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!