The ceremony will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley, IL. It will be an hour long mass. I don't think we're going to write our own vows, we want to keep it very traditional.
I will have five bridesmaids. Two of them are my best friends from college and the other three are cousins. Here are what the dresses look like. They're Alfred Angelo in clover. Style number 6493.
There will be five groomsmen. Best man is my fiance's brother, my two brothers, and two of his friends that he grew up with. They'll be wearing black tuxes and most likely a vest color similar to the one below. We're definitely going with ties.
My shoes are from David's Bridal. The style is called Leanne.
The veil is also from David's Bridal (pictured below, but that is not my dress). I wanted something simple and inexpensive.
I'm just now starting to work with a florist out of Lake in the Hills, IL. Here's the website:
I've been in contact with Keeley and she's really helpful. The website is phenomenal for inspiration (and the music is great too!).
I also found Better Homes and Gardens flower magazines to help me narrow down the look I am going for.
I like this look so far for the bridesmaids:
I'm liking white or white with a bit of green for my bouquet. Here are some contenders:
Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, IL
They make it very convenient for us brides! They provide
table linens (including napkins)
dishes and silverware
chair covers and sashes (I'm going to have white chair covers and champagne sashes)
price of cake included
mirror tiles for your centerpieces as well as candles (last I checked)
free complimentary wedding night stay for the bride and groom
There isn't much left for me to do at the reception except for the table centerpieces and the usual nitty gritty (escort cards, decorating the cake table and some other areas).
We'll be eating chicken piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, and fall vegetable medley. We are doing an open bar as well as a cocktail hour. We're not sure what kind of cake we'll be eating yet.
My photographer has worked with my family since 2002 and taken pictures of my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, taken my engagement photos, and taken recent family photos before my brother deployed to Iraq this fall. She creates outstanding work. She's been in the photography business for 17 years and shot over 350 weddings. Her name is Justine and her company is called Justpix, Inc. She tends to work primarily in the Chicago area but she will travel for destination weddings. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Engagement ring is in front. It was his great grandma's. It's in the original setting. The wedding band is closer to my heart as they say :). It just happened to fit about perfectly along the contour of my engagement ring. We got both my wedding band and his at Jared. I couldn't resist taking just one picture of them together (even though my mom says it's bad luck to put on your wedding ring before the big day).
Sorry that's top secret. A select few cousins, aunts, and close friends have seen it. I will tell you it's white and it's strapless.
My mom met with my florist on Friday and she suggested submerged centerpieces. That way you end up using a lot less flowers but still have the elegance and drama. Here's are some inspirational pictures that we can work from. We're going to be using fall flowers instead of calla lillies.