Having met my fiancé at college, I have such a soft spot for college sweethearts. And these two? They’re completely adorable. Add in pretty details galore (hello gorg bouquet from Fragrant Design!) and we’ve got ourselves one lovely as ever gallery from Husar Photography and film from Michelle Wodzinski.
From the beautiful Bride… I first saw David across the room at a college party, in the midst of the biggest snow storm in Boston in 2005, my freshmen year at Boston University. David was a worldly city boy from Chicago, who loved Jazz, traveling, reading and art, and I was a country mouse from Maine who loved baking, dancing, and all things French. We ended up talking, which turned into dancing, and by the end of the night he was walking me home and asking for my phone number. I was hooked right away. We dated for the rest of college – through his study abroad to Australia and mine to England – and into our first years in the corporate world. Through first jobs, a cross-country move to Chicago, new jobs, an apartment, and an addition to our family…Pancakes the cat! On Christmas Eve 2011, after 7 years of dating, David took me on a freezing horse-drawn carriage ride through my hometown of Kennebunkport, Maine and proposed sitting on a bench overlooking the ocean. He said, “I’ve known for a long time that it’s always been you – will you marry me?” to which I said, “is this for real?!”
Right away, we both knew we wanted an elegant but comfortable wedding that truly reflected our style as a couple. Much like our home, we wanted our wedding to feel intimate (even with a 200-person headcount!), warm, personal and eclectic. The most important component for us was photography, so we spent a great deal of time researching and meeting with various Chicago photographers…and then we found Chad. We couldn’t be happier with the images that came out of our wedding and we know we will treasure them throughout our marriage. For both of us, attire was extremely important. David is a bit fashion-obsessed and an off-the-rack tuxedo just wouldn’t cut it, so he had one custom-made that fit him like a glove. For me, there was nothing more iconic and representative of a wedding than a wedding dress. I’ve had a picture in my mind of what my wedding dress would look like since I was a little girl and after trying on 23 dresses, I had found it: a fit-n-flare Venice lace gown with a deep V in the front and back and a tiered skirt. I added cap sleeves to fit our October wedding, a horsehair sash with a vintage brooch, and a cathedral length veil and I couldn’t have felt more beautiful!
Because I love crafting and we needed to stretch our budget as far as it would go, DIY projects were a big part of our wedding. I hand-stitched the pocket squares that were given as gifts to the groomsmen and fathers, we cut all 200+ corks that were used as place card holders, we developed wine label dinner menus that were stuck onto empty wine bottles we collected over the months, and so many other projects!
The wedding itself was a project we poured our hearts into and I think our guests could see that through all the small details. Song choice was super important for us and we put a lot of thought into that. Our bridal party walked down the aisle to one of our favorite songs, “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, while I walked towards David to the angelic notes of a composition from the movie “The Holiday” – also one of our favorites. David cried when we had a rehearsal of this very important walk (played by a live pianist who also played at David’s parents’ wedding 25 years prior!) and we both cried on the day of the wedding; it was a breath-taking moment and one I will always remember.
For me, it was the small moments that made the day truly amazing…my dad wearing the special rose we used to grow in our garden as his boutonniere, forgetting to write down my vows and having to do it in the limo on the way to the church, my father and step-father both walking me down the aisle, our Priest forgetting that we wrote our own vows and technically marrying us twice(!), the 80-degree rainy weather in October that ended up giving us amazing photos, and ending the night dancing at the top floor of our venue while everyone below watched and smiled back at us.
We both expected to be overjoyed on the big day, but we weren’t expecting just how happy everyone around us would be – it was nothing short of magical to feel that much love and support in one room, all focused on us and our love for each other. It truly was the best day of our lives and I’m so happy, grateful and blessed to have been supported throughout it all by our wonderful family and friends. The best part of the wedding for me is spending the rest of my life with David by my side.
Photography: Husar Photography | Videography: Michelle Wodzinski Photography & Film | Wedding Planner: Lovebirds | Floral Design: Fragrant Design | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers | Invitations: Cherry Berry Paper | Ceremony: St. Gertrude's Catholic Parish | Reception: Artifact Events | Rings: Diamonds On Wabash | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane - Ivy | Catering: Hearty Boys | Hair And Makeup: Flawless Beauty Chicago | DJ: Style Matters DJs | Groom's Tuxedo: Proper Suit | Groomsmens' Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Shoes And Earrings: BHLDN | Veil: Ms. Couture