We can’t get enough of this Halloween-loving couple who found just the right amount of hollow-spirit to balance their lovely wedding day!
((Danielle + Jonathan’s)) relationship developed at just the right time in their lives. Friends since the wee-days of junior high, the couple lived separate lives growing up, but often reconnected. As they became adults, one day Danielle agreed to be his wedding date. After a long car ride with no air conditioning (imagine that!) and a day of reminiscing in the heat and humidity sparks flew. “We knew everything about each other, so it was easy to fall more in love!” the bride says.
Danielle describes Jonathan’s proposal as “Magical and like a scene from a movie.” The couple made plans to go ice skating at Millennium Park — which just so happened to be the location of their first date together. When Danielle went to use the bathroom, Jonathan arranged with someone from Millenium Park to “cut the line.” As they were ice skating, an announcement went over the intercom telling people to get off the ice.
~the bride says ~
“As everyone is getting off the ice, Jonathan started skating toward the middle of the ice, dragging me along side. At this point I knew what was happening and could not believe it. The song “Marry Me” by Train played over the intercom and he got down on one knee People were screaming and cheering and taking photos of us. We felt like celebrities. Then, he pointed up at the ledge by The Bean to all our friends and both our families who were holding up signs that read “She Said Yes.”
~The bride’s details ~
Something Old: Grandmother’s handkerchief
Something New: Bride’s gowns and shoes
Something Borrowed: Groom borrowed pocket watch
Something Blue: little blue ribbon on bride’s garter; groom’s jacket was also blue for the ceremony
The couple’s pre-Halloween wedding wasn’t complete without hints of the great pumpkin. Guests received pumpkin buckets as welcome gifts and the groom and his groomsmen donned Halloween-themed socks.
~All about the first look, from the bride ~
“Both of our favorite part of the day was the first look. We did our first look on a pier…I first met with my dad and did a first look with him and he walked me to Jonathan. When I walked onto the pier and saw him, it took everything inside of me not to just whip my heels off and run to him. I am so glad we decided to go the first look. It took the the edge off from the nerves and allowed us to spend that moment together just the two of us. Then we got to experience it all over again at the ceremony. It was like having two first looks.”
The bride’s mother, Carol Woldhuis from EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis , created maps for guests with everything they need to know about the locale of the couple’s destination wedding
Taylor & Co Events pulled out all of the stops to fulfill the couple’s dream wedding. Variations of neutral colors and creams, rose gold, biscotti and blush, gave the affair a classic Great Gatsby feeling. Hydrangeas, roses with gold leaves and rose gold candlesticks were the icing on the cake at the reception.
The couple, along with their mothers sealed letters of encouragement in a love box, handcrafted by the bride’s uncle, and made with screws from Danielle’s Papa’s workshop.
Danielle’s father joked the morning of her wedding that he was going to celebrate the occasion with a duck hunt. Since he missed the morning round, the bride worked with Life’s Sweeter Side to make duck cake pops complete with a hand written note that read, “No worries, Dad. I got your limit of ducks for you today.”
~Advice for couple’s planning their wedding ~
“YOUR wedding is about YOU and YOUR significant other. NO ONE else.”
Ceremony Site: First Congressional Church, Lake Geneva • Reception: The Riviera Ballroom, Lake Geneva • Planner: Derrick Taylor, Taylor & Co Events • Officiant: Derrick Taylor • Photography: John Dart Photography • Invitations: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis • Hair: Kristen Gleason and Jessica Tomasiewicz • Bride’s Veil: Handmade by
Taylor & Co Events • Bride’s Shoes: BCBGeneration, Converse • Makeup: Kim Cleveland • Groom’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo • Catering + Cake: Celebration on Wells Catering, Lake Geneva • Rehearsal Dinner: Gino’s East Harbor Shores • Florist: Taylor & Co. Events • Sweets Table: Life’s Sweeter Side • Sweet Heart Table and Chairs: Modern Event Rental • Linens: Table Toppers • Entertainment: Windy City Mix • Honeymoon: Punta Cana,
Dominican Republic •
~ the bride is a consultant for EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis ~
See more of their wedding by picking up the Summer/Fall edition of Wedding Guide Chicago!