High school sweethearts Morgan and Landon were reassured they were each other’s forever person after surviving a long-distance relationship in college. The couple was out duck hunting on family land when Landon got down on one knee. Even though the ducks were uncooperative, the family heirloom engagement ring was perfect and she said “yes.”
While wedding planning, Morgan and Landon walked into The Drake Oak Brook and immediately fell in love with the décor and ambiance of the hotel. The wedding was the Friday after Thanksgiving and incorporated a theme of outdoor elegance with meaningful small details. The tablescapes centered around florals, pheasant feathers and fresh oak slices directly from Landon’s family farm.
Prior to slipping into emerald green floor-length dresses, the ladies enjoyed an early morning of hair, makeup and mimosas. The gentlemen played cards and told stories until it was time to pin on their boutonnieres and straighten their feather bow ties. Then it was time for the first look and pictures. When Morgan and her dad shared their first look, everyone turned into a puddle! Then it was Landon’s opportunity to behold his beautiful bride wearing a classic white gown with a sweetheart neckline before walking down the aisle to become husband and wife.
The day continued with dinner and dancing. Landon’s stepdad played guitar and sang while the couple enjoyed their first dance. Then, guests joined in and the dance floor was never empty. After 12 years of loving each other, making it official was a dream for Morgan and Landon.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 185
CEREMONY VENUE: St. John Lutheran Church – Darien
RECEPTION VENUE: The Drake Oak Brook
PHOTOGRAPHER, VIDEOGRAPHER & PHOTO BOOTH: TWA Photographic Artists
BRIDE’S RINGS: Family Heirlooms
GROOM’S WEDDING BAND: Lashbrook Designs
BRIDE’S GOWN: Sophia Tolli
BRIDE’S SHOES: Badgley Mischka
BRIDE’S NECKLACE: Tacori
BRIDE’S EARRINGS: NADRI
HAIR & MAKEUP: Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry
FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Azazie
GROOM’S BOW TIE: Bow Tie Select
GROOM’S CUFFLINKS: Tacori
GROOM’S WATCH: Bulova
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Heritage House Florist
CAKE & SWEETS: Oak Mill Bakery