He was the answer to her prayers. After getting engaged in a similar place where they first met, Laura and Dale had a beautiful winter wedding right here in Geneva.
My faith, family and fitness are three of the most important aspects of who I am. So when Dale started taking the Tabata classes I taught at a local gym and then struck up a conversation one evening asking me about my church and family, I knew I had found my answered prayer. He proposed to me at one of the gyms where I taught, after surprising me and showing up to take one of my classes. We were engaged in July of 2016 and planned a winter wedding for February of 2017.
Choosing the venue seemed so daunting as we looked at numerous locations. None of them had the right feel, the right food choices, or would accommodate our small 100-person guest list. All of that changed when we visited Riverside Receptions in Geneva. From our first visit and meeting with Frances Bondi, we knew we had found the PERFECT setting for our rustic industrial-themed wedding ceremony and reception. We were easily able to conduct our ceremony as well as have our cocktail hour and reception all in one space. The staff was spectacular at transforming the space to meet our wishes, and was polite, attentive, and helpful with any request. We sought out as many Geneva Bride vendors and other vendors from Geneva as we could to use on our special day. Jordan Claire from EDEN Floral Designs was able to replicate the bouquets and centerpieces I had been inspired by, going above and beyond our expectations when she used 5 old barn doors from my family’s property to create a stunning backdrop for the altar. We also knew that Caitlin Hazelton of Hazelton Photography in Geneva was the photographer we wanted to work with. It was through Caitlin’s recommendation that I found Kristen Kaven at Montage Salon & Spa. After finding my perfect dress, venue, flowers and photographer, I was nervous about finding someone to do my hair and makeup so that I felt as beautiful and radiant on the outside as my now husband makes me feel on the inside. Kristen and her co-worker Mel really listened to me at my hair and makeup trial and gave me the perfect look to marry the man of my dreams. They happily traveled to my suite at the Herrington Inn to help me get ready and assured me that my hair and makeup would last through first look pictures outdoors in February, through the joyous happy tears I knew I would shed, and hours of smiles, laughter and celebration— and they were right! The Herrington Inn & Spa provided the most tranquil and comfortable space to spend the night before, as well as on the night of our wedding. Frances at Riverside Receptions ensured every detail of our ceremony and reception went smoothly and exactly as we had planned. She repeatedly checked in throughout the day to ensure we were happy, and we can unequivocally say we were thrilled with everything Riverside Receptions provided. All of our guests raved about the quality and taste of the dishes we chose. Riverside has such a fabulous ambiance to it as well…it made for a beautiful backdrop and setting for our perfect day.
We truly walked away from our wedding day beaming with how well everything went, knowing we had chosen the perfect vendors in every aspect of the day. We are so appreciative, thankful, and blessed to have met them all and truly grateful for the time, efforts, and talents they shared with us.
Photos from Hazelton Photography
Huge congratulations to this Geneva Bride and her Geneva Groom! Cheers to happily-ever-after, Laura and Dale!