When we booked Kara & Ryan’s wedding, we knew we were in a for a fun time. Having rented a canoe for their engagement session, (which you can see HERE), we knew this adventurous couple would pull out all the stops for their late September wedding. The weather could not have been any more perfect for the big day. Marc and I were excited as we pull up to one of our favorite high-end wedding venues, McKray Memorial Golf Club.
As the bridal party arrived, Kara pulled me aside and told me about a little surprise she had planned for Ryan. One of Ryan’s favorite movies is Halloween – so she wanted the best man to help her pull off a Michael Meyers surprise during the first look. This stunt had everyone nearby roaring with laughter.
The entire day went off without a hitch – perfectly planned and perfectly executed. The reception was one of our favorite parties of the season. Each father had prepared a touching and beautiful speech for the newlyweds as dinner was served. The dance floor was jumping with the evening’s MC and performers from Do It All Entertainment – the floor was packed from beginning to end. Ryan’s surprise after-dinner whiskey & bourbon bar was also a big hit.
Before we finished for the evening, the couple had one more surprise up their sleeves. Kara and Ryan met while working at a bank together so little touches of how they met made appearances throughout the day. From their wedding hashtag – #amarriageyoucanbankon to the unexpected money-gun machines throwing money into the air, the theme was fairly obvious. The best part was the money – it was full of $1000 dollar bills featuring themselves as well as their beloved Goldendoodle, Brady.
This wedding was a fun highlight of our 2019 wedding season. Enjoy some of our favorites from this adventurous wedding day!
A special thanks to all the vendors who made Kara & Ryan’s day beautiful.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: MaKray Memorial Golf Club | Barrington, IL
Officiant: Steve Carter
Bridal Dress Shop: Poshmark
Groomsmen Tux Shop: Men’s Warehouse
Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist: Glammed by Anna
Cake: Lovin’ Oven Cakery
Florist: Lake Zurich Florist
Entertainment: Do It All Entertainment
Videographer: Acosta Cinema