Amanda + Brandon: Private Residence

It's amazing what a difference just two months makes! As we are at the end of November, I look back on this September wedding and can't believe how much the landscape has changed... and how much the temperature has dropped!

Amanda and Brandon were married at the private residence of Amanda's parents this past fall. When selecting wedding venues, Amanda told her mom that she had so many meaningful memories in that home, and she couldn't imagine being married anywhere else. Her mom was set on making her dream come true. As many of you know, it's a lot of work to throw a celebration of this magnitude outside of a traditional venue, but the day came together beautifully, and Blue Peak Tents created their own venue of sorts using a gorgeous clear tent and flooring.

The day was full of personal touches. Amanda is Jewish so the ceremony included many Jewish traditions, including marriage under the chuppah, the bride and her family staying on the right side during the ceremony and the breaking of the glass by the groom to complete the ceremony. Before dinner the challah was blessed and broken. Amanda and Brandon's darling pup was the ring bearer and an impromptu wedding guest. The couple also exchanged about five small gifts throughout the day with one another so they had a chance to step away, soak in the moment and just be together. And finally, Brandon handcrafted all of the candle holders, charcuterie boards and escort card boxes out of cement and wood... and they turned out STUNNINGLY! Be sure not to miss thein se crafted pieces in the photos of the reception below.

Many partners made this day possible. Wooden Paddle Pizza provided the wood fired pizza for the meal while St. Roger Abbey Gourmet Patisserie baked the treats. Flowers for Dreams crafted the florals and Windy City Linen provided the linens. The day was captured beautifully by Candice of Cusic Photography.

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