“Justin and I met at our best friend’s wedding in August 2012. I was the maid of honor and Justin was a guest. Justin grew up as a neighbor of the groom and I was best friends with the bride since 9th grade. It wasn’t until the fall that we started to get to know each other at bonfires and game nights with the newlyweds.
“Since we intentionally planned a short engagement, I knew my gown options would be rather limited. There was a beautiful ballgown I had been eyeing but sadly it was sold before I could try it on. Slightly disappointed, I still knew I would find something special. And that’s when the owner, Kathryn handed me a dress and said, ‘try this on.’ Kathryn has this magical talent of selecting a bride’s perfect silhouette. So, I slipped it on, turned to the mirror in the fitting room to see myself and I was SOLD. I loved it, I couldn’t keep from smiling.
“On our wedding day I took full advantage of wearing my dress. Although the seamstress did beautiful alterations on my dress, I never bustled it up. I loved walking around with my train trailing behind me all night. I also decided on a cathedral veil which I had kept in all night.
“Each of the bridesmaids was able to select their own style dress. I choose the specific designer and color. This worked out really well. I loved allowing them to express their own style and feel their very best. We selected the Slate Blue tuxedo from Jim’s formal wear which looked wonderful combined with the blush color bridesmaid dresses and my ivory gown.” – Melissa, Kathryn’s Beautiful Bride
CEREMONY SITE: The Gardens of Woodstock, Woodstock, IL
RECEPTION SITE: The Gardens of Woodstock, Woodstock, IL
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL
OFFICIANT: Pastor Len DiCicco, Woodstock Bible Church, Woodstock, IL
BRIDE’S GOWN: Enzoani, Dakota, Kathryn’s Bridal and Dress Shop, McHenry, IL
ALTERATIONS: Kathryn’s Bridal and Dress Shop, professional seamstress Laura
HAIR: Salon 334, Owner/stylist Sarah Safstrom, Crystal Lake, IL
MAKEUP: Salon 334, Owner/stylist Sarah Safstrom, Crystal Lake, IL
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, Angelina Faccenda Collection, Color: Blush Kathryn’s Bridal and Dress Shop
FORMALWEAR: Jim’s Formal Wear, Stephen Geoffrey, Slate Blue Aspen, Kathryn’s Bridal and Dress Shop
INVITATIONS: Kathryn’s Bridal and Dress Shop, Carlson Craft, Antique Lace
CAULK BOARD SIGN: made by high school family friend
FLOWERS: Trellis, Owner Courtney Pilman
MENU/CATERING: Noteable Events Productions, Inc. Lombard, IL
ENTERTAINMENT: Three 5 Media, LLC. Owner Chris Corbett
WEDDING CAKE: Cake to cut and cupcakes, homemade by my Aunt Lisa Grubbs
Kathryn’s Bridal and Invitations 3807 West Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050 815.385.7330