On December 22, 2017, we had the pleasure of welcoming Bonnie and Logan VanProyen’s 165 guests to our charming space where they chose to host their reception. Bonnie and Logan fell in love with the secluded rustic charm and exceptional service that Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club offers. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of our historic clubhouse made everyone feel right at home from the moment they arrived.
From cocktail hour through dessert, each part of the VanProyens’ celebration was as memorable as they hoped.
The Finer Details of the VanProyens’ Charming Wedding
Personalized Wedding Décor
Whether sitting by the double-sided stone fireplace decorated with old family photos, lights, pinecones and greenery or gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows, guests were enamored by natural beauty that surrounded them and how the VanProyens used their unique style to accentuate it. The 20 acres of natural woodlands were the perfect backdrop to Bonnie and Logan’s wedding vision, and we love how they used white, steel and eggplant linens to bring the outdoors in.
Timothy Whaley & Associates captured the couple’s joy outside under string lights as well as inside under 35-foot vaulted ceilings. Thanks to professional lighting and floral decorations by Phillip’s Flowers, the VanProyens’ wedding vision came to life in beautiful ways that delighted them more than they could have imagined.
Mouthwatering Passed Hors D'oeuvres and Cocktails
When working with Tasty Catering to design a custom menu that everyone would love, Bonnie and Logan wanted to start with appetizers that were unique yet popular. At 6:30pm, guests were treated to these delectable small bites:
- Bacon and cheese baby "reds": red potato cups filled with smoked bacon, chives and cheddar cheese
- Cherry tomatoes with bacon and aioli: crisp bacon, parmesan cheese and garlic aioli-filled cherry tomato
- BBQ bite: mini cornbread topped with BBQ pulled pork and “slaw”
- Smokehouse date: bacon-wrapped date stuffed with cheddar cheese
During the cocktail hour, guests also found a great selection of drinks. House red and white wines as well as domestic beers, sodas and mixers were all available. But Bonnie and Logan also featured some of their favorite drinks, like:
- Elena Walch Pinot Grigio Charton
- La Fleur Bordeaux Rouge
- Barnard-Griffin Riesling
Pleasing Dinner Service
At 7:30pm, guests took a seat for a lovely dinner service. To start off their wonderful meal, they were served a fresh baby spinach salad. This was comprised of seasonal berries, toasted almonds and sweet chili and pickled ginger vinaigrette with balsamic dressing. Tasty Catering then brought out the dairy-free sautéed chicken breast in white wine sauce with parsley and gluten-free petite filet for guests with specific dietary requirements while all others enjoyed their choice of these delicious entrees:
- Petite filet: parmesan crusted with roasted garlic sauce
- Sautéed chicken breast: champagne sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and parsley
- Bone-in pork chop: TC signature stuffed with apple stuffing and cider vinegar
- Eggplant milanese: spinach and copanata stuffed with spicy tomato sauce
Guests’ plates were complete with the addition of perfect sides like:
- Artisan rolls and sliced bread
- Pan roasted fingerling potatoes: with thyme and fried shallots
- Green beans: sautéed with shallots and torn parsley
Thinking of everyone, Bonnie and Logan also requested unique meals for the kids and vendors. From mac & cheese to turkey and brie wraps, there was something for everyone.
Fun Desserts and Entertainment
At 8:30pm, we rolled out Hawaiian Kona coffee for guests to help themselves to as they explored the array of delectable sweet treats. The place card table was flipped to become a candy table, and a stunning variety of pies by B’s Sweet Bites were set out. Bonne and Logan’s taste was on display at the elevated dessert table and in the fun entertainment.
With John LeRose from Party Train in charge of music, guests were full of energy and excitement as they celebrated. We are so glad there was a photo booth provided by Best Booth Plus so all the guests could take home memories of the outstanding party.
When guest depart down our winding road, it is always hard to see them go. But we take great satisfaction in knowing they will never forget the experience they had on our majestic property.
We would be honored to help you map out your wedding dreams at Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club as well. To take advantage of all that our unique property and talented staff offer, contact us online or give us a call at 630.368.6440.