The first weekend of fall was the perfect weekend for Jessie & Michael to have their outdoor wedding at Independence Grove in Libertyville. This couple’s first “unofficial date” was when they were paired up in the bridal party together at Michael’s sister’s wedding. They had met previously, but that night was when the sparks really began to fly. Michael’s sister even insisted the DJ play one more song at her own wedding so they could clear the dancefloor and share a “last” dance for the evening for the new lovebirds. Fast forward 5 years – they were cuddling up on the dance floor on their OWN special day.
A few weeks before the wedding Michael shared with us what he was most looking forward to at he and Jessie’s wedding. In his own words – Michael wrote, “I am most looking forward to holding Jessie’s hand at the end of the wedding ceremony after we have said our ‘I do’s,’ and walking up the aisle with all of our family and friends smiling back at us. Officially taking our first steps as husband and wife towards a night-long celebration with those we hold most dear will undoubtedly be a moment to remember”. As the ceremony drew to an end and they sealed their vows with a kiss, Michael and Jessie turned and looked at their friends and family. They stood there looking at the crowd and taking in the moment before looking at each other with a couple of the biggest grins I have ever seen. They recessed down the aisle as the guests cheered loudly – they stole one more kiss in the moment at the end of the aisle.
As you look through the blog you may ask yourself, “are they always that happy and joyful?” Having known these two throughout the course of the year – the answer is definitely yes! Jessie and Michael are one of those couples you feel grateful to know, whose joy exudes from their relationship with each other and affects everyone around them. Although they were surrounded by all of their family and friends, it was as though these two always were in their own little world together. Making silly faces, and making each other laugh, and of course, sharing some more dances on the dancefloor.
A special thanks to all the vendors who made Jessie & Michael’s day beautiful.
Getting Ready Venue: The Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling, IL
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Events at Independence Grove | Libertyville, IL
Officiant: Katie Whigham
Bridal Dress Shop: Brides by Young | Schaumburg, IL
Bridal Dress Designer: Stella York
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Azazie
Groomen Tux Shop: Indochino | Chicago, IL
Hair & Make-up Artists: The Bridal Beauty Team
Florist: Town & Country Gardens
Videography: Elegante Media
DJ: Joseph Sanchez
Catering: Catering by Michaels
Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery
Jeweler: Gleim the Jeweler | Palo Alto, CA