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Preppy Summer Congressional Country Club Wedding

Preppy Summer Congressional Country Club Wedding

Washington Island, Wisconsin. Summer at the lake. Two 12-year-olds meet and form a fast friendship that, unfortunately, ends with the summer warmth, despite their attempts to stay in touch by letter-writing. For most middle school romances, that’s the end of the story. But Nick & Caitlin were meant to be together. They reconnected in Chicago, ten years later, and it took almost no time for both of them to know this was serious. After several months of long-distance dating, Caitlin relocated from Miami to Chicago, and they have been happily together ever since.

Nick & Caitlin’s wedding was timelessly elegant, and full of small, thoughtful details and memories that acknowledged the family traditions and personal histories that formed both of them. The ceremony was held at the same Church were Caitlin was baptized, and the reception took place at Congressional Country Club, where her family held membership for two generations. Caitlin wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings, and Nick wore his grandfather’s wedding ring. They rode to and from the Church in Caitlin’s grandfather’s 1966 SS Chevelle, and each guest left the evening with maple syrup from Nick’s great uncle’s farm on Washington Island, where his family has lived for more than a century.

But best of all, they were absolutely surrounded by friends and family who love them deeply, and happily celebrated their hearts out for this wonderful couple.

Congressional Country Club Wedding // Ampersand Photography by Sarah Bradshawblog_0389blog_0390blog_0391This was Caitlin’s grandmother’s wedding book and bracelet, the only things they have from that wedding (they have no pictures!).blog_0392SO crazy about Caitlin’s Kate Spade’s!! blog_0393blog_0395
blog_0407blog_0408blog_0410blog_0411blog_0412blog_0413blog_0414blog_0415blog_0416blog_0417blog_0418Kelly from Petals By the Shore did a fantastic job on the florals for this wedding. If you’re ever in need of a DC-area florist, Kelly is the woman!blog_0419blog_0420blog_0421I loved all of the details on Caitlin’s Romona Keveza gown!blog_0422blog_0423blog_0425blog_0427blog_0428blog_0429blog_0430blog_0431blog_0432blog_0433blog_0434blog_0435blog_0437blog_0438blog_0439blog_0440blog_0441blog_0442blog_0443blog_0444blog_0445blog_0446

Ceremony: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church  |  Reception: Congressional Country Club  |  Invitation Design: Nicholas Wiesner  |  Invitation Printing: Rohner Letterpress  |  Calligraphy: Stacy Shapiro     Wedding gown & veil: Romona Kaveza, purchased at Belle Vie Bridal Couture  |  Flowers: Petals By the Shore  |  Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade  |  Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J Crew  |  Groom’s Tuxedo: John Varvatos     Pocket Squares: Brooks Brothers  |  Bowties: Vineyard Vines  |  Caterer: Congressional Country Club

And I am SOOOOOO honored to have this wedding featured Elizabeth Ann Designs last month. You can see the feature here.


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  1. Emilia Jane says:

    This is my favorite wedding of yours ever I think. STUNNING.

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