The whole summer I’ve been sweating it up at weddings…it’s been so crazy hot this summer. I was so excited when I checked the weather reports and found out that it was going to be 70 and sunny for the wedding! 🙂 It was a very much appreciated change in weather!
When I arrived, I spent some time hanging out with the girls as they got ready for the big day! I loved how relaxed and happy they all were…it always makes my job so much easier when everyone isn’t tense!
We then hung out and took some pics on the grounds before the wedding began. It was tricky keeping Jimmy & Karalee out of each other’s sight! Tim & I kept calling each other back and forth and made sure we weren’t in the same areas…and somehow we pulled it off!
The ceremony was beautiful…complete with a harpist & handwritten vows. I loved how personalized it was to the two of them!
After the ceremony, Karalee wanted to go downtown to “grunge it up” a little. We all had so much fun hanging out and getting some amazing photos of their wedding party…don’t they look like such a fun group?
We then arrived at the reception & it was so much fun! First, Jimmy switched into some Nike’s that he had custom made for their wedding with the wedding date on them. We enjoyed a yummy meal & then the dancing began. Karalee’s dad put so much thought into the father daughter dance. He gave the sweetest speech before it & then had a custom mix of songs that reflected special moments that hey have shared together. I laughed. I cried. I came home and told Tyler that had had to do this for Millie some day! Karalee & her friends also made up a dance routine the night before the wedding & busted it out on the dance floor. It was AWESOME!!!!! I wish I had it on video so I could share it with all of you!
I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of your big day. I feel like I’ve known the two of you forever…you are such a fun, loving couple that are truly a joy to be around!
Karalee & Jimmy answered some questions about their big day for us…thanks for sharing the details that made your day so wonderful!
Hair-Whitney Coleman, Original Designers
Makeup- I had a consultation at the Clinique counter at Von Maur and I purchased what they used on me. My sister applied my make-up on wedding day.
Florist- Zips Flowers by the Gates, Dawn Gates
Ceremony Location- We had an outdoor ceremony at The Pointe.
Officiant–Pastor Joel of Mt.Zion Presbyterian Church
Reception-Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur Park District
Cake- My co-worker made my cake as a gift-Shellie Klink
Tuxes- Seno’s Formal Wear
Musicians- Harpist, Christina Marshall of Bethany, IL
DJ- Aaron from Complete Music
What will you remember the most from your wedding day? My most memorable moment of the wedding day was walking down the aisle. I got a great piece of advice from my husband’s aunt, she told me, “no matter what you do, make sure you look at him when you’re walking down the aisle. Don’t look around to see who came or if everything looks perfect, just look into his eyes”
Funniest memory from your wedding day? The funniest memory was my sister’s (MOH) speech. She did an amazing job, but accidentally described my husband as “careless” instead of “selfless”.
What was your favorite detail from your wedding day? There are too many to narrow down! The detail we got complimented on the most was our vows. We decided to write our own and it really made the ceremony unique and brought on the tears! Also, my father’s speech was quite memorable. He started it early in the evening and finished it with a custom mix of songs for our father-daughter dance. The third thing that I loved the most was a choreographed dance that my girlfriends and I did. We all brought bandannas and put them on when our song came on and busted out a dance-it was like a scene from a movie. It really got the party started!
Any advice you would give to future brides and grooms? My advice is something that was passed on to me. I was told that during a point in the day, step back and take 3 deep breaths, look around you and take it all in. That moment is what will stay in your mind forever.
Would you change anything if you did it all over again? I would have hired a videographer. I didn’t think it was necessary, but it all went by so fast and now I wish I could watch it!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? We are saving money to take our honeymoon on our one year anniversary. We want to go to Europe!