To put it simply, Megan and Dave’s wedding day was the type of day I think of when people ask me what an ideal wedding looks like (to me). And it’s not because of anything spectacular, really – it’s not because they had the most exceptional, elaborate décor I’d ever seen, or that the weather was perfect or we spent hours taking epic, Instagram-worthy photos – it’s mostly because they enjoyed it, and the day was centered around time with their loved ones and each other.
I arrived that morning at the salon a few minutes from their venue, where Megan was getting her hair and makeup done. She was calm and collected, which I’d soon realize is simply the way Megan is. I swung by the hotel to see the guys as well, and Dave was hanging out in the hotel room with his groomsmen, as well as his and Megan’s dads. He was equally cool, equally calm – the two of them originally met through work, and I could imagine how their personalities and laid back natures would have been drawn to one another.
Once the ladies made their way to Brix On The Fox, they checked out the space together and touched up their makeup as Meg and her mom made their way to a back room to put on her wedding dress. There was no “grand reveal” to her bridesmaids, and yet it was perfect in this way – the ladies had just poured champagne as they turned to see their friend in her dress for the first time, and as they glanced first at the gown and then at Megan’s face, I realized their reactions looked the same way I felt watching them all share this moment. They proceeded to peek through the windows of the bridal suite as Megan made her way out back to see Dave for the first time in their wedding day attire, and they hugged and laughed and chatted about the day’s events as they then made their way to Dave’s car. I loved watching him help her in and out of the vehicle – they gathered Meg’s dress and she carefully climbed in, maneuvering her flowers inside with her as Dave held her train. They chose to go to the downtown area of West Dundee, just outside the building where they had held their rehearsal dinner the night before. We took a few photos, and then Megan turned to Dave and said, “You know what would be fun? If we went into the arcade and played a few games”, and then that’s exactly what they did. They walked in and headed straight to the Pac Man and Mrs. Pac Man machines, and it felt exactly like what I often imagine a wedding day could feel like if and when you allow it to – like they had no schedule, and time didn’t matter, and this was just a day together and that they had nowhere to be but here in this moment with each other.
After eventually making their way back to the venue for some photos with Dave’s mustang as well as their wedding party, the rest of their friends and family started to arrive to see these two get married. The ceremony was beautiful, and their loved ones lit up as they watched Meg and Dave say their vows and exchange their rings. They took a few family photos and then joined their cocktail hour, mingling and hugging and then cheersing beers with one another as their guests began to seat themselves. Their best friends toasted to them and they chatted with their guests, and then they shared dances with each other and their parents, including a surprise dance from Megan for herself and her mom. I pulled out of the parking lot later that night with a giant smile on my face, because this was the kind of wedding day that makes me want to be in this gig for a long, long time.
Venue: The Brix On The Fox
Florist: Branching Out, Christine Boulton
Catering: Cuisine America
Desserts + Cake: Cocoa Bean
Hair + Makeup: Shine Salon
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse