Delight in the many glorious details of this high-style, yet cozy Long Grove wedding, beautifully captured by Kent Drake Photography. At first glance, one could easily imagine this was a charming small-town affair. The bride’s attention to detail was nothing short of amazing. Many items, such as the invitations and centerpieces, were thoughfully handmade. We especially adore the clever newspaper-inspired programs with mock advertisements featuring each of the wedding party attendants. The groom and his attendants appeared happy and relaxed with their fishing poles on hand, and the bride looked radiant in her Cosmo Bella gown and gold peep-toes.
With breathtaking backdrops inside and out, the Makray Memorial Golf Club features a spacious ballroom that can accomodate parties of 30 to 250 people. For more inspiration, check out their online photo gallery.
From the Bride: I had been planning the wedding even before we were engaged. I am in love with everything that goes into a wedding and making it personalized was something that was really important to me. I wanted to handmake as much as possible to not only save money, but to also make it my own. Our program was one of the most fun items to make. We made it look like an old fashioned newspaper and had fake advertisements for each of our wedding party attendants. This gave us a chance to show some humor as each advertisement featured either a hobby of the individual or was a “roast” on something they like to do. People really seemed to enjoy having something to read as they were watching for the church ceremony to start.
All of the paper goods were handmade. The fabric bags that the invitations were held in were also made by the bride and her mother. The favors were made out of napkin rings, bark-covered wire, and spray painted battery candles. The centerpieces were also handmade with glass pieces bought at a rummage sale, fishtank stones, battery operated candles, and wooden numbers. All of the boutonnieres were also handmade. They were made from procelein flowers from Hobby Lobby and fabric for the leaves. My veil was made from my mother’s veil as well.
I loved how personalized our wedding was. We got married on the my grandmother’s birthday to honor her and in the church I was basptized in. It was traditional, but also had our style stamped all over it. We really tried hard to make sure everyone was comfortable and free to have a great time. We were a part of planning every aspect and I made sure that every detail represented us and our style.
Photography: Kent Drake Photography / Ceremony Venue: Long Grove Community Church / Reception Venue: Makray Memorial Golf Club / Bride’s Dress: Cosmo Bella (Brides by Demetrios) / Shoes: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Cake + Desserts: Lovin’ Oven Cakery / Flowers: Handmade (Bride’s from Restoration Hardware and bridesmaids’ from World Market) / Videographer: Ryan Brennan / Caterer: Makray Memorial Golf Club / DJ: Tony Corso