No doubt about it, this bride is awesome. She’s witty (see: her cute-as-can-be description), beautiful and that certain kind of style-savvy that I can only wish I could be. In other words, she rocks. And her wedding? A zebra print filled love fest with bright coral hues, a show-stopping Mori Lee gown and an entire gallery of pretty from Brittania Drew Photo & Video. Click here for sooo much more.
And a gorgeous film from Brittania Drew Photo & Video to wrap up the day? Yes, please.
From the Bride… The perfect guy, the perfect dress, the perfect day… and the perfect pair of zebra shoes.
Nick proposed only three months after we met. In sweat pants. So classy. But it’s part of our story and only one of the thousand things that makes us — us!
First off let me tell you… Nick had fair warning. The other “great love” of my life has been zebra print since I was old enough to recognize it. I always thought I’d outgrow the obsession but there I was, 25 years old trying to incorporate zebra into our wedding. How do you plan a wedding that incorporates zebra, coral, puzzle pieces, and all that sparkles? I don’t know but somehow we pulled it off! I chose Coral Red Mori Lee Bridesmaids dresses for my girls to break up the black and white-ness of it all. The girls wore zebra shoes and carried zebra clutches. I wore a lush Mori Lee Fit and Flare dress with shards of organza covering the trumpet. For added support and of course added BLING the ladies at the boutique helped me choose a custom beaded belt that was attached as a halter. To carry through the lush feel of my dress I chose Hydrangea bouquets for the girls accompanied by Amsterdam Coral Roses, the stems of which were wrapped in…you guessed it! Zebra Print! My custom zebra print black crystal and white pearl shoes were by Marc Defang and I absolutely loved them.
We were married by our pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows which has a beautiful little white chapel with stained glass windows. One important aspect of our wedding ceremony was having our Grandmothers as our flower girls which was a big hit! At our reception we had a white fondant cake with zebra print ribbon and sugar flowers with crystal stone centers to tie in the vases that I spent hours working on with nothing but my E6000 and crystals! Tall hydrangea centerpieces filled the reception space and my DIY crystal covered candles lit up the room.
My brooch bouquet was a project I started a year before the wedding, collecting brooches, earrings, buttons, you name it! All from our family. I hand tied some crystal ribbon to wrap my bouquet “corset style” to match the back of my dress. I repeated this pattern on a memorial candle at our reception. Nick and I have been calling each other our “puzzle pieces” since we met. This was so important to us to incorporate into our wedding because we believe that God has made us one through marriage. A Complete Puzzle. We had a puzzle guest book that I made and had all of our guests sign. We dressed it up by placing the pieces in crystal boxes we purchased at a craft store. 2 interlocking puzzle pieces topped our wedding cake and perfectly reflected us as man and wife.
From start to finish our wedding reflected our relationship, our style, and our love for each other.
Photography: Brittania Drew Photo & Video | Cinematography: Brittania Drew Photo & Video | Florist: Shamrock Garden Florist | Cake: Oakmill Bakery | Ceremony: Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows | Reception: Empress Banquets | Shoes: Marc Defang | Bridesmaids: Mori Lee By Madeline Gardner | DJ: Dance Flow Control | Limo: Chicagoland Limo | Bridal Bouquet: Handmade by Family | Dress + Jewelry: Here Comes The Bride | Program + Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas