It took Melissa and David a while to decide on the vibrant and versatile peacock theme for their wedding, but once this idea was in place it inspired a tasteful celebration complete with peacock feathers in the ladies’ hair and even in the ice sculpture. Their ceremony took place at the sprawling Union Church in Hinsdale, IL. where we were able to get some great shots incorporating architectural elements and the beautiful courtyard before Melissa’s father, Commander of the Medinah Motorcorps, led a team of motorcycle escorts taking them from the Medinah Shrine in Addison, IL. around town and to the reception.
I have to say that Melissa was one of the most relaxed brides I’ve worked with. Her getting ready time, although a bit rushed, was characterized by laughter and reminiscing with vendors, family, and friends who all wanted to ensure that her day went smoothly. The bride herself was focused on her groom and on her guests. She wanted to make sure that everyone had a good time at the wedding and was so eager to see David’s reaction to her dress as they usually don’t keep secrets from each other for long.
The day had its share of touching moments including the exchanging of the vows and the groom’s emotion while dancing with his mother. The reception was elaborate, yet personal, from the chocolate fountain to the “28 Days” band to the laser lights and smoke on the dance floor to the live broadcast of events to the bride’s grandmother who had been hospitalized prior to the wedding. One of the biggest hits of the evening was the photo booth experience where I enjoyed snapping images of guests making faces and outfitting themselves with props and feather masks.
From the beginning of my communication with Melissa, a graphic designer, it was clear that she valued photography and wanted to invest in the gift of remembrance. As an artist, she spent time researching and crafting her own invitations, place cards, programs, guest book, table numbers and cards, as well as all of the hairpieces for bridesmaids, mothers, and herself.
All of the special details Melissa took the time to plan and organize came together beautifully on the day of the wedding, although her own advice to brides is this: “Don’t spend so much time trying to make your wedding day perfect that you lose sight of the real meaning behind having a wedding in the first place. Beautiful flowers and clever guest favors are nice, but they shouldn’t be more important than marrying the person you love or the friends and family who will be there to support you. A lucky couple will get their dream day but couples whose wedding fell short on some of the details will still be just as lucky because they still got married to the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with.”
Once again Congratulations to you Melissa and David may your new life together be filled with lots of great moments!