Stephanie and Nathan’s love story all began with some quick weekend trips to visit family back in Galena. Stephanie spent time hanging around downtown Galena during her visits and soon met Galena native, Nathan. Her trips became more frequent and then she eventually started looking for a permanent way to stay in Galena so she could be with Nathan. The two brought a Scottie named Zoe into the relationship, who three years later would help Nathan pop the question to Stephanie.
Zoe often spent time at grandma’s house, so when Stephanie received a call from Nathan with Zoe in the background barking and saying that she needed to rush home, she knew something wasn’t quite right. In a panic, Stephanie tried a shortcut to get home and noticed signs in the front yard as she pulled up the opposite direction she normally comes from. She did a quick turnaround and was greeted with signs down the street saying “Stephanie will you marry me?” Inside the house Nathan and Zoe greeted her with flowers and a ring.
When it came to planning the wedding Stephanie knew she wanted to host a traditional ceremony inside Galena’s First United Methodist Church; full of family history. The two were given a memory stone on the church’s patio with their names and wedding date in memory of grandparents that had past.
Their reception was held inside the unique Turner Hall, which featured string lighting and soft romantic Spring colors. Although Zoe wasn’t able to attend the wedding; friends surprised the couple with a life size cutout of the Scottie to join them in the celebration. She also made an appearance on the guests’ koozie favors.
For dinner guests were treated to homemade pork tenderloin and Parmesan peppercorn chicken, and as a late night snack, sandwiches were served with a local favorite; Mrs. Fischer’s Chips. Skipping the traditional garter and bouquet toss; a scavenger hunt had guests jumping out of their chairs and served as a highlight of the night.
After the planning was all said and done Stephanie says it was so helpful to have her mom involved, who handmade each bridesmaids’ gown, as well as the ring bearers and flower girls. Her advice to other couples would be to enjoy the process and to try not to stress too much over the planning; expect the unexpected!
Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church – Galena, IL
Officiant: Rev. Patricia Allen-Stewart
Reception Venue: Turner Hall - Galena, IL
Photographer – StudiOlivia Photography
Wedding Planner: Bride and her mom!
Caterer – J & D Catering, New Vienna, IA
Transportation: Tri-State Travel – Galena, IL
Entertainment/DJ: Jitterbug Events
Hair/Make-up: Mosaic Salon – Dubuque, IA
Wedding Dress: Mahin’s Bridal – Monroe, WI
Bridesmaid Dress: Jolene Unangst (Bride’s mom)
Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy
Tuxedos: Milroy’s – Dubuque, IA
Wedding Bands: Kay Jewelers
Florist: Blooming Basket Floral Shop – Galena, IL
Linens/Rentals: Galena Laundry, Gassers (Galena, IL), Jolene Unangst
Bakery: J & D Catering – New Vienna, IA
Rehearsal Dinner: Vinny Vanucchi’s – Galena, IL
Honeymoon Location: Aruba