May 22, 2021 | Photography by Ideal Impressions Photography
Ryan and Melissa lived across the street from each other while attending college at Northern Illinois University, but it wasn’t until after they had both graduated that they met as spectators at a Norge Ski Jump event in River Grove. Their relationship soared from there and they got engaged in 2019 at a “Friendsgiving” party.
Although they had originally scheduled the wedding for Halloween of 2020, pandemic restrictions led them to reschedule for May of 2021. They chose Delavan’s Rosewood for their venue, loving its “rustic, vintage and eclectic” vibe, as well as its ample outdoor firepits for socializing and a gazebo for the ceremony itself. The floral décor featured an arrangements of dahlias, peonies, David Austen roses, ranunculus and spray roses.
Melissa wore a sleeveless lace gown and carried a bouquet of deep red, sage, yellow, ivory and blush- colored flowers. The bridesmaids wore gowns of deep red while the groomsmen wore gray suits with red ties and boutonnieres of red roses.
The color theme was continued through the event — during the traditional wedding ceremony, the couple and their parents each poured glass beads into a vessel, which was then hand-blown into a sculpture.
A cocktail hour followed the ceremony and featured two signature cocktails named for the couple’s beloved pets — Oliver, a miniature poodle and Rosie, a goldendoodle — who also made an appearance as part of the cake topper. Dinner and dancing rounded out the evening, the mood lively and upbeat.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Rosewood
EVENT PLANNERS: Beth Iverson and Dianne Watson of Rosewood
BRIDEʼS ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS: Family-provided
GROOMʼS WEDDING RING: Studio D Jewelers, Woodstock, Ill.
BRIDEʼS GOWN: Tovah Lane by Sottero and Midgley, Volle’s Bridal & Boutique, Lake Zurich, Ill.
BRIDEʼS JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: Family- provided
BRIDEMAIDSʼ DRESSES: Azazie
GROOM & GROOMSMENʼS FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
HAIR & MAKEUP: Athina and Vesna of Elana Darrus Makeup and Hair
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Zazzle
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Petals & Promises, Rosewood
CATERING & MENU: Rosewood
CAKE & SWEETS: Cakes by Dea, Marengo, Ill.
ENTERTAINMENT: Mark Hladisch, Rosewood
TRANSPORTATION: Van Galder