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Welcome to the White Quill Blog—your one stop shop for wedding planning tips + inspiration. Because, as a 6w5 with over 100 weddings under my belt, my number one goal is to make sure you're prepared in advance so you can live your wedding day to its fullest.

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Bride and groom snuggle close at sunset

I’ll let you in on a little secret. This gorgeous fall wedding at Mercantile Hall was never supposed to happen.

I had plans to second shoot this adorable couple for Ed and Aileen Photography on March 28th, 2020. But Illinois’ “Stay at Home” order had other plans in mind.

They weren’t able to have the wedding they’d been dreaming of. But they did have a marriage license. Since the world was full of uncertainties, they went ahead and got married on their original date. Their best man and maid of honor stood by their side (6 feet away) and family members celebrated via Zoom.

7 months later, they finally got to celebrate with family and friends at Mercantile Hall.

Like all COVID couples, postponing brought on a new series of challenges. The biggest one? Their original wedding venue not being available for their new date. That’s how this March wedding in Illinois became an October wedding in Wisconsin. But this couple took all the challenges in stride.

They were able to honor their original wedding—like the groom wearing a jacket with their original date.

They also embraced the changes—like serving up cans of FVCK COVID and sneaking out at sunset to take their *pregnancy announcement* photos.


Pro-tip for brides in their first trimester: order opaque bridal tumblers from Etsy, like these or these. They are a great way to sip on “champagne” all day if you’re still keeping it a secret from your wedding party. And for speeches during dinner? Your bartender can make a convincing champagne look-alike out of ginger ale & juice.


This Mercantile Hall wedding wasn’t the day they’d originally planned. But it just goes to show that the important thing is being able to get married & celebrate with your loved ones.

Groom and groomsmen sit at the bar in matching t-shirts while watching sports
Bartender hands groom a can of beer titled "FVCK COVID"
Bartender pours the groom a beer
Groom fixes his tie
Groom shows off his suit jacket's custom embroidery
Bride taps Groom on the shoulder before their first look in front of a blue wall
Couple share a first look on their wedding day
Groom kisses bride in front of a blue wall
Bride laughs while wiping lipstick off of groom
Bride and groom laugh in front of an ivy wall
Bride and groom laugh in front of an ivy wall
Couple snuggle close on a fire escape in front of a wall of ivy
Couple kiss on a fire escape in front of a wall of ivy
Bride walks down the aisle with her father at Mercantile Hall
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Mercantile Hall
Bride and Groom kiss at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Mercantile Hall
Bride and Groom kiss at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Mercantile Hall
Bride shows off her wedding band to her bridesmaids
Bride admires her new wedding band
Couple pose for photos in a mini-RV with the license plate "Happy"
Bride and Groom take pregnancy announcement photos with a onesie that reads "I came just in time to crash this wedding"
Newly married couple snuggle close at sunset
Bride's father delivers a toast at Mercantile Hall
Bride's father delivers a toast at Mercantile Hall
Groom's father delivers a toast at Mercantile Hall
Maid of Honor delivers a toast at Mercantile Hall
Best man delivers a toast at Mercantile Hall
Couple laughs during their wedding toasts at Mercantile Hall
Couple dips during their first dance at Mercantile Hall
Couple shares first dance at Mercantile Hall
Bride and her father share a dance at Mercantile Hall
Groom and his mother share a dance at Mercantile Hall
Couple dances at their Mercantile Hall wedding reception
Couple kisses during sparkler exit
Couple snuggles close with sparklers

Hey, I’m Chelsea

Growing up, I had big dreams of being a writer—but one screenwriting seminar over mac and cheese pizza changed everything. Now, with a film degree and over 100 weddings under my belt, I get to tell your real-life stories (and, trust me, they put my made-up ones to shame). 

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