Hope’s bride Lisa probably didn’t know she was going to turn into a bridal model when she found her gown at Hope’s for her September wedding. Since saying “I do” to her husband Chad, we’ve called on her a couple of times to walk the runway. And as you will see from her pictures- lucky us! This sweet bride has quickly turned into a friend, and we are excited to share her real wedding with you!
September 19th wasn’t the couple’s first walk down the aisle together. It’s where they met! When Lisa’s friend married one of Chad’s in 2009, they were paired together in the wedding party. They got to know each other a bit, but didn’t really start talking until two years later, when Chad sent her a Facebook message during her Thanksgiving Break. They ended up going on their first date and even met each other’s families over the holidays.
After two years of dating, Chad and Lisa hosted both their families for Christmas. While opening presents, Lisa found a letter. She was supposed to read it out loud, but refused because she didn’t want to cry in front of everyone if reading it publicly. Her brother ended up reading it out loud for her, but she still cried! “It turns out that was going to be the moment Chad proposed, but I ruined it,” Lisa explains. With a little assistance, she turned around a few moments later to see Chad on one knee asking her to marry him.
“It was funny because I always told him if he proposed on a holiday or in public, I would say no. But I couldn’t. I said yes and we started planning the wedding!”
As they started the process of wedding planning, they decided to keep it simple. “Enjoy the process,” Lisa advises brides. “Take the time you need to plan everything. When things become too much (and they do), just walk away for a bit and then go back to the planning.”
Lisa found her beautifully detailed Roz la Kelin gown, a veil and her bridesmaid dresses at Hope’s. “I appreciate all of the help and care I have receive from Hope’s Bridal throughout my wedding process. I went to Hope’s 3 times (twice to Davenport and once in Atkins). Everyone I have had contact with has been amazing. Never once did I feel like I was being pushed into buying a dress I wasn’t sure about.”
On the big day, the couple exchanged vows at South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, where her parents were married 30 years earlier. Following a special tradition in her family, Lisa carried a bouquet and a small Bible that her mom, two aunts, grandmother, and great-grandmother all carried on their wedding days.
A reception followed at The Rock in Coal Valley, IL. Chad’s late grandfather always said he wanted to be able to dance with Chad’s bride at their wedding. To make that happen, Lisa had a blue heart from a pair of his scrubs sewn into her dress. Such a special touch to remember someone special!
Lisa’s favorite memory from the day is of course marrying Chad! But she goes on, “Just being able to celebrate and share the joy of our big day with our family and friends.”
The couple has settled into life as husband and wife, and not too much has changed. However, they make a point to have a date night here and here. “Try not to fall back into pre-wedding life routines. Make sure if possible to have a date night once a month at least to keep things from being the exact same as before marriage.”
They were able to travel to the Bahamas for their honeymoon in December. Unfortunately, it rained most of trip. While beach days were out, they made the most of it and loved swimming with dolphins!
Lisa, thank you for being a Hope’s Bride! We appreciate your business and continued friendship. Blessings to you and Chad!
Photographer: Avenue Studios Photography and Video in Rock Island, IL
Hair and makeup: Beauty and the Bride out of C. Noelle Salon
Ceremony: South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, IL
Reception: The Rock in Coal Valley, IL
Florist: Floral Connections in Milan, IL
DJ: Mike with Boom Productions