Kristen + Charlie

by | Aug 15, 2023 | Real weddings

We’re so very proud to present local newlyweds: Kristen and Charlie!

According to the bride, “We met how every great 2020 lockdown love story meets – on a dating app. Nothing was open, the world was shut down, so we matched and decided to meet for a hike in a forest preserve. (My friends warned me that meeting a stranger from an app in a forest was the start of any good crime show, but I brought my Pitbull Pup with me for safety.) We met for a hike at The Hallows in Cary.  Charlie brought my dog Buddha a toy, so he instantly won brownie points with both of us. We went for a hike around the lake there and then sat under the pavilion for a while talking and laughing together. From there we spent a lot of time together and quickly fell in love.

The couple had their wedding ceremony and reception at The Gardens of Woodstock. The dreamy day had a whimsical forest wedding vibe combined with perfect weather. The outdoor space was alive with blooms, butterflies and love.  The bride wore the “Avery” gown from our Madilane Collection that harmonized perfectly with the venue.  This soft A-line dress has thin spaghetti straps, a structured bodice and large floral lace falling across the gown, showcasing a low circular back finished off with six pearl buttons. 

“I decided to shop at Kathryn’s Bridal because as a teacher in Mchenry, I wanted to support a local and well known business. I’ve always heard wonderful things about Kathryn’s, and they truly lived up to their glowing reputation. My appointment at Kathryn’s was fun and more relaxed than I imagined dress shopping to be. They have so many gorgeous dresses, which can be overwhelming at first, but the woman helping me listened to what I wanted and helped me to narrow it all down to find my unique, boho, dream dress! As it came closer to my wedding date, Kathryn’s was excellent with communication regarding my fitting appointments, and during those appointments, the seamstress Sherry was wonderful!! She listened to my concerns and helped make a few changes to my dress in addition to making it fit me perfectly! Everyone at Kathryn’s was kind and easy to work with. I’m so happy I found my dress there!” ~ Real Bride Kristen 

Vendor Love 

Photography: @ashleysusanphoto 

Wedding Dress: @kathrynsbridal @madilanebridal “Avery”

Wedding Dress Alterations: Kathryn’s Bridal

Hair: @luckyrehalldeh 

Makeup: @toshiszpyra 

Venue: @gardensofwoodstock 

DJ: @sscentertainment1 

Catering: @noteableeventproduction 

Cake: @konradsbakery 

Lights: @everlastingimpressionsevents 

Day of coordinator: @weddingsbyjenniferfox

Bride: @kristen.koh

Groom: @mander1229