A Lavender Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort

Today’s post is all about the pretty!!!!  Just a couple short weeks ago, Kristin and Bryan planned a lovely lavender Galena IL wedding and chose Eagle Ridge Resort as their venue which fit perfectly with their colors.  The slightly overcast skies helped the colors pop against all the luscious greenery as summer is in its full glory right now!   They wanted a day focusing on their love for one another and celebrating the fun loving friends and family that support them.  It was an amazing day all around and we are so glad we got to share it with them!!!

Kristin started the day with her girls getting ready at a house in the Galena Territory.  It was the perfect setup because there was a ton of natural light for the makeup and hair artists and plenty of space for all the girls to spread out and have fun together throughout the morning.

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Meanwhile, Bryan was getting ready at another house in the Territory with his guys.  They spent the morning hanging out and having fun and Bryan was eagerly anticipating getting to see Kristin for their first look!

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Before the first look, both Bryan and Kristin said they weren’t sure how their reactions were going to be when they saw each other.   Kristin was ALL smiles and Bryan was grinning with tears shimmering in his eyes!  He just couldn’t stop telling Kristin how gorgeous she looked  🙂

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We spent some time exploring some of the “off-the-beaten-path” spots around Eagle Ridge and made the most of those stunning clouds we had.  Kristin and Bryan just focused on each other and naturally laughed, kissed, leaned into one another and talked about their excitement for the day which let us just stand back and take lovely photos of them being themselves.

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Then it was time for their bridal party to join in and my gosh were they all hilarious!!!!  If one group did something the other group wanted to do something equally awesome including when the guys all decided they wanted to jump in the air with the bouquets.  Not to be outdone, the girls ran in, kicked the guys out of their spots and did their own jump.  While photos like that can seem very contrived, we love when a party just does their own thing and makes the most of it because then it’s really them and the reactions are true.  This group was a BLAST to be around and we loved every second of getting to hang out with them!

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The ceremony was gorgeously decorated and perfectly sentimental.  Kristin’s aunt performed it and didn’t even tell Kristin or Bryan what she was going to say.  That forced Kristin and Bryan to really be involved and pay attention to what was going on as they spoke words of love and affection toward each other while their families and friends watched on.

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The gorgeously decorated ballroom was exactly everything Kristin hoped for!  The centerpieces and decor all flowed together to create a feeling of elegance and fun.  We loved the backdrop behind the head table because it accented the beauty outside the windows while still covering up the window shades that can draw a lot of attention away from the prettiness of the space.  Rodney with Special Moments Entertainment does the best job with that we’ve found.  He’s super creative and there’s something about the fabric he uses that makes the room pop, makes the uplighting glow, and gives the whole room an elevated elegant feel.

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The party kicked off with hilarious entrances and lovely speeches.  Instead of the traditional clinking of the glasses to get the couple to kiss, Kristin and Bryan asked Tim with The After Party to play a game with their guests.  Guests had to pick a number that corresponded with a question that Tim had from Kristin and Bryan.  It was a question about the couple and if you got it right they kissed.  If you got it wrong, they didn’t.  This game kept guests very entertained throughout dinner and led to a lot of laughs!

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The dancing began with Kristin and Bryan and then the dance floor filled up!!!  Their guests tore up the dance floor and barely left.  Even Bryan’s grandpa got out there and danced a streak around everyone else.  He was awesome!!!!

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Before we left for the night, we stole Kristin and Bryan away for a couple of night photos including a silhouette with the red sunset over the lake and one of our favorite sparkler photos we’ve ever taken!

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Thank you Kristin and Bryan for letting us take part in your amazing day!!!!  We loved every second and are so glad we got to share it with you!

Special thanks as always to the talented team that helped make Kristin and Bryan’s day the amazing day that it was! Ceremony/Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena IL / Wedding Coordinator: Megan with Eagle Ridge Resort / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: HandPick’d {Just for You}, East Dubuque IL / Hair & Makeup:  Stonedrift Spa, Galena IL /Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals from Vera’s House of Bridals, Madison WI / Bridesmaids Attire: Victor Levkoff, Purchased online from The Wedding Shoppe / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Rented from I Do Bridal, Galena IL / Entertainment: The After Party, Holy Cross IA / Catering: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena IL / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake:  Wedding Day Bakery, Galena IL / Videographer: MI Studios, Moline IL / Drapery & Décor: Special Moments Entertainment, Rockford IL / Photo Booth: Special Moments Photo Booth, Rockford IL

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