Moving to Texas for their careers and to be closer to one another, Sydney and TJ still felt Chicago was the place to host their wedding. Thanks to the groom’s mother, Carol of Carol Woldhuis Designs, every detail of their vintage chic wedding was taken care of, making long distance wedding planning possible.
Since the groom is an avid hunter, Sydney and TJ made sure to include TJ’s love for hunting throughout their wedding decor. TJ’s dad’s antlers and a camp lantern were placed on the head table and the couple’s alter hosted pheasant feathers. TJ’s great grandmother’s Amelia Earhart
suitcase was also used as a card box. Books were placed throughout the reception decor were used to incorporate Sydney’s love of reading.
The groom even sported two boutonnieres — one floral and another deep purple shotgun shell for their Sweet Home Chicago reception.
Guests submitted notes at each table into a time capsule the couple will read on each anniversary. To make the wedding eclectic, the groom’s mom and aunt spent many days thrifting and sourcing at local resale shops.~ Illinois loves Texas ~
Guests signed a framed painting of Texas and Illinois hand painted by the groom’s mom. Romance novels of great love stories were also used throughout the reception décor and are now apart of the bride’s library.~ Eat pie, not cake ~
Ceremony Site: Schram Memorial Chapel • Photographer: Ellie Malynn Photography • Reception Site: Highland Park Community House • Officiant: Pastor Josh Peterson of Immanuel Church • Bride’s Dress: Ventura’s Bridal, Houston • Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade Sneaker Keds • Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations & Stationery: Carol Woldhuis Designs • Caterers & Dessert: Chef Paul Catering • Bride’s Hair& Makeup: Danielle Ruggiero (sister of the groom) • China & Decor: The Sister Dish • Flowers: Carol Woldhuis Designs • Linens: Windy City Linens • Lanterns: Polly’s Petals and Particulars • Disc Jockey: Windy City Mix