Lauren and Dave
Lauren and Dave
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.