Corinne and Grant’s wedding was such an honor to be a part of. Corinne and I go way back: all the way to high school. She and I, along with Corinne’s sister, Melissa, were involved in lots of musical performances together, and would always be carpooling to one show or another. It was fun to be back hanging out with her family again, and helping to execute the perfectly personalized event Corinne and Grant had envisioned.
The morning started with Corinne and her best friends getting hair and makeup done at Hotel 71 (now the Wyndham). The atmosphere was totally relaxed, and Crizen Hasegawa did a beautiful job on all the ladies. I loved Corinne’s gown–she added the sheer detailing onto an existing gown–it was just perfect!
The couple shared their first look underneath a bridge along the riverwalk. Grant looked dapper in his Navy dress whites, and he couldn’t hide his grin when Corinne tapped him on the shoulder. Stoffer Photography did a great job at capturing this lovely moment.
Corinne and Grant, along with their close friends and family hopped on a bus from Aries Charter to head back to Corinne’s parents’ home where the ceremony and reception were taking place. The “bridal party”–made up of the couples’ best friends and siblings–got some beautiful photographs in the forest preserves nearby.
The ceremony was incredibly touching: every moment had special meaning for the couple. It began with the processional initiating from the front door of the bride’s childhood home, and continued throughout the service officiated by a close friend of Grant’s. They did a beer-sharing ceremony with a brew homemade by Grant’s father, Corinne’s sister Melissa sang, and both her cousin and brother-in-law played guitar. We even got just a few sprinkles: just enough for the good luck but without affecting outdoor event in the least!
Cocktail hour and the reception were held in Corinne’s family back yard. Guests were treated to delicious cocktails and nibblies from Blue Plate Catering, while mingling under the beautiful tent and glowing lights provided by Partytime-HDO Productions. Each of the tables was decorated with burlap and lace runners and wildflowers provided by The Wishing Well. Corinne created all the accoutrements including the table assignment board, table numbers, and even a sign directing guests to the beer pong table, bags set and portable bathrooms.
After guests took their seats, Corinne’s dad, her sister, and Grant’s brother gave lovely toasts. Dinner was served buffet-style with a smorgasbord of selections including grilled cheeses with a trio of tomato soups, mini tacos, tomato salad…it was truly “summer’s bounty” (and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!).
Rather than a cake, Corinne and Grant chose to serve Cheap Tart pies to their guests. The “cutting cake” was actually a tiered pie–genius! Grant cut the pie ceremoniously with his Navy saber. Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at a wedding.
Once the sun had set it was time to party. Ryan from Style Matters DJs had no trouble keeping this crew going until midnight.
All my explanation can’t come close to showing what a fantastic event this was. Luckily, we had Smiling Toad Productions on hand to capture it all.
Corinne and Grant, it was truly a pleasure working with you! Wishing you all the best as you embark on life together–cheers!
Corinne and Grant’s wedding was also featured on Bouquet Catcher! Check out their feature below: