Andrew + Mark | Chestnut Mountain Wedding | Galena, Illinois

October 2, 2021

Andrew and Mark each had two loves in their lives – each other and their fandoms. With one side representing Star Trek and the other, Harry Potter, their wedding was a true melding of the most beautiful melting pot (or cauldron!). Between the entire wedding party crying while Andrew and Mark read the most beautiful, touching, and eloquent vows I’ve ever heard and their fabulous dance moves at the end of the night, it was truly a beautiful time! Chestnut Mountain provided a lovely outdoor space with a stunning backdrop for the entire thing and it just couldn’t have been any better. My favorite part of being welcomed into this wedding was the way everyone was already a member of their family. There are just some groups that make you feel like you grew up with them and these two were truly it. The respect and adoration they show one another is a real-life love story and I tear up now just writing this. A truly inspiring couple! Not to mention, their centerpieces were completely custom made – OUT OF BOARD GAMES! The ideas are not only genius, but they show just how much time and thought went into their special day and it’s such a great reflection of their love.


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