October 18, 2018
We had a lovely brunch wedding back in July and it completely turned our minds on “brunch wedding” expectations. They did not leave one tiny detail out of their wedding day, starting from their little dog’s wedding dress outfit in the morning to the hand-made centerpiece stands at the guest tables.
Follow along as we go through their sunshine-filled wedding day! It was a very early morning so the house was full of coffee and sweet treats to get everyone off on a good start. I remember the concern of Katie and David during our first meeting as we were talking about getting ready in the morning. They own a house (yes…a real house probably 6x as big as where I live) in the Western Suburbs of Chicago and they knew they’d be most comfortable getting ready there. But the question was, how were we going to keep the bride and groom separate without seeing each other until the first look happened later in the morning? Well we decided to put Katie’s friends on the top floor while David’s friends spent the morning near the kitchen (not on purpose of course!).
This was probably one of my favorite mornings spent with my clients. I felt like I was just a friend sitting on her bed while she talked about all the details in their house and dreamed about her upcoming wedding day. My favorite part was watching the ladies get their hair and makeup done in her room that had dog wall paper – which you can sort of depict below!
Notice which was gone first!
Reading notes from each other followed by a first look. Two emotional moments back to back really cranked the tears! So intimate and so special!
Time for their fur baby’s first look!
Additional pictures happened both in the comfort of their own yard and at their venue. I say, if you have a wrap around porch, take advantage of it!
Time to get tie the knot! Katie and David have a passion for plants and gardening so there were no surprised guests when they saw their own potted plants at the back of the ceremony on top of a mixture of their eclectic rugs (from home) beneath them. We love personal touches and you can’t get more personal than that!
After the ceremony was over it was time to relax and enjoy cocktails and appetizers for an hour, followed by brunch. Guests were escorted around the building where they could find their seat on a custom glass chart. Once inside the building, everyone was treated to a personalized cookie from Katie and David’s favorite bakery – Jarosch Bakery. Katie and David constructed and painted the tall gold centerpiece stands, where O’Cie Floral put her stunning arrangements on top. After the brunch, speeches and wedding cake, Katie and David spent some alone time around Morton Arboretum, breathing in every moment of their special day.
I absolutely love how they spent their night of their wedding. If you think about the purpose of a wedding, it’s to celebrate two people coming together in a partnership for life. Most weddings have so many points of interest that the couple rarely spends time together, which seems backwards right? Well Katie and David were able to spend a romantic private dinner, just the two of them, in downtown Chicago. I don’t think it could get more personal than that. I will forever remember the love they shared in front of me!
Planner: Ohana Events
Venue and Caterer: Morton Arboretum – Thornhill Education Center
Photographer: Cinder and Vinegar
Videographer: Rhys Ladhani Media
Florist: O’Cie Florals
Bakery: The Cakery
Musicians: Yazz Jazz
Cookie Favors: Jarosch Bakery
Makeup: Danielle Lettieri
Hair: Stacy Davis O’Neil