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A Romantic Rockford Wedding: Kara + Aaron

The day Aaron proposed to Kara was pretty close to perfection.  They had been dating for a couple years and decided to take their beloved dog on a walk along Lake Michigan, close to where they lived in Lakeview.  After walking, they sat by the Lake and just enjoyed each other’s company on a warm, Spring afternoon.  A couple of minutes had passed by when Aaron dropped to one knee beside Kara.  He asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.  With tears in her eyes, she kept asking him if he was serious.  She of course said, Yes, and he then gave her the most beautiful engagement ring.  Afterwards, they called friends and family to share their exciting news.  When they got home later that afternoon, Aaron had Wedding books waiting for his bride-to-be to start planning their Wedding Day.  They celebrated with a bottle of bubbly, Chinese take out and Kara’s favorite movie– Father of the Bride.

I remember cheering with Kara back in the ol’ high school days and she was always smiling and one of the sweetest people I knew.  Years later, she still is still that beautiful smiling girl, but with her soul mate by her side.  Kara and Aaron, what an honor it was to capture your gorgeous Wedding Day and the love you have for one another.  You are two of the kindest people, and know how bright your future will be because of that.  Happy One Month Anniversary today!  May you always celebrate the small + big anniversaries for the next 100 years together!  Much, much love… Annie

Enjoy a few of my favorites…

Kara wore her Mom’s diamond bracelet which was the perfect accessory to her gorgeous dressAs the Bride was getting ready, gorgeous flowers were delivered to The Bride’s roomLOVING these shoes!Moments before getting into her stunning Wedding Dress…Crimson Ridge did a fabulous job with all the flowersKara is a lucky lady to have these best friends by her side!As the girls were getting ready, the gentleman were doing just the same.A very handsome Groom arriving at the Ceremony!Before walking down the aisle, time allowed for us to get some pretty pictures of the Bride!Kara’s laugh is so genuinely infectious…you can’t help but laugh along.Her Dad and Brother seeing her for the first time <3Right before getting Married!At 2pm, guests were seated and the groomsman walked in.Franchesco’s Banquet Room is goergeous and has stunning light!Kara’s Mom watched on as her dad walked her down the aisle…Kara + Aaron didn’t see one another before the Ceremony.  These looks say it all… <3In LOVE with her train…Officially Official.Such a favorite!  The day was windy, but I’m so happy these two lovebirds came outside for a few pictures!The ceremony transferred to the Amazing Dining area and Kara and Aaron enjoyed a few minutes alone before guests came in…Announcing the HAPPY COUPLE…“The Way you Look Tonight” was a very special first dance…I love Father/Daughter dances oh so much!I’ll end with this, because the party continued the rest of the night celebrating one great love!Congratuations, Kara + Aaron!

A Special Thanks to all of following that made Kara + Aaron’s Day so special!

Ceremony + Reception | Franschesco’s Ristorante

Hair + Make-up | Weiss Morris

Bride’s Dress | Sara Grace

Groom’s and Groomsman Tuxes | Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses | Vera Wang

Officiant | Sarah Wilson

Florist | Crimson Ridge

Cake | Kim Salamone

DJ | Paul Singh

Honeymoon | Mexico

Photography | Annie Steele Photography

 

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