Lauren and Dave

Aurora, Illinois

 

 

Photography and Cinematography | Windy City Production | @windy_city_production

Venue | Company 251 | @company251

Floral Designer | Gatherings | @gatheringsdesign

Veil | Veiled by ChaCha | @veiledbychacha

Caterer | Moveable Feast @moveablefeastco

DJ | MDM Entertainment | @mdmentertainment

From the Photographer

It was a very cold day, but the couple and their bridal party were ready and willing to bare the weather and make the best of it!! Their wedding day was filled with lots of great moments: some exciting, some sweet, and all memorable. From the beginning of the wedding day with Lauren and the girls looking beautiful and Dave and the men hanging out and relaxing, through the end of the celebration, there wasn’t a shortage of special moments.

 

During the reception, family & friends delivered many touching toasts and of course the celebration wasn’t complete without a packed dance floor! We had such a hard time picking the photos for this Gallery because there are just SO MANY that we love!

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

Dave & I weren’t very picky in regards to having a specific theme! We wanted it to be very classic, simple, and overall traditional as we felt like that represented us very well as a couple. Our colors were Black, white, lots of greenery, mix or dark purple/magenta for flowers, gold accents. We had a Catholic full mass as I grew up Catholic and Dave converted to Catholicism prior to our wedding.

 

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

We had a lot of wood signs, and antique inspired decor from our florist: old books, gold candle sticks, antique typewriter for guest book. We made two of the wooden signs at Board & Brush from St. Charles, IL. We wanted every piece of decor to have thought behind it and be something personal to us.

 

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?

Our florist (Gatherings Design) was amazing. She made the most beautiful bouquets and decor for our ceremony and reception utilizing a ton of greenery, pinks/dark purples. We also wanted to create a lot of dimension, so not every table was the same (some tall arrangements, some small, hanging arrangement above head table).

 

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

We made sure the DJ played our favorite songs (my family is very into music & dancing), we had a photo booth, favorite part was DJ and dancing and my dad’s speech.

 

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

We wanted just to be classic! Dark grey suit with matching tie to bridesmaid dresses, and I have always pictured myself in a long sleeve traditional but beautiful gown with a long veil to wear in the Catholic church.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met at Purdue University through mutual friends. Dave was shy, I was more outgoing. At first I didn’t think he was interested in me, but little did I know he told everyone that he could not wait to see me again. He was slow to the punch, so I asked him to go to my Sorority dance and after that we were inseparable. We moved to Chicago after school and began working in the city. He proposed to me at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens during a weekend trip to “celebrate my new job” that I had just gotten. He hired a local photographer to capture the moment. Then we drove back home and all my family and friends from out of town/local were there waiting for us to throw us an engagement party. Everything was perfect.

 

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

The most special moment was reading the letters we both had written each other before walking down the aisle and NOT doing a first look. We were both so emotional walking down the aisle.

 

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

It’s so easy to get stressed about every little detail about the day and if everyone is going to enjoy themselves and if things will go smoothly. Dave & I slipped away from cocktail hour to sit for 45 min and process everything and talk/eat. It was the best piece of advice given to us, and we then were able to enjoy the rest of the reception completely and take everything in. It all goes by so fast so taking that time to just decompress and be with each other was so magical.