Wedding 101: Geneva Weddings

Once you’re engaged, booking your wedding vendors will become one of your biggest undertakings. Luckily, there are many local area small businesses just like TWA to help make your life a little easier!

During the week we hold consultations in Downtown Geneva, and spend many of our weekends photographing weddings there as well! We’ve fallen in love with the area and we’re fortunate enough to work with some of the very best local vendors in our community and even consider them friends. 

When buying locally, you not only invest in where you live but you support local jobs and encourage community. Here are three of our many favorite local Geneva vendors! 

Sugar Path

Located in historic downtown Geneva, Illinois, The Sugar Path is a boutique bakery specializing in vintage desserts with an innovative flair. The Sugar Path started as a farmer’s market stand and grew to its current location. Owned by two sisters, Michelle and Nina, the bakery was inspired by their childhood. Growing up in a small Midwestern town surrounded by cornfields they were fortunate to be raised in a large extended family with their grandparents close by. 

They lived the meaning of “Food is Love” and that amazing attitude would form the people they became in life and the type of business they run today.

Avant Gardenia

Avant Gardenia has been in beautifying weddings and events since 2009. The owner, Jenna, worked during high school and college at her grandparents’ local flower shop, which they happily owned for 35 wonderful years! Their team is dedicated to understanding your personal style and taste so that your wedding decor reflects you. 

What makes Avant Gardenia special is the level of quality design and over-the-top personal service. Rest assured that the person with whom you are meeting to discuss your vision and designs with is also the person who is hands-on in the execution of those designs. Therefore, it is unquestionable that the look and flowers you are expecting is what you and your guests will get to enjoy on your wedding day.

Veiled in Elegance

Veiled In Elegance brings high-quality bridal gowns and unique accessories to brides in order to make them look and feel their most beautiful on their wedding day. Located in Geneva, IL, Veiled In Elegance began in 1995 as a bridal accessory shop offering custom veils and headpieces. Jewelry and shoes naturally followed. When deciding what designers to carry in the shop, they look for high-quality silk fabrics and lace, with couture construction and fit. They also search for designers who provide all this at an affordable price to brides. The gowns have a simple, classic and elegant look that is timeless yet modern. Their veils, headpieces, and jewelry are all custom-made to compliment any gown. They have an intimate setting and provide personal attention throughout the planning process.

Geneva Bride

Okay, so we know this isn’t a wedding vendor, but we thought we should mention them anyway. Geneva Bride is a merchant association founded in 2007 by a small group of dedicated Geneva wedding businesses. From these modest beginnings grew an impressive network of wedding vendors working together to make planning and celebrating more fun and efficient for couples. Members specialize in wedding products and services, including: music, sweets, attire, flowers, hotel, invitations, jewelry, photography, planning, beauty, transportation, travel, and venues.

Geneva Bride hosts an annual wedding walk in downtown Geneva, IL, as well as a year-round resource for brides and grooms via our online platforms, including: weekly blog, monthly newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest boards. They are a local resource dedicated to helping couples plan and realize their unique wedding days.


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Timothy Whaley is a 3rd generation photojournalist. His father, along with his grandfather, a Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, passed down a love for telling stories through pictures.

Mr. Whaley has taken this passion and assembled a small group of award-winning photographers who are dedicated to providing couples with excellence and care. Visit us at to learn more.