Ceremony: St. Patricks Church, St. Charles, IL
Reception: Kuipers Farm, Maple Park, IL
Floral Design: Swaby Flower Shop
Music: Midwest Best DJs – Hector
Sweets: Kuipers doughnuts
Photography: Elite Photo, Batavia, IL
Adam and Yvonne were married at St. Patricks Catholic Church in downtown St. Charles and they had their wedding reception at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park, Illinois. It was a perfect summer day in August and Yvonne and Adam really made it unique and special.
Before I say any more about this couples wedding, I just have to point out that AJ and Yvonne originally were neighbors and first met when she was trying to change a light bulb on the outside of her building. He saw she was struggling and offered to help. She repaid him with a six pack and good conversation on their front porch and the rest was history. Love that they met changing a light bulb. So random.
One of my very favorite details of the wedding day was Yvonne’s dress. It was stunning. She wore a Casablanca gown from the Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL. The back and the sides of this dress were so beautiful and it came with an extra bonus of pockets. On the inside, Yvonne and her Mom added some extra touches. They sewed a heart from her late Father’s shirt into the bodice and a piece of each of her Grandmother, Mom, and her dresses was sewn into the bottom hem of the dress made to look like a heart. As I photographed this family and all of the girls getting ready at their family home, they pointed out so many great memories and home-made touches throughout the house that really showed how much love and kindness there is in this family. Yvonne also chose to wear her Grandmother’s necklace.
After a beautiful ceremony with a fun bubble exit, the guests headed to the family farm for a beautiful outdoor cocktail hour by the silo/bar. Yvonne and AJ got the idea for a Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood styled theme from the real train on the farm. All the guests, not just the kids, enjoyed train rides, horse shoes, and bean bags during cocktails. After dinner, the dance floor was packed with tons of dancing with music stylings by Hector from Midwest Best DJs. I don’t know if Yvonne ever stopped dancing. That girl must be so strong to dance all night in a wedding dress and look that great doing it.
There was a doughnut bar with toppings made from Kuipers homemade apple cider doughnuts.
To top it all off, we made sure to save time for some dreamy photos of the couple and AJ’s girls in the apple orchard at dusk. Thank you so much to this couple for choosing Elite Photo to photograph this beautiful wedding day. Enjoy your memories.
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