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MEET Jordan

Hello, Gorgeous! 
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. 
Whether you are a bride, a momma, or a creative entrepreneur I hope you will find this as an inspiring place. So grab a glass of wine or the coffee you have re-warmed more than once today, kick up your feet, and stay awhile! I am so happy you are here! 

Hannah + Jordan | Augustana College + Figge Art Museum Wedding | Quad Cities Wedding | Featured On TheKnot!

Ever After Love Stories

Hannah + Jordan | June 2017

Ever After Planning Weddings + Events Augustana College + Figge Art Museum Wedding | Quad Cities Wedding | Featured On TheKnot!

Clients like Hannah and Jordan make me love my job even more. I think after reading their story you will understand why!
I am so incredibly humbled {and excited!} to announce that their wedding has been featured on TheKnot!

The Proposal

From Hannah “Jordan and I both attended Augustana College, but never met until our senior year when we were studying abroad in East Asia. We met in a city called Matsuyama in Japan when he started up a conversation with me during a night out with friends. I’d been feeling homesick for the first couple weeks of the trip, and as soon as we started talking I had this unmistakable feeling of being at home. I’d never felt so comfortable with a person I’d just met.

We were in Tokyo the next weekend and he invited me to go to Disneyland with his friends. Our first kiss was that night and have been together ever since. We spent the first few months of dating traveling through Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, with a stop in Hawaii before heading home to finish our senior year together!

After 5 years of dating, Jordan proposed on December 17, 2015 in Chicago in front of our first apartment. I came home from work to find a bouquet of flowers, photos from throughout our relationship, and a love letter that told me to meet him outside. I found him on the lakefront path and he got down on one knee. We were married exactly a year and a half later – June 17, 2017!”

Getting Ready

We began the day of their wedding getting ready at Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport Iowa. Hannah + Jordan wanted their looks to be classic and chic. Hannah always knew she wanted a gown that was a little bit unique, a style she hadn’t seen another bride in. She was drawn to dresses with interesting detailing and sleeves. Her gown was embroidered lace with soft sequin and beading, form-fitting with sheer cutouts at the waist, an open back, and short sleeves.

As soon as she tried it on she could see their entire wedding, Jordan looking handsome in his tux, and she teared up. She knew it was the dress for her. Hannah wore her hair up in a low up-do to show off the back of the dress with a sheer chapel length veil. She wore art deco-style moonstone earrings, a gold bracelet that her grandma gave her mom for her 16th birthday, and another gold bracelet that her great-grandmother wore at her wedding. Jordan wore a classic black peak lapel tux and bow tie.

Hannah’s wedding gift to him was a pair of gold cuff links engraved with the Augustana College crest and a black leather and gold watch from Coach. “There’s nothing better than a cute guy in a great tux.” says Hannah.

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Ever After Planning Weddings + Events Augustana College + Figge Art Museum Wedding | Quad Cities Wedding | Featured On TheKnot!

Their wedding day was full of heartfelt details. True, honest heartfelt details. Jordan’s gift to Hannah that morning, was one that did not leave a dry eye in the room. He had a music box made for her, that when you wind it up, plays their song of their first dance. Hannah gifted Jordan a Coach watch, that will become a family heirloom for sure.

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Hannah got ready with all of her girls in their suite, and seeing all of them spend time together was such a sweet site.

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The First Look

Hannah + Jordan had their first look in the front of Hotel Blackhawk on the gorgeous staircase. We had Hannah come down from the top of the staircase and meet Jordan at the bottom. Yet again, there wasn’t a dry eye around.

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The Ceremony

Their ceremony took place on campus at the Ascension Chapel at Augustana College. This provided them with the perfect opportunity to re-visit their favorite places and locations on campus, as well as visit the Bell Tower. Legend at Augie has it that if you kiss under the bell tower, you will get married! Hannah and Jordan probably imagined what this would one day look like, and here they are.

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The ceremony was in Ascension Chapel at Augustana College. Its vaulted ceilings and stained glass are so gorgeous that we only added a floral arrangement in front of the altar. The chapel is not air conditioned so we provided paper folding fans, inspired by Japanese fans we purchased while studying abroad, and cold cans of LaCroix (Jordan’s favorite!) to help our guests keep cool.

The Reception

After their ceremony, the couple headed back to the Figge Art Museum, where a rain storm had just begin to roll in. However, this rain storm made for gorgeous outdoor photos at the venue.

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The reception was held at the Figge Art Museum, a beautiful modern space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio overlooking the Mississippi. We kept the decor simple and reflective of our color palette – white linens and florals, greenery on every table, gold accessories, and lots of candlelight. Amber uplighting added warmth to the space. Hannah worked with their florist to choose florals that had the romantic look she was going for but would hold up well in the summer heat – Italian ruscus, Blizzard roses, and white lisianthus. I love the current trend of greenery and incorporated that into their bouquets and centerpieces with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus.

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Jordan’s aunt actually made their cake and deserts, how gorgeous?!

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Hannah + Jordan also adore pie, so it was only fitting that they also have a taste of their favorite pie from Bang Bang Pie as well!

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They had a cocktail hour with passed appetizers followed by speeches, then we opened up four food stations for guests to visit – a mac and cheese bar, a chef-manned salad station, a slider bar, and fruit display. Seating was not assigned to encourage guests to mingle and we offered a mix of roundtables, high boys, and soft seating through the venue. Everyone loved the casual food options and Hannah + Jordan received so many compliments that the night felt more like a fun party than a reception – exactly what they were shooting for!

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Fun fact

Hannah was working at Nike before the wedding, so after their first dance, Hannah changed into a pair of gold and white limited edition Nike Air Max 90 laser engraved with Chicago imagery – a nod to her 5 year career at Nike and her home city! Jordan changed into a pair of Jordan 11s. They were so comfortable and they was getting compliments on the dance floor all night.

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The Wedding Video

Whenever I get the honor to work with Ashley and Brian of Higuchi Productions, I know that I am bound to get tears in my eyes when I see the video. Hannah and Jordan’s wedding video is no exception to that..

Hannah & Jordan Wedding Highlight Film from Higuchi Productions on Vimeo.

We asked Hannah + Jordan “Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?”

“Get things done early! Try to have everything locked in by a week out so you can spend the final days leading up to your wedding relaxing and getting excited, rather than completing last minute tasks. Hire a day of coordinator! Little things are bound to come up or go wrong and having a go-to person gave us a lot of piece of mind. Don’t feel like you have to follow a specific formula or include any traditions that aren’t special to you. We felt like we were taking a risk by hosting a cocktail-style reception rather than a sit-down dinner, but it worked out perfectly.  We received so many compliments that the night felt more like a party than a reception – exactly what we were shooting for!”

Kind words from Hannah and Jordan…

We hired Jordan quite late in our planning process, about two months out from our wedding day. We realized that we would need some extra help executing our day after debating whether we needed a wedding coordinator for a long time. I’m so happy we made the decision to add Jordan to our vendor team! Jordan was kind, knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. She put together a foolproof timeline (even our videographer was complimenting us on it!), spent countless extra hours with us in the days before the wedding. Sorting out last minute details, and even saved the day in providing the perfect chairs for our head table when we realized we were short. Jordan solved problems before I even knew they existed – like when a glass of red wine was spilt on the cake table shortly before the cutting. My dad sat back in awe as Jordan sourced a new tablecloth out of nowhere and steamed it within minutes. I didn’t even know this happened until he told me the story eight weeks after our wedding! From steaming my veil to sending me down the aisle, Jordan made me feel taken care of as a bride. I was more relaxed because I knew that Jordan was there to manage any issues and help everything run smoothly. It’s obvious that Jordan loves her job and cares deeply about her clients. I can’t imagine what our wedding would have been like without her help!

Vendor Love

To all of the creative vendors who came together to form a team on pulling together this beautiful day for Hannah and Jordan, I love you forever. Their day would not have been the same without each of you.

Coordination and Production: Jordan of Ever After Planning/ Photography: Lindsey Kay Photography / Videography: Higuchi Productions / Florals: Flowers By Staacks/ Hair and Make Up: The Spa at Hotel Blackhawk/ Bride’s Dress: BHLDN/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo/ Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux/ Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Blackhawk/ Ceremony Venue: Ascension Chapel at Augustana College/ Reception Venue: Figge Art Musuem/ DJ: Style Matters/ Pies: Bang Bang Pies/ Cake: Wedding Cake Connection/ Photobooth: Fun On The Run/ Uplighting: Rent My Wedding/

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  1. Gabby

    October 30th, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I love that they met in Japan. What are the odds of finding your soulmate so far from home, right? Also, I love that you interview or ask your couples some questions that you then add to the blog post. It really makes it so much more personal!

  2. Renee

    October 30th, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    What a gorgeous couple and a fun and elegant wedding! Congrats on The Knot feature – well deserved!

  3. Rachel

    October 31st, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    What a gorgeous couple and a gorgeous day! She totally reminds me of Rory from Gilmore Girls so this feels like I’m watching a happy alternate ending for her! ha!

  4. Lindsay Bishop

    November 15th, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Wow! Such lovely and thoughtful details. And that venue is breathtaking!

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