Cat and Matt's wedding is a fantastic example of traditional day that used slight touches of vintage elements and unique details.
The bride collected lots of buttons to incorporate on her bouquet, programs, and reception gift boxes. It was a creative touch, and absolutely gave their wedding a unique button theme without going overboard with buttons. They were used on a few key DIY projects that the bride and her friends were able to manage, and was executed perfectly as a memorable theme.
Cat's classic diamonds and pearls jewelry, and authentic heirloom pieces also created a vintage feel. A flower pin handed down from her grandmother was used in the bouquet, as well as borrowed family handkerchief. The bride wore a lovely pastel peachy cream and floral detailed Maggie Sottero gown, with bridesmaids wearing short black dresses punched with candy apple red shoes and vibrant red, pink and peach bouquets.
The ceremony took place at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Our favorite moments included the young flower girl handing out daisies to guests sitting on the end of the aisle, and the baby ring bearer towed in a red wagon by his big brother. So cute!
Any time we are near Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, it is one of our favorite locations for wedding portraits. It is of course a lush garden park in warmer months, but is also beautiful during cooler times of year. On this visit we were lucky enough to spot a robust turkey roaming the grounds!
For this larger reception, Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn provided guests with a classic elegant setting, and as always at this venue, the service and cuisine were lovely. The venue also provided event services including the cake, sweet table, decor and flowers. The button theme was delicately showcased with in reception details with the escort cards and guest gift boxes placed on the tables.
A wonderful moment at the reception was the toast given by the best man. He still had this piece of paper given to him by the groom years ago when they were kids. It was an "I.O.U." for a favor owed to him by the groom. Note to any best men out there....if you have some kind of sentimental relic from your past with the groom, borrow this idea. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Toast and Jam DJ Natalie opened the dancing portion of the evening with Cat and Matt's first dance to "Stand By Me," father and daughter song "You Are My Sunshine," and mother and son song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."