November 2017 Wedding Of The Month~ James + Amanda

There’s something truly special about fall weddings. The changing colors make for a beautiful backdrop, the cooling temperature makes us want to be closer to one another, and the warm scents of fall often remind us of fond childhood memories.
There are a few things that make James and Amanda’s wedding special to The Wedding Network. The shear beauty alone of their wedding day would make them a shoe in for Wedding Of The Month, but on top of that they took beautiful photos in The Wedding Networks hometown of Woodstock, Il that breathtakingly captured why we love this town so much AND Amanda is my (TWN President Amy Henning) Step Sister. I did not nominate her but Im so glad someone did!
The day started off with mimosas, bagels, and hair and makeup for the girls. (Provided by Bella Bridal Hair and Makeup Artistry)
Did you attend any bridal shows during the planning process?
I attended a few of the Wedding Network Shows, a few shows at Parkway and my first show was at D’Andreas! It made finding vendors and comparing styles and prices so much easier than doing the research on your own
Did you find it helpful to use vendors that are comfortable working together? 
Absolutely. I heard so many times, “O I love them, they will take good care of you” which I thought was sweet. And when you use a certain amount of vendors through TWN you get a discounts which is awesome. 
Transportation provided by Elite Minibus 
How did you and your new spouse meet?
We met on a dating site. Neither of us were really interested in the other, but our conversations were great. It took us about 3 months to decide we wanted to meet each other. We hung out as friends for a few months then we decided to give it a solid try, and now here we are! MARRIED! 
First Look Photos Taken at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre
Photo taken at The Woodstock Mural
Photos taken at The Waverly Ballroom 
Of course theres time for a drink at Main St. PourHouse 
Tell us about the details of your wedding day.
We had a fall themed wedding. Our decorations were pumpkins, hay bails, gourds, mums, Indian corn, rusty milk jugs, and moonshine jugs. It was so different and beautiful. Pinterest is LIFE! Lol our goal was to make it feel like the alter was at a pumpkin farm and I think we succeeded! Instead of table numbers we did table names. Names like candy corn, crisp air, pumpkin spice… a lot of people said they’ve never seen
Cupcakes provided by Desserts 4U
Tell us your about your favorite part of your wedding day. 
My favorite part of our wedding was our unity ceremony. Instead of sand or a candle, we used 2 different colored corn. And my Papa sang one of our favorite songs. It was so beautiful. 
22791565_532655017087505_6590834365610310439_o Personalized Gifts & Decor Provided by TOBG Engraving 
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a bride about planning a wedding?
Just remember that this is YOUR day. You do everything the way you see fit. And if something doesn’t go right, it will make for a good story down the line. For weeks it said 90% chance of rain on our day. We purchased 30 umbrellas for our pictures and guests. Up to the morning of it said 90%. But when it came to it, it didn’t rain a drop until after the ceremony was over! You only get to do this once, have all of your best of friends with you, take tons of pictures, o and have someone run and get you some food before the wedding because you probably won’t get to eat 
Photos provided by Samantha Mae Photography
The Wedding Network Members Used
Transportation- Elite Minibus 
Photo Location- The Waverly Ballroom
Cupcakes- Desserts 4U
Bridal Party Gifts- TOBG Engraving 
Thank you to Amanda + James for sharing their special day with us!

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A warm summer day, Vintage details, Rustic Charm, and a whole lot of fun made the perfect wedding day for these high school sweethearts. Please join me in welcoming our October 2017 Wedding of the Month Chrissy + Alex.

I was really excited when this nomination came across my desk because even before asking our certified wedding professionals for Wedding of the Month nominations I was hearing about how fun this wedding was from The Wedding Network members that had worked on it. I got even more excited when I got my hands on the photographs from Rosy Lens Portrait They completely tell the story and made me feel like I was there. You’ll see what I mean if you keep scrolling….


How did you and Alex meet? Alex and I are high school sweethearts who met our sophomore year. We’ve been together going on ten years now.

Tell us about the details of your wedding…

We had a summery rustic barn wedding at Byron Colby Barn on July 8, 2017 that was full of greenery and lace with pops of yellow throughout.  

My husband is handy so a large majority of our decor was handmade/hand built. We utilized a lot of vintage/rustic wood to help bring character into our decor for the day.

Since we have been together almost a decade we tried to incorporate photos of us throughout or relationship as decor as well.

The weather was a perfect summer day and the atmosphere was fun and upbeat.

My favorite part of our wedding day was my first dance with my husband. It’s true what they say about everything moving a million miles an hour the day of your wedding…so our first dance was a chance for Alex and I to slow things down and really take in all the joy together. 


It was truly so wonderful to see all of the details that we spent so many months planning out come together so well.

and it was such a blessing to see all of our family and friends come from near and far to celebrate us. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves. 

Did you find it helpful working with vendors that are comfortable working together?

Yes. Especially when it came to our day of Coordinator. (Wedding Days Exclusively) It was a reassurance knowing she knew a majority of our vendors and was able to communicate with ease with them.

The Wedding Network Certified Wedding Professionals

Debbie Esplin of Wedding Days Exclusively kept the day moving with ease

Debbie Strand of Deborah Strand Designs provided beautiful florals

Nancy Wang of Rosy Lens Portrait documented the day through photography

Chuck McClurg of Action Video Service provided video

Russ Hyatt of Sundowner Entertainment kept the party going as their DJ

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a bride about planning a wedding?– to slow down and take it all in. It all goes by so fast and you really deserve to be as present as you can be in those moments. I would also suggest planning out any memories that you want captured on camera (whether that be through your photographer or videographer). If you go into the day having pre discussed your ideal style and moments that you want captured it helps ensure that you will have those memories forever.



Thank you to Chrissy + Alex for sharing their big day with us

The Wedding Network


October 2017 Wedding of the Month~Chrissy + Alex

Featured Wedding of the Month COMING OCTOBER 2017!

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My name is Amy Henning and I am the proud President of The Wedding Network! We are a group of nearly 50 of the areas best wedding professionals. 

Did you know The Wedding Network Certified Wedding Professionals perform thousands of weddings each year?

We have decided to showcase some of these weddings by featuring one wedding per month. 

Our featured Wedding of the Month was nominated by our wedding pros and I had the difficult task of choosing one to be featured each month. 

Each feature will give you the opportunity to read stories about the couple, see photo and video content of their big day, get ideas for your own wedding, and learn about the Certified Wedding Professionals that helped bring the day together. 

Keep an eye our for our first Wedding of the Month which will be featured October 1, 2017.

We hope you enjoy experiencing these wedding as much as we have enjoyed working on them. 

-Amy Henning