Ashley and Keith’s Destination Wedding- Paris, France

By Aimee Barrows
Ashley and Keith Winford knew they wanted to do something different than a traditional wedding ceremony and reception, so after much thought, they decided to have the wedding of their dreams in Paris, France.
The couple researched several locations in the Chicago area, none felt quite right to them. They knew the focus of their wedding should be on them and their love for each other. While exploring honeymoon options one day, they found a great deal on flights to Paris, France, and suddenly everything clicked. They saw that a wedding in the romantic European city would be a perfect location to celebrate their love story. Ashley and Keith were
thrilled to have an officiant perform the ceremony under the famed Eiffel Tower in the evening, followed
by photo sessions in Trocadero Plaza, the Alexandre Bridge and the Louvre. The beautiful photos perfectly documented the couple’s magical day and cultural experience of a lifetime.
Tim Moore Photography - Tim photographs couples in love and families. According to Tim, it is one of the most marvelous cities
in the world that perfectly fits the definition of romance. His love of photographing joyful moments, paired with his style of modern elegance signature creates a unique approach to the portrait. He services areas within Paris and France; he also travels Europe to suit your aspirations. Paris, France;


BGBG Bridal Guide Bride & Groom
Amia Scott and Deangelo Washington, July 15
Photography: Brett Paul Photography

Bride's parents: Echele and Larry Scott, Rockford
Groom's parents: Kathryn Washington, Cinciinnati, Ohio
Ceremony: Riverside Community Church, Machesney Park
Reception: Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center, Rockford
Wedding Colors: Ice pink and silver
Wedding Theme: Elegance and glam

Amia and Deangelo’s wedding took place on a beautiful summer day and was a glamorous and elegant event.
The bride began the ceremony with a very sentimental touch by giving her father a personalized handkerchief after they walked down the aisle and he 'gave her away' to Deangelo.
Amia wore a Mori Lee strapless mermaid gown with cascading organza and ruffles, accented by a silver jeweled sash. The fingertip layered veil completed her glamourous style. She wore silver drop earrings and a matching bracelet to complete her look. Groom wore a white tuxedo jacket, black pants and a black pocket square.
The wedding theme was elegance and glam. Amia incorporated ice pink and silver color-tones throughout the decorations, flowers and accents. The head table was draped with white linen, silver sparkling runners and heightened silver mercury glass tablescapes. Vibrant fuchsia and soft pink roses, carnations, hydrangeas and baby's breath filled the vases. The head table backdrop was highlighted with white drapery and festive up-lighting. Their guests also enjoyed coordinating glitz and glam at their tables.
The newlywed's 5-tier wedding cake was frosted with white icing, jeweled, and embellished with cascading hot pink to blush rose and white flowers. It was crowned with a "W" as the bride and groom's topper.
Amia and Deangelo would like to express a special thank you to decorator Gwen Ballard from Elegance by Gwen for making their wedding reception dreams come true. The couple resides in Stockbridge, Georgia

Newlywed Wisdom
by Heather Dornhecker

Anita Sproule and Brian Bramble chose Hoffman House in their hometown of Rockford for their reception because it offered everything they wanted and allowed them to sit back, relax, and enjoy their day with 130 loved ones.
“Hoffman House did a wonderful job of making sure we had everything we needed, from excellent food and drinks to tables with linens and a spot for the DJ," Anita explained. “It worked out perfectly for us.”
Brian and Anita chose Spring Creek United Church of Christ in Rockford for their ceremony. Their son, Noah, and Brian’s daughter, Kailey, stood with the couple and they all poured sand into a vase to signify them coming together as a family. “It was a special moment for us,” the bride said.
Anita always knew her wedding dress would be complete with lots of poof and rhinestones, even as a little girl. When she tried on her princess-style English net and organza ball gown from Kathryn’s Bridal in McHenry, she knew she found the one. “It had everything I was looking for,” she said. The Allure Romance Collection ball gown was complete with a slightly rushed bodice and Swarovski crystals. For the complete article see page 24-25 of the 45th edition of The Bridal Guide.

Newlywed Wisdom
by Heather Dornhecker

Amy Feyerherm and Derek Weber met as undergraduates at Northern Illinois University, in a weightlifting class. “I actually thought that Derek and his weightlifting partner, Lindsay, were together. Fortunately, for us, they weren’t,” Amy said.
Both business majors, Amy graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing and Derek graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy. Since graduation, the couple has ventured back to NIU to engage in activities at the College of Business and to show their school spirit at Huskie football games.
Being lasting supporters of the school, it comes as no surprise that the NIU alumni had a red and black color scheme for their May 25 wedding. They wanted a look that featured their alma mater colors and love of wine, while being elegant and traditional.
Amy wore a side-draped, white satin trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline and petite pearl embellishments. The bride chose a two-tiered white, elbow length veil, trimmed with pearl beading. Sparkly red shoes added the perfect punch of NIU Huskie school color. Derek wore a traditional black pant and tuxedo jacket with a white shirt, white tie and white vest. His jacket was enhanced with a red pocket square. For the complete article see page 8 of The Bridal Guide, 41st edition.

Newlywed Wisdom
by Heather Dornhecker

On June 26, 2011, Melissa Skelnik’s friends asked her to join them in supporting their friend’s band at The House Café in DeKalb, Illinois. She was reluctant to go, but felt the Holy Spirit tell her that she would meet someone very special that day.

Band member Greg Hess saw Melissa walk into the café and knew he couldn’t leave without meeting her.  They spoke for an hour and left without having any way of contacting each other. That Saturday, they found themselves sitting next to each other at church knowing that God had answered their prayers.
Almost exactly a year later, on June 23, 2012, Melissa and Greg found themselves joining hands in a place where they were intent on asking God to direct them in marriage as husband and wife.

Their celebration was the epitome of a vintage, country-inspired wedding; from the bride’s short ribbon-weaved boots to her Chanel reception hat that screamed old Hollywood glamour to the rustic drink tub at the start of cocktail hour. Almost every aspect of their day had a special DIY rustic touch, in such a way that makes me utterly jealous of their creativity, originality and style.

For the complete article see page 20 of The Bridal Guide, 38th edition.

B.G.B.G. (Bridal Guide Brides & Grooms)

Korrin Klein and Brock Santow
Wedding day: October 8
Ceremony Location: Chicago Cultural Center and Wildfire Restaurant
Reception: Post wedding celebration at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook
Wedding theme: Fall in Love
Colors: Purple, Green and Brown
Bride’s - Robert Klein of McCook;
Deborah & Louis Horejs of Forest View
Groom’s – Laurence and Gail Santow of Berwyn
The couple resides in Brookfield, Illinois
Korrin is employed with Seguin Services.
Brock is employed with Faultless, Inc.

Sentimental Details:
Korrin and Brock both grew up in Berwyn, but didn’t  know each other. They met while working at Best Buy 13 years ago through mutual friends.
Photography by Will James Photography

Korrin and Brock celebrated their marriage on two separate occasions. First they were chauffeured in a 28 passenger luxury coach with their family members and wedding party to the Chicago Cultural Center* where they were married.

After the ceremony, everyone boarded the coach bus and toured popular Chicago sites. The locations included Cloud Gate, or “The Bean,” in Millennium Park, the Marilyn Monroe statue,  posed next to the Agora (106 iron sculptures) in Grant Park, boarded the train to symbolize their future on the right track, visited their favorite duck pond at Proska Park in Berwyn, and last, showed their exhaustion on the bench of the Great Hall at the Chicago Union Station. They concluded the day with a dinner celebration.

On the second day of celebration, Korrin and Brock recited their personally created wedding vows at their reception, and had a blessing by a nondenominational pastor.

Korrin’s wedding gown was a Reem Acra New York. “The pearl necklace I wore the day of the ceremony was my mother’s Mikimoto, and the bracelet I wore was a gift from my husband, which he designed using the original stone he proposed with in Rome at the Trevi Fountain in 2009,” explains Korrin. The groom’s tuxedo was Jones New York. 

Korrin’s uncle, Bill Klein of DeKalb, was their wedding photographer.

Ashley and Keith Winford, May 11

Amia and Deangelo Washington, July 15

Brian Bramble and Anita Sproule married August 15; by Brett Paul Photography

Amy Feyerherm and Derek Weber married May 25; by Brett Paul Photography

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