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. Traci 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????
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.
These two have a sweet and quiet love that is so beautiful to watch. Kollin’s hands are gentle every time they touch Traci and she is so sweet and kind to him. And yet they are also ridiculously silly together which is the perfect combo in our books! Then it was time for their wedding party to join in and the fun really kicked up a notch!
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.
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.
During their reception we snuck Traci and Kollin out for a few photos just around sunset. Their guests danced and laughed the night away as they celebrated Traci and Kollin’s wedding day! We ended the night in the stunning newly remodeled lobby where the most perfect wallpaper covers the walls. I just love these romantic shots of them at the end of the night!
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