Angie and Dan got married in South Bend Indiana (yes, I do travel) at one of the most unique venues I’ve ever seen. It was built as a private residence (it’s actually a huge 4 story mansion since they were loaded) in 1889 by the the Studebakers. It’s now a restaurant called Tippecanoe Place that you can also rent out for weddings, which is how I ended up there 🙂 It is such a stunning place, the intricate woodwork alone is worth the 2 hour drive from Chicago not to mention the delicious food. Angie’s grandmother used to bring her there as a little girl for brunch, how could this not be THE most perfect place for their wedding?
I am completely head over heels in love with Angie’s dress. I might even be my favorite dress ever! Yep, that’s a pretty bold statement considering how many gorgeous gowns I see, but I just adore the uniqueness of it and the story behind it, which you can read at the bottom of this post 🙂 Talk about being a low maintenance bride, Angie wore a little white cami under the lace top and she got for like fifteen bucks!
Not one, not two but three reflections…OH Yeah!!!
It was so wonderful to do the portraits before the ceremony, no rushing and plenty of time for great photos. Brides to be please note the variety, I can only create beautiful photos like this for your wedding day if I have time 🙂
See I told you it was gorgeous!
Yeah, they were pretty brave, that was a long way down.
So many favorites…
…so, so many…
LOVE!!! If I had to pick a favorite this would be it.
I was so happy with the unique perspective I had for the ceremony.
You don’t need me to tell you what Angie is saying with that look and the index finger.
Everyone at this wedding treated me and my assistant like family we really do appreciate that, and thank you for the wonderful swordfish pesto dinner! But the biggest surprise came at the end of the evening when we were leaving, Angie’s dad hugged us both! Dads usually don’t hug the help! (and we weren’t exactly daisy fresh after a 12 hour 90 degree day) We were thrilled of course it was just such a pleasant unexpected surprise that we talked about it pretty much the whole 2 and a half hour drive home. And this is one of the many reasons why I’m always going have fond memories of this wedding. <<<Hugs to you Mr. Philippsen!>>>
Angie changed into this fun little dancing tu-tu skirt that her Mom made, so cute!
The perfect ending to the day 🙂
From Angie and Dan…
“My amazing mom planned the entire wedding, but the dress was something I wanted full control over. I had found a picture of my “dream dress” but couldn’t find anything similiar available in a store. So, I went on the website Yelp and looked up tailors. On Yelp, I found a shop in Wicker Park called Louice that mostly makes men’s suits, but also got great reviews for making the occasional wedding dress. I emailed the owner of the store, Adrian Park, a picture of the dress and he and the genius seamstress who works for him made it in 3 weeks! They even drove me to a wholesale fabric store, helped me pick fabric and scored me a discount! The whole process was fun and easy and I would recommend them to anyone!
My best wedding related purchase was the dress! And because the top and skirt are separate pieces, I can wear the top again with skirts and pants. My mom made the skirt that I wore for dancing, the jewelry was borrowed, and I found the purse in a consignment shop for $7. I’m not always very practical with my purchases, but I do love a good deal! Also, investing in a fabulous photographer. Thank you, Hilda! Your pictures are beautiful and you saved the day with the deodorant! 🙂
A few of my favorite highlights from our wedding day:
Waking up next to my hubby-to-be and feeling pure happiness; spending the morning hanging out with Dan and going for a bike ride with my mom; having my friend, Sharon, marry us; dancing with my dad, having all our loved ones in the same spot at the same time; forgetting that I’m a truly horrible dancer and dancing the night away!
Seeing how happy Angie was with her parents, relatives and friends; she looked beautiful; the days leading up to the wedding where my family stayed with Angie’s and got to know them; My dad, sister, and brother-in-law got a sense of how lucky I am to have found her and the Philippsens.”