It was a warm and humid day in Yorkville, Illinois when we set out to capture Nicole and Rick’s wedding. We kept an eye on the sky and the weather reports with the threat of rain looming but were thankful at the end of the day when the rain held off!
We arrived at the Kendall County Fairgrounds where Nicole, was getting ready. Her details included red satin peep-toe heels encrusted with jewels, and her “something borrowed”, which was a beautiful strand of pearls that belonged to her mother. Once her bridesmaids were dressed in their different styles of red gowns, we led them outside for their first look with their sweet friend. As soon as Nicole was zipped up into her dress and her veil was in place, we took her outside and placed her behind her bridesmaids. They all were overcome with emotion and tears welled up in their eyes when they turned to see Nicole…it was very touching.
Nicole and her father have a very special relationship, and their first look was one that we will always remember. Nicole’s dad chose to wear a hat that Nicole purchased for him when she was 8 years old and on a Disney trip. It was his visual reminder of his little girl who he would be giving away later that afternoon. When he turned to see his little girl, now a beautiful bride, tears filled his eyes and it was very emotional.
We had a great time hanging out with Rick and his groomsmen while they dressed in jeans, gray jackets, and red ties. Rick loves trucks and so they incorporated that into their ceremony by having the bridal party arrive in the back of several trucks to process down the aisle. Red mason jars lined the rows of benches and hay bales as the bridal party arrived and walked to the alter. Finally, Nicole appeared and when Rick’s eyes landed on her they immediately filled with tears—it was a reaction every bride wishes to see when she walks down the aisle and we were so thankful to have captured it! The Officiant had everyone laughing during the service, and it concluded with Rick’s grandmother tying cords around their hands in a handfasting ceremony.
The reception was so much fun and included a roasted pig provided by Uncle Bub’s. The bride and groom were introduced under a canopy of twinkling lights, and there was entertainment for the guests with bean bag games, three photo stations and Jenga game pieces that Rick hand made. After changing into more comfortable clothes, the bride and groom played the shoe game, and the DJ presided over the “longest couple married” dance. The groom’s parents, who have been married for 40 years, were the last ones on the dance floor.
Nicole and Rick truly had a beautiful wedding and their families were wonderful to work with! With such support from family and friends, we know they are a solid path to an amazing marriage. We are so thankful to have been able to capture their special day, and to work with such a special couple! Nicole and Rick, we wish you a beautiful life together!
Venue; Kendall County Fairgrounds
Cake: Sweet Temptations
Catering: Uncle Bubs
Wedding Photographer│Yorkville IL │Vero+Sal Photo and Film│Joliet IL