On the Saturday of Taralee and Melanie’s wedding, I remember walking out of my hotel into perfect weather. The sun was out, the temperature just right, and after a very humid summer, I soaked it all in with gratitude.
Taralee and Mel got ready separately with their moms and wedding party members. This time allowed for moments of connection and quiet, before their first sweet looks with dad and each other at the Quad City Botanical Center. Soon came ceremony time, in a outdoor, sun-filled field. Taralee and Mel shared in a plant unity ceremony — a modern, updated spin on the traditional unity candle or sand ceremony — and most fitting for a wedding at a botanical center.
After their vows, the brides joyfully hugged their guests during their receiving line, before venturing to Augustana College for portraits. Upon arriving to the college — chosen because this is where they’d met, wedding party photos commenced. I adored that the brides also included many of their friends for portraits who weren’t part of the official wedding party, but dear to their hearts.
Once again, making your day yours is the perfect way to celebrate.
After their romantic portraits in the arches on campus, we traveled to the Figge Art Museum for the reception. Toasts and a first dance followed. Then, Taralee and Melanie enjoyed a dance with both of their parents, switching halfway through each song. It was a sweet, sentimental moment of connection during the reception. And then came the party, where the brides and their beloved guests danced all night long.
Cheers to the happy couple!
Ceremony Venue: Quad City Botanical Center
Reception Venue: Figge Art Museum
Officiant: Matt Lilla (Taralee’s brother-in-law)
Florist: Bev Morgan (Taralee’s mother)
Hair: Taralee’s Aunt Cindy, Mel: Haus of Heir
Makeup: Haus of Heir | Cake: Olde Towne Bakery
Catering: Frontier Hospitality Group
DJ: Tim Morgan/Laminin Productions (Taralee’s father)
Videographer: Josey Wenger from Hoopla Films