There’s something so classic and timeless about a country club wedding—the sprawling landscape and elegant ballrooms make a gorgeous backdrop for any occasion. Case in point: this lovely St. Charles affair. With a sage green, gold and cream color scheme, all-white floral arrangements and a elated couple, this day, captured by Jacqui Cole Photography, is the definition of lovely. See it all in The Vault.
From Jacqui Cole Photography…Grace and John chose to host their wedding reception at the beautiful St. Charles Country Club. Grace looked beautiful in her Sottero gown and cathedral length veil. The bridesmaid dresses were the perfect shade of sage (celadon) and the neutral florals were a wonderful romantic touch. The reception colors were classic and elegant incorporating ivory and golds. Grace and John couldn’t stop smiling all day!
From the Bride…My husband, John, and I met in college during our sophomore years. We quickly learned that we grew up in the same suburb of Chicago. We were astonished that we had never crossed paths in the past, but we were thrilled to learn that we had numerous mutual friends. This was something that we were so blessed with and something that created an incredibly fun wedding party! We dated for around 4 years before John made me the happiest girl and asked if I would be his wife. We decided to have a longer engagement so I could finish law school and so we could have time to plan our wedding together.
The most important part of our wedding day was the ceremony at the church that I grew up in. St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wheaton has been a part of my life since I was baptized and John joined our faith and parish about seven months before our wedding. We celebrated our marriage with a full Mass, surrounded by family and friends. From St. Michael’s, we were excited to choose a reception hall that was located on beautiful grounds. St. Charles Country Club has a long driveway entrance and is tucked away, which gives it a private feel. The country club boasts an classily decorated clubhouse with a large balcony overlooking the pristine tree lined fairways.
We wanted our wedding to have a traditional and elegant feel. This is why we chose all soft colors throughout the day. The girls’ dresses were a light green and all of the flowers in both the church and reception were white. We decided to add accents of gold within certain decorations to add a little contrast. It was important to us that everything looked and felt relaxed.
We had one goal for our reception: To make sure that our guests had a blast. We wanted our guests to walk away saying that everything from the food to the music to the company was amazing. Therefore, we decided to book a band, which was one of our best decisions that we made! The dance floor was packed from the moment they started playing until the last song of the night. My husband and I barely left the dance floor all night long.
We were so blessed with all of the vendors that we chose. We were in great hands from the beginning and because of that John and I were able to relax and fully enjoy our special day. Every vendor that we chose was incredibly professional and we were so thankful for that. Jacqui Cole, our photographer, was one of our favorite vendors. Thanks to her experience, excitement and professionalism, we have pictures that will last us a lifetime. Her photographs truly captured how we envisioned our wedding day. She went far above and beyond our expectations.
Aside from marrying the love of my life, my favorite part of the night was something my husband and I did during our reception. Multiple people suggested to us that during the reception, it is important to take a moment together to really look take everything in. Following that advice, during one song when the dance floor was packed, my husband grabbed my hand and escorted me off of the dance floor into the corner of the room. He put his arm around me and we both took a deep breath and stared out into the mass of people dancing, singing and laughing. It looked as though everyone was enjoying themselves to the fullest and we could not have been happier at that moment. We were thrilled to know that all of our guests were there because they loved and supported us. It was an out of body experiences to see that the people that meant more to us than we could possibly describe were having a blast at our wedding.
Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Debi's Designs | Wedding Dress: Sottero And Midgley | Cake: The Sugar Path | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael Catholic Church | Reception Venue: St. Charles Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Band: Arlen Music | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bianca | Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse