Independence Grove, a 1,100 acre nature preserve, is an idyllic setting for wedding. What a DREAM it was to capture Katie and Tom’s big day at Events at Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL.
After being together for over nine years, Katie and Tom finally became husband and wife on November 12, 2022. The day began at the Forester Hotel in Lake Forest, IL, where the couple got ready for the day. The Hairs 2 the Bride beauty team arrived on location to provide hair and makeup for the girls, and made them all look fabulous! Polly’s Petals arrived with the beautiful bouquets that would tie together Katie’s velvet rust color palette.
Tom and Katie envisioned a romantic, fall wedding, and their ceremony was just that. Katie walked down an aisle lined with candles. The floral arch, numerous candles along the window ledges, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pond, lush florals, and glowing fireplace helped to create an intimate atmosphere for this fairy-tale day.
Katie and Tom (and their families) are huge Steelers fans. Katie’s mom planned the cutest surprise for the ceremony. When the couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife, they looked up to see all of the guests waving black and gold and cheering for them.
The couple also included their beloved pup, Durkin, on they signature cocktails and drink napkins. In lieu of a traditional cake cutting, the dessert bar had a flaming donut table, which was awesome! Finally, one of my favorite details from the day was the unique shot glasses as place cards for the guests to find their seats. The overall details and handmade signs created by the father of the bride were incredible!
Congratulations to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Berry!!!
Venue: Events at Independence Grove
Hair/MUA: Hairs 2 the Bride
Florals: Polly’s Petals, Inc.
Donuts and Sweets: Catering Chicago
Band: Libido Funk Circus
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Photo: Janet D Photography