wait!

Real Wedding: Carolyn + George

Carolyn and George have Chicago in their blood, so it only makes sense that they would want the city to play a role in their wedding. From the industrial, rooftop skyline backdrop of their photos to the Bears-themed groomsmen, no detail was left out. Each table was named after a location of particular importance to the couple and even the beer selection was a who’s-who of top local flavors.

In true Chicago fashion, these two weren’t afraid to break a sweat! Carolyn, owner of The Bread and Butterfly, arranged all of the flowers herself. This is something we normally ask brides not to do (the last thing a girl needs on her wedding day is to stress out), but this talented florist was certainly an exception to the rule. She blew everyone away with her colorful, textured designs.

Also keeping with what it really means to live in Chicago, the weather was less than cooperative. Even so, the entire wedding party braved a cold and windy October afternoon to pose and play on the Ignite Art Glass Studios rooftop. Seriously, how cute is the couple and their wedding party?

Fun was an integral part of the big day. The bride walked down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme song and yes, it was as amazing as you think. Post-ceremony, guests were treated to a live glass-blowing demonstration in the venue’s working art glass studio. DJ Kate of Toast & Jam cranked out the tunes all night, leading to some seriously impressive sing-alongs.  Even the cake-cutting was quirky and personal, with an adorable superhero cake from Luscious Layers.

We are so in love with Carolyn and George and were honored to help coordinate their wedding. These two are amazing, kind individuals who are clearly so in love that the good vibes are infectious. Thanks, you two, for trusting us  with your big day. It was a blast and your photos are just perfect!

Chicago couple

DJ: Toast & Jam

Venue: Ignite Art Glass Studio

Photographer: Chrystl Roberge Photography

Florals and design: The Bread and Butterfly

Coordination and vintage rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings

Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery

Dog Rescue Dinner with One Tail at a Time

One thing many of you already know about us is that we love supporting our favorite causes, and one of those favorites happens to be One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue. Our owner was a supporter even before founding Chicago Vintage Weddings, so of course it’s pleasure to have the opportunity to use CVW to do good for the pups!

Last night we were the proud sponsor of the first fundraiser dinner for One Tail at a Time. Our friends at green caterer Big Delicious Planet generously donated a five course meal prepared by Executive Chef Melissa. The dinner took place at Chicago Pet Sitters, so we knew we had our work cut out for us in transforming this daytime pet sitting headquarters into a cozy, intimate dinner venue. We decided on a simple, rustic woodland theme to match the space’s existing farm table and industrial seating. Scavenged wood, recycled paper and vintage rentals decorated the table, fitting the eco-chic vibe.

As if helping a dog rescue isn’t good enough, we were joined during set up by the world’s cutest guests of honor: two pit bull puppies who just entered the rescue that day! We don’t even want to tell you how much productivity time we lost to snuggles, but it was well worth every minute. These babies will be needing homes soon. There are also plenty of other adoptable OTAT dogs of all ages waiting to light up your life, all listed here on Petfinder!