Bari + Colin : Intimate Backyard Ceremony

What is one thing about your spouse that many people might not know?  “During the beginning of the quarantine not only did we work in the same room, but at the same desk. While that would be a recipe for disaster for some couples, it actually worked in our favor, and when we moved to a bigger space, we still share the same room. Not the same desk though”

If this doesn’t accurately describe these two as a couple, I don’t know what does!  Bari and Colin are two of the kindest people I’ve met and honestly, watching them plan a wedding, and then have to reschedule and plan again, was inspiring.  Even when we talked about having to postpone during their ENGAGEMENT shoot, these two never complained.  And on this day, walking into the dining room while Bari was getting her makeup done, being greeted with the biggest smile solidified it.  So many couples this year have had go through some of the biggest changes and make the hardest decisions when it came to their wedding day.  Everyone is making the best out of an ugly year, and these two and their families certainly did just that.

I was blown away at the detail and beauty in their small and intimate backyard ceremony.  The flowers by Fragrant Designs were so colorful and gorgeous, and the long pool-side, petal-lined aisle leading to the beautiful chuppah was something out of a magazine.  No rain, all sun, the cutest little pup in a tux, and Bari and Colin more happy than I have ever seen them.  After the sweetest first look in the front yard of Bari’s parents house, we gathered their family for some group portraits.  Moments later, everyone was lined up on the back porch ready to walk down the aisle and watch these two say I DO.  The best part?  Bari’s dad was the officiant!

THIS DAY WAS PERFECT.

A little background on Bari and Colin :

Q. When did you meet? Where?
A. Colin and Bari met in October 2012 while working together at the same Engineering Company. At the time, Bari was in charge of the Marketing and HR departments, so it was she that sent Colin his formal offer letter!
It wasn’t until 2015 though that they went on their first date!
Q. When did you get engaged? Where? How did the proposal happen?
A. Colin asked Bari’s Dad for permission to marry her in January 2019 on the yearly family trip to Aruba. We then got engaged on May 11, 2019 in the Singer backyard in Long Grove, IL. We had planned to go there that day to celebrate Bari’s dad’s birthday, but little did she know, Colin (and the family) had other plans in mind! After Colin proposed, Colin had a few other surprises in store – Colin, Bari and her family went downtown to Gibson’s Italia for dinner followed by a surprise party at Sunda with all of their friends (because an engagement night without Sushi just doesn’t seem right when it comes to Bari and Colin).
Q. How did you start your wedding planning process? Through referrals, planner, own research, etc.?
A. We started our wedding process by hiring a wedding planner that came highly recommended by many friends and family friends (Reva Nathan). After that, we used her referrals and suggestions, as well as some others from our closest friends (hello – Liz!). Pre-covid, the process was fun and easy going! We enjoyed it a lot!
Q. What was the most important aspect for you two when planning your wedding?
A. One of the most important aspects was creating/having an event that was fun for and included all of our friends and familly. Next up was food! Both of us consider ourselves foodies, so having sushi for Bari and fried chicken sandwiches that resembled Doc B’s for Colin were a must!
Q. What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?
A. Our mini wedding day was intimate. We felt we could really soak up the moments and spend quality time with our immediate families. We are still looking forward to a big party in 2021 though!
Q. What is one thing about your spouse that many people might not know? Any funny, sweet, silly stories?
A. During the beginning of the quarantine not only did we work in the same room, but at the same desk. While that would be a recipe for distaster for some couples, it actually worked in our favor, and when we moved to a bigger space, we still share the same room. Not the same desk though!
– Bari prides herself on being a foodie, yet is actually very picky.
– Colin is actually the romantic one in the relationship.
Q. Can you give any advice for future couples planning a wedding?
A. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be flexible and open minded. At the end of the day, this is supposed to be about love and fun!

Their amazing vendors :

Florals : Fragrant Designs @fragrantdesign
Music : Ken Arlen Music – Double Fret @kenarlenevolutionorchestra
Video : Xpress Video – Jeff Goldstein @xpressvideoproductions
Makeup : Kelly LaBanco – kellylabanco@gmail.com @kelly_makeupartist
Hair : Luisa Turnbull – Sam Martirano Salon & Spa @sammartiranosalon

Congratulations you two! I cannot wait to party bigger and even better with you all next year! HUGS.

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