During Ashley Carpenter’s (Chicago Expert Planner) first Timeline Meeting with Bonnie + Danny, she truly felt their love + kindness, and she had many amazing conversations about their wedding day vision, and what this day meant to them. They both communicated + compromised so well with each decision, and mentioned many times that the most important thing to them was that they wanted this day to be about their relationship, their love, and celebrating this beautiful next step.
So when COVID-19 arose and Chicago restrictions were put in place which would effect their original wedding date, Ashley got on the phone with the couple to discuss their options! After weighing every possibility, the couple made the decision to not only postpone their wedding to September 2020, but to cancel the reception portion of the event so they were not compromising their guests, and again, making sure this day was focused on them, their love, and their beautiful marriage. So plans were put into place, and their day, as you can see below, was absolutely spectacular!
We started off their day separately getting ready in a very relaxed way (when you only have 3 people getting hair + makeup done, it definitely creates a more calming atmosphere). They were then whisked off to their Church, where they said “I Do” in front of 25 of their closest loved ones! As though the day could not be more perfect, the couple was cued to do their grand exit out of their church, and they were met with the best surprise of all! The church was surrounded by MANY cars filled with those that were unable to attend their Ceremony, but wanted to be apart of it in some way! The couple was so surprised and you could see the pure happiness on their faces as they saw everyone they loved celebrating their marriage!
The couple then departed for The Gwen Chicago where they took photos around the gorgeous hotel, and headed up to their suite for a beautiful 3-course dinner for two, complete with wine pairings and a little surprise from the bride’s mother! Weeks before, Bonnie’s mother contacted Ashley to order a wedding cake for the couple to enjoy, and have a cake cutting moment to keep a few traditions a part of their wedding day! The couple was so surprised, thankful, and happy when they discovered this surprise, and it was something so special for us to be apart of + help make happen!
So although this day was not what the couple originally envisioned, their day truly became exactly what they always mentioned they wanted: it was about them, their love, and they were surrounded by those they love most! COVID unfortunately has definitely brought a lot of stress + uncertainty for many engaged couples, but it cannot ruin the beauty of why people get married in the first place! As long as you are with the one you love most in this world, the perfect wedding day is still absolutely possible! xo
Thank you to this fabulous group of vendors for making this day incredible:
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