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Aug 22, 2009

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Paine Art Center and Gardens
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our wedding ceremony was held at the Paine Art Center almost 3 weeks ago now. I knew before I was even dating my now-husband that I wanted to get married at the Paine, there was no other option for me. The Paine was our first "vendor" that we booked about 13 months in advance; they typically hold 2-3 weddings per day on Saturday summer, but of course this varies. Call early to reserve your time preference as it is first come first serve! Other than the fact that I think this is the most beautiful venue in all of the Fox Valley - if not beyond area (there are so many different spots for pictures, from the mansion backdrop, to the mansion itself, to a wooded area, and a rose garden, the possibilities are endless!), the staff is extremely organized. It is obvious they have been doing this a while as they are equipped with walkie-talkies to ensure that you and your groom do not steal a peek beforehand or that you do NOT see other wedding parties throughout the day. I loved working with both Michelle and Kelly and thought they were extremely professional and helpful. There are some restrictions in their contract that I was initially worried about (no flower petals) but I worked it out so that I was able to have enough to make an effect (just not as much as I initially wanted). My husband was worried beforehand about the steep price, saying "that much for only a 20 minute ceremony!", but after the fact he has told me a few times in the almost 3 weeks we have been married that the pictures we will receive were well worth the price and then some. We could not have had a more perfect backdrop for the "vintage-charm meets girly" wedding I was planning.
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