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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

Real Weddings: Jill + Johnny

Jill and Johnny are a couple after our hearts. Jill discovered our vintage rentals at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance annual eco-wedding fair, Committed, way back in February and since then we’ve had a blast coming up with creative vintage rental plans for this past weekend’s wedding at the lofty Chicago Urban Art Society.

According to composting guru Mary Beth Schaye of Collective Resource, these two threw the most sustainable wedding she has ever seen. Composting? Check. Reusable, rented decor? You bet. Recycling? Yep. Vegan fare? Of course! The list could keep going on but we think you get the picture. It was an incredibly stylish, fun, sustainable affair!

Here is just a small peek at some of the day’s vintage design elements. The couple chose a Chicago theme with colors of the Chicago flag throughout. Florist Forget Me Knodt incorporated these colors into her floral choice for an incredibly sophisticated, bright palette. We designed a custom sweet table and appetizer table, and we provided cafe lights, lanterns, champagne glasses, chairs, a lounge area and more for rent. It was certainly an affair to remember–congratulations, Jill and Johnny!

Chicago’s Committed Wedding Show Recap

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably seen us talking about Committed, the annual indie wedding show hosted by the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance. This was our second year participating and it couldn’t have been better! We met so many new couples and got to strut our stuff with our rentals and planning display in the main event space at Greenhouse Loft. A big hit was our DIY activity, which let couples craft their own “thank you” banners.

As usual, we met plenty of clients (or their families) who are planning destination weddings from out of state. Chicago Vintage Weddings loves working with couples planning destination weddings in Chicago! It’s especially fun for us because our owner has lived in the area all her life and knows exactly how to showcase this beautiful city for visitors; nothing is too far off the beaten path to escape our attention. Whether someone has roots in the city or fell in love with it during a vacation, we know what makes Chicago so special and love to help others feel right at home while planning a wedding here.

If we met you at Committed, thanks for looking at our blog! If you didn’t get a chance to meet us there, don’t fret: you can call, email us or fill out our contact form to find out more! Be sure to take a peek at Tuan H. Bui, Photographer as well, who provided us with the lovely photos.

Committed: An Avant Garde Wedding Event in Chicago

Have you heard? Two weeks from now, on Sunday, February 23, the biggest wedding show ever to hit Logan Square will be coming to Greenhouse Loft. Committed is hosted by the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance so rest assured that some of Chicago’s greenest, grooviest wedding vendors will be there. Come with an empty stomach and an open mind because you’re sure to get amazing samples from Goose Island , Katherine Anne Confections, FIG Catering and more, plus tons of inspiration from other event professionals like yours truly.

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Committed is also going to feature a rumpus room with DIY projects like our banner-making kit. You can also visit us in our booth for a little “meet the planner” Q&A and a peek at our vintage rentals. We can’t wait to see you there!

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