This wedding is particularly special for us, as it was the first day-of coordination we booked as Southern Magnolias! As day-of coordinators, we handle all of the logistics at the rehearsal, as well as on the wedding day. We’re the first people at the venue and the last to leave, making sure everything is setup properly and all of the vendors arrive on time. Prior to the wedding, we create a timeline for the day for the bride and groom, venue, and vendors. Throughout the event, we make sure that everything is running smoothly and staying on schedule. We take on the responsibility so that the bride, groom, and guests enjoy a seamless, worry-free day!
When we first met Hannah and John, we immediately felt their playful spirits. They are such a happy and loving couple – during each of our meetings, they were nothing but smiles. Hannah is by far one of the most organized brides we’ve ever had. She had lists and schedules galore, which made our planner hearts sing. John was always the easy-going, calm spirit that put everyone around him at ease. Their wedding at Lake of the Woods was a perfect representation of them. They had greenery runners along every table, dozens of candles to light the reception space, handmade desserts from friends and family, and had one of their best friends officiate. One of our favorite parts of the day occurred during their ceremony. Before sealing it with a kiss, they each wrote letters to each other that they’ll open on their one year anniversary. Once their letters were written, they handed out flowers to those who made an impact on their relationship, like their parents and grandparents. It was such a sweet, personal touch to their ceremony. At the reception, they had a portrait artist to sketch the guests. Rather than do the traditional money dance, they had their guests buy raffle tickets to win a portrait. It was so creative!
We had a such a great time at this wedding! Sharing these photos by Brad Hart is such an amazing moment for us, as it commemorates the official start of Southern Magnolias, over eight months ago.
“Southern Magnolias did an awesome job of making sure everything went smoothly, from the smallest details to the bigger ones, so that we could have a worry-free and wonderful time with family and friends!” Lorraine Nieland, Mother-of-the-Groom
Day-of Coordination: Southern Magnolias / Photography: Brad Hart Photography / Venue: Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, IL /
Florist: Flora Design Studio / DJ: KC’s DJ Service / Catering: Chipotle / Ceremony Chair Rentals: Champaign County Tent / Dinnerware: Herriotts / Artist: Griffin Tucker / Hairstylist: Kelsey Anderson / Transportation: First Student Charter / Tux Rentals: Men’s Warehouse