Alexis and William

Aurora, Illinois

 

 

Photography | Ben Ramos Photography | @iambenramos

Venue | Company 251 | @company251

Floral Designer | Ivy Oaks Floral | @ivyoaksfloral

Gown Designer | Anne Barge | @annebarge

Gown Salon | Kleinfeld Bridal | @kleinfeldbridal

Apparel | The Groomsman Suit | @thegroomsmansuit

Beauty | Hannah Richard MUA | @hannahrichardmua

Beauty | Refined Beauty Boutique | @refinedbeautyboutique

Caterer | Moveable Feast @moveablefeastco

Cinematography | This Charming Heart | @thischarmingheart

Invitations | Aurora Fast Print

DJ | Admit One DJs

From the Venue

COVID was not going to stop these two! Alexis + Billy were fully prepared to pull out all the stops for their big day. Personal hand sanitizer, masks, social distanced ceremony chairs + dinner tables, whatever it may take. And boy did they pull it off! Their big day was nothing short of perfect + sanitary. Alexis + Billy are THE King + Queen of COVID weddings.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We didn’t have a specific theme or vision, but wanted the wedding to feel like “us”, so everything was very personalized. We loved the black, white, and metallic palette throughout Co 251 and used that as inspiration throughout our wedding. Our wedding party wore black. While our day was a little bit smaller than expected due to the pandemic, our videographer live streamed the ceremony for friends and family near and far.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Co 251 is already so incredibly beautiful, so we added small personal touches around the venue. Almost everything was DIY – family members spent hours making paper flowers to make a life-size “S” for Sheeren. Alexis’ grandpa made wood photo blocks which we used for table numbers, photos, signs, and our personal favorite – to display pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Flowers were something we weren’t totally interested in when first starting planning, but ended up absolutely loving. We let our florist (Angie, Ivy Oaks Florals) run wild after picking a few basics. We loved the end result of silver light roses mixed within our otherwise neutral choices. Florals were used around the copper ceremony backdrop, boutonnières, bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces. Our florist also was able to incorporate pictures of Alexis’ grandmas within the bridal bouquet as well as her mom’s corsage, which was a very special and tearful surprise.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our day was incredibly personalized and we think that is what made it so special and memorable. A few of our favorites are below: Alexis’ dad became ordained online (LOL) and officiated our wedding which evoked many emotions – surprise for all of the friends and family that couldn’t believe we would let him take the microphone, tears at mentions of personal losses like Alexis’ grandmas who are no longer with us, and many laughs at jokes about Billy’s pant hemming nightmare and speeding tickets – Alexis’ cousin/bridesmaid Hailey did a reading called “How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali which was perfect given our love for dogs – Addy, our dog, was everywhere – she stopped by for pictures with her leather bow and leash, her image was on napkins, and she even gifted each guest with a doggie bag for their furry friends at home-Instead of cake for dessert, we served our favorite doughnuts from our favorite local bakery – Harner’s Bakery-Our table numbers were photos of us at each age growing up which ended up being trading cards by the end of the night! -We picked all of our favorite drinks for the bartenders to serve – Alexis is a big champagne fan so we served Veuve Clicquot while Billy and friends enjoyed many Jager Bombs. -All of our wedding printing was completely custom. We worked with a local design and print company (Aurora Fast Print) to bring our visions to life. Our favorite part was having caricatures made of our wedding party to include on the program! -A pop strings trio played instrumental versions of some of our favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail hour. William and the wedding party walked down the aisle to Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley and Alexis and her parents walked to Halo by Beyoncé.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Alexis visited Kleinfeld in New York with her mom, aunt, and mother-in-law. It was an incredible experience with Farrah, who suggested the Olmsted dress by Anne Barge. Tears ensued and the dress and veil were purchased immediately. Knowing heels were not her thing, Alexis purchased a fun pair of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sneakers with blue details for “Something Blue”. She also wore a pearl necklace gifted and added to by her aunt on past special occasions for “Something Old” and carried a clutch belonging to her Grandma for “Something Borrowed ” William wore a black suit that fit almost perfectly off the rack at The Groomsman Suit. He picked out black velvet ties from the Tie Bar to add a little bit of texture. William paired everything with British Tan Cole Haan belt and shoes to make the look a little more casual. Addy (our dog) was also included on his socks.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met in high school in 2011 and started dating during our Senior Year in 2012. We continued our relationship through college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a year of long distance after graduation. After moving to a tiny apartment in Chicago together, we decided the city was our home and purchased a condo in 2018. Billy proposed along the Chicago Riverwalk where Alexis’ parents were hiding and recording! We celebrated with lots of champagne and dinner at Chicago Cut.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We were both really excited and nervous for our first look. It was a really emotional moment and highly anticipated after reading the letter and vows we had written for each other. After this, tensions were released and the rest of the day was so much fun!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Getting married during a global pandemic is not optimal! We recommend finding vendors that are genuine people before business people that will be there through the twists and turns of planning. We also recommend not losing sight of the point of the wedding – to marry the love of your life!