Throwback Tuesday – Bethany & Allyus’ Local Love Story

Bethany and Allyus are one of the amazing couples that were featured in our April 2019 issue. Most of the submissions we receive are from the bride’s perspective, so it was refreshing to feature a story from the groom’s point of view. We loved it so much that we just couldn’t resist sharing it on the blog, too!

Bethany & Allyus, married 9.2.18. Photographer: Amanda Genenbacher

From Allyus:

Bethany and I met in high school, but it took a few years for us to begin dating. Her best friend lived across the street from me growing up, so we were friends, but I had no way of knowing what would eventually become of us. We got married in September of 2018, but we’ve been together now for eight years.

Our relationship took off in college at the University of Missouri. What has always struck me about Bethany is her kindness, her ability to always make me laugh and her selflessness when it comes to her friends and family. She makes time for everyone, no matter what they need. We share a connection and are able to speak to one another in a way that I didn’t know was possible prior to our relationship.

Our dedication to each other became critical when Bethany decided to move to St. Augustine, Florida, in order to attend graduate school there for occupational therapy. We both worried about spending time away from one another. Dating long distance, as many know, is an incredible challenge, even for the strongest couples. Luckily, I was able to find a job in St. Augustine, and we agreed to move together and begin a new chapter in our lives.

I proposed on Vilano Beach in Florida. After suggesting we go to the beach near sunset and arranging an entire day’s worth of activities for us, Bethany had a fairly good idea of what I was planning. Proposing is nerve racking even when you know the answer is going to be yes. You hope everything goes perfectly and there are so many things I wanted to say. When I got the ring out of my pocket, I was only halfway my “speech” when she nervously said “Aren’t you supposed to get down on one knee?” I busted out laughing, and so did she. My anxiety melted away, and something that I had rehearsed so many times in my head became a moment consisting of us laughing and smiling. I knew a local photographer at the time, and got him to walk around the beach incognito for me that day. When the moment came, he snapped pictures of the proposal with the ocean waves in the background. I got down on one knee to say the most important words of the proposal, despite Bethany’s hope I would do it sooner. It was indeed perfect.

We now live in Longmont, Colorado, which is 45 minutes north of Denver. Since moving there after Bethany completed grad school, we have continued to flourish. Bethany is my hiking buddy and my closest confidant. Each adventure we take and life choice we make only strengthens my belief that we found each other for a reason. I can’t imagine life without her.

When it came time for us to tie the knot we faced obstacles. Our families still live in the Midwest, so we felt that would be the best place for us to get married. However, planning an event of that magnitude from Colorado was extremely difficult. We had to make the most of each of our trips back home in the months leading up to the wedding. We met with everyone that we could, scouted venues and had the bridal shower, but our friends and family helped ease the burden of the planning process. Our advice to anyone planning a wedding would be not to try and do it all yourself. Relinquish the reins, and allow your friends and family to help. The help you may receive could be immeasurable.

Our wedding day was everything we hoped it would be. We really wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and fun event to celebrate our love and friendship. People warned us that it would be a hectic day, and to stop and take mental notes of our favorite parts. We are so grateful for the memories of that lovely day we will cherish throughout our lifetime.

Venue: Lake Hill Winery – Carthage, IL. 217-357-267,

Photography: Amanda Genenbacher Photography – 217-257-3184,,

Florist: Right Touch Florals – 217-936-2452

Dessert: Underbrinks Bakery – 217-222-1831

DJ: Rustin Lippincott, Purple Star Entertainment –

Hair: Megan Waller at Morgan Creek Villa & Day Spa – 217-224-8268,

Makeup: Kellie Gilbert at Simply Lovely Salon – (217) 641-2555 ,

Dress: Luv Bridal Denver – (303) 339-0093,
Donna Beth Creations (Denver)- (303) 861-1688,,

Suits: The Groomsman Suit, +1 (773) 303-6006,

Throwback Tuesday – Tayler & Blake’s Local Love Story

Tayler and Blake’s wedding was featured in January 2019. Enjoy this “blast from the past” blog post about their big day! 

Tayler + Blake, married 12.18.18. Photographer: Courtney Dueppengiesser

From Tayler: 

Tayler and Blake met at HyVee grocery store in Quincy when Blake would bag Tayler’s family’s groceries every Sunday. They both attended Quincy High School but finally connected after one Sunday grocery trip. Their first date was in February 2011 at Casino Lanes Bowling Alley in Quincy. Blake challenged Tayler that the loser had to kiss the winner. Either way, one of them was getting kissed that night. Blake walked Tayler to her front door where they shared their first kiss. Blake proposed to Tayler on October 7th, 2016 while hiking St. Mary’s Glacier in Colorado.

Almost 8 years together now and on December 8th, 2018, the two finally tied the knot! Tayler had always dreamt of a Winter Hallmark- inspired Christmas wedding. The couple was graced with a light blanket of snow on the day of their wedding. The ceremony was held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy. The aisles lined with close friends and family members.

The bride wore a satin Justin Alexander mermaid gown and was escorted down the aisle by her father to the music of the harpist. The bridesmaids wore Sorella Vita black assorted style gowns. The groomsmen wore grey tuxedos with black ties to match their maids. The bouquets were full of white peonies, anemones, and winter greens. For the reception, the event was held at Town and Country Inn in Quincy. The bride chose silver and gold decorations to accompany various winter greens. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with the glow of lights everywhere you looked. Tayler’s father’s toast had his entire audience in tears. It showcased
the strong bond the two share. When it was time for dancing, Tayler switched in to a tea-length Allure Bridals dress with
statement red Christmas bow heels. The night was full of love, laughter, and all of the warm and cozy Christmas feels!

VIDEOGRAPHER: The Film Jar; Quincy, IL.

CEREMONY: Blessed Sacrament Church; Quincy, IL.

RECEPTION VENUE: Town and Country Inn and Suites; Quincy, IL. BRIDAL WEAR: White Traditions Bridal House; St. Charles, MO. HAIR & MAKEUP: Changes Salon and Spa; Quincy, IL. TUXEDOS: Schuecking’s Mens Wear; Quincy, IL. FLORIST: Lavish Floral Design; Quincy, IL. DJ: Mike Howerton Entertainment; Quincy, IL. HARPIST: Sarah Javaux Music. STATIONERY: Ali Taylor Studio. TRANSPORTATION: Valentine’s Xpress; Quincy, IL CAKE: Underbrink’s Bakery; Quincy, IL. COOKIES: Sara Kapp. FROZEN YOGURT: TCBY; Quincy, IL. RINGS: Sturhahn Jewelers; Quincy, IL. WEDDING PLANNER: Sara Elizabeth Weddings; Quincy, IL.

Where are they now? Baby Nothold arrived in October 2019! 

Photo: Justine Wright Photography

8 Ways Instagram Can Help You Plan Your Wedding

Pinterest has been the go-to app for wedding planning for almost a decade, but recently, Instagram has become an excellent tool to utilize when planning your big day, too. Here are 8 creative ways to utilize the app that you may not have thought of! 

  1. You can follow wedding magazines and blogs for inspiration.

If you’re someone who doesn’t quite know what you want your wedding to look like, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Following wedding planners, magazines, and bloggers on Instagram is a great way to get inspired! Even if you’ve had your color scheme and tablescape planned since the moment you got engaged, seeing firsthand what other people did for their weddings may give you ideas you never would’ve thought of otherwise. 

2.  The “bookmark” feature is your bff. 

Scrolling through your feed and found an idea you love from one of those wedding bloggers we mentioned above? Instead of flooding your camera roll with screenshots that’ll take forever to find, bookmark them and you’ll be able to pull them up at a moment’s notice. 

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

3. Connect with vendors. 

Most vendors you’ll need are using Instagram to promote their businesses. If you see a wedding you love on your feed, chances are the vendors will be tagged. Follow them and look through their pictures to see if their work is something you’d truly be interested in, then you can shoot them a DM and let them know you’re looking to hire them for your special day!

4. Influencer discounts.

If you found the shoes you want to wear down the aisle or some makeup you want to include in your bridesmaids favors via Instagram, chances are the influencer that posted them has a discount or affiliate code to go with it. These codes usually get you anywhere from 10-20% off. Use this and save some cash! 

5. Pick up some pointers from the professionals. 

Not only will wedding bloggers and planners offer tips and tricks, but so will people in other areas of expertise. Skincare professionals, fitness influencers, hairstylists and makeup artists also offer information that may be valuable in preparation for your big day! 

6. Check out different hashtags. 

Looking for the perfect hairstyle, picture poses or makeup look? There’s a hashtag for everything on Instagram! Just use the ‘”tags” filter when typing into the search bar and thousands of photos under that tag will be at your fingertips. Not to mention, you may find the perfect hashtag for your wedding photos! 

7. Tag your friends and fiancé in posts to share your ideas. 

Found a photo on your feed you want to recreate or the cutest wedding favors? Tag your maid of honor or fiancé to share your thoughts with the tap of a button. 

8. Figure out what you don’t want.

While Instagram is an excellent way to get inspiration for things you want to incorporate in your own wedding, it’s also a great way to discover things you may not want. You can use the bookmarks feature to keep examples of these things to share with your vendors so they can bring your perfect vision to life! 


Planning A Budget-Friendly Wedding

We get it, planning a wedding is expensive. However, there are little things you can do along the way to save some dough. Here are our tips for planning a beautiful wedding on a budget! 

  1. Set a budget and stick to it.

If you know how much you have to spend right off the bat, you will be less tempted to spend more than that. 

2. Prioritize! 

Decide what you want to invest in and what you can be frugal about. Every bride has something they want to splurge on, like a designer gown or an incredible photographer. Decide where you want to cut costs, whether it be the cake or party favors. Your wallet will thank you later! 

3. DIY’s are your BFF. 

Put those Pinterest boards to use! Gather your bridesmaids and grab a bottle of wine and make a night out of it — centerpieces, table numbers, seating chart cards…the opportunities are endless! 

4. Utilize Amazon and Etsy. 

Both websites have incredible deals and the ability to buy in bulk. Perfect for wedding favors, flower girl dresses and décor!

5. Limit your guest list.

The bigger the wedding, the bigger the price tag. Shaving your guest list down to only include friends and family will cut costs. Less people in attendance will leave you with less mouths to feed and more space. You may even consider a Micro-Wedding, like the ones local vendor Sara Elizabeth Weddings plans. 

6. Make your own desserts.

You can still uphold tradition with a classic wedding cake, but having one large enough to feed every guest can get pricey. Opt for a smaller cake to share with your spouse and make your own cupcakes or cookies for your guests! 

Photo: McDonald Video & Photography

7. Have a limited bar.

Most couples want to treat their guests to an open bar, but the bill can rack up quickly. Offering a limited bar with beer, wine, and a couple of signature cocktails is a good way to keep your guests happy without breaking the bank. 

8. Be creative with your location.

Traditional settings can be rather pricey, so get creative! You can have a beautiful ceremony or reception in a venue you wouldn’t expect. 

9. Utilize connections. 

If you have a friend or family member who specializes in an area of wedding expertise, they may give you a discounted rate. If not, ask around to find out if any of your loved ones know a vendor who offers good deals. 

10. Come to QAB’s Wedding Expo! 

Many of the area’s best vendors attend our expo and are ready to book clients just like you! Many of these vendors offer special rates exclusive to our expo. This year’s expo will take place the weekend of January 10th-12th. Look out for more information on our website!