I have been super excited for Andrea and David’s wedding since their first consult with Joshua – we immediately recognized each other as ‘kindred spirits’. They shared their proposal story with their family and friends at www.ourproposalstory.com, and it was a dream proposal! David planned a series of surprises during a trip to Canada based on Andrea’s love for the Anne of Green Gables movie (I share the same love for the book series) and you absolutely must read the story – long or short version. Not only did they visit the Green Gables home from the movie, David also surprised Andrea with a trip to Prince Edward Island to visit the home of the author, check out the Lake of Shining Waters, and hold hands and walk along the same Lover’s Lane that Anne traveled in the book/movie.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Just like the perfection that was their wedding. We met up with Andrea at the Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois, where Andrea had booked their gorgeous French Suite for the girls to get ready.
Andrea’s stunning Casablanca gown waited patiently while the girls enjoyed a few glasses of champagne, opened gifts and primped. Andrea slipped into her gown and the ladies made their way over to the St. Walter Church.
With joyful tears in her eyes, Andrea met David at the end of the aisle and they were married by Father Guiney in a ceremony that engaged their loved ones in the blessings they were to receive. Kasia from Flowers by KH did an excellent job tying the flowers into Andrea and David’s overall wedding vision – the eclectic, vintage feel of the bouquets perfectly complemented Andrea’s gown.
Andrea and David departed the church to bubbles and the sound of ringing bells, toasted to their new marriage, and hopped in the limousine to take some couples photos at the Lynfred Winery. We couldn’t resist taking advantage of the beautiful sunset and the hand-carved spiral staircase in the winery.
On our way to the reception, we stopped at the Meacham Grove County Forest Preserve where we did our best to recreate the rolling hills and fields of PEI.
The perfection continued when we reached the reception at the Empress Banquets in Addison, IL, starting with their entrance to Green Day’s Today. Andrea and David put Martha Stewart to shame with their DIY projects – from the burlap LOVE flags to the totally, completely, and amazingly handmade centerpieces and the magnet guest favors. Jaws seriously dropped when you saw how much work and love they put into this wedding – they shared this video at their reception and it is another must see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJdsnK3ngDU. When I say they made their centerpieces, I mean they really made their centerpieces – from scratch. From selecting the branches and mason jars to pouring in and painting the plaster molds to stamping and stitching the LOVE flags – the care they showed in the planning of their wedding can foretell only great things for their relationship.
The guys from MDM Entertainment started spinning beats that kept the dance floor full the rest of the night while we stole the bridal party away to take advantage of some great vignettes around the Empress Banquets. So fierce.
Andrea and David, we’re humbled that you chose us to capture the celebration of love that was your wedding. You put so much care into every detail and we thoroughly enjoyed joining you on this blessed day. We’re sure to cross paths again both professionally (you can check out Andrea’s photography here: Andrea Dennis Photography) and personally – after all, we are kindred spirits. We can’t wait to see you again soon!