Amy and Alex: Rich, Textural Fall Wedding Champaign, IL

There are love stories that need to be told over and over again.  Amy and Alex have one of those stories.  Amy lost her first husband, Chris, to cancer in their early thirties.  A surprise diagnosis and rapid progression, left Amy a widow with three young children.  I've been so very fortunate to call Amy a friend since high school.  We were college roommates and I was a bridesmaid in her first wedding.  She and Chris were a pair; funny, sarcastic, welcoming and two friends you could always count on.  Chris' loss, while obviously devastating to her and the kids, was also hard on the small town where we grew up and their wide circle of friends.  

When Amy was ready to start dating again, it was challenging.  Dating in your mid-thirties with three small kids was an adventure.  Dating in front of the small town who knew and loved Chris was uncomfortable. Dating while trying to hold tight to the memory of the past and moving toward the future was difficult. Oh, the stories she told! As friends, we prayed for her to find someone to share her life with and love her for the amazing woman she is. Someone to help her raise her awesome kids.  Someone who could deal with Chris' cherished memory and the need for those memories to be ever present in their lives.  Someone who was willing to celebrate the wonderful husband and father that was gone and to love and lead this family toward the future.  Talk about a tall order!  

In walked Alex. Younger, never married, no children.  This man, in the strongest definition of the word, stepped in and won Amy's heart.  He loves the kids as his own and he doesn't falter in keeping Chris' memory alive.

Their day was filled with love and laughter while surrounded by their closest family and friends.  They made commitments not only to each other, but also to the kids who helped plan many of the details of the wedding.  

Wishing them many years of happiness filled with laughter and love.  They truly are some of the very best people you could ever meet.  It makes my heart so happy that they have found each other. 

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 Amy chose a bright mix of fall colors for her and her daughter's bouquets.  The rich orange roses were accented with purple tupils, yellow calla lilies, deep red spray roses, burgundy hypericum berry.  The seeded eucalyptus,sunset leucadendron and feathers completed this impactful mix of flowers.

Amy chose a bright mix of fall colors for her and her daughter's bouquets.  The rich orange roses were accented with purple tupils, yellow calla lilies, deep red spray roses, burgundy hypericum berry.  The seeded eucalyptus,sunset leucadendron and feathers completed this impactful mix of flowers.

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 Amy's daughter had her heart set on a purple dress.  We planned all the flowers off of her beautiful plum dress.  

Amy's daughter had her heart set on a purple dress.  We planned all the flowers off of her beautiful plum dress.  

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 Amy wanted something a little different for the long tables at her reception.  My husband made the custom wood boxes and we packed them full of pumpkins, gourds, candles, flowers and foliage.  They were perfect for a late fall wedding. 

Amy wanted something a little different for the long tables at her reception.  My husband made the custom wood boxes and we packed them full of pumpkins, gourds, candles, flowers and foliage.  They were perfect for a late fall wedding. 

Photographer: Sweet Darling Weddings

Venue/Reception: The Regent Ballroom