Monday, June 30, 2008

Fleckenstein-Ulery wedding

As many of you know, I have been back in the US for over a week now. I flew home so that I could attend my best friend from college's wedding, as her maid-of-honor!

Eva Fleckenstein and Bret Ulery were married Saturday evening, June 28, on the fifth anniversary of their first date. The wedding took place at Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook, IL. The whole week was filled with wedding fun though, and I drove to Bret's Chicago area family home to help Eva prepare last Tuesday, and spent time shopping with her for various honeymoon needs, as well as getting to know her mom, and Bret's family much better. On Thursday, after checking out the wedding dress as Eva tried it on one last time at the bridal store, I drove home to retrieve my own dress as well as my sister, Lily, who accompanied me to the nuptials. 
Eva looked stunning in the off-white strapless dress she picked out - and I knew I was going to cry at the service, when I had to hold back tears just seeing her in the store! Friday and Saturday were filled with pre-wedding prep like all the bridesmaids (there were 5 besides me) getting manicures and pedicures (I picked dark silver!) and on Saturday getting our makeup and hair done. Lucky for me I remembered to ask for waterproof mascara, so that I didn't have black streaks running down my face during the ceremony!

The actual service, cocktail hour, and party went off without a problem, and everyone had an amazing time. My speech, which was part of my duties as Maid-of-honor came out beautifully, and I got a lot of compliments on it! While I didn't bring my full camera to these events... as I wasn't the wedding photographer, (thank goodness!) I did manage to grab a couple of nice shots with the new Panasonic camera my family gave to the bride and groom so that they can document their life together - wedding, honeymoon, and beyond!
After the party was over, Lily and I got back to our hotel about 12:30 or so, and invited Eva's high school friends to come over and hangout for a while before going to sleep. The next morning we said our goodbyes over brunch... and then packed up before heading over to the Ulery's house once more so that I could fulfill my promise of doing a portrait of the newly wedded couple and their dog, Colby.
After that Lily and I made our way back to Davenport, we were both tired and extremely happy after having a very enjoyable weekend, and this morning Eva and Bret took off for their honeymoon in Mexico!

Mazel Tov Eva and Bret! I love you both so very much!

All my love,

Talya

2 comments:

aton said...

Nice shots, particularly the dog. Were you holding a bone because the dog is definitely focused on you when you were taking his picture!

Talya said...

I believe Bret's mom or dad was holding the bone :-) More photos can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2203227&l=aeca4&id=400435

Thanks for reading!