We love getting to work with unique couples. And Kelly and Derrick are definitely not your everyday bride and groom! Their
engagement session is a prime example. We met at their favorite pub, McGurk’s
in Soulard. After loosening up with a
few drinks, they were ready for some photos around the pub grounds. We finished
off the evening laughing until we cried as Derrick told us some of his hilarious stories over dinner.
Their wedding day turned out to be just as entertaining and
non-traditional. The most adorable
flower girl wore a tutu and the ring bearer wielded a bubble gun. Derrick’s dad
served as his best man, and Kelly’s mom gave her away. They had beautiful skies
for their outdoor ceremony, even if it was a bit hot and windy. Another unique
touch was a wine ceremony, in lieu of a unity candle or sand ceremony.
The bridal party went to the General Dean Suspension Bridge
at Carlyle Lake for some portraits after the ceremony, where the girls danced
around in the shade and even made the guys form a pyramid. After cooling off at
the Flamingo Bar, it was back to Bretz Winery for more partying. The toasts
consisted of the entire bridal party doing Irish Car Bombs after each speech.
Kelly and Derrick surprised us again during their first
dance as husband and wife. In the middle
of the song, they made their way over to the edge of the dance floor for a
piece of cake, which Kelly then proceeded to smash in Derrick’s face. All sorts
of entertainment continued with a night full of dancing, including a dance-off
between Kelly and one of the groomsmen.
Kelly and Derrick, congratulations again and we wish you all
Wildlife Winery, Carlyle, IL http://www.wildlifelodgeandwinery.com/
Reception: Bretz Wildlife Winery, Carlyle, IL http://www.wildlifelodgeandwinery.com/
Floral Designer: Mioux
Florist, Breese, IL http://www.mioux.com/
Cake Artist: Patty Cakes,
Highland, IL http://www.pat-t-cakes.com/
Hair Artist: Salon Beaux
Cheveux, Highland, IL
Dress: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville,
Bridesmaids Dresses: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL http://www.elegant-brides.com/