Michelle is a good friend of Brian’s from his childhood. Their mothers went to nursing school together and being only 5 months apart in age, they always had a connection growing up. Being surrounded by family and good friends was very important to Troy and Michelle on their wedding day so they asked us to be their photographers. Since Brian grew up around Illinois and still has a lot of close family out there, it was a great opportunity for us to make a family vacation out of it.
It takes a very special bride to be able to take on all of the wedding planning herself and to pull it off with the level of excellence and attention to detail that it looks like it was done by a professional. Michelle was one of those brides though. She had a very specific vision in mind, she scoured the realms of Pinterest and Etsy to find out how to pull it off. What she managed to create was simply gorgeous and everyone in attendance had an incredibly fun time (including us!). There was not one detail that was missed and all of it pointed to pieces of their personalities or their relationship which always makes it more fun.
One of Troy & Michelle’s shared passions is making wine together and every guest at their wedding received a bottle that was lovingly created for them by hand along with a personalized cork screw to open it with. Everything had a rustic country feel to it from the mason jar wine glasses and centerpieces, to the burlap runners, to all the wooden signs, down to the wild flowers in all the bouquets. There was a St. Louis Cardinals groom’s cake for Troy since he’s a big fan and since they are both Chicago Blackhawks fans and their team just won the Stanley Cups (go Hawks!), they even incorporated a reenactment of hoisting the Cup with a fake Stanley Cup they made from a plastic water jug.
As mentioned above, family and friends were also a big focus of the day and there was no shortage of either. They got special permission to have Michelle’s grandmother be transported in for the wedding from her nursing home. There was nothing that would stand in the way of every key person in Troy & Michelle’s life being a part of this occasion. One of the more meaningful elements to the day was a 1964 Chevy Nova that Michelle’s grandfather had restored. Though he couldn’t be there in person for this great celebration, he was a part of it in spirit as they drove around in his car.
Since they got married in the same small rural town they live in, every spot and location around town had special meaning and we incorporated many of those locations into the photos. In addition to the church and reception site, we also stopped at a local park and a random barn. Everything was so wonderful and so perfect and so them!
Troy and Michelle, we love you guys and are so happy for this new life you are starting together as husband and wife. May you continue to be surrounded by the things and people you love the most and may the joy and beauty that springs forth from it continually increase with each day you share together!
Ceremony: First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL | Reception/Catering: Pontiac Elks Lodge and Golf Course, Pontiac, IL | Hair: Midtown Salon & Spa, Pontiac, IL | Makeup: Mary Kay by Diane Schwahn | Dress/Shoes: David’s Bridal | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | Flowers: Nature’s Designs Floral Gallery, Fairbury, IL | Cake: Madhouse Cakes, Bloomington, IL | DJ: Buck Stevens of Absolute Light and Sound, Hudson, IL | Etsy Vendors (Jewelry, Signs, Decor): Beazuness, Element4you, TeriHuang, jenjewelry838, BlueDoveStudio, gingerbreadromantic, theBluebirdStudio, whiteliliedesigns, tiazoey, MerryMeSigns, mmtncrafts, sewuniquegarters, brossiebelle, winstonglassworks, smccathie, design4u, braggingbags, openinspirations, awinetwist, spotlightonyou