Monday, January 4, 2010
Audrey & Mike Strieter said "I Do"on October 10th, 2009 on the beautiful fall grounds of Blythefield Country Club. The college sweethearts incorporated the time of year into their decor theme using old wooden chairs, white pumpkins and a wreath of dried leaves that hung on the tree over there heads in memory of the grooms late mother. After the ceremony we took the couple and their wedding party back to where he had proposed to her in downtown Rockford for a photo session as well as Townsend park just in time to miss the rain! The reception was beautifully put together by Ele3 Event & Design. No detail was overlooked when creating the finishing touches on the chair covers, clusters of candles, vases and white pumpkins. The classic black and white color scheme made for a simple yet elegant atmosphere for the couple to celebrate their new life together!
Marilee & Adam became Mr. & Mrs. Wells on the grounds of English Hills Country Club on September 26th, 2009. We did not have to travel far to find the perfect fall backdrop for photos since the ceremony overlooked the golf course bordered by the brilliant color changing tree line. Inside the clubhouse they were able to tie in a little of the outside with centerpieces made of branches, squash, small pumpkins and berries illuminated with tea light candles and water filled vases with floating candles. The night came alive with the marriage dance! The winners and longest married couple were the Grooms Grandparents, whose marriage is a great example for any newlyweds!
Childhood friends Jenny & Casey Carmody tied the knot on September 5th, 2009 at New Life Church. The Bride and Groom rolled up in style in a restored Vintage Buick in memory of Casey's late father, the previous owner of the 1933 classic. This vintage style became the theme for the day with bridesmaids wearing chunky pearl costume jewelry and vintage shawls. Downtown Rockford was the perfect backdrop for wedding party photos with the gaslight walkway over looking the river and old foot bridge. We then headed to Wabasis Lake Park for a vintage picnic reception. The tables were adorned with mason jar vases and small tea cups with candles making it a very cozy, homespun atmosphere, perfect for bringing two families together.
Michelle & Jeff Huizinga tied the knot on August 28th, 2009 at Providence Christian Reform Church in Dutton, MI. With hand picked bouquets of brilliant purple & fuschia dahlias (arranged by East on 72nd Wedding Elements owned by Joan & Nancy 616.698.9803) in hand the bridal party and happy couple traveled to a nearby park for a fun filled photo session, the same park that the brides sister had her wedding photos taken in October of 2008. The reception took place at Sunnybrook Country Club where the bride and groom took a moment to step away for some more intimate and fun shots of just the two of them at dusk on the rich, rolling greens of the golf course while guests enjoyed cocktails and the ever famous candy bar!
Christine & Matt Olsen tied the knot on August 8th, 2009. The rain held off allowing for the outdoor ceremony to go off without a hitch on the lake view backyard of a close family friend. With friends, family and even a foreign exchange student who made the trip all the way from France at their side they were pronounced husband and wife. The wedding party and I then traveled onto Fallasburg Park where photography took place at the old covered bridge. The reception followed and began with the new couple making their entrance from the Grand Staircase of the Grand Volute Ballroom.
Abby & Scott Lemmon celebrated their marriage on June 20th, 2009. The ceremony was held at the Grooms family church downtown at West Minister Presbyterian Church where several cousins, aunts and uncles recited their vows years before. After the ceremony the black tie affair moved to the downtown landscape for wedding party shots before heading to Noto's Italian restaurant for the reception. There the groomsmen changed into black sneakers & the bridesmaids wore flip flops as they prepared to dance the night away. As the bride and groom shared their first dance together to Marc Cohn's "True Companion" it was clear to all that these two were the definition of true companions.