Ever After: Grace Marsh & Marcus Maier

By / Weddings / September 21, 2017

In the fall of 2015, Grace Marsh thought something was amiss with her boyfriend of two years, Marcus Maier.

“He had been acting really weird for a couple of weeks, and I honestly felt like he was going to break up with me,” remembers Marsh, 28, senior publicist at Zapwater Communications. But then, one November afternoon, Maier, 27, a PA student at the University of Evansville, took Marsh to brunch at bellyQ (1400 W. Randolph) — where they had met nearly three years prior — and got down on one knee.

Prairie Street Brewing Company (200 Prairie, Rockford) was the perfect space for the country-meets-city feel Marsh wanted for their early summer nuptials; and wooden flower box centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, lavender roses, pink astilbe, curly willow and garden roses from Marsh’s family-owned Deininger Floral Shop, made the event a family affair.

But Marsh’s favorite moment was the exchanging of letters between her and Maier the morning of the ceremony. “The day was such a blur, and catching those nerves before the big day was something that I really wanted to remember forever.”


Photos by Ellie Cole

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown & veil: THEIA for BHLDN, BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com

Bride’s jewelry: Samantha Wills necklace and Marchesa earrings, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Elite Design Team Salon & Day Spa, 401 W. Meadows, Freeport, Elitedesignteam.com; Arch Apothecary, 214 E. State, Rockford, Archapothecary.com

Groom’s attire: BLVDier, 211 N. Green; Blvdier.com

Bridesmaids’ gowns: BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com

Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 918 W. Armitage; Theblacktux.com

Rings: Frank Jewelers, 19 E. Stephenson, Freeport; Frankjewelers.com

Floral: bouquet of white peonies with lavender roses, stock flower, white garden roses, purple lisanthus, purple freesia and pink astilbe, Deininger Floral Shop, 1 W. Main, Freeport; Deiningerfloralshop.com

Cake: Boston cream and churro cake, Sugarjones, 3600 E. State, Rockford; Sugarjonesinc.com

Sweets: mini cupcakes, cake truffles and Rice Krispy Treats, Sugar Jones Bakery, 3600 E. State, Rockford; Sugarjonesinc.com


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