Every bride wants to look amazing on her wedding day. But when that bride and her friends work at a salon, she takes it even more seriously. I arrived at the girls’ hotel room in the morning and found Haylie doing her own makeup, as well as Crystal working on Michelle’s hair, Rachel doing her own hair, and Keetra getting her makeup done by Haylie’s mom, Terri. All the while the girls entertained each other (and me!) by speaking in British accents and occasionally singing along with Pandora. Through tear-filled eyes, Haylie read the absolute sweetest letter from her soon-to-be husband, as her talented matron-of-honor attended to her hair. (Chris: Kudos to you on writing such an amazing letter to your bride…and also picking out the gorgeous infinity ring for her!) Meanwhile, Chris received his own wedding-day gift, dashing personalized cufflinks.
Haylie and Chris had planned on having an outdoor ceremony between the two ponds at Villa Marie Winery. However, as Haylie arrived to the winery, she was greeted with raindrops and the news of possible tornados. Not exactly the news any bride wants! But she took it in stride and soon decided to move the ceremony to the patio, under the protection of the upstairs balcony. The staff of Villa Marie and Flowers by Mary Lou moved the entire ceremony setup to its new location and before long Haylie’s much-anticipated moment arrived. That moment of wearing the perfect dress, holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers, walking arm in arm with her father down the aisle to her patiently waiting groom.
Despite the rain before and during the ceremony, thankfully there were no tornadoes! And it even dried up enough for Haylie and Chris to venture out by the lakes for some portraits overlooking the lakes and vineyard.
After visiting with all of their guests, the night continued with, as the bride put it, "dancing their faces off!"
Congratulations again, Haylie and Chris!
(To see more photos from the day, watch the video slideshow below.)
Ceremony & Reception: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL http://www.thevillamariewinery.com/
Florist: Flowers by Mary Lou, Sprinfield, IL www.flowersbymarylou.com
Cake Artist: The Cakery Bakery http://www.thecakerybakery.net/
Gown: Mori Lee design from Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL http://www.elegant-brides.com/