Brooke and John were married on May 31, 2014. A lovely outdoor ceremony was officiated by the bride’s brother and they could not have asked for a more beautiful spring day. Splashes of yellow and grey cheerfully emerged throughout their details.
Jill Tiongco was the talented photographer who generously and patiently shared their images with us. She wrote on her own blog how the newlyweds “barely let go of each other” the entire day. Such warmth and affection was evident in their photos as they began a new chapter as husband and wife.
“John and I wrote our own ceremony and my brother officiated. It was a great experience. We chose ceremony music to fit our style and made it a point to incorporate family into the wedding as much as possible.” “We had a Marge and Homer Simpson cake topper because John is a huge Simpsons fan and we hired friends or people we knew for almost everything.” Your budget?
“We ended up right around 17K not including the wedding dress and fittings, which were gifted by my mom, and the rehearsal dinner hosted by John’s parents.”
Would you spend more or less on anything?
“I would not have printed or mailed save-the-dates.”
Best use of budget?
- “Photography; Jill and Jillian were absolutely fantastic and I love the photos!”
- “Venue including premium bar and appetizers.”
- “Hotel to venue transport for guests.”
Advice for future brides?
“Enjoy every minute of planning and the wedding. It goes fast. Spend only the money you have.”
Is there anything that didn’t go as planned?
“Ha, anything that didn’t go as planned didn’t matter. I can’t remember one thing. Oh wait, my poor mom chipped her tooth around noon that day. It was bad. Our awesome dentist, Ivan Valcarenghi, of Elmhurst, IL, fixed her up in a few minutes and she made it back to the hotel with plenty of time to spare.”
- “First look photo shoot.”
- “Time spent with my bridal party getting ready.”
- “Wedding toasts.”
“Was there anything I didn’t love? There were 2 overwhelming feelings I had the day of my wedding: the first was how excited, amazed, and happy I was to have John standing in front of me; the second was looking around and seeing that everyone from guests and bridesmaids to friends and family were there to celebrate us, and in several cases, were doing everything possible to make the day wonderful for John and me. Everyone worked SO hard. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Still am.”
Photographer: Jill Tiongco ~ Venue: Public Landing Restaurant ~ Dress designer: Demetrios ~ Hair: Beth Bartosik, Salon Efthimia ~ Flowers: The Flower Cottage ~ Paperie: Wedding Paper Divas ~ Cake: Orland Park Bakery