Joshua and Cassandra's love story began in college where they fell head over heels for each other. Joshua proposed on a family vacation for Thanksgiving with an amazing custom ring. From the moment they arrived back home the planning process began.
This fun-loving upbeat couple envisioned a classic, elegant wedding that incorporated their values of Greek tradition, family, and love. The bride took over most of the wedding planning, while the groom only had one request: that bride and both families got to enjoy their day. I ensured them that together we were going to make their special day as great as they imagined.
No details were left untouched as the two prepared to walk down the aisle. They choose a color palette of white and black with a vibrant pop of plum, which proved to be an elegant color combination that was carried throughout the entire wedding.
The big day began at the beautiful Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL. The bride enjoyed a relaxing morning at the spa and a lunch with her parents and bridesmaids. The groom was surrounded by all of the most important men in his life while toasting to the start a new beginning at the hotel's local bar the Tap In. The couple was united at St. Anthonosis Greek church in Aurora. The bride, draped in a beautiful Grecian-inspired gown, walked down the aisle to meet her groom, who sported a very dapper all-black tux. The traditional Greek ceremony was beautiful and filled with love and smiles for the happy couple.
After being showered with rose petals as they existed the church, the newlyweds and guests were transported back to Hotel Arista for the reception. The space was impeccably arranged and beautifully lit. Everyone celebrated with infectious music and lots of dancing. I truly enjoyed working with Joshua, Cassandra and their loved ones. Many congrats to the bride and groom! May the two of you have many more happy memories to come!
Photography: Sally O'Donnell Photography
Floral Design: Phillip’s Flowers
Groomsmen Tuxes: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Arista Spa & Salon
Reception Venue: Hotel Arista
Videography: The Storytelling Co.
Bridal Shoes: J. Reneé
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander from Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Ceremony Venue: Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church
DJ: Something 2 Dance 2