I found a Chicago Wedding that you don't want to miss! This is the wedding of Brenda and Joe and was captured by J Brown Photography. I go searching for weddings that will give you lots of ideas, has a great story and ones that make me say, " I love this and everyone should see this!!" This is one of those beautiful weddings and Brenda gives us a glimpse of her story and some advice...
We met on Halloween 2008 at a club in Chicago. Joe was the only person who knew what I was dressed as (Margot Tenenbaum). We hit it off, danced all night and split a cab to our respective homes. I thought we had exchanged numbers, but as it turns out, Joe only gave his to me. I waited patiently for him to call, but he never did. God forbid I'd call first. Meanwhile, Joe franticly tried to find me on Google, Facebook, etc. to no avail. As fate should have it though, we ran into each other a couple weeks later and the rest is history.
Joe proposed at the Chicago Botanic Garden and we were engaged for a year and three months. The long engagement really allowed us to take our time, save money and really plan everything exactly how we wanted it. We hired Kelly Cavanaugh with Clementine Custom Events for full wedding planning and we DEFINITELY couldn’t have done it without her. She made the planning so smooth and stress free. Kelly kept us on schedule so it was fun (not painful) to plan all the little details. One of the best pieces of advice I could give a bride is to hire a planner whether it's for full planning or just the day of. You really don't realize everything that goes into this one big day. And you really want to enjoy your engagement and your wedding, not bicker over silly things.
Another good piece of advice is to lock in the venue/date first and then let everything else fall into place. The venue drives so much - the style, the size of the party, the cost. We both wanted to get married in Chicago where we live. Our families are from the suburbs of Chicago so it seemed like a great middle point. We also wanted to find a place we could have a ceremony and reception on site. Gallery 1028 was perfect for us. It was rustic and artsy and not like any other venue we’d seen. 1028 had this amazing exposed brick, unfinished wood floors and a white walled art gallery type space for cocktails. It was really the jumping off point to all of our creative ideas. Our wedding planner called our style "organic chic". We used a lot of natural elements in the decor like grass, moss and manzanita. But we also played up the artsy, more contemporary feel of the venue and had an all white dancefloor, contemporary cake and pops of bright yellow for the bridesmaid dresses and flowers.
We tried to save a little money and do some things DIY such as the invites that my incredibly creative husband designed. We also commissioned someone on Etsy to design our wedding programs. In fact, we got lots of things from Etsy. You'd be amazed at how many beautiful things they have on that site for weddings. All in all, we tried to make every detail as unique and special to us as possible. We loved every moment of the wedding day and it flew by way too fast. I know it's cliche, but it's true. You have to take a deep breath a couple of times during the day and just let it all sink in.
J. Brown Photography
The Perfect Dress sent me a blog that you will love because of the love story , the dress and the wedding decorations:
Lisa and Scott originally met at church and after one failed attempt at a date they finally started texting and talking. And then...Lisa asked Scott to come to a Jazz game with her. He is a huge fan so he said Yes! A little later down the road and after they had a few dates under their belt they finally got around to their first kiss.
Fast forward to a Thanksgiving holiday in San Francisco. Scott wanted to take Lisa on a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Once they got across they took a short walk down a path underneath the bridge. "He knew exactly where he wanted to go. I knew right then it was going to happen! We stood there for a bit looking at the bridge and the scenery. Some mushy things were said and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said Yes! It was simple. There was nobody around. In my book ... it was perfect."
One of Lisa's friends bought her gown at The Perfect Dress and Lisa was so impressed with the alterations that she had to come to our store. After trying on many gowns and showing her family she just wasn't in love. Then she came across a gown she had not seen before. "I loved it! I loved the lace, how it fit, the unique overlay on it and the bow on the back"
Lisa wanted elbow length sleeves added to her gown along with a V-neck in the front and back added to her nearly strapless gown.
She brought one of our seamstresses photos that she found online of the neckline and sleeve. The seamstress knew exactly what to do. "My seamstress was Awesome!!!"
Neutral shades of cream, grey, gold, silver, and touches of pink come together to showcase a luxurious wedding with rustic flair.
All of the decor was made to compliment the bride's decadent Pronovias lace gown.
Lisa Johnson McKell was married in the dress of her dreams to the man of her dreams on March 3, 2012 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple...followed by an opulent reception at Sleepy Ridge in Orem, Utah.
"My favorite part of the day was walking out of the temple with Scott and seeing all of our friends and family. It is something I’ll never forget. I am a little bit “older” to get married by Utah standards and I felt so loved and supported on that day!"
"I have never felt as good or pretty as I did in my wedding dress. I felt like I was on top of the world."
Now to the reception, which was absolutely dreamy...
Congratulations Lisa and Scott!