Urban Ecology Center Wedding: Davita & Adam!
We are always looking for couples for whose top priority is their photos and their experience. When those two concepts top the list throughout the planning process, we find we are a great fit for them. All the other aspects of our couples’ plans (venue, budget, size of the guest list, formality…) can span a pretty huge range. For Davita and Adam, they were being really conscientious about keeping their budget in line with their lifestyle. Even when it came to the photos (which were supremely important to them), they had their self-disciplined limits. We were thrilled that they saw enough value in our work and the way we take care of clients to invest their meaningful funds with us.
“Our wedding was exactly what we wanted and we figured out how we could do it without spending more money than we could handle. I think the best tip I have for couples is to think about what they want, where that want comes from, and to see if it comes from them or from some outside force. If that want doesn’t come from within you, then it’s not worth it. The pressures and expectations that come with wedding planning can shape a wedding, try really hard to separate out those voices. Also, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a magical wedding,” explained Davita.
A lot of this day was either DIY or supported by friends and guests offering their talents. At the bottom of this post is a list of the professional vendors involved in the day. Davita had some special thoughts to share about the pros and everyone else’s contributions.
“Having an Urban Ecology Center wedding was amazing. The staff works so hard and they have a vast knowledge that they can share with you about caterers, photographers, and more! August Sweets baked all of our mini pies and tarts. Angela is an amazing baker and even created gluten-free options! Some kudos go to Ball-n-Biscuit for providing the amazing food. They created vegan and gluten-free options that tasted wonderful. The flowers to start. While they were beautiful, they were extra special because our officiant and one of our best friends, Joe Riggenbach did all the flowers, from buying to arranging. He was wonderful! Another detail that was a favorite of ours was breaking the party up into two. Having the ceremony on Friday with just our family and really close friends allowed us to really enjoy and take in everything. Then on Sunday, we could party with everyone and not worry about missing anything! Our rings are made of wood from Simply Wooden Rings in Chicago. We got to visit the studio and pick out the wood we wanted to be used. The craftsman was helpful and was able to create rings that matched our personalities. Lastly, I think our all-time favorite detail was that my godsister Amanda Greenhart made both my wedding dress and Adam’s vest. Having handmade garments that are so beautiful and just what we wanted, brought love and meaning to what we were wearing. I don’t know if I would have felt as comfortable, confident, or as in love with my dress had it not been hand sewn by Amanda.”
Front Room Photographer: Amanda
Reception Venue: Urban Ecology Center
Wedding Rings: Simply Wooden Rings
Entertainment: No Stress DJ Collective
Cake: August Sweets
Catering: Ball N Biscuit