Whitney & Kyle’s wedding was, hand’s down, one of my absolute favorite weddings of my career. The perfect mix of non-traditional, do it our way, kind of flow and all of the pretty little wedding day details that people like me drool over. First off, I absolutely love it when a venue is personal to a couple… and it could not have been more personal than getting married in your childhood home. Lucky for me, it just happens to also be one of my absolute favorite local wedding venues, Summerset Winery. They were married in the vineyards and spent the rest of the day and evening at The Inn, Whitney’s childhood home. Seriously… if you know me, you already know that this alone puts this wedding in my top ten. We actually planned our own wedding at Summerset back in the day.
When I arrived everyone was still getting ready. The guys and girls were casually mingling together all throughout the house.
Although they had a first look coming, they weren’t afraid to cross paths before they were ready and even spent some quiet time together rehearsing their vows. Which, by the way, were INSANE! I’ve never seen a couple do tandem vows before and wasn’t sure how I felt about the lack of surprise in hearing the other one’s promises, but it was so moving and so real I’m a huge fan of this nonconventional approach. They each wrote private letters for the other one to read before their first look. Whitney and her dad shared a moment before she had her first glance at Kyle too. Love!!
The sun popped in and out all day while we did our portraits. I tried to keep the lighting in my edits pretty true to the natural light, it offered us so much variety and was so pretty in so many different ways. Can we talk for a minute about this dress????
Rather than wear their own wedding rings for their portraits, they chose to wear their spouses ring since they were not quite married yet. It was a thoughtful and intentional decision. And… another little touch that I just loved about this couple. During a quick patch of downtime we had, I snapped some quick portraits for some family members before the cocktail hour began. Then grabbed a handful of extra shots before they started greeting their guests. This property is just perfect for entertaining. So pretty and so many areas for people to spread out and get comfortable.
How amazing is it that Cyd’s made a custom cut out of the Summerset logo for the bread??? As you may have imagined, the wine was flowing at this wedding. Beer too… As their cocktail hour came to an end, their guests made their way to the vineyard for the ceremony. Many of them hiked through the woods, the family did.
Now, back to my commentary on their vows… I have never seen such an engaged group of guests at a wedding. Their vow exchanged seemed to draw in their guests just as much as it did each of them. It really surprised me how truly meaningful the experience was. When it came time for the ring exchange, they took that upon themselves as well and did not receive a word of instruction. As the sun set, a champagne toast was poured for each guest in the vineyard before they all returned to The Inn for the reception. Seriously, if you’re looking for a party band… Pie in the Sky is who you need. Not your traditional wedding band. So. Much. Fun.
Venue | Summerset Winery & Inn (Ceremony in the Summerset Vineyards, all other activities at The Inn)
Caterer | Cyd’s Catering
Florist | Hy-Vee
Videographer | Situasian Films
Bride’s Dress | Effie’s Bridal Trunk
Groom’s Suit | Heimie’s Haberdashery
Band | Pie in the Sky