Bright, Summery Wedding in Wheaton
May 21, 2014
RomanticWeddings in Historical VenuesReligious Institution
This couple has the whole "matrimonial bliss" thing down! A joyful shade of yellow and some DIY touches helped set the mood for the day, but in a weekend jam packed with tons of friends, family and July 4th barbecues, fun was a guarantee. Add a beautiful wedding and that there is a weekend you'll never forget. Thankfully T & S Hughes Photography was there to capture the heart-warming event.
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From The Bride...Mark proposed on our two year anniversary. We spent the entire day basking in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin sunshine, and Mark put the cherry on top when he surprised me with a beautiful ring on the dock of our friend's lake house. We immediately hopped in the car to drive home and discussed wedding details the whole way home. I had visions of sunshine and smiles and all things JOY. Mark and I share a deep love of people, so we decided immediately that not only did we want this day to honor God and our love for each other, but we wanted to make it a priority to honor the many meaningful friends and family that make our lives so delightful.

We spent what felt like ten (VERY LONG) months planning and brainstorming and more planning, all the while teaching, coaching and making bi-weekly trips to Chicago for Mark's job at church. But after those many long months, the weekend of July 7th finally arrived.

We jam packed the weekend with barbecues, softball games, pool parties, time with family, a fourth of July parade, fireworks, bachelor and bachelorette parties and all the usual rehearsal festivities that exist at a wedding. Needless to say, we got the most out of every ounce of time out of our weekend.

The morning of our wedding, Mark and I met for a quiet walk in a park near our house. We sat and prayed for a little while and then said our giddy, anticipatory goodbyes. Next time we saw each other, I'd be walking down the aisle! I spent the morning at home with my three sisters and my mom, enjoying time together as a family and getting our hair and make-up done. Mark spent his morning running around Target like a mad-man, looking for a belt and socks!

We had big wedding parties: ten people each! I also had seven close friends get ready with the bridal party. I chose yellow dresses for my girls; the color is a tricky one to find, but it was worth the search! I loved the bright colors against the navy suits worn by the guys. Mark, not usually a fashionista, found awesome wedges for the girls to wear. It brought in the striped ribbon on their bouquets perfectly! The guys wore ties I found on Amazon! We loved the unique pattern and felt like it gave the men a more casual feel. We spent the morning doing each other's hair and make-up, jamming to music and enjoying our favorite drinks from Starbucks! 

Our reception was filled with beautiful, crafty touches, courtesy of my creative Mama! We wanted a look that I could not find anywhere on the web. I love the color yellow, but didn't necessarily want a rustic feel. I wanted clean, crisp, bright, joyful yellow. I loved the look of yellow, white and navy, so we went with that color theme. I wrestled (almost daily) with finding the right shades of yellow, but eventually I found what I was looking for. My mom helped design the centerpieces: beautiful lanterns, decorated with flowers. We had a large wedding, so we didn't need the centerpieces to overpower the already full room. We chose yellow napkins to make the color pop and let the beauty of the venue do most of the talking! My mom made sweet vases of flowers from our farmer's market the day before and we spread those around the rest of the venue. Our florists did an amazing job of capturing the yellow color, while making it tasteful and not obnoxious. Our cake was topped by my grandma and grandpa's cake topper. We made table numbers from stationery and had our calligrapher write beautiful numbers in white. Each guest received a delicious homemade cookie made by my mom's close friend. Our giant head table (22 people long) was donned with candle holders of various heights. The room looked amazing.

We enjoyed a joyous reception, complete with three beautiful toasts from my dad, sister and Mark's brother, delicious food, wild dancing and an amazing send off of paper lanterns (which may or may not have almost lit a tree on fire!). It was a perfect day. We were able to look back on other's memories through our wedding hashtag on instagram! This was one of my favorite things to look through. It was fun to experience that day through someone else's eyes.

The hard work was completely worth it! I loved every minute of our special day and could not have asked for a more beautiful, festive and special day!