CORY + MICHAEL
October 17th, 2015
I first met Cory and Michael at a Starbucks that ended up being in a train station…lesson learned: check to see if the Starbucks is a free standing building before setting up a consultation.
They informed me of their love for archery and how causal they intend the wedding to be. They expected around 75 guests and the most important thing to them was their photos. I then met with the couple and Cory’s parents a month before the wedding and she was a little flustered by all of the questions and forms she had to complete for other vendors. I assured her I would take care of it all as the timeline we create in the weeks leading up to the wedding day answer most vendor questions. The joy in her face to hear she could hand over all final details to me was most rewarding.
As most of you know I have now been helping couples with their wedding day for 10 years and I am always quick to tell my clients that I am not insurance to a hiccup free day, however we have the knowledge and experience to handle these situations when THEY DO arise so the couple can continue enjoying their day as hoped. I can honestly say that this one was my first and probably only wedding where we DID NOT have any hiccups to address! Here are some of my favorite highlights from Cory + Michael’s wedding.
Venue: The Byron Colby Barn
Caterer: Dave’s Specialty Foods
Photography: Eric Gee Photography
Music: Just Press Play
Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal
Videography: Vanilla Video
Wedding Planner: Creatively Yours
Best Wishes, Cory + Michael!
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I got the pleasure of working with Katy and Eric on their July garden wedding. I can’t wait to share with you all the photos and personal touches of this wedding, however, lets get to know Katy and Eric first. Katy is a digital artist which gave her the skills to create her fabulous invitations. Eric is a Chicago firefighter and also owns a local tree removal company. Together they are adventurous and laid back and I am so happy they allowed us to ensure their hard work and special details were executed just right on their wedding day. Their wedding took place at a garden estate in Barrington, IL that belonged to friends.
To get all of the guests to this remarkable location, Katy created these breathtaking invitations in a box tied with a bow.
Getting ready, Katy was able to enjoy some mimosas and quality time with her girls and Mom.
Once the shoes were on, it was time to see her future husband, Eric.
As she stepped out the door of this garden estate in Barrington, IL, her romantic fun loving self GLOWED!
The first kiss was not only caught on camera by J.Brown Photography, but the Brides brother was hiding nearby to catch a glimpse of this memorable moment.
Katy and Eric adore their dog, Kayla, so she became a big part of their wedding and got to be the flower girl!
Just wait till you see how she arrived for the Ceremony.
Katy was escorted by her dog Kayla in this 1949 Buick Super Convertible. What a wonderful photo prop it made too!
Katy and Eric met at a bar and their first date was at the Hide Out in Chicago to see the band, Sanctified Grumblers.
To connect the dots, they chose to have this super fun, jug band play at their wedding!
Along with the jug band, there were several games all around the cocktail hour for the guests to enjoy.
These games included: Island Golf, Bags, Horse Shoes, Jenga and Cards.
When it was time to end the cocktail hour, Katy & Eric rang the bell to signal the start of dinner.
Toasts were given…
The cake was cut…
Since Katy and Eric have made a tradition of making ice cream cakes for special occasions it was only fitting to have a personal ice cream cake for their wedding day by the Chocolate Shoppe in Chicago.
And then the party began!!
Oh wait, the Bride and Groom’s first dance. This was done later with some grand sparklers to light night.
(Don’t forget to have buckets of sand for the remains)
Katy took the time over the last few months of planning to grow daisies in these wonderful blue pots to be used around the grounds as well as assembling the hand tied bouquets for her girls.
The welcome table…
Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign
This wedding was truly unique and personalized, but take away all of that and you still have this gorgeous property filled with “fun, happiness and adventure” just as Katy and Eric describe their relationship. Here are some of the photos I captured while walking the many paths on the estate…
THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who helped make this wedding “BETTER THAN A FAIRY TALE” according to Katy & Eric!!
Venue: Woods Walk, Barrington, IL
Rentals: RSVP Rentals
Food: Corky’s Catering
Photo’s: J. Brown Photography
Video: Vanilla Video
Band: Sanctified Grumblers
DJ: Just Press Play
Cake & Ice Cream: Chocolate Shoppe