Laura & Gino
Medinah Country Club
Laura's Love Story Note
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
I wish I could say that I had some inspiration!!! Really there is just much more I don't like than I really do like! I am not into themes and I have a somewhat minimalistic style, so I really wanted our wedding to reflect that. Our bridesmaids were in classic black gowns and our groomsmen in black tuxedos. Just simple and elegant! We did not incorporate any religious or cultural traditions.
Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Fortunately Medinah Country Club is so spectacular in and of itself, decorating it was really easy!
Especially because I am very simplistic. I really wanted to play on the vibrant colors inside of Medinah so I went with a more monochromatic base as far the linens, and then I added different textures such as sequins and crystal to really brighten the room. We did a thank you note at each seat in the ballroom for dinner in lieu of a favor because I really felt that it was so much more special. Our guests loved it!As far
as the church where our ceremony was held, it's also spectacular all on its own so it barely needs to be transformed. We did however add some special touches. My mother made the bows that were attached to the ends of the pews, and she also made the large floral candle sticks that we had on either side of the altar. I was so impressed! We actually paid to have the church hand those sashes from the ceiling and really helped tie it all together.
What were the floral's like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
When I initially met my florist I actually said to him, "I'm really not a flower person!" He also provides a lot of other decor so I told him that I wanted lots of crystal and lots of candles. I fell in love with the crystal candelabras that we used for most of our centerpieces, but just to make sure they weren't too over powering we offset them with some low floral centerpieces. To follow suit with the more monochromatic linens, I wanted the flowers to be the same. Only off-white..... no colors anywhere! This way the colors inside of the ballroom would really become vibrant and special. My bouquet was simple and also all white, and my bridesmaids basically had a mini version of my bouquet. Overall I think the crystal candelabras, innumerable candles, and sequin linens really stole the show and the flowers simply accentuated it all.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We didn't go too far out of the box for our wedding. I wanted it to be classy, elegant, and really magical. It was a very classic wedding but that is such a true reflection of Gino and I that I think the simplicity of it was really special. For Gino, I think his favorite part of our wedding was that it was at a historic country club and he is a huge golfer! Just getting ready there where so many of his favorite golfers have been was super awesome for him. For me, my favorite part was that old school glam vibe. I had looked at so many venues and I never found something that compared to Medinah. I love marble, velvet, and old ornate wood touches. It really has so much character!
Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Again, because I am simple, I also wanted my dress to be simple yet special. I was looking for something on the more conservative side with sleeves, but still romantic which is why I fell in love with the lace detail on the bodice and sleeves of my dress. This dress was the fifth one I had tried on and I knew I was perfect. I bought it right then and there! It's a Paloma Blanca. The crystal belt it had on the waist actually didn't come with the dress, I wanted to add it to throw on a little touch of sparkle and just that small addition made such a huge difference! Gino actually surprised me with my shoes which were Monolo Blahnik and it almost looked like they were made for my dress! He hadn't seen my dress but he did so good! Once I picked out the dress which was so elegant it only made sense to keep things black tie for Gino. He had a very modern tuxedo which I fell in love with and while his groomsmen had black bow ties, his was white. What was so special about his outfit was the pendant his mother gave him with his fathers picture on it. He passed a few years ago and we missed him dearly that day. Gino wore it inside of his jacket. As far as shoes he decided to wear a velvet shoe from Magnanni. I really just wanted our outfits to look timeless and I was so happy with how they turned out.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Gino and I met in College 10 years ago. I was only a freshman. He tried for several months to pursue me and although I wasn't interested at first, he kept trying. I agreed to go out to lunch with him and we immediately connected. We have been together ever since!The proposal had been such a long time coming since Gino was in school for so many years, so it was such a special moment when it happened. We had worked so hard to grow in our careers independently while also maintaining a solid relationship. So at that point it was like "We made it." The proposal was actually outside of our house. It was October and as I was coming out of the house our front yard was lit up with pumpkins that said will
you marry me. There were also candles and roses all over. It was very beautiful and creative.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most special day of our wedding was our first look. We were both in awe by each other!! Although we have been together for 10 years, when we looked at one another in that moment we felt as though we were looking at someone brand new, yet someone that we had known forever. It was a very special
feeling. I felt like our entire relationship with all of its hard times and wonderful times were summed up in that one moment. We will never forget it!!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
Keep it simple!!! Less is sometimes more. I feel like a lot of people think that they need to have very grand flowers or a very grand dress and sometimes that's not the case. Simple can be so beautiful! If you are going to spend the most money on one particular area I would recommend it be the venue.
That way the decorating is easy! Find something with good bones and it will all fall into place. I also did my own makeup (I understand that's not everyone's thing) but whoever does it make sure it's you.
That's not the day to try a new look! Just strive to look like a more polished version of yourself and you
will look stunning no matter what. Lastly, never forget to look around. This sounds simple but the day is overwhelming and it's easy to just keep looking straight ahead. Look into your loved ones eyes when you are walking down the aisle, at dinner simply just take a minute to look around at people's faces and how much fun they are having, and don't forget to constantly tell your husband or wife what an amazing time you're having. After all it's the best day of your lives! You're going to forget so many small details but it's these moments that will stick with you.