Last November, on the coldest most frigid day of the year so far (at that time), Danie and Joe had the most gorgeous fall wedding at Eagle Ridge Resort. Though it was crazy cold, Danie was a trooper and still did so many pictures outside. We love her for that! One thing we always say we love about our UnPosed Brides is that they are willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to get great images and Danie was no exception. She bundled up in Joe’s coat and adventured to all the great locations we had picked out for them. Enjoy this glimpse into Danie and Joe’s amazing wedding day!!!
Danie started the day getting ready at one of the Eagle Ridge rental homes with her girls. Her mom was the sweetest ever and spent the morning making breakfast for everyone.
Their wedding rings were sooooo pretty!!!!!! Seriously this group of ladies was so fun! Danie’s mom, sister, and grandma all helped her get in her wedding dress. Meanwhile, all the guys were getting ready at another rental home. As you can tell, they took getting ready very seriously! Didn’t Joe look incredibly dapper?!?!?! I loved these first few moments between Danie and Joe on their wedding day. Even if they were freezing, their smiles were so big and they were so crazy happy to see each other!!! I mean look at that laugh! I love it!!! We were so glad there were still beautiful leaves on the trees! They made for stunning backdrops to these photos!!! Danie’s red coat was so perfect for that cold day! We couldn’t believe when we found the most perfect barn for some of their photos. The sun was at exactly the right angle to cast gorgeous light on this spot and we had a ton of fun exploring this area with Danie and Joe. Wasn’t Danie’s bouquet just stunning? Event Floral did a great job with all of their flowers that day!
So when we were scoping out some new and different locations for Danie and Joe’s photos, we saw this awesome rock wall so we asked them if they’d be willing to voyage through the undergrowth to get there. We were all a little worried that Danie’s dress would get snagged so Joe gallantly carried her all the way there. What a great guy right? Then it was time for the wedding party to join us! I can tell you that these girls were FREEZING but they held it together and didn’t show it one bit! I was so impressed with them!!! The guys were cold too, but the girls gave them so much crap for saying they were cold that they all chose to hold it together and bear with the cold without complaint. Look at that lovely wedding party!!!! This next pic made me laugh the second I saw it on the back of the camera! Total hilarity!!!! Danie and Joe chose to hold their ceremony in the Eagle Ballroom near the point. They decorated with wine barrels and poured rye in a barrel to age for their unity ceremony. Add to that, they had a reading from The Velveteen Rabbit which was so perfect for the two of them. All in all it was a heartfelt and meaningful ceremony that made everyone cry at least a little.
Aren’t their flower girls and ring bearer so cute?!?!? I loved those floral crowns! I love how much Danie was beaming as she walked to Joe. That smile was so full of joy! We adored the backdrop they used for their ceremony. Not only did it draw their guests eyes right to the front and provide a focal point for the ceremony, it also meant that the photos turned out great because light was evenly dispersed along the entire wedding party. Right after the ceremony I grabbed Danie and Joe for one quick photo with the sunset since it was falling fast. I loved getting to make use of Danie’s long veil for that shot! The reception was decorated in greenery, pumpkins, and lovely wine colored linens. It screamed fall! They even had an entire table full of various pies. Yum!!!!
From the moment the dancing began and all through the night, it was a fun party!!! So, quick story time here. Leading up to this day, Danie had let us in on a secret. One of her bridesmaids was going to get proposed to at their reception! When she went to throw her bouquet, she instead turned around and gave it directly to Melissa who hugged her and then saw her boyfriend walking toward her with a box. It took a moment, but she suddenly realized what was going on! As the look of shock spread across her face, he knelt down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The entire room of guests went totally crazy! It was awesome!!!!! So much happiness!!!!! It seemed like after that much happy in one day, the crowd was even more ready to dance and party! We ended the night by taking Danie and Joe out for a few night photos. Some with cigars, and one with perfect bistro lighting.
Danie and Joe, it was an honor to be with you throughout your wedding day! We loved every moment and are so grateful for the two of you!!!! Thank you for choosing us to be your photographers.
Special thanks to the vendors that helped make their day possible: Ceremony/Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: Event Floral, Loves Park IL / Hair & Makeup: Stonedrift Spa, Galena IL /Bridal Gown: Purchased from Gigi’s Closette, Glenview IL / Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse / Entertainment: The After Party, Guttenberg IA / Invitations: Oh My Designs, Etsy / Pie: Wedding Day Bakery, Galena IL