It’s so hard to believe that my wedding season is almost over! I’m done after this next weekend and it’s so bittersweet. On one hand, I’m happy to finally have a break but then on the other hand, what am I supposed to do with my life for the next three months??? I’ll probably spend most of the time sleeping and I’m not mad about it. Anyway, it was so awesome spending last Saturday with Taylor and Isaac at their Dillon House wedding in Topeka.
The weather could not have been better. After their ceremony at Christ the King Catholic Church, we went to Gage Park. I fully expected it to be a cold Fall day, but nope. It was 70 degrees and sunny. Last year, my wedding the second weekend of November was absolutely freezing. Welcome to the midwest. You can never predict the weather.
Not only did we have perfect weather at Gage Park, but we had perfect light mixed with gorgeous Fall colors. They could not have chosen a more perfect day!
Following portrait time, we headed over to the Dillon House. This venue is amazing! Located right across the street from the capital, we were able to get such a gorgeous backdrop for our sunset portraits.
My favorite part of the night had to be Taylor and Isaac’s choreographed first dance. It was such a beautiful moment to watch and it was obvious they had spent many hours perfecting their routine. I also loved how the family surprised the couple with a bagpiper after their grand entrance. So funny story, we were across the street taking portraits and the venue coordinator approached us. She told us that we needed to wrap up because there was a surprise waiting inside. Taylor asked if it was a good surprise and the coordinator just responded with “it’s a surprise.”
While we were walking back, Taylor was running through possibilities. She said, “Is it a good surprise like there’s too much food? Or a bad surprise like there’s not enough food?” I like how her mind first went to food because food is life. They also had a pasta buffet so it would have been a travesty if there was not enough food.
Thankfully there was plenty of food and we had a wonderful bagpipe concert to listen to while we smelled the delicious Italian cuisine. They didn’t have mac and cheese, but it’s ok. That alfredo sauce made up for it.
To Taylor and Isaac: Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your gorgeous day! I loved getting to know you two, from your engagement session to the wedding day. You are so fun and perfect together. I can’t wait to see your love grow. Hope you’re having a great time in Mexico!!! Here’s your full preview! More to come shortly!
Venue: Dillon House
Florist: Once Upon a Time Wedding and Design
Cake: It’s a Sweet Treat Day
Catering: Engroff’s Catering
Gown: David’s Bridal
Photography: eGolden Moments
– Hear from the bride –
Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding:
I have a wedding board on Pinterest which is where most of my inspiration came from. I really want this wedding to be classic and timeless. We have a variety of ages attending and I want it to be fun for everyone.
Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s):
My mom suggested our wedding venue at the Dillon House. (It was not my first choice, as it is smaller than I wanted for our large reception) but my dad knows the people who renovated the mansion and it is rich in history and a beautiful place to party.
What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their wedding?
Be organized! I didn’t have a wedding planner, so I had to figure out everything myself. I recommend getting a wedding planner notebook to keep track of things and to bring to appointments, as well as getting an app like wedding wire or the knot to help you plan. I also had a few excel sheets that I kept track of expenses on and it was easily shareable with people who needed to know when payments were due.
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part is seeing the things I plan come to fruition. For example, I put together our wedding invites and they were so gorgeous and I got so many compliments.