Callie and Aaron were married at the Midway Village Museum Center in Rockford, Ill. on September 29. “We loved the rustic, wooden barn, and the garden area next to it,” Callie said. “It was a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a gathering with our family and friends.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with braided, sideswept updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a brown herringbone tweed vest, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short yellow dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers, craspedia balls, berries, wheat, and greenery. “The moment we were giving our vows,” she said. “Although, it went quickly, we wrote them ourselves and that made them genuine.” The couple also incorporated a traditional Korean tea into the ceremony, which represented the uniting of two families. They previously lived in South Korea at one point in time. The reception was filled to the brim with homemade touches. Tables were decorated with white lienens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, and galvanized metal buckets. “We had guests bring pies for dessert and held a ‘Cutie Pie’ contest complete with prizes. We snuck away for a bit during dinner and tried all 18 of them and then gave awards in various categories following. These details made the day feel uniquely ours,” she said. Aaron brewed beer too — “Happy Trails EPA” and “Speckled Heifer Farmhouse Ale.” A bluegrass band kept guests on the dance floor all night long. “Having live music really brought the party and got the mother-of-the-bride playing washboard,” Callie said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is the one time you have everyone you love in one place,” she said. “Bask in the love and soak up the joy as much as you can. It truly is sharing your wedding with the ones you love most in the world that makes it special.”
Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.
Taylor and Paul were married at Royal Oaks Farm in Harvard Ill. on June 14. “We visited our wedding site in the middle of a huge snowfall and knew through all the snow that it was going to be beautiful,” Taylor said. “It was perfect for us.” The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a fingertip-length veil and gold leaf earrings, while the groom wore a gray suits, accessorized with plaid ties. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, scabiosa pods, pincushions, and craspedia balls. “I had all my best friends in my wedding with me,” she said. “God gave us the most beautiful day too.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking 120-acres of apple orchards. Aisles were lined with wood slices etched with the words of 1 Corinthians 13 on them such as: it’s faithful, patient, and love never fails. “I loved all the wood pieces that my father-in-law cut and my father and I sanded down and wrote on for the aisles,” Taylor said. Fun fact: After the “I dos,’ portraits were taken on the carousel. Guests were asked to write their advice and well wishes on pieces of Jenga blocks. “My sister gave the best maid of honor speech,” she said. “I barely teared up all day, but I definitely cried during her speech.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles. Plus, the cake was only two-tiers of ruffled, buttercream frosting goodness. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Remember that no matter what details get messed up or can’t happen, you are marrying your best friend and that is all that really matters about the whole entire day,” Taylor said.
Aly and Josh were married at Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago, Ill. on May 26. “The atrium where we had our ceremony was absolutely amazing,” Aly said. “There were floor-to-ceiling windows, arched wood ceilings, and exposed brick and pipings. We wanted a very neutral color scheme, so we chose all warm tones like blushes and creams.” The bride wore a custom-made strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie and Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and dusty millers. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Our introduction into the reception ballroom,” she said. “It was breathtaking to see everything set up and see the finished product of what we worked so hard to plan. It was also great to see all of our family and friends there to celebrate with us.” Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, antique mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels with single stems, and menu cards at each place setting. “While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the expensive details the fact of the matter is, it’s only one day,” Aly said. “It was fun to add a little do-it-yourself details to help save.”
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.