Turnberry Country Club Wedding Photos
Hivemember CDagger19 and her husband were married at Turnberry Country Club in the Village of Lakewood, Illinois. The day was overwhelmingly emotional, from an unexpected visit from a relative that had passed away, to celebrating the day with their Best Man who’d just been diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma and sadly passed away three months after the wedding. The day was all about honoring love. As their parents and grandparents were celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries, CDagger19 and her husband honored them all with a special anniversary dance filled with happy tears.
Weddingbee Username: CDagger19
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Turnberry Country Club
City, State: Village of Lakewood, Illinois
Wedding Date: June 11, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Demetrios Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Marry Me Floral
Photographer: Roni Rose Photography
Videographer: True Shots Studios (watch the video here)
Cake: Swiss Maid Bakery
Wedding Coordinator: Hanan Hafez
Music: Music in Motion
Stationery: Combination of Vistaprint and Wedding Paper Divas
Honeymoon: Disney World, Universal Studios, Gulf Shores, Alabama
How long have you been on Weddingbee? 11 months
What’s your favorite board to post in? The Dress board
What was your wedding budget? Under $20,000
Sum up your wedding in a few short words: Laughter-filled, emotional, nostalgic
Describe the theme of your wedding, and how you executed on it. Our wedding theme revolved around family; our past as individuals, a couple, and our family coming together for our future.
How did Weddingbee help you plan your day? I was a long time lurker and finally gave in to joining before my wedding! It was incredibly helpful to find people to bounce emotional things off of, and to get other opinions. Without the ‘Bee I probably wouldn’t have hired a videographer or a day-of-coordinator. Without those two, I don’t think I could have survived our wedding!
What’s the biggest thing that went wrong (or an unexpected event that occurred) on your wedding day, and how did you deal with it? The weather! While I knew I couldn’t control it (while I would’ve loved to…), it was the hottest day of the year so far. Fun fact: When my parents got married 25 years prior, it was also the hottest day on record. Bees helped me out by suggesting we get cooling wipes, bottled water, and fans.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day?
- While taking pictures outside, a dragonfly flew into our group photos. My MOH (my sister), looked at me immediately and started crying. My brother looked right at us in this moment, as he was a groomsman. Our family believes that our Uncle Russell comes back to this earth to visit us as a dragonfly. Far away from a body of water, a single dragonfly came to visit us, and it the first we had seen that season. It sent chills up our spines and naturally caused us to be an emotional mess. After letting my family know, they were all astounded by the visit of my Uncle Russell. It was an incredibly special moment.
- The speeches were wonderful. Having my father, sister, and brother all give short, simple speeches meant the world to me. If you watch the video, you will see that there was a lot of happy tears that day.
- My first look with my father and grandparents: I was crying all day thinking about seeing my dad, because I had so many flashbacks of growing up and our relationship. My grandparents have always been my rock, and I admire them more than anyone on this earth. Seeing the look on their faces as they saw me as a bride was incredibly emotional.
- Of course, getting married to my husband! We have been together since we were 16 and were high school sweethearts. It has been such a long journey to get to where we are, but it has been wonderful.
Did you include any DIY details? Personal details included our picture frames filled with pictures throughout our long relationship. We did a kissing menu instead of clinking glasses for kissing during the reception! We also placed a personal thank you card at each place setting. While we got to make the rounds to say thank you, we wish we could have spent more time with everyone. We also did a Southern cake charm pull, as we plan on moving down South one day!
If there was one thing you could have done differently, it would have been… having more time to party! It all went by so quickly, and I feel like we barely had time to celebrate. My husband’s best friend was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma three months before our wedding. He fought through chemo and radiation to be there at our wedding. It was incredibly special to have him there, as just three months later he passed from this earth. I truly wish we could have spent more time with him that day.
Did you include any personal or cultural/religious ceremonies? At the wedding, we celebrated my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, and Tim’s parents’ 28th wedding anniversary with an anniversary dance. Our best man created a mix of all of their wedding songs, and the DJ called out years in order and couples were asked to sit down. At the end, my grandparents and their best friends of over 50 years were the last ones dancing, and I gave my Grandmother my toss bouquet.
What’s one thing that was unique about your wedding that you’ve really never seen anywhere else? We surprised everyone and had the Kona Ice Truck pull up to our wedding! People were even taking their slushies up to the bar and asking the bartenders to put a lil’ something in them.
Do you have any advice for future brides? Don’t let others tell you how to exist, live your life, or be. In the age of social media, anyone can tell you their opinions on how your day should be. Embrace what makes you, you.
What is one thing about your wedding that wouldn’t have been the same without Weddingbee? I gained so much more confidence from seeing other brides and their choices. I have a habit of overthinking things and overdoing it. While I did (seemingly) think of nearly everything for the wedding, I wish I would have slowed down and remembered that it would only be ME who remembered any flubs.