After meeting at a local South Bend bar, Terri and Steven were immediately drawn to one another. After only a couple of weeks of dating, Steven headed back to Florida to finish his degree in physical therapy, while Terri remained in South Bend to finish nursing school before returning home to Chicago. “I didn’t know where this relationship was going or if it was going to last outside of Indiana,” says Terri. “A few days before he left, I asked Steven if we could go to The Grotto at Notre Dame to light a candle. Lighting a candle in the Catholic faith is like giving a prayer and hoping it lasts forever.” The couple’s prayers held strong. Only two years later, the couple found themselves at The Grotto again except this time, Steven was down on one knee. “It was the perfect place to officially start forever,” says Terri.
While much of Terri’s inspiration came from online resources and magazines, she was also inspired by the beautiful campus of her alma mater—the location of her ceremony—and all the good memories she had there. “I wanted a spring wedding with light colors and beautiful florals,” she says. “We are also from different cultures and I wanted to honor both sides by showcasing them. I dreamt of having a classic wedding ceremony and a party reception that would have people dancing throughout the night.”
Terri had dreamt about her wedding since she was five, so finding the perfect gown for the big day that had finally arrived was important. Spying her dream gown online, she was happy to learn that the only bridal salon in the Midwest that carried the Galia Lahav “Loretta” gown was in Chicago. “I made an appointment as soon as I could,” Terri recalls. “My mom and I were met with excellent service with women who knew the bridal industry and never once made me feel pressured. I told my bridal consultant about the Galia Lahav dress and how I found it on Pinterest. When she brought it out, I knew it was the one.”
Terri envisioned a classic wedding that spoke innocence and romance. She found the perfect backdrop with the Century Center in South Bend. Terri says, “I thought that their ballrooms were perfect canvases for me and for Laura (of MichaelAngelos Events) to create the perfect reception venue. The coordinator, Kimberly, was so kind and helpful during the process. It made planning a breeze. Inspired by the colors of blush and champagne, the venue’s décor featured white frilled tulips, white and blush sweet peas, Gem Spray Roses, Sahara Roses, peonies, clematis, willow and jasmine, giving Terri and Steven the classically romantic wedding of their dreams. “It was simply amazing, and I was so grateful I chose the vendors because they worked well together,” says Terri.
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