Shennae and Bryson’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Illinois

Shennae and Bryson share a love neither time nor distance could destroy. They first met while in college and became friends slowly building their relationship. After graduation, they went their separate ways. Even with 2,800 miles between them, their relationship grew and eventually blossomed into a romance.

Read all about Shennae and Bryson's relationship as well as their garden wedding in Indiana


Bride & Groom: Shennae & Bryson
Occupations: Pharmacist & Engineer
Wedding date: July, 9th, 2016
Wedding location: Oak Park, Illinois

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. (Kamil and Taz photographers wrote) One beautiful day, at the Purdue University, a boy asked a girl to let him copy her homework - and she let him. That moment, like a little spark, started a flame that remained warm and bright and withstood the tests of time and distance. Bryson and Shennae, ladies and gentlemen, one of the sweetest and the most adorable couples, has recently married after years of dating with a distance of 2,800 miles between them. We had the luxury of being together with them on their special day and that was one beautiful wedding day. When Bryson and Shennae met at school, they quickly became friends and kept in touch, even after they graduated and each went in their own directions. Their relationship slowly grew. After a couple of years, Bryson asked Shennae to accompany him to a wedding. She agreed. They obviously enjoyed each other's company as Bryson also invited Shennae to a romantic night of dining and viewing garden lights at the Longwood Gardens. It was there he asked her to be his girlfriend. That's how their romantic relationship started blossoming into something more.

The proposal: One unusual morning in November of 2015, Shennae and Bryson were having what seemed to be a normal breakfast with her family. Suddenly, without any warning, Bryson walked up to Shennae, got on his knee and asked her to marry him. Engulfed in this whimsical and electrifying moment, Shennae remained speechless. Bryson had to repeat the question before Shennae happily replied "yes."

How did you know they were the one? (Shennae) I knew Bryson was the one because of his integrity, supportiveness, level-headedness, and hard-working nature.
(Bryson) I knew Shennae was the one because of her exploratory and affectionate nature.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We love food from each other's cultures (Ethiopia and Jamaica)

What is your best memory from your wedding? This milestone marks the end of our long-distance relationship! We have been apart for most of the (almost) four years that we've been dating. Bryson was in Delaware while I was finishing college in Indiana, then Bryson was in California while I started off my career in Illinois and Virginia. We are super excited that we won't have to catch a flight to see each another!

Vendors
Photography - TKL Photography
Videography - Lexoria Wedding Films 
Ceremony Location - Garfield Park Conservatory, Oak Park, Indiana
Reception Location - The Carleton of Oak Park, Indiana
Bridal Gown - David Tutera,  House of Brides Couture Chicago
Bridal Party Attire -  David's Bridal
Groom’s tux - Men’s Warehouse
Cake - Sugar Fixé
Caterer - The Carleton of Oak Park
Music - Audiowest
Makeup - Shay & Per'l
Hair Stylist - Michelle Warburton
Florist - A Always Lou's Florist & Greenhouse
Stationery - Invitations by Dawn
Photobooth - Blue Sky Entertainment
Bride's jewelry - BHLDN
Team Bride shirts - Etsy
Puzzle Guest book - Portrait Puzzles
Wedding Program, Escort Cards, & Table Numbers - The Bride
Rum Cake Favors - The Leefats
Bridal Shoes - Jenny Packham

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