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Wedding Recap: Vendors April 9, 2014

Time to talk wedding vendors. Close friends and the world wide web helped to not only find our wedding vendors, but ensure they were awesome like rock star awesome. Let’s start with close friends, one of which who happens to be a talented photographer.

My engagement photos AND wedding photos are amazing because of Tasha from Redwall Photography. It’s nice to be able to brag that she and her wonderful husband are also close friends. As soon as we got engaged there was no question in our mind who would do our photos, and come to think of it, she was the first vendor we booked. They were an immense help and recommended additional vendors who they had worked with in the past. The hardest part was making sure they were guests at some point and time during our wedding reception! Oh, and did I mention our pictures are breathtaking? Narrowing down to selecting only a few images for our wedding album was not an easy task. Check out a few images in the slideshow below and you’ll see what I mean.

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We found our florist, Livvy’s Lilies, on The Knot.After reading reviews there and on Yelp, we set up a meeting. We immediately fell in love with the shop owner, Sheila. She brought so many unique ideas about our flowers spawning from our vision that we had never even entertained. One example was each bridesmade would carry one flower and their groomsmen boutonniere would match. Plus my bouquet would then be a combination of everyones flowers.  Our immediate good rapport set the tone for an amazing vendor relationship. Since we were making our centerpiecesourselves, we had a very specific look we wanted to achieve and Sheila was more than accommodating. We worked on sending her different prototypes and went back and forth on flowers. Everything came together so perfectly, especially in our venue, that I was almost overwhelmed.

Matt was in charge of finding the limo service and DJ. Our good friends Deanna and Ross got married about five months before us and were another great resource for us. They recommended using Absolute Dream Limo Service. With a wedding party of 14 we wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and would still be in budget. Absolute Dream fit the bill. They were prompt all day and ensured our safe travel around the western suburbs.

Once again going off of Tasha and Aaron’s recommendation we met with Thomas from Essence Entertainment for our DJ. We had a great first meeting and quickly thereafter decided to book with them. Their package was definitely within our budget and they did a great job keeping people moving and grooving all night. Their online music manager was easy to use to select our do not play list and our must have list. Essence also helped us organize our day by calling out special attention to the flow of our reception, when we wanted to do the cake cutting, who was giving speeches and what not. It was great to have their expertise and ear to bend when planning our reception.

Thanks to close friends and the internet we were able to select wonderful vendors that made our day extra special thanks to their close attention to detail and their passion for doing a job they truly love.


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