Our last wedding of the year was with the adorable Grace and Chris Wagner. Having worked with the Father of the Bride years before, it was an honor to capture such an important occasion for their family and we were thrilled they picked venues that were beautifully decorated for a winter holiday wedding. Grace was beautiful in her Bella Bianca bridal gown and I loved her long veil! Chris was equally as handsome in his grey tux from Men’s Warehouse. It was so sweet to see how they light up in the presence of one another and Grace’s smile, well as you can see, it’s just adorable. They even braved the subzero temperatures as it was a chilling – 7 degrees at the time we took their photo in the lighted pathway at VanDerVeere park but their smiles were warm and bright in each others arms.
The ceremony took place at Sacred Heart Cathedral which was beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays. I really could have taken pictures for hours with all the details in the sanctuary! How wonderful to have such a beautiful setting for a winter holiday wedding! Grace’s bouquet from Kathy Mystic HyVee Silvis, IL with it’s white roses and cascading greenery could not have been more beautiful and the floral arrangements for the church pews perfectly matched with evergreens smelled incredible. I loved how Kathy used them again at the reception making another beautiful accent to the stairs which set the stage for the wedding party entrance.
The cake, by Robin of Le Cake had incredible details. It’s white icing designed to resemble a sweater, matched with accents of red holly berries and of course Robin’s signature white flowers with a dash of red rubies added just the right amount of sparkle in front of the Christmas tree lights!
The reception took place in the Gold Room at Hotel Blackhawk which never disappoints and certainly during the holidays, it is STUNNING!! Truly a bride and photographer’s dream setting to be in. The staff at the Blawkhawk is always professional and the food was incredible! Thank you to the event coordinator, Caitlin for organizing every detail to make the Gold Room absolutely perfect for Chris and Grace. SAS DJ did a great job as always as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. We love how they work so well with us and our requests to time everything just right to get great photos. Grace and Chris thank you for choosing Avenue Studios Photography and Video to capture your beautiful winter holiday wedding! It will certainly be one to remember! Blessings, Carrie & Dave Meumann