Sherry & Tim’s Wedding | Patrick Haley Masion | Joliet

After forging our way through tornado-like weather and downpours I’ve never seen before, all those invited made it out for a beautiful wedding on Sunday the 17th. Sherry informed me she wrote the entire ceremony and I’ll admit, it brought a tear to my eye (don’t tell anyone) 😉 A bridesmaid did notice, however. It’s now all over the internet..

Outside looking in w/ uplighting

Outside looking in w/ uplighting

Being my first time to the Patrick Haley Mansion, it definitely stood out among other venues not only for the overall elegance and beautifully draped cathedral ceilings, but also for the professionalism of the staff. While the staff were younger, they were undoubtedly professionally trained and I noticed this immediately when I sat down— a nice change from other venues with a younger staff, they were upbeat, and on-task.

Patrick Haley Mansion

Ceremony Setup

Another beneficial element of this venue is the fact that the ceremony and reception areas are in the same room, yet separated without cramping-in guests. This is an added benefit when considering guests don’t have to go far to enjoy cocktail hour and good conversation upon its conclusion.

For intros the bride and groom walked in to “Chelsea’s Dagger” with a Harley engine effect played just before they entered. The bridal party entered through French doors and a beautiful staircase, easily viewable by all the guests. The party then went into toasts after sitting at their “grand” head table which was different than your typical head table by adding a slight angle in the middle which not only accented the bride and groom, but also highlighted the entire bridal party. Toasts were also easily manageable and I’m sure the photographers, Corlis and Megan with Gray Photography, were able to get some great shots of the bride and groom with a fairy-tale background.

The food was amazing as they served both chicken and a nice filet. Dinner was professionally served quickly, but not rushed, and the guests enjoyed the bar on the mezzanine level close to the dining area which also offers a cat-walk-esque view of the entire ballroom!

Dancing took place where the ceremony was held and the actual dance floor was on the larger side, but not too big considering the number of guests this venue holds. We accented the dancefloor, ceremony and venue with 20 purple wireless LED uplights, although there were plenty of outlets throughout for “corded” uplights..convenient! The white walls reflected the purple nicely while still holding a feel of elegance and grandeur.

This room also provided a nice backdrop for first dances and a great party afterwards. Special thanks to Jan-the general manager- whom also helped us line up the bridal party and took charge throughout the evening ensuring her clients and their guests were having a great time. –Check out a quick video recap below!

By | 2016-10-18T02:53:51+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Categories: Weddings|0 Comments

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