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Real Wedding | Shannon & Stephen

Bride: Shannon Rusch
Groom: Stephen Rusch
Wedding gown style: Lillian
Wedding date: October 26, 2013
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Bride Chicago 
Location: Chicago, IL
Photographer:  Kate Miller Photography

First things first, where did you meet your husband?  How did you know he was the one?

Steve and I met in high school when we were 16 years old. We met through mutual friends and always had a great connection. We finally started dating in college when I went to his school to visit for the weekend and the rest is history! I always knew in my heart that Steve and I would get married some day.

How did he propose? Tell us the story!

Steve proposed on a beautiful summer day in Chicago. We started off the night by going to Buckingham fountain because it is one of my favorite places in they city. He brought cupcakes from my favorite bakery and when I opened the box I saw my gorgeous ring inside. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?

Vera Wang was the first and only place that I shopped for my wedding gown. I have always dreamed of wearing a Vera Wang gown on my big day. I got an appointment during one of the trunk shows that the boutique was having and I instantly fell in love with the Lillian gown the second I put it on. My gown captured everything I dreamed of in a wedding dress!

                                                How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?

To accessorize my gown I wore pearls given to me by my grandmother as a child. Other jewelry I wore included a diamond tennis bracelet borrowed from my mom and an antique diamond ring from the 1900’s borrowed from my mother in law. I topped off the look with some beautiful Jimmy Choo’s.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?

Our theme for the wedding was rustic with a Celtic twist. Green has always been my favorite color and just happened to be the color of the year as well, so we incorporated green tones in the bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and various décor. We used Celtic knots on our wedding logo and on an ice sculpture as well. We tried to incorporate as many personal details as we could to make our day extra special. Some of our favorite personal touches included using my moms veil to make church pew decorations, an all green candy bar featuring our favorite candies, and Lou Malnati’s pizza passed on the dance floor as late night snacks.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding?

I incorporated a cathedral length Vera Wang veil into my look for the day. I also accessorized my dress with a sage green velvet sash by Vera Wang. When I was 10 years old I cut out a picture from a magazine of a model in a Vera Wang gown wearing that same exact sash. I was so happy that I got to wear it on my wedding day.

 Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?

I did! My something old was an antique ring from the 1900’s borrowed from my mother in law. My something new was my Jimmy Choo’s and of course my dress! My something borrowed was my mom’s diamond tennis bracelet. My something blue was a piece of my dad’s blue dress shirt, cut out in the shape of a heart, and sewn into my gown. Also, my toes were painted blue! 

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?

You don’t have to try on hundreds of dresses! I know a lot of brides want the experience of trying on a ton of gowns but I bought my dress at the first place I went to and it was the second dress I tried on. Once I had it on, I knew it was the one and there was no way that I could top it. 

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?

My favorite part of the day was definitely getting to share this special time in our lives with all of our family and friends who care about us. Everyone had a smile on their face the entire day and that is exactly what we wanted.


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