Friday, May 26, 2017

Lauren and Zack's sweet ceremony and jubilant reception made for a picture-perfect wedding day. All photos by Gold Grid Studios.
Lauren, on how she and Zack met...
 "We actually went to high school together but didn’t know one another until after our freshman year of college. Our two close friends introduced us that summer after Zack had been asking them about me. We’ve been together ever since!"
Lauren and Zack, on knowing they were the perfect person for each other...
"While our personalities are pretty different, we’ve found that those differences are what make our relationship strong. We're able to appreciate our differences and really learn from one another. We also have similar core values, which have helped us grow both together as a couple and as individuals."
Lauren and Zack, on their first look... 
"We chose to do a first look before the ceremony so we could enjoy time together before all the festivities began. Right before seeing each other for the first time we exchanged letters and took time to read them separately. It was a special moment for the both of us..."
"...After our time together, our wedding party traveled over so we could take our group photos before the ceremony. We're all close friends so it made the afternoon really fun and that much more memorable!"
Lauren, on getting married at Alice Millar Chapel...
"Our ceremony took place at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston. It is exactly the church that I had dreamed of when I was young and always envisioned myself walking down the aisle with my dad and getting married to the man of my dreams. The church is breathtaking with floor to ceiling stained glass windows on either side, classic church pews, and a large organ section in the upper level of the church."
Lauren's favorite memory from her wedding day...
"The ceremony. Not only was it in the church of my dreams, but also exchanging vows, expressing our love, and officially committing ourselves to one another as husband and wife while surrounded by the most important people in our lives is something I'll never forget. It was incredibly special and emotional."
Lauren, on their reception decor...
"We wanted a refined romance look and feel throughout the entire day. It all stemmed from my dress, which was a beautiful lace dress with some beading details. We had three different centerpieces. In them were cream and ivory roses, some greens and a few pops of lavender roses with of candlelight throughout and subtle up lighting. These details helped make the day feel very romantic and elegant."
Lauren and Zack, on their first dance...
"After the ceremony we were able to enjoy some of our cocktail hour before being introduced at the reception. Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz, which has been “our song” almost the entirety of our relationship. It’s a song that has been incredibly meaningful to us for years, so being able to dance to it as husband and wife with an abundance of sunlight pouring in onto the dance floor was too wonderful for words."
Zack's favorite memory from his wedding day...
"We specifically requested our DJ play Tiny Dancer as our last song so we could get everyone who was still at the reception on the dance floor to share a special moment with us. As the end of the song neared they all came into the middle sharing hugs and their love with us as our wedding day concluded."

VENDORS:

Gold Grid Studios (photography), Alice Millar Chapel (ceremony), Hilton Orrington/Evanston (reception/catering), Timothy Stevens (officiant), Zach Harris (videography), Tying the Knot (wedding consultant), Kenneth Winston (gown designer), A Joyful Occasion (bridal boutique), Brigette Cwik (bride's hair), Christy Swain Beauty (bride's makeup), Badgley Mischka (bride's shoes), Nadri Jewelry (bride's jewelry), En Vogue Bridal Accessories (bride's headband), DaVinci Bridal (bridesmaids' dresses), Phillip's Flowers (floral), CAKE Chicago (cake), Stitely Entertainment (DJ), The Traveling Photo Booth (photo booth), Ashley's Custom Stationery (invites), Second City Trolley (transportation)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rob and Lindsay's Elawa Farm wedding was an outdoor affair to be remembered. All photos by T & S Photography.
Lindsay, on how she and Rob met...
"Rob and I met over the admitted student weekend at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, known as “Go Blue Rendez Vous.” We were formally introduced on State Street in Ann Arbor, but Rob always says I caught his eye at that very first informational session."
Lindsay, on how she knew Rob was the perfect guy for her...
"After a year of friendship and a summer apart, Rob and I went on our first date in August 2013.  From planning epic football tailgates, to traveling, to taking classes, to attending church, Rob’s character, intelligence, and humor were revealed to me over time. When I visited his family and attended a wedding with them (of the person who ended up being our best man!), I accepted that Rob was as amazing as I thought, and I let myself picture my life forever with him."
Rob and Lindsay, on choosing to tie the knot at Elawa Farm...
"We were living in Chicago when we got engaged and decided to get married in my hometown of Lake Forest. Inspired by weddings in Texas hill country that we loved attending as guests, we wanted our wedding day to take place as much outdoors as possible, and to all take place in one magical venue..."
"...We wanted our wedding to feel intimate, charming, personal, and marked by love. As a gentlemen's farm set on the Illinois prairie, Elawa Farm provided a uniquely stunning backdrop and also the perfect "blank" canvas for a romantic, elegant event."
Lindsay, on her ceremony...
"Our September wedding day was simply perfect: blue skies, bright sun, and an almost autumn breeze. Rob's dad walked beside him up the boxwood hedges to the hill-top ceremony, while carrying white roses in memory of Rob's mom. I emerged from the cut prairie grass through an arch that Rob constructed from birch trees he cut down from my grandfather's woods up north. Both of my parents walked me down the "aisle" to my groom, and both gave me away. Guests donned our hashtag personalized sunglasses as the sun was setting behind us..."
"Our ceremony was very important to us, from the picturesque prairie backdrop, to the scripture readings, to taking communion as our first act of marriage, to the string quartet nestled in the garden playing beautiful music. We were married by the pastor of the church we started attending together in Ann Arbor, and we made vows to each other that we had written ourselves."
"After the ceremony, our guests headed down the hill for cocktail hour and were delighted by a glass of chilled sparkling wine. The east side of the barn was beautifully shaded for our guests to enjoy deliciously prepared appetizers and signature cocktails."
"Our first dance was a combination of some new moves and a country two-step, which I quickly picked up from Rob when we started dating, and was highlighted by big dips and twirls..."
 "...We cut the cake to a song we love by the band Cake, and with that, Spoken Four started playing, the dancing started, and the flip-flops we offered guests were snatched."
"The Froggy's-catered dinner was served outside in the courtyard lit by flickering candles and strung bistro lights. Our best man and "co-mohs" (aka my younger sisters who served as co-maids of honor), brought down the house with hysterical and heartfelt toasts. Like a fireworks display, the full harvest moon rising over the traditional boxwood gardens drew a crowd on the east side of the barn after we finished dining."

VENDORS:

T & S Photography (photography), Elawa Farms (ceremony/reception), Jordan Ogden (officiant), The Creative Planners (wedding consultant), Matthew Christopher via Volle's Bridal Boutique (bride's gown), Ashley Young Styling (bride's hair), Makeup My Day (bride's makeup), Jos. A. Bank (formalwear), The Tie Bar (groom's tie and socks), Amsale (bridesmaids' dresses), Cardinal and Straw (stationery), ArtQuest (floral), Froggy's Catering (catering/wedding cake), Spoken Four (entertainment)