This is a classic, (and not to mention pretty!) example of a summer wedding with gorgeous shades of blue, blush and silver. Flowers clearly played a huge role in this day and Elizabeth Greve Photography captured all the fluffy peonies to perfection and that's just one of the reasons we can't stop smiling this morning. It's light, airy, and oh-so-charming and you can see even more right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride... Planning our wedding involved so much more than I ever expected. I love love loved looking at wedding magazines, blogs and Pinterest to gather ideas, see new trends, and really, just to stare at beautiful images. We decided on a June wedding and selected a color palette of navy, light pink and cream with silver accents. We wanted the event to be laid-back, fun and romantic, so we looked for venues we thought would best fit this atmosphere. After exploring both city and suburb options, we chose the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Illinois. As soon as we visited the mansion, I think we both knew we had found the perfect place for us. The mansion is decorated in neutral colors but still has all the charming details we wanted. Also, we liked the idea of having multiple rooms in the venue because it felt more like a giant family party! Having most of our family in Illinois, but our friends spread across the country, it was so wonderful to be able to celebrate with all of our loved ones.
Dress shopping was one of my favorite parts in the wedding planning process. Every girl dreams of the moment she gets to try on wedding dresses, and I was no different. I was excited to see which style was "me." My mom and sisters came shopping with me, and I found my dress at Nordstrom, the second store we visited! In fact, my sister spotted it, and the moment she showed it to me, I knew it was the one. The dress is designed by Sue Wong and it's very unique and detailed. I love that it's not the traditional, white, flowing wedding style — it makes a statement and it has more of a vintage look. When I tried on the dress, I felt like a bride, but I also felt like myself. Since my everyday style is not too dressy, I wanted to feel comfortable but beautiful. The moment I tried on the dress, I knew I was done looking.
Flowers were a big deal to me; we chose light pink and cream peonies for the bridal party and the reception décor. Thanks to the wonderful people at Jewel, Sandy in particular, we actually had flowers – apparently it was a warm year and all of the US peonies bloomed early, so ours had to be flown in from out of the country! As far as the other décor, we kept everything simple and let the charm of the mansion speak for itself. Every part of our day was perfect, and everyone we worked with along the way contributed to this.
Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Greve Photography / Ceremony: The Rose Garden at Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Illinois / Reception: Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Illinois / Floral Design: Jewel / Catering: Beyond Events / Wedding Cake: Marie Roesler / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Invitation Consultants / DJ: Sound Productions / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong via Nordstrom / Bride’s Shoes: The Wedding Etc. / Hair + Makeup: Rocco and Rocco / Nails: J K Super Nails / Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank