We love when a couple picks a specific hue and does it to perfection. In the case of Amanda and Caleb’s fall wedding in Lake Geneva, red was the color and it’s done to perfection in both the stunning florals by Frontier Fowers of Fontana and in the bridal party’s red taffeta dress. The autumn landscape at the Lake Geneva Country Club is crisp and bright and we love the way the punchy palette stands out. Don’t miss all the depth in tones in the floral centerpieces—and THAT bridal bouquet! The bride and groom chose Kristina Lorraine Photography to capture their celebration and have these beautiful images to show for it.
What made the wedding special and unique?
Ever since I was a little girl, my father and I had dreamed of having my wedding reception at the Lake Geneva Country Club. We loved the view of the water, and the understated beauty of the club. Our wedding cake was red velvet because I thought the deep red color was perfect for autumn, and also mirrored the bridesmaids’ dresses. The topper was two romantic figures dancing, who we liked to think resembled us!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
It was challenging to pick a bridal shop for the dress! I had to fly in from Boston, and could only stay a weekend because of graduate studies. We decided on a small boutique in Chicago called Palazzo Bridal. Jane White had personally designed all the wedding dresses, and each one was delicate and beautiful. Her expertise and the feminine and intimate atmosphere she created led to the quintessential bridal experience. The gown I chose was covered in lace; this was surprising, since I had never imagined myself in lace! As many brides have wisely spoken, however, “you know the one when you put it on.” It was slim-fitting with a high neckline, and the veil was sheer and simple.
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
In the sanctuary of the church where we were married, friends of ours draped satin white streamers from the ceiling. Once Caleb and I were officially married, they rang the bells. For the special dances at the end of the night, I danced with my brother, Alex, on the dance floor to the song “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder (he chose the song). He has Down Syndrome, and was my best friend growing up.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day was the expression on my father’s face, full of love and joy. During the ride in the limo, he was beaming! We had a few moments in the car before I needed to enter to the church. He wouldn’t let go of my hand. I said, “Dad, I’ll always be your little girl,” and he said, “You knew exactly what I needed to hear.”
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met through a church event in Boston. Caleb asked me on a date shortly after we met! We only dated a year before we were engaged; however, I put Caleb through the ringer. He had to meet all my family, even extended, to pass the test!
Photographer: Kristina Lorraine Photography // Floral: Frontier Fowers of Fontana // Venue: Lake Geneva Country Club // Dress: Palazzo Bridal by Jane White // Cake: Simma’s Bakery // Hair/makeup: Mia Faccia