Ellen, who is from Australia, crossed the world and found Nick, who lived in a small Illinois town. The couple fell in love over travel and often sang to each other their favorite songs from The Head and The Heart. ((Ellen + Nick’s)) wedding was incredibly personal and took place at an antique shop in Chicago.
Family from all over the world came to Ellen and Nick’s wedding. It was only fitting that their wedding be lightly travel themed. The escort cards were modeled after a flight map and each table was distinguished by framed airport codes containing a photo of the couple behind it.
Their photographer, Shane Welch from Shane Welch Photography says, “The detail we love the most was their unorthodox dinner service where the main course was served by local food trucks. Each truck offered a diverse array of cuisine: Mexican tamales, Argentinian empanadas, and American barbecue and sliders; Most of which, the Australians in the party had never tasted before this night!” It was the perfect mix of a multicultural, laid-back, picnic style wedding.
The reception fostered many sweet and unforgettable moments. Once a professional singer, the bride surprised the groom with a beautiful song while a bridesmaid accompanied on guitar.
The tenderness continued with the couple’s first first dance, which was to one of their favorite songs, “Rivers and Roads” by Head and the Heart. Nick had proposed to Ellen while listening to this particular song– the words speaking to them because they crossed the world to be together. Shane Welch says, “For us, the love between this bride and groom alleviated any doubt that soul mates really do exist.”
Peek into their one-of-a kind big day ~
Photographer: Shane Welch Photography • Reception: Architectural Artifacts, Inc. • Planner: Naturally Yours Events • Makeup: Nika Vaughan, Makeup Artist • Florist: Fab Flora • DJ: Gold Noise DJs • Catering: Goose Island Catering, The Tamale Spaceship • Bakery: Magnolia Bakery • Heirlooms and extras: Nimble Well • Designs + decor: Shadow Box Dreams • Other: Slide Ride, Lillies Q • Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group • Videography: Charlie Hilbrant Films •