Pere Marquette Lodge Wedding: Amelia & Allen

Some weddings are so memorable. Amelia and Allen’s love story started nearly 10 years ago when they met on Plenty of Fish. Amelia was impressed that Allen spelled “Charlemagne” correct after she wrote that she liked taking over medieval Europe in her spare time. Their humor is infectious, and they are both smiling, happy people! And photographing a happy couple makes my job better. I loved documenting their love, and wow, are they in love. Even after a decade together, their love for one another is so evident, and it made their wedding day so special.

Amelia and Allen were married on a sunny day in Late September at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center in Grafton, Illinois.

Pere Marquette Lodge offers a rustic setting for a wedding, and Amelia paired some vintage and antique touches to her wedding design, and it blended beautifully. Amelia wore an Essence of Australia dress, and it was absolutely perfect. Her veil was made by her mother, and she wore an antique 1940s wedding crown with it. The groom wore an Art Nouveau Tie Pin, and his watch is a Skagen, a gift from Amelia several years ago. Even the bride’s rings were antiques from the 1920s. Amelia wore her great aunt’s wedding ring (from the 1930s), and her engagement ring is also an antique. To top it off, her wedding band is also from the late 1920s. So many antiques, and they were so beautiful to photograph.

Amelia and Allen opted not to have a first look before the wedding, so they saw each other for the first time during their wedding ceremony. Allen was on the brim of tears when he saw her walk down the aisle. Though he didn’t cry, you could tell that he was feeling emotional. It was really a sweet sight. The bride’s godmother married the two, and the bride’s father sang a song during their ceremony.

Afterwards, I drove Amelia and Allen to an overlook. Amelia tells me that it was the best part of her day – she needed to get away for a few moments, and having that private time for just the two of them meant a lot to her. Sometimes, on your wedding day, you can get overwhelmed with the schedule of events, and it’s definitely nice to take a moment with your new spouse and be together. I loved capturing these relaxed, private moments between the couple.

Their reception was full of cheer and merriment, as guests danced the night away. Congratulations Amelia and Allen!

Venue: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Grafton, IL
Hair Stylist: Sizzor Shak, Collinsville, Illinois, Lisett (stylist)
Make-Up Artist: Lisett, Sizzor Shak, Collinsville, Illinois
Florist: Wildflowers
Decorations: The bride, her sister and her mother made the silk
floral decorations and large wedding hoop for the fireplace.
Cake and Desserts: Duke’s Bakery, Alton, Illinois
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia, purchased from the Ultimate Bride,
St. Louis, Missouri
Shoes: Ellie by Betty Page, UniqueVintage.com
Jewelry: Family heirloom earrings from the bride’s mother’s family.
Necklace: Made from an earring with stones brought back by the bride’s godmother’s father’s from India, where he served during WWII.
Rings: Antiques from the 1920s and include her great aunt’s wedding ring from the 1930s. The bride’s engagement ring is an antique and her wedding band dates to the late 1920s (VictoriaVVintage on Etsy).
Headpiece – Antique 1940s wedding crown, WaxflowerVintage on Etsy
Veil: The Bride’s Mother
Groom Accessories: Art nouveau tie pin from and Vintamania on Etsy.
Photo booth: Oh So Vivant!
DJ: Millennium Productions
Woodworking (Podium): Three Wolves Woodshop

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