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September, 2011 in Elgin

Ceremony: Walton Island
Reception: Heritage Ballroom




Cakes/Candies Vendor:

Sweet Dreams Desserts

1969 Dekalb Ave # B
Sycamore, IL, United States

"When my husband and I decided we were going to get married in Elgin, IL, choosing our bakery was a no-brainer. I already knew I wasted to do cupcakes so Sweet Dreams was the first place I thought of. The only hard decision was narrowing down which kind to get! All of their cupcakes are delicious but we decided to go with the chocolate ganache (my personal favorite) and vanilla. My meeting with the owner, Deanna, to finalize the designs only took about 10 minutes because her first suggestions were great and she mad it so easy. They can pretty much match any color you want for frosting, and add personalized designs as well. We went with a more standard approach--white rose design on the vanilla cakes and green hydrangea design on the chocolate cakes. We had lots of guests comment on how pretty they were, and how delicious they were, of course! The prices are very reasonable as well: $1.60 per cupcake, with up-charges for delivery or stand rental. They also do traditional wedding cakes, which I've heard are just as good. Overall, I would highly recommend Sweet Dreams to anyone getting married in the Northwest Suburbs or DeKalb/Sycamore area."


Town & Country Gardens

936 East Chicago Street
Elgin, IL, United States

"We visited several florists in the Elgin/Geneva area before making our decision to use Town & Country Gardens to do the bouquets and mother's pins for our wedding. Their Wedding & Events Specialist, Jamie, was fantastic! She was organized and very easy to work with. I only had a vague idea of what I wanted (colors, size) and she was able to take my scattered ideas and turn them into beautiful arrangements. The bouquets were delivered to our venue before we got there and when I walked in and saw them, I was blown away! I'm so glad we chose T & C Gardens and I would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married in the area."


Chapel in the Pines - Officiant - 15165 Quigley Rd, Sycamore, IL, 60178

David Glick

15165 Quigley Rd
Sycamore, IL 60178

"We had originally booked Jeffrey Petersen to perform our ceremony in Elgin, IL, but when we needed to change our ceremony time a month before the wedding, Jeffrey could no longer do it. We were bummed because we really like Jeffrey but he recommended David Glick, another officiant for Chapel in the Pines (http://www.chapelinthepines.com/officiants.html), and it worked out great. We are not religious people so we had very specific ideas to not include anything religious. We had already worked out all the details of the ceremony with Jeffery and David had no problem stepping in and doing exactly what we had already put together. He was very nice and personable and not one of those officiants who tries too hard to be funny or entertaining. He came prepared and performed our ceremony as if he had written it himself. He was also very calm and laid-back, which was a great influence on both of us since we were so nervous! He is a seasoned professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone, whether you are getting married at Chapel in the Pines or anywhere in the DeKalb/Sycamore/Northwest suburbs areas."

Wedding Day Beauty Vendor:

Joseph's Hair Fashion Salon

175 North Edison Avenue
Elgin, IL, United States

"My bridal party and I had our wedding up-do's done at Joseph's. Amber did a great job with my hair! She really took the time to get it exactly how I wanted it. She was friendly and easy to work with. I got lots of comments throughout the night about how pretty my hair was. Several of the other hairstylists did the hair for my bridesmaids. Out of the 5 bridesmaids, 3 were happy with their hair and 2 were not. The two that weren't happy with theirs we were able to fix with just a few extra bobby pins and some hairspray. Nothing major needed. Overall, everyone at Joseph's was very nice and I would recommend this salon to anyone getting married in Elgin."


Walton Island - Ceremony - 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL, 60120

Walton Island

"We got married in September on Walton Island and had our reception across the street at the Heritage Ballroom. The same people organize both venues and we had a wonderful experience with them. Our site coordinator, Leah, was friendly, helpful, accommodating and easy to work with. Walton Island was a gorgeous location for our ceremony in September. The landscaping is very well maintained and there were beautiful plants and flowers everywhere. We had just over 100 seated guests and there was plenty of room for that many chairs under the gazebo. Since it is a public park, a few times when we visited the island, there were homeless people camped out under the gazebo, which concerned me a bit. However, they left without a fuss when we did our rehearsal and they were nowhere to be seen on the day of the ceremony. The train tracks run right next to the river, which concerned me as well but they are just short passenger trains that go by quickly. We didn’t have any issues with them, except that one ended up in a family picture. All in all, we would definitely recommend Walton Island as a summer or fall ceremony site."


Heritage Ballroom

100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

"We got married in September on Walton Island and had our reception across the street at the Heritage Ballroom. The same people organize both venues and we had a wonderful experience with them. Our site coordinator, Leah, was friendly, helpful, accommodating and easy to work with. She was also very calm and laid-back, which is a great influence when you are a stressed-out bride! The whole event went off without a hitch, thanks to Leah and our caterer (see review for Cuisine America). We chose to use the preferred caterer because we had some friends who gave us good reviews for them. I'm so glad we did...the site and caterer do a lot of events together so they worked together seemlessly. The Heritage Ballroom was a great space for our reception. The color scheme of the decor is not ideal (salmon, pale yellow) but it is much better than most hotel ballrooms I've seen. Once it was all decorated (our colors were black, white, and apple green), you hardly noticed the clashing colors. The pricing for rental and bar was very affordable as well. I still can't believe how much we got for what we paid. The pricing is all listed online so they can't do what most places do and jack up the prices when you say the word "wedding". All in all, we had a great experience with this venue and I would definitely recommend them to anyone, expecially a couple on a budget."

Suggested Hotel:

Courtyard by Marriot

2175 Marriot Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118

Suggested Hotel:

TownePlace Suites

2185 Marriott Dr
West Dundee, IL 60118

Sports Bar:

Rookies All American Pub and Grill

2486 Bushwood Dr.,
Elgin, Illinois, United States