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Real Wedding: Anne + Jeremy

Some couples, when you meet them, just have “it.” They have that level of comfort, that certainty that everything is going to be okay because they have one another. Anne and Jeremy are one of these couples. When they first came to us in 2014, both were busy professionals living in Chicago. They had inspiration for their dream wedding day but no plan for how to pull it off, especially with such tight schedules and a move out of state looming ahead. We started talking with them about their priorities–an outdoor spring ceremony, comfort food, local craft beer, elegant vintage touches, a rocking dance party–and realized that just like these two were a great match for each other, we were a great match as their wedding planner. Thankfully, they felt the same way.

A few months later, our plan was coming together. We locked in an amazing industrial-chic venue in South Bend, Indiana and a nearby botanic garden, Fernwood, to host their ceremony. After getting lucky enough to secure the couple’s dream date (someone else wanted it!) and making sure that a fantastic band and photographer were available, we started on the really fun part: tasting the food. Enter Smoke Daddy, a Wicker Park barbecue restaurant that is so worth the out of state delivery fee! Between their hearty fare, assorted desserts from another local Chicago vendor, A Baker’s Tale, and The Brick’s seamless bar service, this wedding plan was on track.

Now, what about decor? This is where Anne’s vision really flourished. South Bend florist MichaelAngelo’s created a lush peony bouquet that still makes us swoon. Their tabletop floral arrangements were a perfect complement for our vintage rentals and decor. We designed a sweet little sweetheart table and some paper goods, and set the tablescapes off with vintage sheet music as a little nod to Anne + Jeremy’s Anne + Jeremy’s excellent musical taste. We made sure to cover all the little details too, from providing extra candlelight to plying accent tables with lace to complete the look. Overall, it was a perfect combination of vintage + industrial chic in a venue that we only wish could be located closer to home! Funk Harmony Park, a band the couple already knew, did an incredible job playing every genre imaginable late into the night.

At the end of it all, we said goodbye to the couple, their wedding party and their families and returned to Chicago feeling excited for them and just a little disappointed that, with our planning complete, we would no longer be working together. Thankfully, Anne + Jeremy have kept in touch and recently shared exciting news: they are expecting a baby! By the end of this month, these two fantastic people will be proud first time parents; they are going to be amazing at it. Congratulations on your growing family, Anne + Jeremy, and thank you for letting us share in your excitement!

Ceremony venue: Fernwood Botanical Garden // Reception venue + bar: The Brick // Photographer: Rotarski Photography // Planner + vintage rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings // Catering: Smoke Daddy // Sweets: A Baker’s Tale // Band: Funk Harmony Park // Florist: MichaelAngelo’s // Transportation: Royal Excursion // Wedding party hair: Angie Cave // Bridal hair: Tim Toth of Lather Chicago // Makeup: Makeup by Morgan

Top 2016 Wedding Trends, Part II

The top 2016 wedding trends are back! Ever since our last post, we’ve been noticing more and more of our trend predictions popping up in magazines and blogs. Have you noticed it too? Last time we told you about the latest in cakes, accessories, tabletop decor and dining. Here, get inspired by gowns, glassware and delicious cocktails.

Top 2016 gown style | Intricate beading

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Pearls! Crystals! Paillettes! Feast your eyes on these incredibly detailed looks gracing the runways of the world’s top designers. Expect to see these couture pieces influencing the style of wedding wear in 2016 and beyond, much like the beloved Alexander McQueen long-sleeved lace gown worn by Duchess Kate did back in 2011. Why not mix it up, too? Don’t be afraid to pair beading with fringe, floral patterns and lace for some luxurious, stylish texture.

Top 2016 glassware | Colorful

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We may be a little biased because we have thousands of pieces of colored glassware for rent, but we’ll be darned if this look isn’t white-hot. Colored glass adds variety and personality to any tablescape, whether it’s all a single color, mixed and matched, or paired with clear crystal. The look can be rustic or elegant, busy or understated. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to too much color, try this at your bar for specialty cocktails, or just incorporate it at the head table.

Top 2016 cocktails | Tikiwedding tiki cocktails chicago wedding planner

Fellow Chicagoans, we know you’ve been loving the tiki trend popping up in bars across the city. What you may not have considered is that tropical cocktails can pair perfectly with your wedding too! These provide a boozy escape in winter and thirst-quenching refreshment in summer. Many classic cocktails are easy to “batch” in advance or serve punch-style, which can reduce wait times at the bar. We especially love these when they fit the event design, so use this as an excuse to fit pineapples and palms (also fun 2016 trends) into your floral decor.

That’s it for now, loves. We can think of so many other fun and exciting ways to personalize your wedding style, but we have a lot of work to do in the studio! There aren’t as many weddings at this time of year so we are spending our time working with current clients and meeting new ones as we prepare for exciting 2016 and 2017 wedding seasons. If you aren’t working with us yet and want to learn more about what we can do to make your wedding day perfect, contact us today!

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!

What We’ve Been Up To This May

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t made a post in quite a while. There’s a good reason for that: we’ve been busy, busy, busy! This May has been a time of wedding celebrations, new additions to the family, and lots of good things in general.

First of all, we have officially added vintage glassware rentals to our collection, including crystal stemware, barware, colored glass and more. This picture from owner Kate’s Instagram account shows just part of one day’s haul! We’re passing along these great finds to you at outrageously affordable rates.

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Next, our little company has been growing so quickly–thanks to our amazing couples–that we’ve added some new members to the team. We’re so excited to welcome Alex, Jenny, Sara-Claire and Stephanie on board!

What else have we been doing this month? In between vintage rental events, wedding coordination, planning upcoming events, and doing event design, we’ve been scoping out new items for our inventory and working on finally getting that full photo inventory posted. The photo inventory listing should be up and running this summer. Clients will be able to view nearly every item in our inventory, with new items being added as they arrive. This will make it even easier for our busy clients and destination couples to choose their vintage rentals!

That’s all for now, folks. We’re off to delve into more vintage wedding fun! Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to make Chicago Vintage Weddings a part of your big day. We can’t wait to hear from you!