Katie & James’ wedding kicked off my 2014 wedding season! I am so lucky to have met this charming couple. They have made me feel like I’m part of their family every time I see them. So down to earth & easy going. When Katie’s mom Sharon told me that they were made for each other, I knew it was going to be a unique & special love story. The ceremony took place inside the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville Illinois. It was a very small & quaint wedding. No wedding party, just the bride & groom surrounded by all their loved ones. They opted to do a First Look before the ceremony. It started to rain, so we went to the 3rd floor banquet room & the light was just to die for! No rain could scare us away! Watching James lay his eyes on his bride was heartfelt. At that moment, I knew that Sharon was right about them… They were so much in love & you can feel & see it. The reception was held at the LeClaire Room at the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville IL. Instead of hiring a DJ or band, they had DUELING PIANOS!!!! How cool is that?! BIG THANKS to Kristina Cipolla Photography for 2nd shooting with me!! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…..
Katie & James – Thank you for choosing me to photograph your special day. It was an honor to be a part of it with your family & close friends. I wish you many years of happiness & I look forward to seeing you all again.
Wedding Theme: rustic, modern, romantic, quirky, vibrant
Ceremony/Reception: Ceremony – The Wildey Theater; Reception – The Leclaire Room
Caterer: Bella Milano
DJ: Spanky Entertainment (Dueling Pianos!!!)
Videographer: (unofficial) A friend (Diana Haynes) so kindly captured moments on our big day for us.
Florist: Tina, James’ mom, made my bouquet and James’ boutonniere
Cake: A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery (cake, groom’s cake, and mini desserts); Donut Palace (donuts)
Wedding Dress designer: Alfred Angelo (Modern Vintage Bridal Collection)
Bridesmaid Dress designer: n/a
Tuxes: Calvin Klein Linen Suit Separates (vest and pants)
Shoes: Katie – a pair of delicate, beaded sandals; James – bright green Sperrys
Hair: Britny Ross – Studio One at Park Plaz
Hairpiece/Veil: I was going to try a gold birdcage veil, but I couldn’t get it to work unfortunately!
Makeup: Samantha Braeutigam – Studio 3 at Park Plaza
Please list any Do It Yourself ideas/decorations you incorporated:
- We designed/created a lot of the details/decorations for our big day:
o Old door backdrop for the ceremony
o Wooden pallet guest book
o Menu/itinerary/guest seating cards that were posted on old doors at the entrance of the reception
o Wildflower seed packet guest favors
o Bent fork place card holders for the dessert table
o Banner on the dessert table
1. What was your most memorable moment on your wedding day?
- The first look
- The uniqueness of the ceremony
- Making a secret stop for wine at Springer’s Creek Winery in between the ceremony and reception
- The dueling pianos
2. First Dance song: I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
3. How did the two of you meet?
We met when I went to visit my mom, Sharon, at her office…where James also works. Our first meeting was simple – I complimented his hair. Our friendship/relationship grew from there.
4. How did he propose?
James planned one of his famous, creative, thoughtful, and secret dates for us – The Grafton Zipline followed by a winery. We had survived the zipline and were about to head to the winery when he proposed. He makes fun of me because he says I didn’t even answer. I argue that I was too busy smothering him with love to utter the obvious ‘yes’.
5. Favorite detail from the wedding:
The atmosphere – a feeling of togetherness; happiness; jovial; natural; emotional
6. Advice to future brides & grooms:
Make each and every detail about your big day truly what you want. Don’t ever apologize for doing it YOUR way, for breaking ‘tradition’. The day is about you and your partner. Express your personalities, your connection, and your love in every detail of the journey.
7. Would you change anything about the wedding?
Our entrance at the reception was a little chaotic. We had no idea that we were being announced already! Looking back, we just laugh about how during the confusion James almost elbowed me in the forehead when we busted through the doorway.
Background – On one of our first dates, James asked me what places I wanted to travel to – one of my answers was Portland, OR. Fast forward to our engagement – James surprised me by booking a flight to Portland for our honeymoon. He said he knew where he wanted to take me on a honeymoon from the moment we had that initial travel conversation.
We took an adventure out to Portland, OR. Each and every detail of the trip, everything we did, each place we explored reflected a different part of our relationship. We hiked, we saw the Pacific, we felt the mist of beautiful waterfalls, we drank beer in a dive pub while we watched the USA play in the World Cup, we stopped at a road-side produce stand, we drank wine, we tasted great food, we met new people, we explored the city on foot, we had the best view of the 4th of July fireworks from the deck of the house we stayed in… and on and on and on.