Joy & Michael
July 21, 2018
Joy and Michael fell in love with the fairytale setting of The Monte Bello Estate—a venue that’s situated in the bride’s hometown of Lemont. The day began as overcast and rainy, but the sun mades its appearance just in time for their evening ceremony. Joy felt an abundance of love surrounding her and her soon-to-be husband as her father walked her down the aisle. She wore a heavenly A-line dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline and delicate lace details. Her bouquet was a gathering of white and blush blooms wrapped in an ivory ribbon. The bridesmaids’ matching bouquets perfectly complemented their dusty pink dresses and the groomsmen’s blush bow ties. Joy and Michael exchanged vows in front of an ornate gazebo, then cheerfully exited as husband and wife.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour at an outdoor bar before heading into a dreamy reception. Ceremony flowers were repurposed as centerpieces and sat atop blush linens. Chandeliers hung from a draped ceiling, creating a romantic glow for that evening’s celebration. Dinner included Chicken Champagne with sautéed mushrooms and a light cream sauce and a salted caramel and vanilla cake. Joy and Michael shared a first dance, followed by a choreographed father-daughter dance that got everyone on their feet! The couple joyfully exited their reception through a tunnel of dazzling sparklers, looking forward to their honeymoon in Costa Rica.
Photography: Being Joy Photography
Venue, Catering & Cake: The Monte Bello Estate
Floral: Little Shop On The Prairie
Entertainment: Mike Staff Productions
Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry, Inc.
Bridal Gown: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture
Menswear: Formally Modern Tuxedo
“Our flowers were insanely beautiful – Little Shop on the Prairie in Lombard, IL did the most amazing job! The arrangements were shades of white, ivory, blush, dusty pink and various shades of green. They included hydrangeas, roses and spray roses, and various summertime greens, such as eucalyptus, jasmine vine and ruscus.” -Joy
“Monte Bello Estate is located in the my hometown of Lemont. My family moved away years ago but Lemont will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved bringing my entire family back to the town where we share so many happy memories. Plus, one look at the estate and you’ll fall in love and feel like a princess in a fairytale – it’s the most gorgeous venue and it’s anything but ordinary!” -Joy
“The most memorable part was walking down the aisle with my dad and feeling so much love surrounding Michael and I. It was almost too overwhelming and I was ugly crying the whole way down – they were tears of joy.” -Joy