Hitched: Melissa & Dave's Wilder Mansion Wedding - Part 1

Melissa and I had our first meeting at my favorite brunch spot, Meli Cafe, back in Spring of 2011, and I knew were going to hit it off! Melissa & Dave wanted a truly intimate wedding - meaning only 60 guests - with only their closest friends and family. I love that they opted to keep things simple by not having a bridal party at all. They selected the lovely Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, which was the perfect venue for a wedding of their size. The mid-August day yielded perfect weather, and photographer Dennis Lee was on-hand to capture every minute of the wedding! Melissa & Dave welcomed the newest member of their family, Jacob, earlier in the spring... isn't he just the cutest?!

Melissa & Dave had their First Look at one of my favorite places, the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook.

A beautiful family photo!

Lovely, loose bouquet and freesia boutonnier by Larkspur.

Believe it or not, it was REALLY hard trying to drive this stake into the ground!! :)

Melissa walked towards the ceremony area together with her mother. And then she started down the aisle by herself and was met halfway by Dave... such a wonderful moment!

They chose one of my favorite officiants, Reverend Barry Kolanowski to officiate their ceremony.


Venue: Wilder Mansion
Photography: Dennis Lee Photography
Wedding Planning: Sweetchic Events
Officiant: Rev. Barry Kolanowski
Ceremony Musicians: Music by Lise
Caterer: Pure Kitchen Catering
Florist: Larkspur
DJ: Toast & Jam
Hair/Make-up: Beauty on Call