There is just something about pretty maids all lined up in a row wearing grey and yellow – it’s a palette that makes my heart pitter-patter. It’s even more darling when those lovely ladies are rocking yellow shoes. Swoon. Add a couple that couldn’t be cuter and a pooch that is just pinch-able and you get a full gallery of greatness by Photos by Vitella!

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From the Bride…High School + College sweethearts Andrew & Amber Nolan were married on June 18, 2011 at Amber’s childhood church in Hampshire, Illinois.  The groom proposed with Amber’s great-great grandmother’s 100+ year old wedding diamond.  For the past 6 years the couple has resided in bustling downtown Chicago working to build their careers, so when deciding a wedding location they were torn.  “We love our city, but our roots are back home in the country,” notes Amber.  The month of June was selected because that is when peonies are in season.  The bride wanted to remember her beloved Grandmother by using light pink peonies in her bouquet.  She has fond memories of picking them each June in her grandmother’s backyard.  The wedding colors were gray, yellow and white to fit the theme of an old-fashioned affair.  The boys wore formal tuxedos with a bow tie and the girls wore casual gray dresses from J.Crew.

Flowers were meant to look old–like they would at a wedding in the mid 1900′s.  A family friend loaned their yellow 1953 Ford car to use for a photo backdrop in the bride’s parents yard.  The wedding programs described why each person standing in the bridal party was a part of the bride + groom’s lives.  The back reminded guests that the reason the bride was carrying peony bouquet and the handkerchief wrapped around the bouquet was sewn by her great grandmother.  The groom’s cake was a surprise mold of the couples beloved puggle, Jack.  It was draped in the Groom’s alma mater’s colors and adorned with golf balls, tees.  The bride’s father made each wooden table number out of barn-wood from the bride’s grandfather’s barn wood.

In lieu of table favors, the bride and groom made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois in my memory of the bride’s young cousin who passed away early in life.  Lastly, pictures of the bride and groom’s great grandparents, grandparents, parents wedding were displayed dating back to the 1800′s.  The last dance of the evening was “Back Where I Come From” by Kenny Chesney.

Wedding Photography: Photos by Vitella / Wedding Cinematography: Perspective Video / Orchestra: TKV Orchestra / Flowers: Town and Country Gardens / Day of Event Coordinator: La’Di Events / Ceremony Location: St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church / Reception Location: Boulder Ridge Country Club / Invitations + All Paper Products: I DO invitations by Michelle / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Dea / Groom’s Cake: Cake Confections / Table Runners: Nicki Bateson / Mr. + Mrs. Sign: True Connection / Table Numbers: Father of the Bride