Lauren and Guy had a stunning pink and gold Galena wedding this May. Guy’s dad has planned numerous weddings over the years, so when it came time for his son to get married he took on the reigns of planning their wedding day. The beauty he created that day was truly magnificent! The florals were spectacular and they were everywhere! There were sweet moments sprinkled throughout. I truly can’t wait for you to see this one!
Lauren began the day with her bridesmaids getting ready in one of the Eagle Ridge boardrooms. It was a fun morning filled with a lot of laughter which is the best way for a wedding day to begin!
There is a great story about Lauren’s ring that I’ll share with you in just a bit, but for now aren’t these details so pretty?!?! Guy started his morning by sharing breakfast with all the men in his family and then all the gentlemen got ready in one of the Eagle Ridge suites. I loved the moment that Lauren tapped Guy on the shoulder to tell him it was time to turn around to see her. He took his time. He savored that moment before he turned and it was a moment filled with anticipation. As soon as he turned, Guy got down on his knee to give Lauren her ring. Now to really understand this moment and its significance, when Lauren and Guy decided to get married there wasn’t a ring. They knew they wanted to spend their lives together and proceeded with the planning of their wedding. Guy wanted to create a beautiful ring for her and Lauren loved the romance behind not getting her ring until her wedding day. Which meant that this moment was filled with the most sincere of emotions as Guy got on his knee and presented Lauren with the ring that he had worked with a jeweler to design just for her. I loved Lauren’s face as she took in the beauty of that symbol and gazed into the eyes of the man she was about to marry. These are the moments that remind us of why we do what we do. These smiles. These sincere expressions of love. These are the memories that should be captured to last far beyond the years. These stunning flowers were at the front of the aisle right where Lauren and Guy were going to get married in just a few hours! They wanted to see it all put together and we wanted to make use of how incredibly beautiful they were! Then we spent some time with only Lauren and Guy exploring a couple of our favorite Eagle Ridge locations! Then it was time to add in the wedding party! This group was so supportive of Lauren and Guy and shared in their excitement throughout the day. They couldn’t have asked for better people to share their day with them! Just before the ceremony lots of hugs and love was shared as their family started to gather to prepare to walk down the aisle. Lauren and Guy’s ceremony was heartfelt and held a lot of symbolism for both of them. They had two officiants for their ceremony who took turns officiating different aspects of the ceremony that Lauren and Guy had created. There was a champagne toast immediately following the ceremony which was something we’ve not seen any other couple do before so that was super fun! The decor and design of the details in the reception were amazing! Though the colors were simple, the decor was anything but! And every aspect tied in so beautifully with the views out those huge ballroom windows! Just before it was time for entrances we stole Lauren and Guy away from their cocktail hour for a few minutes for a few “Yay we’re married!” photos 🙂 Messy cake cuttings, funny toasts, a surprise appearance by a hot air balloon, a cute first dance, and a FULL dance floor! The rest of the night flew by!
Lauren and Guy, thank you for choosing us to create these images for you! We are so excited for all that the future holds for you!
Special thanks to all the vendors that helped make Lauren and Guy’s wedding epic:
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena IL / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Videographer: Nick Yi, Champaign IL / Florist: Prestige Wedding Decorations, Arlington Heights IL / Makeup: Stonedrift Spa at Eagle Ridge, Galena IL /Bridal Gown: BHLDN, ordered online / Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Entertainment: Gina Glocksen Band, Chicago IL / Cake: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena IL / Officiant: Kayla Hancock, friend of the couple / Invitations: Daniels Printing, Oak Forest IL