I have another pretty spring wedding to share with you today in a lovely palette of coral, peach and dabs of pink. FlowersFlowers provided all the dazzling florals, and Rife Ponce Photography was the magic behind the lens that we are viewing today. Have a great weekend!
From the Photographer: Jessica and Marcus were married in Glenview, IL incorporating tangerine and coral colors in their details, as well as a message in a bottle for their guests, glowing blue ice cubes, and framed pictures hanging during cocktail hour.
From the Bride, Jessica:
How did we meet?
Here is what we wrote in our wedding ceremony program: “Marcus is two years older than Jessica and was working at Chicago Trading Company when she was hired in the summer of 2008. She had her choice out of any traders to pick as a mentor – she picked Marcus. She thought he was pretty modest and smart, and would probably be the nicest to her. Little did Jessica know, Marcus had an eye on her since day one.
In the summer of 2009, Jessica tried to get her friends to date Marcus. They told Jessica that she should instead, and Jessica said “NO WAY!” The rest of the summer and into the fall, Marcus began to make his move. He started talking with Jessica a lot more, and she really enjoyed the conversations. He invited her over for wine and carry out, and she gave it a shot.
In the years to follow, he took her out to romantic dinners, he whisked her away to adventurous vacations, he converted her into a Packers fan, and most importantly, he always made her smile. He won her heart.”
What were your wedding planning, inspiration, and style?
Marcus and I were shooting for a classy yet nature filled wedding. We both really love hiking and the outdoors, so we thought Independence Grove, which is a forest preserve, was the perfect venue. We loved the tall ceilings and the awesome floor to ceiling windows overlooking the forest preserve and the lake. The cocktail hour on the terrace was awesome and the food and drinks were great. We were happy to make it back from pictures to be able to spend time talking with everyone before dinner!
We really wanted a vibrant color to be a focus of our wedding and fell in love with coral early on. We absolutely love how it popped out in pictures! Flowers were another focus for us and we loved the textural components of the white, green, coral and peach colors. We also really had fun making the escort cards – we ended up doing messages in a bottle filled with personalized M&Ms. My mom made 205 curly-cue wires that were stuck into the corks and held the escort cards.
We were very focused on our family and friends having a great time – the live 13 piece orchestra definitely made that happen! We also loved the LED ice cubes that were in the drinks that guests were served an hour into dancing – it made for a cool vibe around the party and people had a great time with them.
What are some of our favorite memories of the day?
Marcus and I had a wonderful day. The ceremony was nice because we had a lot of family musicians play – my dad played the piano while my aunt played the flute, Marcus’ dad sang, my uncle and cousin played violin and piano respectively, and Marcus’ aunt and uncle played several songs – the music was so nice! I also had a great time dancing with my dad. He and my mom took dance lessons and I took a few with him as well, so that was really fun. It was nice seeing a smile plastered on my dad’s face the whole day – it was great.
We also loved the time spent with our wedding party between the ceremony and reception – we went around on a party bus drinking and taking pictures. At one point, we ran out of champagne so we made a surprise stop at my parents house to get more, where they were having people over before the reception started – so that was fun. We also had a great time at cocktail hour – the weather was amazing! It was so nice seeing everyone and it seemed like everyone was having a great time. We loved seeing the room for the first time, the decor was AMAZING – especially the flowers!
The other fun part was that the night didn’t stop once the reception stopped. A group of us went on to a bar in the area where there was live country band karaoke and we closed the bar down at 2 AM – then we went to the hotel and kept the party going in Marcus’ parents room until 4 in the morning – good times!
Do I have any advice for other brides?
YES!! Decisions that don’t have to be made right away – wait! Like inviting certain guests to the wedding – if you are on the fence, don’t send them a save the date. Or if you are unsure about a friendship with a potential wedding party member, hold off asking them to be a part of your day until you really need to. Its amazing how much changes in the ~year that you are engaged!
Also, if you are on a budget, don’t let the spending get out of control! I don’t regret a single penny I spent on my wedding, but its important to realize that some things that you spent a ton of time and/or money on go unrecognized by your guests. Not a single person mentioned my awesome message in the bottle escort cards or my cute ceremony programs – but I was obsessed with them! Guests really loved the 13 piece orchestra and they loved the LED ice cubes and cocktails. They also loved the abundant hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Don’t let yourself get carried away!
Photographer: Rife Ponce Photography
Floral Designer: FlowersFlowers
Reception Venue: Independence Grove