This sweetly preppy garden party wedding celebrating the marriage of Krystyna and Dan has all the right touches! A great wedding always incorporates aspects that represent each individual, as well as the couple as a whole. Dan's love of golf and Krystyna's love of color (and all things stripey!) were major inspirations in making the occasion truly personal. I love a wedding that can balance elegance and a chill vibe simultaneously (the juxtaposition-lover in me, I guess!). The lawn games, paper lanterns, and playful striped centerpieces made Tyn and Dan's wedding feel like the ultimate summer backyard BBQ. The gold touches and elegant bouquets upped the classy factor from fun to fancy!
I'm seriously obsessed with the lush and vibrant peony bouquets paired with gold accents.
My interview with the bride:
Where was your wedding held (state, venue)? Is there a special meaning about this place for
you (what made you choose this place)?
Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club, Oak Brook, IL
It belongs to the Oak Brook Golf Club, but it's a separate clubhouse. The head pro at the golf
club is a family friend and he recommended it when my sister got engaged in 2012. She wanted
to get married in Chicago so it was one of the first places Dan and I checked out when we got
engaged. It had everything we were looking for: outdoor space with access to the whole
grounds, lots of windows, and the perfect size for our 120 person guest list!
What were your wedding colors? What made you choose these colors?
Navy blue and coral, with gold accents.
Navy blue is one of my favorite colors, plus I had 2 red headed bridesmaids so I wanted a color that flattered everyone. And I thought coral complemented the navy nicely for a late spring
wedding. I also had my heart set on peonies and I knew they came in beautiful shades of pink
and coral (and were in season) so it all came together perfectly! I added gold when my caterer
hosted a linen show at the b&t club. The venue has a bit of a rustic vibe on its own, and the gold added some warmth and elegance.
What were challenges you faced planning your wedding? Do you have any advice for future
brides in regards to these challenges, or in general?
Lucky for me, my sister got married the August before and she was instrumental in helping me
plan (from guest list to vendor recommendations to telling me what was worth freaking out
about). However, I am a bit of a procrastinator so my advice is to book as much as possible as
far in advance as you can! In fact, there was one day where I found out that the florist, DJ, and
hotel I wanted to use were all already booked! Also, make sure you start with a detailed budget
so you can be ready for unexpected and overlooked expenses (like postage stamps and tipping the day of). But other than that, remember that your wedding is just one day in a long life that you are creating together so enjoy it!
What are 5 words you would use to describe your wedding?
Originally I couldn't even think of 5 words, and now I have too many ...
What was your favorite detail/details about your special day?
1. The paper lanterns
2. The navy/white striped linens on our escort card and gift tables and patio tables.
3. Our signature drink of a "John Daly" (to go with the golf theme) with striped paper straws
4. Lawn games
Were there any handmade touches?
My lovely and talented in-laws made our table numbers! I had the idea that I wanted them to
look like golf flags on a golf course to tie in with our setting (and Dan's favorite past time). They
even added little golf tees to the tops of the flags.
Were there any uniquely meaningful items?
My "somethings" were meaningful to me. I had something old from each of my grandmothers: a
diamond watch from my paternal grandmother who couldn't be at the wedding, and a
handkerchief from my maternal grandmother. She passed away about 13 years ago and my
aunt saved a handkerchief for both my sister and I to have on our wedding days. And my
something borrowed was the garter my mom wore on her wedding day (my sister wore it for her wedding too!). It was really special to have something from some of the important women in my life.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?
I already had some really specific ideas, and of course Pinterest added to that (but be careful
because it's easy to want to incorporate everything you see on there). My vendors were great
about taking my ideas and tailoring them to us. In fact, my florist gave me the idea to consider
cereal bowls for our center pieces, and I found some (on sale!) that fit our color scheme.
Is there a story behind your dress?
My sister ended up getting one of the first dresses she tried on, and she said she wished she
had tried on different styles just for the experience of it. I took her advice and the first time I went dress shopping I tried on at least 10! The second time I went I knew what I wanted and ended up finding the perfect dress that combined everything I was looking for.
What was your favorite part of the day?
The ceremony for sure! It's so true when everyone says the day goes by so fast. Dan and I had
already seen each other during pre ceremony pictures, but the ceremony itself gave us a
chance to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment with each other. Our officiant was
wonderful and incorporated stories and well wishes from our family and friends during it so we
really felt the love surrounding us.