After the ceremony was over, and everyone got their pictures, we hopped in the limo. Dominic and I made a special visit to the cemetery to visit two special people who couldn’t be there with us on our big day. After we got picked back up, we went to the park across the street to take more pictures.
This guy took a lot of prom looking photos, but some of the shots were so awesome. It was hot as all hell, but everyone pushed through like the champs they are and we sure did have fun. I had an entire folder dedicated to pictures I really wanted, and I think he got most of them throughout the day….which was super nice!
Once we were through with all of that, we finally went inside. I wanted to be there an hour earlier than everyone else because I wanted to make sure it looked perfect. And it did. Everything was just how I pictured in my head, everybody that helped out did a great job! Below I have a list of all the sources I could think of. If I’m missing any, and you have a question, just shoot me an email!
My dress was a Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal, my veil was from there, too. My shoes were from Nine West (seriously the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever owned and I cannot wait to wear them again for our anniversary dinner!). My lace garter was from Etsy shop Mirino. Olivia’s dress I scored off of eBay, it’s BabyGap and even more precious in person. Her shoes were from Old Navy. Dominic’s, as well as the groomsmen and both of our dad’s tuxes were all from Men’s Warehouse, who I highly recommend. The bridesmaid’s dresses were from a shop in Oak Law, IL called Eva’s Bridal who were really awesome to work with up until the end. My something old were the pictures inside the locket that was borrowed (the pictures were of my godmother and my nana….who we visited at the cemetery). My toe nails were blue and my dress was what was new!
Our florist was Oak Park Florist in Oak Park, IL, he did an absolutely beautiful job….the maid of honor bouquets were my personal favorite. Our photographer was from Jolie Images. Our caterer was Corky’s Catering in Addison, IL…they were seriously a DREAM to work with and I feel like I got more compliments on the food than anything else that night (it seriously was so good!)! The woman that did our cake was Dani, who has a knack for creating exactly what I envision in my head.
Our champagne flutes were thrifted….as soon as Dominic and I saw them we fell in love and they only cost us five dollars total. Our cake topper was from Michael’s and really, how perfect is that thing?! The bride was originally blonde, so we bought a brown sharpie and made her a brunette ;) Our cake cutter and server was from a little shop in Oak Park, IL called Fitzgerald’s. ALL of the candles, candle holders the little lanterns on each table, and the frames holding up the table numbers were all from IKEA. The vases that held the single rose on each table, and the wedding favor satchels were from Michael’s. Coffee and tea were in each satchel in front of a sign that said “Love is brewing” (soooo cheesy, I know!). I hand painted each satchel which was so time consuming, but I loved the final result so it was definitely worth it! I also created the menus and wrote out all of the table numbers! The fingerprint tree was from Etsy shop fancyprints. I had a guest book that didn’t get as much love as the tree, but I still loved it and that was from Etsy shop starboardpress. My grandmother made a beautiful card bag that no one seemed to get a picture of, but just believe me when I say it was beautiful. Oh and that birdcage by the wedding favors was from David’s bridal as well!
UPDATE! Totally can’t believe I forgot……the church we married at was St. Mary’s in Riverside, IL. And the beautiful venue where our reception was held was in the ballroom (fancy fancy!) at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park, IL! I seriously fell in love with that place the minute I stepped in. I even cried, not kidding! So beautiful and so much charac
Whew! I think I got it all. We seriously had centerpieces for dayssss! Some of our guests took some home, and I still have candles and all those little vases so if you ever need any of that stuff…….I’m your girl! Oh I also have a bunch of those dang satchels but I can’t bring myself to throw them away because I worked so hard on them!
I can’t wait to look back at this kind of stuff with Olivia in twenty years! Tomorrow is the last of the pictures, but also some of the best…the reception!
Part One HERE
Part Two HERE
Part Four HERE