When I first met Maria last year, I knew she was going to be an fabulous bride to work with – she clearly had an eye for detail and knew exactly what she wanted in her big day. I love a bride with a vision!
We began Maria and Tim’s festivities at Maria’s parents’ house to get ready. Tim’s daughter, Michelle, who served as Maria’s maid of honor, joined us for hair and make up. I adored her purple gown. It was one bridesmaid dress she will definitely be able to wear again.
I loved Maria’s choice in her intricately beaded dress. She looked absolutely stunning. Vivid Floral provided all of the beautiful flowers for the day.
After getting ready, it was off to St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge . Maria chose to ride to the ceremony with her father in a vintage Bentley from Classic Chassis. The private car ride provided Maria some quiet time with her dad before the craziness of the day really set in.
The ceremony was a traditional Catholic mass and I loved that Maria and Tim chose to honor both of Tim’s kids by having them as their bridal party. Choice Music Chicago provided incredible vocals and music, which really added to the beautiful ceremony.
And then the party got started! There was plenty of food and dessert for guests to enjoy. It was a sweet tooth’s dream with Italian cookies galore from Rolf’s Patisserie and Il Giardino del Dolce–my favorite!–, wedding cake from Amy Beck Cake Design and a gelato cart from Via Gelato. Everybody was on the dance floor boogy-ing to the tunes of Ron Bedal Orchestra while taking periodic breaks for ice cream–the perfect treat for cooling off on a warm summer night.
Maria, Tim, and their families warmed my heart with their kindness and obvious love for one another. I had such a wonderful time being a part of their day and can’t thank them enough for choosing to include me!