Elite Bride, Linsey, tells us about her magical Beauty & the Beast themed proposal and perfectly-personalized wedding to Patrick at The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL.
How did he propose?
It was Beauty and the Beast themed! He planned a day where one of my best friends (who actually introduced us) told me she was taking me to a special luncheon at the Hilton Hotel and that there would also be a display of Broadway in Chicago props, including some from Beauty and the Beast, which is my all-time favorite.
When we got to the hotel, employees of the hotel in blue jackets pointed us in the direction of their main ballroom. There were 2 people sitting outside the ballroom with cameras, so I assumed they were with the event, and as we approached I saw an Enchanted Rose sitting in the middle of the ballroom! It was the only thing in there, but I didn’t think anything of it, I just assumed we were early and they were still setting up. As I walked over to the rose, “Tale as Old as Time” started to play, and I was geeking out because I assumed it was all part of Disney magic. The photographers took my picture with the rose, and as I was studying it, I noticed someone far off in the corner of the ballroom appear, but I didn’t think anything of it; they were wearing a blue coat, so they must work here too. I quickly realized that this person was getting closer to me.
I looked up and saw my now-husband approaching. It was a Monday afternoon, so I was confused as to why he wasn’t at work. Furthermore, he was all dress up – wearing a royal blue suit coat with a yellow tie, reminiscent of the Beast. He came over and took my hands and explained that he had put all of this together, then got down on one knee. I was shocked!
Where was your ceremony held? Where was your reception held?
Both the ceremony and reception were held at The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL. We had the ceremony in their theatre space and the reception was in their rotunda outside the theatre. It was gorgeous!
What is the most memorable moment from your wedding day?
Oh man, that’s tough because I wish I could relive the whole day over again! I think walking down the aisle with my mom and dad, anxiously awaiting my husband’s reaction to seeing me for the first time. We got married in a theatre, so he couldn’t see me until I had walked far enough that I was out from under the balcony. I had butterflies waiting to see him and when he saw me, he was overwhelmed in the best way, and it was perfect.
Now that you have planned a wedding, what advice would you give brides?
Make your wedding an expression of you as a couple and pick the things that are the most important to you. Then, don’t get overly worked up about the rest.
What was your favorite design element from your big day? What was your wedding’s theme?
My favorite design element would have to be our location. We chose The Rialto Square Theatre because we wanted to get married in a theatre, since we’re both actors and heavily involved in the arts. The location itself was stunning, so it didn’t need dressing up. The theme was heavily influenced by Beauty and the Beast, but overall we just wanted it to be an expression of us as a couple and all the things that we love. If I had to pick a favorite design element that we brought in, I would say our seating cards and centerpieces. Since we were getting married at a theatre, every guest had to enter through the Box Office for the reception, and pick up their ticket to their table.
Each table was named for a favorite tv or movie couple, had a corresponding picture and it’s own “Enchanted Rose” floating candle vase.
What are you looking forward to doing now that you are Mr & Mrs?
When we first got married the biggest thing we were looking forward to was our honeymoon! We spent 2 weeks in France. Now that we’re coming up on a year of marriage (which FLEW by!) we’re looking forward to continuing to build our life together and eventually start a family.
If you could give a shout out to a wedding vendor that went above and beyond, who would it be and why?
All of our vendors were fantastic! If I had to pick just a couple, the first shout out goes to Nancy, our venue coordinator and Polonia, our caterer. They set us up with a private dinner between photos and the reception, just me and my new husband. It was wonderful! I highly recommend that all couples do it. The catering staff brought us drinks, appetizers from cocktail hour, and then our dinner. We got to enjoy some alone time as a newly married couple, which was one of the highlights of the day.
An honorable mention shout out to our DJ, Dan, from Tone Production. He helped safety pin my bustle after it broke on the dance floor.
What were three things you couldn’t have gone without the day of?
First looks with my grandma, dad, and bridal party
What is a funny story from your wedding planning process or wedding day?
My husband likes to remind me, “Remember how you didn’t want to look at any other venues when we were planning, aside from The Rialto?” It’s true. I just knew the minute I saw it online that it was THE PLACE. So, we went on a couple other visits before finally being able to see The Rialto, and of course that was the one.
On the wedding day, one of my favorite stories is how the flowers girls (my 4 year old twin cousins) got to the end of the aisle, and proclaimed to their mom, “They’re all gone!” and then they turned the baskets upside down as proof. 🙂
Florist: Flowers from Southport Blooms, arranged by my aunt Kathy
Photographer: Shelly Ruth Photography
Videographer: My Wedding Movie
Cake Artist: Creative Cakes
Hair/makeup: Khaki Pixley
Tuxes: Elite Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Elite Bridal
Thank You to Linsey for sharing your photos & wedding experience with us, and a Big Congrats to the happy couple! XOXO