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oh sweet joy. this wedding is one that will leave your jaw on the floor, with beautiful photography from katherine elizabeth photography. we are obsessed with the details that are all centered around this stunning couple and their families. the setting: an old family bank  building, the style: to die for. let this wedding serve as the perfect inspiration for an eclectically perfect affair, chalk full of stunning details and gorgeous photos. oh, we just can’t stop swooning… 

Daniel and I have a unique story being that we are from two totally different worlds but somehow we work perfectly together. I knew from the minute he proposed that I wanted to highlight that in someway. He was born in Guatemala, raised in Los Angeles and I was raised in a small town in Illinois. Just After he proposed he got a job in Dallas so we knew we wanted to include these four places in our wedding. They represented our past, our present (traveling long distance between Chicago and LA throughout our 4 year courtship), and our future in Texas. We settled on the theme “Love is in the Air” to play off all of our air travel and I started sketching illustrations for our invitations. We tallied every dollar we spent on airfare and every single mile, just to try to convey how loooooong of a journey it was for us to get to that day when we were married. From our cultures to our professions ( me an artsy, graphic designer and him a left brained engineer) we had quite a haul.
We had several nods to the long distance, from airplane decorations to my cloud aisle runner to the placecards which were little wooden cutouts of the four places in our “story”.

We firmly wanted to embrace both of our families and their cultures so every single piece of printed material and signage was translated into both English and Spanish. Our Ceremony was bilingual and at our reception we served Guatemalan sweetbread as one of the desserts with instructions on how to eat it “like a Guatemalan”.

 Venue: a family bank building. A bank built in 1921 that had been owned by my grandfather. It had been used as a storage for our family business for the past 30 years until I was desperate to find a place for my reception. One night after an exhaustive day of searching this crazy idea popped into my head. I ran it by my dad and he is always my partner in crime for these types of things! So despite my short 4 1/2 month engagement we completely remodeled the entire building to accommodate the reception. My dad literally worked around the clock to make this happen. The bank had so much sentimentality to me because as a child I had played in it and as a teenager I had my art studio in the upstairs. The building itself had the perfect feel for my small, family wedding. I love the art deco design and original flooring and lighting! When I walked into my reception, I was in awe of how beautiful the building looked, and it warmed my heart to think of it being used again after all these years. I love that my grandpa bought that building not knowing how special it would be to me someday. It was a perfect way to remember him.Our entire wedding was a labor of love from our friends and family. During the four months we remodeled the bank we had so many awesome late nights, drinking coffee from the Keurig and sanding floors or fixing the 75 vintage chairs I collected. It was an amazing way to spend time with everyone before having to move across the country.

photography : katherine elizabeth Photography // wedding dress : Allure Bridal, Marien Mae Bridal Boutique in Peru, IL // yellow cardigan : The Limited // shoes : Nina Shoes, shoes clips from easy // hair + makeup : Sarah Harris, Peru, IL // groom suit: Banana Republic, AllSaints, TopMan // invitations+ paper goods: bride // catering: The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove, IL // cake: Wanda McNally Cakes




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