It was a wedding day 10 years in the making…A courtship that began at friend's wedding and over some cigars, was sealed with a kiss overlooking Lake Mendota, and has been full of music, laughter, good wine and adventures. Fast forward to holiday time of 2011, Billy finally asked Chantel to marry him! Upon her return to East High School (she's an English teacher there) she asked her students for advice on marriage. Wonderful words were shared by these babes including, have date nights, be romantic, say sorry when you're wrong and my personal favorite:
Be kind. Love children together. Share the pants. Eat each other’s cooking, even when it’s bad. Be your true self. Dance in the rain. Pluck each other’s eyebrows. Listen to Justin Bieber. Buy matching socks. Make friendship bracelets. Wear matching footsies.
But even better yet, one student also added, "My mom is a Wedding Planner, you should hire her." and away we went…
yes, she is that gorgeous even before she gets in her wedding dress!
meet Bill…the handsome groom
some last minute lipglossing …
and Chantel is off to see Bill for their first look.
Sweetly romantic, Bill and Chantel chose the spot of their first look to be where they had their first kiss… Another first kiss <3
yes, that is a 1959 PINK CADILLAC! If you are going have transportation on your wedding day, a Pink Caddy is definitely the way to go!
It was a little rainy as the day began, but we had a pink umbrella to match the pink Cadillac. Ahhh, more kisses!
They are indeed THAT gorgeous, and the Mansion Hill Inn provided a lovely back drop.
And they are also that silly!
The stage of the historic Capitol Theater at Overture Center for the Arts provided a stunning setting for the wedding. Bill and Chantel are both huge music fans and it was fitting location for them to get married.
Then with the help of the AMAZING Overture staff, the curtains were drawn, the chandeliers were lit, the sparkly lights turned on, and the stage was set! Secretly while all the guests were enjoying the cocktail hour, myself, my intern and all the catering staff were entertained by the wedding organist, Joanie, playing away to Phantom of the Opera on the 1930's organ to encourage us in the most dramatic of reception space re-sets!
It was tremendous fun to design Bill & Chantel's dream wedding. At one point during the planning process, I had visited A la Crate Vintage Rentals (ps…if you haven't been there, GO) to look at a few vintage items to rent for the decor. I fell in love with piece after piece, including a glass cloche and 4 vintage birdcages. I called Chantel and asked, "Do you trust me?" I so wanted to surprise her with her wedding reception…and she told me YES! It was an honor and a thrill to be standing next to Chantel & Bill as we opened the doors to the Capitol Theater and they saw their reception for the first time!
For the head table I did something a little different. If you look closely you will see pink poppies on the antique overlay linen, plus photos of Chantel & her Dad "Poppy" who passed away before ever getting a chance to meet Bill. There were poppies everywhere in fact…and we were all surrounded by Poppy.
The dance was a blast, the guests had a great time, photobooths and mustachioed silliness ensued…and the music was Out-of-this-World, thanks Paul Cebar!
…and we danced like a wave on the ocean romanced…
Congratulations Bill & Chantel!
Thank you for letting me share in your story and in planning your wedding day.
Cheers! ~ Jenny
Wedding Planning: Lavender Hill Event Design & Planning
Photography: The Artist Group
Wedding Officiant: The Honorable Julie Genovese
Flowers/Floral Design: Magnolia Floral Shoppe
Invitations: Monograham Paper & Boutique
Reception: Overture Center for the Arts
Band: The Paul Cebar Band
Accommodations: Mansion Hill Inn