Brianna and Ethan’s intimate wedding at Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is oh-so-beautifully captured by Becky Brown Photography.
How We Met
We met while I was going to college at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. There was a big final party day for the school year (Last Blast), and Ethan and some friends decided to visit some old high school friends that I happened to play soccer with at St. Ambrose. We ended up hanging out most of the day and exchanged phone numbers sometime during the day. Ethan lived in Indianapolis at the time which was about 5 hours from Davenport, so we didn’t see each other again for a while. After just texting for almost a year, we finally decided to meet up again in person, and the rest is history!
We were taking our first real trip together and went to Washington D.C. for a long weekend in December 2016. We had talked about getting married at some point and casually talked about what ring styles I liked, but I wasn’t aware of any plans to actually get engaged. Our first night in D.C., we went to the National Zoo for ZooLights. It was pretty busy, and I’m not one who likes to be the center of attention in a huge group. Apparently, Ethan had been scouring the zoo that night looking for an isolated area. Eventually he did find a spot, and he told me that there was something he wanted to show me off of the main walkway. I knew there wasn’t anything back there, so I didn’t want to go. I reluctantly followed him, and as soon as he started talking, I knew what was happening. He then got down on one knee and opened the ring box, and I said yes! Let’s just say the rest of the trip was a little more enjoyable for Ethan after that, and he didn’t have to worry about the safekeeping of the ring anymore.
One of my favorite memories of the day is seeing my parents dance to their first dance song (I’ve Had the Time of My Life), and then my 3 sisters and I joining in to dance with them. I loved seeing them having so much fun, and then having a family dance. It may have to be a tradition to carry on at my sisters’ weddings in the future.
I also loved having my grandparents at the wedding. One of my grandpas passed about a month before the wedding. It was bittersweet because him and my grandma would not have made the wedding, but my grandma was able to attend then. I also loved having my other grandparents at the wedding. The memories and pictures with them are so precious now as my other grandpa passed about a month after the wedding.
And of course, I loved celebrating and dancing with my husband! We are not big dancers, so this was really the first time we had danced together and pretty much danced the night away. We both felt it after the reception and the next day though!