A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL
This weekend was what felt like a wedding straight from a fairytale book. A beautiful crisp sunny morning to start what was an incredible celebration.
We had the pleasure to have met Dana and Nicholas when we did their engagement shoot earlier in the year. We were so excited to be able to work with again and the common interest we shared was like being there with longtime friends.
Right off the bat, we started our day early in the morning as there was a two-hour drive ahead of us. The drive was foggy and a little chill, but as we went on the sunrise and fog lifting reassured us it would make for a great day for an outdoor wedding.
We met Dana and Nicholas at a beautiful white home, an Airbnb they rented, where the bride and her bridesmaid had the first floor to themselves while Nicholas and his groomsmen had the second floor.
Immediately we fell in love with the fall colors they chose, burnt orange and gold. Dana’s dress was a beautiful off-shoulder flowy dress with long sleeves it reminded me of almost a fairy queen in a garden, and after hearing that they wanted a garden theme we knew we were in for a beautiful wedding.
Both Dana and Nicholas opted for a first look, we were so excited to be able to get these photos in front of their Airbnb, with the greenery in the white home in the background our bride and groom were radiant. Dana wore a beautiful flower crown that emphasized her in all her beauty, Nicholas was a very handsome groom with a matching boutonnière and navy suit.
After the first look we drove to their to the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens for the ceremony, this is where we knew that Dana and Nicholas indeed have their fairytale wedding. There was a beautiful river with a rock waterfall with orange and green plants all around, the day at that point was shining and we captured some amazing photos. We love a red bridge we saw and just could get enough of the pictures we took. The way Dana’s bridesmaids dresses shined with nature surrounding them was astonishing. The ceremony was just a beautiful experience and knowing that their families traveled from out of town to be there for them was just absolutely fantastic.
After the ceremony we met with them again at Lake of The Wood Forest Preserve for the venue where they had a food truck making personal pizzas, it was honestly such a wonderful experience to be there. We got such great pictures of not just Dana and Nicholas but of their friends and family and of course the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
We truly enjoyed the entire day, we love working with amazing couples and we love doing what we do. It’s experiences like these that make our job so much fun that we forget it’s an actual job, being in the moment with them just makes all this so worth it, so a huge thank you and big congratulations to Dana and Nicholas, we wish you all the happiness this world has to offer!
***** Vendor Love *****
Venue: Lake of the Wood Forest Preserve Officiant: Mitchel Donahue
Bride Dress: Luxe Bridal
Bridesmaids' dresses: Azazie Groom and Groomsmen: The Black Tux
Carter: Flour and Fire Food Truck
Florist: Kochetova (etsy)