Casey Russell and Patrick Jacobs met on a blind date — that just happened to be to her senior prom! "My good friend was dating a guy from a different high school, and she was worried he wouldn't know anyone at our prom," the 25-year-old elementary school teacher says. "So I offered to take one of his friends with me." Almost six years after that first blind date, Patrick dropped to one knee and asked Casey to be his wife.
On July 12, 2014, the couple threw a classic wedding for 230 guests at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois. "It was timeless, but we made sure to make it a night people would remember," says the bride, ticking off the couple's candy bar and photo booth, balanced with a pretty color palette of peach and navy.
Photographer Caili Helsper was there to capture the gorgeous details.
Casey's Demetrios dress featured a sweetheart neckline, crystal belt and English netting. "I picked it because I loved the way I felt in it," she says. Beneath its full skirt, the bride wore ivory peep-toe heels with crystal brooches that matched her belt. She carried a round bouquet of ivory-and-peach roses and green hydrangea wrapped with a satin ribbon.
To complement the couple's color palette, the bridesmaids donned peach dresses in a light fabric perfect for summer. With three styles to choose from, bridesmaids wore what they felt most comfortable in, and carried bouquets that mimicked the bride's.
Pat accented his navy J.Crew tuxedo with an ivory bow tie and a soft pink orchid boutonniere.
The couple exchanged traditional Catholic vows in the church Casey grew up in. With a few hours to spare between the ceremony and reception, the couple offered guests a list of their favorite places to eat, grab a drink, or go shopping before the party.
Escort cards were held up by wine corks and displayed on a table decorated with hydrangeas and floating candles.
"We wanted the décor to be classy and beautiful but not over-done," Casey explains. Because the ballroom of the country club offered elegant architectural details, including columns and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the grounds, "we didn't feel like we had to do much more than add flowers and candles," she says.
The bride and groom chose ivory linens and napkins "because we wanted the centerpieces and other details to take center stage," Casey says. Round clusters of peach, ivory and green flowers sat inside pedestal bowls surrounded by tea lights. At other tables, candles floated in tall vases filled with submerged orchids.
Just outside of the reception space, the couple offered guests a candy bar featuring some of their favorite sweets. A band brought all the guests to the dance floor, where they stayed all night. "It helped set the tone for our guests to let loose and have a good time."
The couple honeymooned in Italy before returning home to enjoy married life. Looking back on their big day, Casey offers this advice: "Get as much as you can get done early on so that you don't drive yourself crazy doing things at the last minute!"
Ceremony Venue: St. Martha Church || Reception Venue: North Shore Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Demetrios || Shoes: Pink Paradox London || Jewelry: Left Bank Jewelry || Hair & Makeup: Salon Rhapsody || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan, from Bella Bridesmaids || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Eliza J via Nordstrom || Groom's Suit: J. Crew || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Shelle Jewelers || Florist: Andrea Allen Doan || Invitations & Paper Goods: William Arthur || Music: Maggie Speaks || Catering: North Shore Country Club || Cake: Deerfields Bakery || Videography: Mike Staff Productions || Photography: Caili Helsper Photography