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#adorerealbride | John & Anna | Peoria, IL Wedding

July 5, 2018

I am just dying over this Peoria, IL wedding. It’s absolutely stunning and I love what Anna had to say about her day!

What was the style inspiration for your wedding?

Classic and sophisticated, mostly black and white with pops of reds

What was a special memory from your wedding day?

Listening to the speech from my father at the reception. I knew he had been nervous leading up to it. But, he knocked it out of the park. It was the perfect way to start the evening of fun and dancing.

What do you admire most about your husband?

 He is compassionate, empathetic, and loves meeting and talking to everyone. He can make a friend anywhere.

Tell us more about your wedding. Is there a great proposal story? How did you choose your location? Any DIY tips? What else would you want everyone to know about your wedding?

 On the Thursday before my last day of work in Milwaukee before moving back to Illinois, I had planned to go to dinner with my twin sister, Marissa, and friend, Erica. Erica was supposed to pick Marissa and I up right after work from our apartment. I had been home getting ready, waiting on Marissa, and decided I didn’t feel like wearing makeup or anything nice. Marissa got home and encouraged me to put on makeup and to borrow a pair of her boots and a nice outfit (rare!). I willingly accepted and got ready to leave. As we walked out the door, I was chatting aimlessly with Marissa who was rather quiet. Out on the street, I started to look for Erica’s car, when suddenly Marissa pushed me towards this man in a suit. He was standing in front of a Lincoln Town Car and asked “Are you Anna?” I looked at him like he was crazy and Marissa started to push me towards the car saying “You’re going in here Anna, I’ll see you soon.” Next thing I knew I was in a car with a glass of champagne and a mysterious man who wouldn’t give any details on the location. I figured it could be one of two things: a going away party from all of my friends as I was leaving Milwaukee after 5 years, or John was in Milwaukee waiting to surprise me. After shakily drinking one sip of bubble and making nervous talk to the driver, Atwater Park appeared up ahead, a location that I knew too well, from many days of running stairs with my college swim team. Standing at the top of the overlook, with a beautiful backdrop of Lake Michigan, was John, looking rather nervous and happy… far away from central Illinois, where I thought he was supposed to be. I got out of the car and John led me down the path, where he sweetly and anxiously talked about all the wonderful things about their relationship, and finally bent down on one knee. After his adorable proposal, I said yes! (with a surprise photographer to boot!)

What was your experience with Adore?

My experience with Adore was incredible and very unique. I was having trouble finding any dress that fit my style, slimming and chic, with a high neck. After trying on several dresses and striking out, finally Brea brought out a skirt and a top for a final try. This was unusual as I did not want my midriff to be showing. I tried on the skirt and loved it. Then I took the beautiful beaded high neck top, and was stunned. They looked so wonderful together! Then, Brea surprised me by saying that the alterations manager, Kathie could put them together, so they would no longer be separates! Unfortunately the top had a cream under lay, while the bottom was ivory. BUT, Brea then explained that Kathie could change the color of the top to match the bottom. Basically, Kathie could redesign these two separate pieces of a dress into one beautiful dress. Working with her was incredible, as I was truly in awe of her ability. In the end, it fit perfectly. To say my dress was unique is an understatement.

Are there any vendors that stood out to you as top notch? Who and Why?

Create A Scene & Michael Walters Orchestra
Photographer’s Name: Pam Cooley Photographer
Videographer: MI Studios
Thanks for sharing your wedding day Anna!
Talk soon,

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