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As soon as we arrived at the Willow Harbor Vineyard to shoot Amanda and Mike’s wedding, we were hit with an intense craving for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was a beautifully sunny day and the air was filled with the intoxicating aroma of Concord grapes – the perfect venue for this outdoorsy couple.
On our way to the Bridal Cottage, Mike called out to his fiancée to, “go put something nice on.” Nice, indeed. Amanda’s Allure gown was simply stunning with an open back that had jaws dropping. Probably one of our favorite wedding gowns all year.
It’s a good thing the bees were distracted by the grapes – otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to resist these super sweet flower girls.
The cake, courtesy of Arlene’s Wedding Cakes, perfectly reflected the autumn/wine colors in the bridesmaid dresses.
The amazing florals were provided by good family friends, Cedar Lake Florist. We love that they took the personalities of the bride and groom into consideration when designing the centerpieces. The inclusion of bamboo was a nod to the bride’s passion for environmental sustainability, and the fire truck arrangement was a tribute to Mike’s service with the Chicago Fire Department. Great job, Charlie and Marilyn!
Amanda and Mike, your devotion to each other is inspiring – your willingness to go camping for 2 weeks…maybe not as inspiring, but certainly just as admirable (just kidding). Wishing you both a world of happiness as you take your first steps together as husband and wife!