Pink Literary Themed Wedding, Ramada Galena IL

Oh my heart!  Two weeks ago tomorrow we got to share in the wedding day of Traci and Kollin, two people who are madly in love with one another and whose hearts we have loved getting to know.  These two planned the perfect pink literary themed wedding at the Ramada in Galena, IL.  As we mentioned in our blog on Wednesday, the Ramada has undergone some impressive changes and we were so excited that this wedding also marked the first wedding we were photographing since the updates had been completed.  Our hearts were in heaven!!!

Traci began the day with her girls.  Though she did her own hair and makeup (right?!?!  amazing!), she wanted to hang out with her girls while they spent the morning getting pampered.  Each of her bridesmaids has known her for several years and one of them even brought a binder full of old notes she and Traci used to exchange in high school!  To say the very least, the morning was full of smiles and laughter as these girls shared lovely memories of their time knowing Traci.  Pink Literary Themed Wedding 013 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 014 Brides Shoes, Wedding Rings, Keepsake Box, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyPink Literary Themed Wedding 015 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 016 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 017 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 018 Bridesmaids Pink Robes, Matching Bridesmaids Robes, Pink Robe, Galena IL Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Pink Literary Themed Wedding 020 Wedding Ring, Engagement Ring, Black Wedding Band, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyPink Literary Themed Wedding 021 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 022 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 023 Pink and Gold Wedding Invitation, Bridal Jewelry, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyPink Literary Themed Wedding 024Traci and Kollin have two cats that they absolutely love!  One is yellow and one is black.  To keep them close to her on her wedding day, Traci had her pedicurist paint two little cats on her toes.  Isn’t that so cute????Pink Literary Themed Wedding 025 Pink Literary Themed Wedding 026Pink, Vintage, Garter, Wedding, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Book Themed Save the Date, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Personalized Vows, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Personal Vows, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography

Kollin had a relaxed morning, but was a bundle of nerves before he saw Traci the first time.  Once he turned and caught her eye, the smile didn’t leave his face for the rest of the day.

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Their ceremony was out behind the Ramada under an arbor overlooking the gorgeous pond.  Kollin and Traci exchanged heartfelt vows in which Kollin promised to love Traci and their cats and Traci promised to love Kollin at least as much as she loves their two cats  😉   In a unique twist on the ceremony, they had each wedding party member read a piece of advice to them.  Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Book Date, Wedding Decor, Literary Themed Wedding, Book Themed Wedding, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyLove Sign, Literary Themed Wedding, Book Themed Wedding, Ramada Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed PhotographyLake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Galena IL, Ramada Galena, UnPosed Photography

Throughout the planning process, Traci and I would exchange emails about things they were doing to get ready for the wedding.  I loved talking to her as she was creating the centerpieces and details that rounded out their reception.   A lot of thought and detail went into making each table unique and special.

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Special thanks to every vendor that made Traci and Kollin’s day truly magical!

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Ramada, Galena IL / Wedding Coordinator: Eric Long, Ramada Galena / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: Created by the bride / Hair & Makeup:  Indulge Day Spa, Galena IL /Bridal Gown: Hope’s Bridal, Davenport IA / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: I Do Bridal, Galena IL / Entertainment: Premier Entertainment, Dubuque IA / Catering: Cindy’s Classic Catering, Galena IL / Invitations: Minted.com / Cake:  Wedding Day Bakery, Galena IL / Officiant: Dee Kilmer (friend of the bride) / Photo Booth: Dubuque Photo Booth, Dubuque IA / Videographer: inRetrospect Media, Dubuque IA

-c&j-

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