We're in LOVE with this gorgeous handmade lakeside wedding!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker February 27, 2019

Stunning Handmade Lakeside Wedding

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“When I look back at Jessica + Yuri’s wedding day, fairy tale is the word that just keeps coming to my head over and over again. It really was a fairy tale for them. Every little detail that Jessica put so much thought into as she planned their day came together beautifully. So many flowers everywhere, so much pink, SO much laughter and love… photos in the middle of the forest, on a swing, in a canoe, kissing in the rain… that just SOUNDS like it came straight out of a fairy tale and for them, it was all real! The weather called for rain ALL week and it would NOT budge. We prepared for a cloudy rainy day but what we got was the opposite, a beautiful wedding day filled with sunshine and just a little bit of rain, for good luck!” –Tina Elizabeth Photography

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My absolute favorite part of any wedding is seeing the grooms face as the bride is walking down the aisle. When everyone turns to look at the bride, I keep my eyes on the groom, it’s such a special moment seeing the grooms face light up as his future wife is walking down the aisle. My husband and I didn’t do a first look, so I was super excited to see him as I walked down the aisle. Another favorite memory was having all our favorite people in the same place celebrating our love.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

My brother’s awesome and extremely talented girlfriend, Jennifer Low recently took up calligraphy as a hobby and made our name cards for our seating chart {which we created!}, welcome sign, signature drink signs, and hashtag signs. All these special components tied in perfectly to our venue’s rustic, elegant atmosphere.

What was your something old, borrowed, and blue?

Something Old: My mom’s original wedding band. Her original wedding band no longer fits and she has since upgraded her rings so her old wedding band was passed onto me. Something New: Everything I wore; my dress and shoes. Something Borrowed: My dad’s gold cross pendant and my mom’s elephant pin which was clipped onto the ribbon on my bouquet. Something Blue: My husband is in the US Navy so I decided to have his blue camo name badge sewn into my dress.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

My advice to all the brides out there is don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the process! I found myself getting so caught up in creating the perfect wedding and spending countless hours on Pinterest and wedding websites gathering ideas that I started to lose sight of what the day was truly about, the love Yuri and I share. Let’s face it, making sure everyone is on the same page and making wedding decisions is stressful, but at the end of the day no one is going to notice that your table numbers aren’t the ones you selected or remember what your tablecloths looked like. One thing that will be remembered is all the love felt between you and your significant other and being in the company of the people who are most important to you. -Jessica, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Tina Elizabeth Photography // Ceremony Venue: Saint John Kanty Catholic Church // Reception Venue + Catering: Rock Island Lake Club // Florist: Stunning Arrangement Florist // Cake: Palermo's Bakery // Invitations: Memory Makers // DJ: Vox Polonia // Videographer: Studio 94 // Transportation: Danaro Limo // Engagement Ring: Zales // Bride's Attire: Jaehee Bridal // Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mishka // Garter: The Love Story // Bridesmaid's Attire: Bill Levkoff // Hair: BeYOUtiful Bridal // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Deluxe Formal Wear // Signage Calligraphy: Hello Jen Low Calligraphy // Menu Cards: Minted

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