Traditions are a huge deal in my family. I love sitting down on Thanksgiving day to a table that has been set with my grandmother's china - I never got to meet her, but I always think of the young bride who was gifted with a set of china from her world traveling Navy husband. I love that my parents have cared for the china and use it to mark special occasions - when the dishes are out, we know it's a special day! The wedding I am sharing with you today also has some beautiful traditions and I love how deeply personal this wedding was designed.
Jaeson & Justina were married on a beautiful March day at Harvest Bible Chapel in East Peoria. Justina is a true Francophile and was actually in France for several months prior to their wedding which allowed me to work closely with her mom. She wanted the wedding to have touches of the culture they love so much. They chose to use the Francine and Fallon columns for their stage design to bring in architectural texture and make the large stage feel a bit more intimate.
As another touch of European culture, instead of a traditional unity candle, they chose a "love lock", much like the locks that are left on bridges all over Europe.
Their reception was at Metamora Fields - and here is where I start getting misty-eyed! - and on their head table they used a "wedding tablecloth" that has been in her family for over 100 years! Justina's grandmother keeps the tablecloth and has to use an extra large ironing board whenever it is needed. LOVE!
Their cake topper was also a family heirloom, first used for Justina's grandparents' cake 65 years ago, and then for her parent's cake 30 years ago and now for theirs. So sweet and it gets me misty-eyed to think of all the love and years of happiness the tablecloth and cake topper have seen.
One final touch - on each of the guest tables, they provided a fruit & cheese tray (or "plateau de fromage") as a final touch of her beloved French culture.
Wasn't this the sweetest and most personal wedding?!? I just loved seeing it all together and I wish many years of happiness to Justina & Jaeson! Didn't see enough? Check out photographer Sharon Guillotte's blog post!
Here are some vendor details for you:
Photography: Sharon Guillotte Photography
Ceremony Venue: Harvest Bible Chapel in East Peoria, IL
Reception Venue: Metamora Fields
Hair: Kelly from TM Hair Design (bride, bride’s mom, bride’s sister) and The Loft Bridal (Bridesmaids)
Makeup: The Loft Bridal
Floral: Mona Halverson from Kroger in Morton
Linens: Create A Scene
Decor: A mix of bride’s DIY, Create A Scene, and Something Old Event Rentals
Cake: Tammy Woodmancy – Cake Crumbs Ltd
Wedding Planner: Katie Minehan