This is it, the big post about my wedding.
Brandon popped the question on May the Fifth, 2018, (Star Wars day) I started to get excited about the special day. I know so many girls pictured themselves as a princess on their wedding day, I always felt that I was going to be just a bride ready to become a wife.
After standing up in eight weddings, I knew exactly what I wanted for my special day. I wanted an elegant day, a big bridal party, and to be an easy-going bride.
I started the day getting my hair and makeup done with a handful of my bridesmaids at the salon my aunt works at. They have done a lot of my cousin’s bridal parties, so it felt natural to go there.
Then here comes the dress! I bought my dress at Martellen’s Dress and Bridal Boutique in Lemont, IL. The ladies there were amazing and really listened to what I wanted. We found the dress that left me with a big stupid grin on my face when I said “yes.”
I ended chosing a dress by Stella York with an illusion neckline and a fun back. I paired it with a cathedral length veil (courtesy of my cousin) and a rhinestone belt. I felt like the bride I always wanted to be.
My flowers were done by my neighbor who manages a Phillips Flowers Shop. She picked out the flowers that were on my invitations. She truly pulled my vision together. She even included a rosary of my deceased aunt and a charm for my Godfather who is deceased. I felt these personal touches were important on a wedding day.
Photographer shout out! I have known my photographer Bruce Burns for a long time. He is always so attentive to the brides and there was no one else I would have chosen to capture our perfect day!
Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful! We had it at my parish that I made every sacrament at, St. Jude in New Lenox. It was a full Catholic Mass, as I always dreamed! Brandon and I took time to pick out our readings. I worked diligently to pick out the music and Mass parts. And as a special present, my cousin composed a song herself for the visitation to the Holy Family. I describe the song as “pure Heaven.” You could feel the love of God and that day!
After the ceremony and family pictures we started to make our way to take formal bridal party photos, but it started to down pour. We were in downtown Joliet and nowhere to take pictures indoors. So, we ended up going to MyGrain, our favorite brewery, and bought a round for our bridal party. While we don’t have formal bridal party pictures, we do have an awesome memory. Also, did I mention how much I love craft beer?
And after a quick shoe change into my white Converse, we were ready for a fun night. I have been wearing Lo-tops since I was in seventh grade so I thought it would be a cute touch instead of just throwing on flip flops.
We had our reception at the Victorian Ballroom at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet, IL. It is a mansion that was owned by a railroad mogul. A family now owns it and operates events. I had an excellent time working with them, and helped make my vision come true. While weddings are expensive, I felt that this venue really gave the most value for your dollar. All I had to do was drop off everything a few days before my wedding and they did all the setting up.
I don’t believe weddings need themes. A wedding is a theme to begin with. You are look for a motif, a feel that describes the two of you. We decided to go for a modern elegant feel. I didn’t want to over decorate and wanted the eventspace to speak for itself. So I went simple for most of our decorations and added personal touches where I could.
Here’s a secret about our cake, it was Styrofoam!After some research, I couldn’t reason spending an exorbitant amount of money on a tiered cake when sheet cake is a fraction of the cost. I purchased a ceremonial cake made out of Styrofoam and fondant and served sheet cake to everyone. The ceremonial cake had a little slit out that you run the knife through, I just had a bow covering it. To make it more elegant, I added some flowers and a custom cake topper. Brandon is a police officer, so we bought a topper that was a bride and an officer. People were shocked when I told them this little trick! If you are looking for a way to cut an expense out of your wedding, look at various ways to can eliminate a pricey cake.
I’m really in to music, and Brandon is not as much. I took great care into curating the music for the night. We are big Guardians of the Galaxy fans so we chose some music around that. I also love Ed Sheeran, so naturally “Perfect” was our wedding song. The first time I heard it I cried and new that was the epitome of our relationship. We also chose a DJ that did two of my cousin’s weddings before called SoPrime Entertainment. They did a great job reading the crowd and understanding the music that we like.
I wanted this to be a night of dancing. I love tearing up the dancefloor at a wedding, so I made sure the music kept everyone out there. There was some music from today, some throwbacks (and a few unique ones as well, thanks Dad!), and some music from the day back at EIU. Overall, people enjoyed being out there.
We ended the night gathered around the dancefloor belting out “Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy. It was more epic than I could ever imagine.
Then we got in the limo and headed home as husband and wife. We had a day’s rest before we set off for our honeymoon to our favorite city: San Diego.
Planning a wedding is fun and stressful. I shared my special day because I loved working with all of my vendors so much. They all were reliable, professional, and experienced. Also, a lot of them did things to work within my budget to make this day feasible.
If you are a bride working on your special day, please do not hesitate to reach out! I would love to talk about the ways you can have a beautiful day!