Marissa and Alex held their summer wedding in the western suburbs of Chicago, Wheaton and Geneva, where the Fox River flows through the center of town. Marissa and Alex's wedding style was inspired by Mumford and Sons music and good old-fashioned summer fun.
Fans of modern-vintage style weddings will have plenty to admire in the rustic, yet chic, details including a giant Ferris wheel escort card board, mason jars, rustic iron monograms, a huge ice-cream sundae, and lots old sheet music and hymnals incorporated throughout the day. Overall, their music theme reflected the groom's background as a musician, and the bride's flair for decor, vintage collecting and design.
The color scheme of grays, yellows and creams were fantastically incorporated into the bridesmaids mixed mis-matched dresses, as well as the groomsmens' gray suits. The colors were also carried over into the flowers, done by Sue Peterson in Geneva, IL.
Music elements were included throughout the wedding, starting with the invitiations by Sarah Drake Design. The bride collected vintage music hymnals and sheet music to use on several wedding details, including cermony programs, birdseed holders, and later at the reception for table numbers.
Marissa enlisted the help of a family friend to minister their nuptials at Gary United Methodist Church, while Alex called on his musician friends to perform during the ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle in a strapless Pronovias gown, accented with a shabby chic sash embellished with fabric flowers and vintage crystal and silver broach pins.
As Mr. and Mrs. made their grand exit from the church, thunderstorms started rolling in, but that in now way dampened anyone's excitement for the newlyweds!
Thunderstorms had the bridsmaids sporting these these very cute umbrellas, and provided us with an improvised fun stop at the grocery store while we waited out the heavy rain before taking portraits.
For the evening celebration at Riverside Receptions, everyone was awed by a stunning display of folksy vintage decor, which the bride collected throughout the year while planning. Marissa got a lot of help from her great teams of professional event designers and wedding planner, M&M Special Events and Estera Events. But the bride's amazing father is the one who made this giant Ferris wheel escort card board!
This couple does not like cake, so instead they had a huge ice cream sundae, and treated guests to old-fashioned ice-cream bar and other sweets by Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts. It was okay for everyone to indulge since Jeff Stitely's 312 Chicago Band kept everyone moving on the dance floor throughout the evening.