In the Vintage Garden

The night Clarence met Melody, he leaned over to his friend and said, “That’s my future wife.” From that moment on, the pair were inseparable. And after dating for a while, Clarence decided to give Melody the surprise of her life.

While the couple was seeing a show. at the Chicago Theater, the actors asked for assistance from the crowd. Melody was selected to join the scene. At the end of the act, Clarence came on stage, took a knee, and asked Melody to marry him in front of the whole audience. Her “yes” earned them a standing ovation and a headline story on WGN News.

On the day of the wedding, after some “good luck” rain had passed, the couple made their way to the Vintage Garden at Midway Village Museum. Melody’s father, her closest friend, walked her down the aisle. “I remember feeling a rush of love hit me as soon as Clarence and I were hand in hand,” she explains. “Before I knew it we were husband and wife!” The very intimate ceremony was written and officiated by the couple’s nephew.

With shades of purple accenting vintage décor, the reception featured a gorgeous cupcake tower, adorable antique signs, and many personalized details. Guests enjoyed videos honoring Melody’s late mother and a short “confessional film,” in which the newlyweds gave a humorous behind-the-scenes look at their relationship.

For soul mates who have been together since the day they met, this intimate and joyful event captured the love they have for each other and their family perfectly.

By: Kelsey O’Shaughnessy

Ceremony: Midway Village Museum Officiant: Micheal Hoekstra Reception: The Venetian Club Of Rockford Photography: Jonathan Brust Photography Wedding Consultant: Kimberly Isham-carter | Midway Village Museum Bride’s Gown: White Satin Bridal Hair: Christina Walker Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various Formalwear: Tallia Stationery: Zazzle Catering: Penguin Foods

Photography By:

Jonathan Brust Photography