I'm long overdue in posting this wedding, but Bridget and Chad hitting their 6 month anniversary felt like a good time to dig through some photos and share something worth celebrating!
Bridget and I shared musical theater adventures together in high school, and Chad's family has been friends with mine for years. (I planned Chad's brother's wedding back in 2015!)
It was an absolute joy to work with a couple I have known since before their love story even began.
When Bridget first reached out and asked if I was free on October first, I had to confirm she was giving me the correct date because October first was a Tuesday. It wasn't until I saw their story mapped out that I understood how significant 10-1 was to them.
Bridget and Chad's wedding was full of personal touches from the start. They both spent a moment to pause and write letters to each other before the day got too crazy.
During the bridal party shoot, the group showed off their superpowers!
(Yup, that's me! Even with a superhero holding it together, boutonnieres don't stay on my themselves.)
The dads weren't left out! Childhood photos were sewn into the back of their ties as a heartwarming keepsake.
Their long-awaited first look was met with loving glances and sarcastic 'threats' of: "if he doesn't cry I'll kill him!"
You know a wedding is going to be good when fur-babies are involved! Landon and Jasper got their own outfits and were every bit a part of the wedding party as the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
After the silliness of wedding party photos was done, the couple went on their own to a nearby cemetery for a moment of remembrance for Bridget's late grandmother. She and Bridget were very close and it was important to include her in as much of the day as possible.
Before the ceremony began a few more snaps were taken in the church!
The ceremony space was filled with memorials of both Bridget's grandmother and other loved ones who had passed before their big day.
Their reception was filled with fun details - whimsical pumpkins to enhance their October wedding, table signage with photos of themselves at the age of the table number, scrumptious desserts, and an adorable assortment of favors (including a gift from the pups!)
Another special thank-you to this amazing couple for letting me help bring their vision to life! Thanks to Bridget for the incredibly organized sparkle binder and to Chad for being so even-keeled the whole way through.
Photography: Brooke Gehringer Photography
Videography: Baby Pomegranate Productions
Venue: Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb IL and Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore IL
Cake: Polka Dot Bakery, Sycamore IL
Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique by New Name, Wheaton IL
I love getting the chance to venture out of the Chicagoland area, and Brandy and Mike's wedding in De Motte, Indiana was a total dream - no pun intended, as dream catchers were the primary focal point of their decor. I love when a couple has a clear vision of what they want their day to be, and every detail of Brandy and Mike's day reflected who they were. All the DIY projects and personal touches made the atmosphere special, and it was a privilege to help bring their vision to life!