The quest for the ring is complete, as Katie would say. This Lord of the Rings loving couple said I do this past Friday on the most perfect summer day. 75 degrees. Sunny. Slight breeze. It really doesn't get much better than that.
Tom and Katie met while working on the executive committee for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. Katie said, "the first year we only focused on the work, but the second year we started to find reasons to hang out more and just clicked. The month of September 2018 we spent every weekend together either going to various festivals, Renaissance Faire, or we watched Game of Thrones and played board games. Apparently many people had a sense that we would fall for one another and were just waiting for us to become official."
The Q Center was a gorgeous backdrop to tie into their Lord of the Rings inspired wedding. We found mystical places throughout the grounds that were reminiscent of the shire and beyond. We also found a cute white picked fence with classic black lanterns to tie into Katie's other love, Mary Poppins.
The touches of whimsy were present throughout the wedding beginning with the custom invitation suite designed by Awkward Affections, romantic bouquets and floral arrangements by Bloome, a reading from the Lord of the Rings before they said I do and a firetruck.
Okay, the firetruck isn't whimsical, but it's definitely a great story!! Katie and Tom were in position for their first look when we heard sirens. Soon after that a firetruck and chief's car pull up. Four or five firefighters got out and went inside, leaving Katie and Tom just waiting....and waiting...and waiting for their first look. Thankfully, there was no fire and no one was injured, but we it did give us a good fifteen minutes of Katie staring at the back of Tom's head. What can I say. Their love brought the heat!!!
Congrats to you both!!! Wishing you many years of love and laughter!!! Cheers!!
Vendor Shout Out
Venue | Q Center
Florals | Bloome
DJ | Faithful Anchor
Cake | Sweet Ali's
HMU | Patty McGuire Artist
Wedding Dress | Here Comes The Bride
Dress Designer | Essence of Australia
Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Men's Attire | Men's Warehouse
Stationary Designer | Awkward Affections
Printer | Papier Girl
Being Joy Photo Team
Primary Photographer | Joy Bijedic
Second Photographer | Aubrey Boonstra
Photo Assistant | Haris Bijedic