Married: John & Vida – June 27, 2009 {Part 1}

I have been so antsy to feature the wedding of my dear friends, John and Vida, I’m so excited to finally have my little hands on their pictures!! I have known John for over a decade now… we met in the cornfields of Champaign (aka the University of Illinois) and have managed to remain friends throughout the years. I always thought that perhaps John would be a “bachelor for life", but after he introduced our circle of friends to Vida, I knew that that title was on its way out…

Vida has a thing for sea shells. So he popped the question July 4th weekend of 2008 by tucking a gorgeous canary yellow diamond ring into a sea shell, proposing, and then whisking her off to a weekend beach getaway… so Vida could collect more shells :)

Their wedding was one of the most intense weddings I have produced to date, with a whopping 22 different vendors! FYI, a wedding typically averages about a dozen vendors. But it was certainly the most rewarding in terms of the final outcome… happy couple, happy guests, and fabulous wedding!

All images by one of my favorite photographers, Albert of Second Print Productions. Not much need for captions in this series below… the pictures speak for themselves!

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green cymbidium hydrangea succulent bouquet

I am a wee bit obsessed with Vida’s bouquet, by Grace of Vale of Enna. Hydrangea, cymbidium orchids, succulents, lotus pods and fiddlehead ferns. And the perfect shape and size. Le sigh…

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Vida looks stunning, and so happy!

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While John looks pensive…

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Their first look at Vida’s parents’ home

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That’s my wedding veil that Vida borrowed, and it looks very precarious in this shot… but I love it!

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Hellooo, gorgeous!

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More of Grace’s handiwork

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Vida wanted some whimsical balloon shots…

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And they turned out so cute!

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Where in the world are they? Their venue, Envent, was in a warehouse district with some large silos… urban chic!

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To be continued…