We’ve enjoyed a nice long season of mild autumn weather this year. This past week, however, we experienced a sudden dip in temperature that resulted in our first snow! It’s a reminder that winter is just around the corner.

Marissa and Joseph got married at Rock Island Lake Club on Sunday. On Saturday night, as we were leaving from another wedding, it was beginning to sleet. Freezing rain made the roads pretty slick and by the time I got home, it had turned to full snow although it was not sticking yet. I thought to myself this was going to make tomorrow’s wedding interesting.

By morning, the snow had stopped but it had left the ground covered in a layer of white. I saw that Rock Island had posted a few photos on Instagram of the snow and I couldn’t wait to get there; the snow had transformed the place to a winter wonderland over night!

Marissa had really wanted to have the ceremony outside but given that there were four inches of snow on the ground, it had to be indoors (looks like my streak has ended). She was not going to let the cold and snow stop her from taking photos outside though! We did the first look as well as bridal and bridal party photos outdoors. It was worth braving the cold for because it captured their memorable day and just how special and unique it was.

Coincidentally, Marissa and Joe’s wedding colors echoed beautifully the snowy setting of their wedding day. Silver linens were accented with glittering silver sequins, calling to the wintry scene just outside. Meanwhile, rustic touches of natural wood, glowing candles, and bouquets of peach, coral, and ivory roses added plenty of warmth to the event and made the whole reception feel cozy and intimate.

It was a memorable day for sure. Congratulations Marissa and Joe!

Venue:  Rock Island Lake Club
Flowers:  Floral Gallery
DJ:  2nd to None Entertainment