Michaela and Gustavo’s gorgeous, traditional wedding took place in May 2021, and it could not have been a more perfect day. Not even COVID could overshadow their beautiful day filled with love, laughter, and family. The ceremony was kept small, the couple calling it minimalist, romantic and traditional.
Michaela and Gustavo met at the University of Nebraska their freshman year and have known each other for seven years, and been together four. The two of them had wanted to have God be a central part of their whole day, so instead of doing a trendy first-look, this couple opted for a “first-prayer.” In a small courtyard next to the Chapel, Michaela and Gustavo privately connected with God together before the ceremony.
Michaela had kept her wedding dress a secret from everyone, including her bridesmaids, until the day of the wedding. She did a sort of first-look for both her bridesmaids and her dad. Both Michaela and Gustavo wanted to have their individual and wedding party photos taken outside after the ceremony, and the sunny Spring day was an absolute dream.
The traditional wedding ceremony was at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, IL before heading to the reception held at Silvercreek Restaurant. The stunning greenhouse made for an intimate and unique reception for the family to laugh, eat, and dance together as they celebrated the newlyweds. The new Mr. and Mrs. Reyes were a truly beautiful couple, and I wish them endless happiness.
Officiant: Father Chase Hilgenbrink
Caterer: Silvercreek Restaurant
Florist: Blossom Basket
Wedding Rings: James Allen
Bridal Gown: Vows Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Thrive Salon and Spa
Wedding photographs should tell the full story: the candid joy; the family photos grandma loves; the dance photos that leave everyone feeling connected long after the music stops playing…we get to know each other throughout the planning process – that’s why every package comes with engagement photos as well. So by your wedding day, we’re old friends, you’re comfortable with my camera, and your moments are genuine and never forced.
January 25, 2022