Monday, April 24, 2017

Jenna and Brett's gorgeous summer wedding at Lehmann Mansion was a day to remember. All photos by Roland Gozun Photography.
Jenna, on how she and Brett met...
"Brett and I went to the same high school and had some mutual friends, but really didn't meet until we went to college. Brett was a year ahead of me in school and my first night out we were introduced. We started going on dates and spending most of our free time time together, and he quickly became my best friend and biggest supporter."
Jenna, on how she knew Brett was the one...
"After a year of being three states away from each other and still making our relationship work, I knew he was someone I couldn't live without. It was the hardest year, but it made moving to Ohio to be close to him that much easier. Brett asking me to marry him was the easiest question I've ever answered- he's my best friend, and the love of my life!"
The Ceremony
"We got married at Brett’s hometown church. I remember seeing him standing at the altar the first time he saw me. His chin was quivering and he had tears in his eyes. It took everything I had to keep it together and not mess up my makeup. I remember my Dad walking me down the aisle telling me to slow down, but all I wanted to do was get up to the altar next to Brett."
Jenna and Brett, on why they decided to get married in Chicago...
"It's where our family and friends live, and where we started our relationship. When we started wedding planning,we knew we wanted to get married in Chicago."
Jenna and Brett, cont'd...
 "We walked out of the church, hand in hand, smiling ear-to-ear, with bubbles blowing in our faces. In the limo with our bridal party we popped champagne and everyone told their favorite 'Jenna and Brett' stories. It was such a beautiful day, perfect for having our cocktail hour outside. It was sunny and in the low 80s!"
Jenna, on choosing Lehmann Mansion...
"We wanted a classic wedding with a modern twist. I wanted the day to be like a fairytale with my
Cinderella wedding gown, my prince charming, and a beautiful mansion with a breathtaking
landscape."
 "When we walked into the venue, it truly was magical to see all the planning come to life. 
The reception was definitely the best part of the night. Walking into the reception with all the beautiful lighting, gorgeous chandeliers, glowing centerpieces, and our friends and family cheering us a newlywed couple was truly amazing."
Jenna, on her favorite moments from her wedding day...
"Seeing Brett standing at the altar with a
look on his face like I was the most beautiful person he has ever seen, dancing for hours on
the dance floor, and seeing the pure joy in all my guests faces especially my mom and dad
throughout the night... it truly was a special day."
"Our cake was simple, but tasted amazing. It was white cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream in the middle frosted with buttercream. It was very special because it was the same flavor at my parent’s wedding 28 years ago."
"We love to dance and spent the entire night on the dance floor! The dance floor was always packed and even included a train all the way around the tent. We danced the night away and loved every minute of it."

VENDORS:

Roland Gozun Photography (photography), Prince of Peace (ceremony), Lehmann Mansion (reception), Bauer's Catering (catering), Fr. Adam Blatt (officiant), IVY Bridal Studio (bride's gown), Paradise Salon (bride's hair/makeup), Valen Studios Bridal Boutique (bridesmaids' dresses) Men's Wearhouse (formalwear). Impressions Count (stationery), Karen and Lynn Mariano (floral), Jimmy Styx from Music in Motion (DJ), Oak Mill Bakery (cake), Blue Line Limo (transportation), DLH Studios (videography)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ellen and Bryan's summer woodland wedding featured handmade touches and breathtaking florals. All photos by Holly Donovan Photo.
"Bryan and I are high school sweethearts! We started dating when I was a senior and Bryan was a freshman at NIU. We're so very blessed to have such a long history together,"
"We spent a few years apart when I was in graduate school in Ohio. When we were able to
rekindle our relationship, I think we both knew it was for the long haul. We were in love for
many years and coming together again felt like coming home. We are very lucky!"
"After primping and preparations, I took my jumble of nerves to meet Bryan at the park. I really wanted to do a first look and am so glad that we did. It was surreal seeing one another in a wedding dress and suit!"
"Bryan got a little teary but we both held it together, shared some laughs and love with one another, and took photographs in the park. We were so happy that the sun was shining!"
"Most of our ceremony decorations were very simple to showcase the beauty of the park. I made the fabric bunting between the trees which now hangs above our bed at home. I wanted to have a hand in some of those special touches that we could keep as mementos of the wedding day."
"Once I was walking alone to my groom, the magic of the day really caught up to both of us! We were total, absolute cry babies and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. My mom read “Union” by Robert Fulgrum and our officiant did an outstanding job making the ceremony feel very personal."
"My favorite part was the ceremony, for sure. I felt so present in those moments and so truly, truly happy to marry the love of my life. Bryan’s favorite part was the first look. Although all of the wedding preparations turned out beautiful and were a fun part of the wedding, the most special, important part to us was sharing that love for one another with our family and friends. It was magic."
"The reception was the perfect party to celebrate the love shared at our ceremony.  I was over the moon about our bright, colorful flowers that added the perfect touch to the Park Place Reception Hall. We picked some peonies from a friends’ yard, too-- I’m flower crazy!"
"We rented the majority of our decor from Forever Birdy (Courtney Seyller), who went to our high
school and has outstanding, classic vintage pieces."
"Bryan and I walked in to Bruno Mars, ate lots, and enjoyed cake from our favorite hometown bakery, Swiss Maid in Harvard. Our D.J., Rico Mangram, was the life of the party! We are very thankful to have had such a wonderful wedding!"

VENDORS:

Holly Donovan Photo (photography), Larsen Park (ceremony), Park Place ( reception), Reverend Barbara Chandler (officiant), Mayfield Flowers (floral), Forever Birdy (vintage rentals), David's Bridal (bride's gown), DSW (bride's shoes), Francesca's (bride's earrings), Kate Spade (bangle), Men's Wearhouse (formalwear), Studio 2015 (wedding bands), Vistaprint (invites), Sunn Flower Gourmet & Catering (catering), Special Occasion Events (entertainment), Swiss Maid Bakery (wedding cake),