Sophisticated Illinois Night Wedding: Melissa & Brittany
April 15, 2016
Brittany and Melissa met at an event that Melissa was hosting. She approached Brittany and asked if she was having a good time. That event was six years ago. They were always completely drawn to each other, but the timing wasn’t right. They didn’t start dating until several years later.
Fast forward to the proposal – they knew they wanted to marry each other and had picked out rings. They didn’t know who was going to propose first, but Brittany beat Melissa to it.
Melissa’s mom passed away when she was 8 and her grandmother raised her. Unfortunately, her grandmother had a stroke several years ago and is now in a nursing home. Brittany wanted to ask Melissa’s grandma for her permission, but she has aphasia and has a hard time talking. She is, however, very away of what is going on.
The couple had a vacation planned to the Virgin Islands and were leaving on July 4, 2015. On the day they were set to leave, Melissa thought Brittany had to work for a few hours. She left to run some errands and Brittany set everything up. Melissa returned to a remote and a note at the front door that told her to push play on the DVD player. She was hiding in the house, and at the end of the video she came out and proposed. They loaded up the car and headed to the airport a few hours later. During the entire two-hour car ride they were surrounded by 4th of July fireworks. It felt like a scene out of a movie.
Planning was a piece of cake. They had everything taken care of before they even started planning. They wanted to do something different than they had seen so they opted for a night wedding. Their photographer is a perfectionist and insisted on proper lighting! They even did a lighting test run the week of the wedding. Brittany wrote, “It’s pretty fantastic when you are marrying someone who plans weddings for a living, the wedding planner finally got married!”