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Alex and Brian were married at St. Maria Goretti Church and had their reception at the Banquets at St. George. Filled with lush flowers, beautiful colors, and perfect details, this wedding day was perfect in every sense of the word.

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A new beginning. That’s what weddings are. They’re a beautiful way to start a new beginning. So many people thing of weddings as a transition — a bridge from one life, to another. But what we must focus on is the beginning. The beginning of a new life, a new family, a new special time that the couple comes together to create a home with one another. It’s so special and I’m so blessed to be a small part of it.

V E N D O R S

Venue: St. Maria Goretti Church and the Banquets at St. George

Flowers: Flowers with Jazz – Jane Martin (Dyer, IN)

Bridal Gown: Allure from Something Blue Bridal

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse (Merrillville, IN)

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN (Chicago, IL)

Cake: Cakes by Bee (Frankfort, IL)

Makeup: Krissy Vanderwoude

Hair: Hairspray Revolution – Suzy Galazka

One more beautiful wedding to talk about before we head into 2017…Brian and Claire were married at the groom’s mother’s house in a GORGEOUS backyard ceremony. They had their reception at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN. I could NOT get over all of the perfect details that filled this wedding–clearly, as there are about a million pictures in this post! Ha!

Their beautiful love story is one that I truly enjoyed hearing. A perfect story to match a perfectly lovely couple 🙂 In the words of the bride and groom…

“We initially met on a dating website, but met-up for drinks at Rodan in the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park, then capped it with a walk-through our local bookstore, Myopic, in which we bought each other recommended books so we could keep in touch as we started reading.”

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“I knew Claire was “the one” when we took our first trip to a private cottage in Sheboygan MI, off Lake Huron, under the stars, lakeside at our bonfire.”

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“In our third year of dating, we decided to take our annual summer trip to a cottage in Michigan, off the shores of Lake Huron — a place we’d discovered as a special getaway the summer before. Each with a drink in hand (Claire: gin and tonic; Brian: cognac and Coke) we curled up by the bonfire to watch the stars above. Late into the June twilight, Brian planted his left knee into the sand and, ring in hand, asked me if I would marry him. With eyes gleaming from tears of joy, I said “yes” under the stars and our adventure began.”

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“We have two beloved cats, Theo and Sal.”

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I wish you two lovebirds nothing but the best as you live your happily ever after. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your forever!

V E N D O R S

Venue: Ceremony–Mother of the Groom’s Home, Lowell, IN; Reception–Avalon Manor, Merrillville, IN

Flowers: Intertwine

Bridal Gown and Accessories: KittyChen Couture

Rings: Christopher Duquet (Evanston, IL)

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo (Chicago, IL)

Cake: Chesterton Cake Shoppe

Hair: Vanis Salon

Brittany and Matt were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Croatian Hall. I love how happy and sparkly this entire day was!! It was so much fun! You can always tell when a bride and groom have a genuine fondness for one another–that was definitely the case with Matt and Brittany. The way the moved, the way they looked at one another. You could feel how the love between them filled the room. It made the entire day special. I hope that every bride and groom in the coming year are filled with as much love and happiness as these two are!

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It never ceases to amaze me, the transformation that County Line Orchard goes through during a wedding. Kendra and James’s big day was no exception! They did such a beautiful job turning the big barn into a dreamworld. Even more special, the bride and groom’s story–filled with love and family. In the words of the bride and groom…

“We met four years ago at our friend’s wedding in Philadelphia. We were paired in the wedding party to walk down the aisle together. After their wedding, we each traveled back to Chicago and Indianapolis, we hit it off and our long distance relationship began. We have talked every day since! After 3 years, Kendra made the move from Indianapolis to Chicago to take the relationship to the next level. Soon after, we were engaged and the wedding planning began.”

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“I knew James was the one when we were out on a date sharing a meal together.. our favorite kind of dates. During our conversation, James discussed the importance of family and told stories of his grandpa… I was totally smitten and knew then he was the one for me.”

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“The proposal was very special, intimate and perfect. James planned for us to travel to my grandparent’s property where my little brother had built a tree house in to honor my late grandparent’s memory. The plan was to build a fire and just hang out. James’ played music and asked me to dance. As we were dancing, he got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of our lives together. After I said yes, of course, he turned me around, pointed out into the woods and my little brother popped out of hiding.. he had a camera and captured the entire moment!”

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I’m so lucky that Kendra and James wanted me to be a small part of their big day. Thank you and Congratulations!

V E N D O R S

Venues: Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection (Valparaiso, IN) and County Line Orchard (Hobart, IN)

Flowers: Schultz Floral (Valparaiso, IN)

Wedding Gown and Accessories: Something Blue Bridal (Schererville, IN)

Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux

Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaids (Designer: Amsale)

Cake: County Line Orchard (Chef Jonna)

Make Up: Melissa Marshall (Le Roc Salon)

Hair: Amber Hanson (Serenity Salon)

Alyssa and Steven were married at Madonna Della Strada in Chicago, IL. It was a beautiful day filled with love and excitement for the future. All weddings should be like this one. In the words of the bride…

“I teased my best friend from college to set me up with a medical student when she went to medical school at Loyola. We went out on a blind double date (with her and her husband) to a comedy improv club, followed by dinner at a Mexican restaurant and a board game. The next day, as soon as he friended me on Facebook, I asked him out to go salsa dancing. I was charmed by his intelligence, his great sense of humor and his wicked dance moves! And the rest is history!”

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“For me, it wasn’t one moment. It was how we never run out of things to talk about. How good he is with his nieces and nephews. How cool he stays under pressure and calms me as well. That he’s as willing to go on an adventure as he is to stay in and cuddle. But mostly, it’s because, even after 4.5 years of a long distance relationship, no matter where we are, seeing him feels like coming home.”

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“In August Steve told me that he assumed I didn’t want a corny proposal. Thinking along the lines of a baseball scoreboard proposal, I said no, that’s not my taste. He mentioned he had been talking to a co-worker about proposing in Disney World, but he was glad he asked first. I immediately became completely conflicted because I wanted the proposal to be a surprise, but I would have LOVED a proposal in Disney World! So I just didn’t say anything. As we were leaving Steve’s apartment to catch the airplane, Steve pulled a ring-sized box out of his bedside table and said, “Should I bring this?” I said, “No, because I’ve looked in that box and you have cuff links in there”. December came, and we took a family vacation to Disney World with my family. On the first day at the parks we were at MGM studios. In the line for the Tower of Terror, I told Steve I knew he wouldn’t be proposing to me on this trip because of what I had told him previously, but I would have really liked it. Little did I know that I was giving him immense amounts of self-satisfaction because the ring was in the hotel room.”

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“The next day, we spent the whole day running around the Magic Kingdom. It was Christmas time, so everything, especially Cinderella’s castle, was decorated for the holiday. In the evening, we met up with my parents to ride the Small World ride. While we were in line, my mom asked if I was having a romantic time. Thinking this was an odd thing to say on a family vacation, I said, “Yeah, I guess. Cinderella’s castle looks nice with all the Christmas lights.” We decided to walk to the next ride in the rain. As we walked toward the carousel, I started getting annoyed because there was a rope blocking our way and Steve kept walking in that direction. Irritated, I said, “Why are we walking this way, I’m cold and wet and we can’t even get throu-why are you on the ground?” Because as I turned around Steve was down on one knee. The only thing I could think to say was, “No, you’re kidding, get up.” Startled, he assured me that he was not kidding. My head started to spin and I could only say, “No, you’re kidding, get up!” He said, “I’m not kidding. Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes and pulled him off the ground to give him a big kiss. Then my parents rushed over (they had been taking pictures) and I started to cry because it suddenly became real! We got to enjoy the rest of our vacation wearing “We’re engaged!” pins all around the park and I showed off my ring to anyone who would stand still long enough to look.”

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I wish you both a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for letting me be a small part of your forever after.

V E N D O R S

Venue: Madonna Della Strada, Chicago, IL

Florist: Edward’s Florist

Bridal Gown: Wedding Belles

Makeup: Briette Madrid

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