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Boulder Ridge Country Club Wedding by Photos by Vitella

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

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English Countryside Wedding by Caught the Light

We are leaping across the pond from Canada to the gorgeous hills of the English countryside for our next fete. This pretty wedding was captured by Chloe of Caught the Light Photography and it is quintessential English splendor. We are loving the intimate, laid back feel of this garden party and think you will too. And the guests deserve an honorable mention for their rockin party wear. See all the fancy frocks and country glamour in the gallery.

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From the Bride:

We got married on June 4th this year and had our reception at the very pretty Anchor Inn, in “Jane Austen country”, Hampshire in England, where we live. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it. The staff were helpful and friendly from day one. The country pub offered charm and a laid back atmosphere which is exactly what James and I were looking for. It was perfect. The outside space also sold us as we imagined how wonderful it would be if the weather was good… As it happens it was perfect!

Peonies are my favourite and I was lucky they were in season. I wanted the flowers to be relaxed and pretty, they suited the venue perfectly. Charlotte is my mum and has been a florist for over 20 years I left the flowers completely to her as I trust her judgement completely. She did an amazing job and everyone complimented on how beautiful they were. My bouquet was stunning!

Photographer: Chloe of Caught the Light / Venue: The Anchor Inn, Lower Froyle, Hampshire, UK / Bride’s dress & veil: Miss Bush Bridal / Shoes: Monsoon / Bride’s headpiece: Polly Edwards / Accessories: Earrings from House of Fraser / Groom’s suit: Ted Baker / Groom’s tie: Paul Smith / Florist: Charlotte Armstrong (my mother!) / Cake: Adelaide Ward (a friend) / Rings: Designed by couple, made by Marmalade in Chiswick /