Megan + Phil

September 5, 2020

Venue Chisca | Peoria, IL

Meg + Phil's wedding day was stunning from the beginning to the end. Meg was so thoughtful in all of the little details throughout the day. From the design of their signature font and coordinating colors, to the incorporation of their first dance song, to their vendor choices and desserts - I absolutely loved their whole day! It's always such an honor to coordinate wedding days, and Meg + Phil's day was no different. Their families were so nice, their wedding party was so fun, and I was so inspired by their wedding day. And I can't forget - their vendor team was amazing. Enjoy!

Ceremony & Reception: Venue Chisca

Florals: Heaven on Earth Floral Design

Photography: Schilling Photography

Videography: ParkLife Films

Photo Location: Luthy Botanical Gardens

DJ & Lighting: Extreme DJ & Lighting

Coordination: Greater Joy Events - Wedding Day Coordination

Caterer: Bernardi's

Cheesecakes: Caleri's Bakery

Cake: Designer Cake Shop

Bride's Hair: Taylor Shirley (also Matron of Honor!)

Hair & Makeup: Pair Bridal

Dress: Simply Luxe

Transportation: Peoria Executive Limo

Meg and her beautiful bridesmaids started off their morning cheers-ing mimosas and getting their hair & makeup done by the talented Pair Bridal team. A special part of Meg's morning was her matron of honor, Taylor, styling her hair. You'll notice Meg + Phil's wedding day was thoughtfully put together, down to the smallest details. Meg is a graphic designer! Keep an eye out for her signature font on all of the paper goods and the blush tones and varying shades of green incorporated throughout their day!

Phil and his groomsmen started off their day by playing basketball - did you watch the wedding day film by ParkLife Films? If not, scroll right back up and watch it! Doing something on the morning of your wedding day really helps to release your nerves. Definitely a great idea for the guys, since they don't take as long to get ready! The guys met back up at their hotel to get ready, and Phil read his letter from Meg privately before meeting her at Venue Chisca for their first look. 

Meg had a first look with her dad, and it was so sweet! She gifted him a handkerchief that read "all dressed up in lace and pearls, on my wedding day, I'm still your little girl." Cue the tears! Phil arrived from the hotel, and Meg and Phil shared their first look on Venue Chisca's patio as well. When Phil saw Meg, he said, "Wow, you look good!" to which Meg replied, "Just good?!" Haha! Seriously, have you watched their film? I absolutely love the photos of Meg mid-laugh because it truly shows just how joyful their day was as a whole (look for more big smiles during their ceremony!). Their cute pup, Luna, joined them for a few quick photos before they left for Luthy Botanical Gardens!

Brace yourself, because Jarod from Schilling Photography captured Meg + Phil's wedding party photos at Luthy Botanical Gardens so well! Meg + Phil are basically models in my eyes now. Talk about naturals behind the camera! It was such a beautiful day for the most deserving couple. I am still SO in love with Meg's bouquet from Heaven on Earth, and combined with her dress, hair, and makeup... wow! 

While Meg + Phil were getting ready and taking photos, I was working behind the scenes to set up their ceremony and ​reception spaces. Meg and Phil had a beautiful memorial table, thoughtful masks and color-coded wristbands for their guests, and individual hand sanitizers labeled "Spread LOVE not germs." Their flower girls and ring bearer did such great jobs! Their officiant had one of the most personal and touching speech during their ceremony, and their vows were perfect. Can you just feel the happiness through the photos? 

Meg + Phil's reception was equally as stunning as the rest of their day. During their cocktail hour, Meg's matron of honor, Taylor, pinned Meg's hair into a romantic updo for the reception. Michelle from Venue Chisca + Heaven on Earth transitioned their ceremony centerpiece to the base of their head table, and the greenery garland to add extra texture to the top of their head table. You'll see more of Meg + Phil's signature font throughout their signage, bags set, and Meg even designed each place card herself! Meg + Phil shared their first dance to "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole, and then took a seat for their toasts. Dinner was catered by Bernardi's, and it was absolutely delicious! Meg + Phil had additional tables for extra spaced out seating, as well as picnic tables outside for those who wanted a bit of extra space. 

Dessert was provided by two bakeries (always a plus in my book!). The cheesecakes were from Caleri's Bakery, and their cake was made by the super talented Linda at Designer Cake Shop. Yum! After dinner and dessert, Meg + Phil sat down to enjoy their Same Day Edit from ParkLife Films. They got to watch their wedding day video at their reception, and it was amazing! It was so special to relive their day with all of their family and friends. Meg and Phil, thank you SO much for including me in your wedding day. I was so inspired by the two of you, and had so much fun coordinating your perfect day!

Kind words:

"I distinctly remember my first encounter with Madeline, and telling her that I needed help making sure my “i’s” were dotted + my “t’s” were crossed – and let me tell you, she did SO much more than that! We purchased her Day-Of Coordination package. Leading up to the wedding, we had two virtual meetings + an in person meeting. She was always so prepared, organized, timeline oriented + so supportive. If I came to her with a crazy new idea (which happened a handful of times) her answer was always, “Absolutely, we’ll make it work!” On the day of, Madeline’s help + positive attitude made the day as stress-free as possible! Madeline truly made the day go so smoothly + perfectly. If there were any hiccups...she handled it in a calm + collected manner, because still to this day, we don’t know of anything going awry! She’s such a joy to work with – we seriously cannot recommend her services more!"

- Megan + Phil Palicka, Bride + Groom

"When our daughter suggested that she thought a wedding planner would be an important vendor, I was a little skeptical. What did we need a wedding planner for? The answer became clear the moment we received the wedding itinerary from Madeline! Her attention to details and schedules was impeccable! Madeline was not only professional, but friendly, efficient, and truly attended to our suggestions! For such an important event, it was reassuring to know that we could actually focus our attention on the wedding ceremony, and reception. With Madeline we were confident that everything was taken care of. If you are looking for a wedding planner who is conscientious, thorough, pleasant, and meticulous, Madeline is definitely worth hiring!"

- A very happy, Mother of the Bride


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