MARIA BRACHO & GRE­GORY BECK

Inside Weddings - - Weddings - June 25, 2016 Win­netka, Illi­nois | Pho­tographed by Bob & Dawn Davis Pho­tog­ra­phy

June 25, 2016 Win­netka, Illi­nois

Pho­tographed by Bob & Dawn Davis Pho­tog­ra­phy

MARIA BRACHO & GRE­GORY BECK

RE­SOURCES

Beauty

Robyn Torn­abeni Pro­duc­tions - hair Darcy McGrath Make-Up - makeup Bridal Gown

Peter Langner

Bridal Salon

Ul­ti­mate Bride

Brides­maid Gowns

Al­fred Sung

Cake

Al­liance Bak­ery

Cal­lig­ra­phy

Pen Graph­ics Stu­dio, Inc. Cater­ing

En­ter­tain­ing Com­pany

Con­sult­ing

Reva Nathan & As­so­ci­ates En­ter­tain­ment

Arlen Mu­sic Pro­duc­tions

Fa­vors

Vo­luspa

Flo­ral & Light­ing De­sign/Aisle Run­ner

Ke­hoe De­signs

In­vi­ta­tions

Mag­nif­i­cent Mile­stones

Jew­elry

Bur­land Harold & Son

Cartier

Irene Neuwirth

Linens

BBJ – Ta­ble Fash­ions

Moth­ers’ Gowns

Monique Lhuil­lier; Teri Jon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Bob & Dawn Davis Pho­tog­ra­phy Reg­istries

Bloom­ing­dale’s

Ma­te­rial Pos­ses­sions

Peachtree Place

Wil­liams-Sonoma

Rentals

Ta­blescapes Event Rentals

Shoes

Bad­g­ley Mis­chka

Veil

Vera Wang

Venue

Ke­nil­worth Union Church

Pri­vate Res­i­dence

Three and a half years later on a trip to Venezuela to see her beloved fam­ily, Greg asked for their bless­ing to marry Maria. He de­cided to pro­pose while the two were out walk­ing their dog, Ge­orge. Maria felt a tap on her shoul­der and turned to see her sweet­heart on one knee. “We went back to our house right af­ter he popped the ques­tion and Greg sur­prised me again with a scrap­book he’d been mak­ing the last few years of our mem­o­ries to­gether,” she gushes. “It ended with a pic­ture of the ring and the pro­posal date!”

Eight months of plan­ning felt like a breeze to the bride. “There were a lot of mov­ing parts be­cause we de­cided to hold the re­cep­tion at Greg’s par­ents’ house,” she notes. “So, I was sur­prised by how easy and or­ga­nized ev­ery­thing was!” One sunny June day, the doors of the church swung open to re­veal two col­umns of white pews adorned with clus­ters of lush ver­dure sur­round­ing blush, yel­low, and ivory blos­soms. “A red run­ner down the aisle is com­monly used in Venezuela, so that was some­thing I re­ally wanted,” ex­plains the bride of the bold-hued fab­ric lead­ing to the al­tar.

As at­ten­dees gath­ered in the chapel, Maria and Greg had their “first look.” The bride showed off her drop-waist, A-line gown with il­lu­sion de­tails and flo­ral em­bel­lish­ments to her hand­some groom, who wore a deep blue suit. “Those few min­utes when it was just him and me felt won­der­ful!” ex­claims Maria.

Fol­low­ing their re­li­gious cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds ex­ited the build­ing along with the brides­maids and grooms­men – all clad in co­or­di­nat­ing navy en­sem­bles – to take pho­tos un­der the stun­ning be­spoke flo­ral arch that fea­tured blos­soms in shades of pink, yel­low, peri­win­kle, and alabaster. Dur­ing the wed­ding party’s photo ses­sion, guests made the short trip to the Beck fam­ily home for the re­cep­tion.

“Our vi­sion was time­less, sim­ple, and clean – not too much, not too lit­tle.”

The clear-tented back­yard was filled with round ta­bles show­cas­ing crisp linens and cen­ter­pieces brim­ming with the same col­or­ful ar­range­ment of flow­ers used in the flo­ral struc­ture at the church. “Our vi­sion was time­less, sim­ple, and clean – not too much, not too lit­tle,” re­veals Maria. Wooden el­e­ments could be found in the chairs, tent frame, and even the dance floor it­self. “Our live band was per­fect,” says the groom. “They played through­out din­ner – there was even danc­ing be­tween dishes!”

To sat­isfy any crav­ings for some­thing sweet, Maria and Greg of­fered a four-tier cake fea­tur­ing al­ter­nat­ing lay­ers of cho­co­late and vanilla with meringue, but­ter­cream, vanilla bean, and straw­berry cream fill­ings. The bride’s ad­vice for en­gaged cou­ples is to be di­rect: “Dur­ing plan­ning, make sure to men­tion all the ideas in your head – even if they don’t seem fea­si­ble. From there, nar­row them down and pick your top pri­or­i­ties.”

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