Tom & Jori tied the knot in Illinois at Orchard Ridge Farms on August 6th, 2016.

A wedding couple posing in a field

"I was so excited yet nervous at the same time to have our first dance in front of 200 guests. We had a band but for the first song we sent them the track we used to practice. Funny story, they accidentally played the wrong version BUT I conquered my letting go of leading and Tom led the way smoothly, without any hesitation and we were still able to do our awesome dip at the end! We laughed it off and threw our fists in the air. No one even noticed but us. I even joked to Tom, "Cathy would be SO PROUD OF US!" at the end of it. :) Although - I can't wait to see the video because my face was probably priceless from a look of "uh oh, what next?!' for a few seconds once I realized it was a different track ! Our band was amazing though and we danced all night! The energy, rush and excitement was so thrilling after the dance!"

Tom & Jori danced to "You are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne.

Couple dipping and kissing during their first dance at their wedding.

What was your favorite part of taking dance lessons for the wedding? 

"We loved dancing and laughing with Cathy! She made our experience so much fun. Oh, and we loved the beer, wine and jellybeans."

What insight or knowledge can you share with other couples who are taking dance lessons for their wedding? 

"Laugh, soak up the moment and just have a great time. Your practice will pay off!"

Couple doing their first dance

Venue: Orchard Ridge Farms

Catering: Henrici's Catering

Photography: WS Photography

Entertainment: Bluewater Kings Band

First Dance: Ballroom Dance Chicago

Cake: Sweet Velvet Cake Company

Sweets: Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe

Event Production/Florist: Event Florals

Additional Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

Videographer:  LEAP Weddings

Dress: Reddington Bridal

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s Attire: Macy's

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