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Purple Rustic Bridal Shower: Celebrating Breanne + Marc

This past weekend was full of celebration for one of my best friend’s getting ready to tie the knot this summer! We are all so excited for the wedding, and kicked off the festivities with a purple rustic bridal shower in our hometown. Breanne has loved the color purple since she was little, so it was a no brainer that she would use it as her main wedding color. She also loves the rustic vibe, so we decided to incorporate the two for her shower.

All of the aunts, bridesmaids, and friends chipped in to make it a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. These two lovebirds are so perfect for each other and it was great to shower them with gifts as they start their new life together. I can’t wait to celebrate with them even more this summer when they host their ceremony and reception at Kilbuck Creek in Monroe Center, Illinois. FYI: If you have not seen to this wedding space you’ll definitely want to check it out…gorg!

P.S. The lighting for the shower was super dark, and I am clearly not a professional photographer, but I think you’ll get the idea!

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Location: Family Friend’s House (place where we held all of our girl get togethers throughout our childhood/teen years!)

S’more Favors: Breanne is a teacher, so the teacher bridesmaids worked with some of the high school students to make personalized tags!

Rice Krispie Favors: Bride’s Aunt

Food/Drinks: Bride’s Aunts and Bridesmaids

Floral Design: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design

Sweets: The Sugar Path Bakery, Geneva, Illinois

Purple Dessert Table Linen: Linentablecloth.com

“Miss to Mrs.” Laser Cut Cake Topper: Hues Studio (Etsy)

Rustic Frame/Doillies: Bride’s Aunt

Custom “Bride” Champagne Glass: Bride’s Aunt (incorporated diamonds from the bride’s great grandma)

Paper Design: Bride’s Aunt

 

 

 

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Vintage Bride Meets Simple Spring Wedding: Gillian + John’s Love Story

Photos by Chrissy Deming Photography

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Just when Gillian decided that the online dating scene wasn’t for her; she received a message from a funny guy named John. Unsure of what the outcome would be; she took a chance on meeting the man who would soon become the love of her life. The two decided to meet up for a quick burger, which quickly turned into five hours of laughing and sharing life stories together. Gillian says after hanging out with John she was hooked. Breaking the traditional dating rules; John called Gillian the next morning to see if she wanted to grab some breakfast to talk even more.

After five years together the two were still inseparable. They adopted a dog named West, who they would later find out had terminal cancer. With West a hug part of their relationship; John’s proposal plans to include him didn’t work out as planned when they had to make the hard decision to put him down. During their final moments with West, John told Gillian that he wanted to marry her, leaving them with that one last memory together with West.

Family soon found out about the engagement and the couple planned an intimate May wedding at the University Club of Rockford. Gillian decided to skip the traditional white wedding gown and walked down the aisle in a custom made gown from Whirling Turban in her favorite color, green. She played a key part in the design of her dress by choosing the fabric, sharing embroidery ideas and selecting a tea length skirt. With Gillian’s grandma being her role-model growing up, she was in awe of her grandma’s own pink wedding gown, and says that she always thought that it was so cool to have a non-white wedding gown. Gillian also carried a handmade bouquet made out of origami paper flowers she created herself.

After the couple’s quick outdoor ceremony; guests headed inside for dinner and an all-night dance party. Hundreds of handmade origami cranes also made by Gillian adorned the dinner tables and candy table for friends and family to fill up on their favorite sweets throughout the night.

Gililan and John created a unique wedding all their own, and they encourage other couples to do the same. The couple says you should do what makes YOU happy because it’s your day! Gillian says her favorite part of the wedding day was sealing the deal with the best guy ever, although she admits that she would have purchased a red lipstick that doesn’t “kiss off” so easily, if she could change anything. “I made John look like a clown after our first kiss as husband and wife,” she says.

These two had an instant connection that started at a burger joint and one that will last forever. Gillian and John still make trips back to that same restaurant every year on the anniversary of their first date to relive all the stories and emotions that were going on that day that started it all!

GILLIAN + JOHNS VENDORS

Photographer: Chrissy Deming Photography, Dekalb, Illinois

Hair and Makeup: Gillian did her own hair and makeup!
Bouquet/Centerpieces and Candy Table Backdrop: Gillian made all of the origami flowers and cranes
Dress: Whirling Turban
Ceremony site: University Club of Rockford
Reception Venue: University Club of Rockford
Caterer: University Club of Rockford
DJ: Dance Floor Heroes, Madison, Wisconsin