KELLY & BRIAN | BYRON COLBY BARN WEDDING

Wedding

Sometimes love goes with the slow play. Brian and Kelly went to high school together but never really spoke despite having some mutual friends. Then they went off to different colleges, and it was years later that they finally met for real. They both happened to attend a small New Year’s Eve party that neither of them were initially planning to go to. But there they were.  And before midnight, Brian began a conversation with Kelly that lasted until the host kicked them out in the wee hours. As Kelly puts it, “I am a total believer in fate, and I think Brian is getting there :).”

Byron Colby Barn was the first and last venue they toured; with it’s exposed wood floors and framing, it had just the right cozy vibe that Kelly wanted in her winter wedding. Brian gave his bride-to-be free rein on all fronts with one exception: he insisted on pie instead of cake! In what sounds like the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon, Kelly and Brian did a tasters’ challenge with apple pie from several Chicago area shops, and Bang Bang Pie was by far the favorite. (It’s my personal favorite as well!) They also went with their favorite BBQ, Smoque, and I am pretty sure it was the best wedding meal I’ve ever had. But to be fair, anyone who knows me knows that mac & cheese is the quickest way to my heart. Another detail I loved: they wrote their own vows and had  them printed on their programs. But beyond the various DIY details and unique aesthetic elements, FUN and LOVE were at the forefront of this amazing wedding day. Just look at these two. And their families. And their friends. And that BBQ…seriously, look at that BBQ. Enjoy!

Big thanks to Jill Tiongco Photography for some badass second shooting!

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Second Photographer: Jill Tiongco
Wedding Coordinator : Kristine Aletha Weddings
Make-Up: Lauren Redden
Hair: Jessica DeBruyn – Freelance
Florist: Pistil And Vine
Videographer: Charlie Hilbrant
DJ: Spin
Pies And Late Night Snack: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Dinner Buffet: Smoque BBQ
Appetizers And Serving Staff: Corky’s Catering
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Bride’s Boots: Hunter Boots
Bridesmaids Dresses: Aria From Dress By Nicole
Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids Getting Ready Robes: Silk & More
Grooms Attire: Banana Republic
Groomsmen Attire: Various Suit Makers
Ceremony Program: BisforBrown
Table Numbers: Bride’s Mom And Dad
Escort Cards: Bride And Bride’s Mom

MEGAN & DAVE | NAPERVILLE, IL WEDDING

Wedding

After their engagement session, I knew Megan and Dave didn’t shy away from a good time. I had no doubt their wedding would rival anyone else’s in terms of fun, but when the groomsmen made a human pyramid out of nowhere, I realized it was on! It was on like Mr Henry in Wes Anderson’s “Bottle Rocket” played by the one and only James Caan! Anybody? Eh? No? Ok… moving on. So not only did Megan and Dave bring their wedding day A-game, the entire bridal party was up for all kinds of ridiculousness, and the day couldn’t have gone any better! My favorite moment was when Dave photobombed the bridesmaids with a Mario-esque jump! Seriously, I work with the best couples. Enjoy!

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“Call Me Maybe” just blasting on the way to the ceremony!
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Best. Photobomb. Ever.2014-01-13_0024 2014-01-13_0025 2014-01-13_0026 2014-01-13_0027 2014-01-13_0028 2014-01-13_0029 2014-01-13_0030 2014-01-13_0031 2014-01-13_0032 2014-01-13_0033 2014-01-13_0034 2014-01-13_0035 2014-01-13_0036 2014-01-13_0037 2014-01-13_0038 2014-01-13_0039 2014-01-13_0040 2014-01-13_0041 2014-01-13_0042 2014-01-13_0043 2014-01-13_0044 2014-01-13_0045 2014-01-13_0046 2014-01-13_0073 2014-01-13_0047 2014-01-13_0048 2014-01-13_0049 2014-01-13_0050 2014-01-13_0051 2014-01-13_0052

RMP brides and grooms, past and future!
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Dave got iced!2014-01-13_0066 2014-01-13_0067 2014-01-13_0068 2014-01-13_0069 2014-01-13_0070 2014-01-13_0071 2014-01-13_0072