Who says spooky season isn’t wedding season? This fall Friday the 13th Two Brothers Roundhouse wedding proves that Friday the 13th is just for fun! DeAnda Photography beautifully captured the fall romance that was had at this brewery wedding!
We went to Giordano’s in downtown Naperville which is where we went for our first date. Justin also gave me sunflowers that day, which he happened to give me on our first date. It was an unusually cold and rainy August night on 8-24-18, and when Justin said he wanted to go to the Riverwalk, my heart started racing and I started to get suspicious. We walked on the path for a little bit while I nervously giggled uncontrollably at that point. Justin got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me, and barely got “Will you marry me?” out before I already started to say, “yes yes yes yes!”
The Wedding Vision
We are a casual couple who loves food and good beer. We weren’t interested in a traditional banquet hall or upscale setting, but we still wanted to have a nice wedding. After touring a few different venues, everything clicked at our tour of the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. It had everything we wanted – great food and beer, a charming upstairs room with string lights wrapped around open wood beams, and a unique setting for our ceremony. We held our ceremony in the gazebo in their center courtyard. It was important to me to have the ceremony and reception at the same location – I didn’t want to deal with the stress of coordinating transportation between two different venues or timing things at two different venues.
Our colors were navy and burgundy and those colors were very complimentary to our venue. The gazebo we had our ceremony in was a burgundy color. We both love the color blue and it worked well for a mid-September wedding. The string lights in the reception room already brought so much of it to life, and the stone fireplaces were a perfect touch. It was a beautiful room but not over the top.
Advice to Engaged Couples
Enjoy the planning process. Join local wedding groups on Facebook and buy as much of the decor as you can from resale. I bought almost everything off of Facebook or OfferUp. I even went so far as to keep a spreadsheet of what I bought and how much I paid for it, and then relisted the items for sale after the wedding for close to the same price. It was a really great way to save money, and it’s a win-win for everyone: the bride gets to re-sell the items to make some money, the bride-to-be gets a better deal than buying the items new, and we help the environment by reusing and recycling. Make sure to put some thought into who you want photos with that day. The reception was a blur and I expected guests to come up to me with their phones asking for a photo of us, and they didn’t. Don’t feel pressured by family to invite people that you don’t want to invite. If you can make room in your budget, do video of some sort – even if it’s just a camera on a tripod. You don’t have to go all out with video, but having it recorded it is the best way to re-live the day and see moments you otherwise missed. Don’t stress over tiny details; people won’t remember what your chairs looked like or how many decorations you had. Your guests just care about having a good time with some good food. Personalize the ceremony as much as you can, it makes things more memorable.