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Rustic Purple Summer Farm Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2013

Darla & Philip

August 17 

Bethany, Illinois  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!

2. Which three details were your favorites from your wedding?

1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.

2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.

3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!

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Elegant Purple Ballroom Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2013

Brittany & Spencer

October 20

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

THE VIEW! The serenity and beauty of being steps away from Lake Michigan really spoke to us.  It was so peaceful and was also a way for us to expose a side of Chicago that many people don’t know exist.  

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1.  The music – we were able to have all guests request their favorite song to be played at the reception, and Spencer even surprised me with a surprise piano serenade  at the reception of our favorite song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

2. The flowers – I was absolutely blown away when I arrived at Loyola.  Our florist created pieces that were unique, beautiful, and ones that really made an impression on everyone in attendance.

3.  Pictures around Loyola’s campus, just the two of us – not only is Loyola’s campus absolutely gorgeous, but being able to sneak away for just a few minutes with just us and our photographer was priceless.  Some of the shots speak louder than what a video would ever capture.  Ben Elsass Photography truly captured our exact emotions and thoughts at that exact moment.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Married couples will say that the second the bride walks down the aisle, time stops.  THIS IS 100% TRUE.  All of the jitters, nervousness, anxiety, planning, coordination, and every other detail happening in life STOPS from that time on.  It was truly an unforgettable feeling, and a moment that we will both remember for a lifetime.  No words can describe what we felt during those moments, but it was pure bliss in its most truest form.

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Romantic Spring Winery Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Kim on Jul 08, 2013

Rachel & James

Belleville, Illinois

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Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

What sold us on our venue was the beauty of the ceremony site itself, as well as the fact that we could have an outdoor reception a short distance away on the same property. (The facility also had an indoor option as a bad weather back-up, which is something that put our minds at ease while planning our event). The ceremony site at the Weingarten is at the bottom of a large but shallow depression in the ground, so it provides privacy and serenity in a setting of natural beauty. The several large trees that stand around the wedding arch itself provide not only some structure to what is otherwise an open space, but also filter the sun to create patterns of light and shadow that fill the area with a gentle summer ambiance.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our hand-made, Quaker-style marriage certificate that our guests signed as witnesses to the wedding (and that was produced by Sharon and Steven Schwartz of Calligraphica.com); the traditional Scottish cup (known as a quaich) that we used as a centerpiece in our ceremony (and that we purchased from http://quaichshop.co.uk/); and the powerful and yet subtle way that our themes and colors worked together to create a beautiful and memorable experience for us and for all of our guests. Until we saw it all together, we didn’t know how much our hard work was going to pay off.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The moment that most stands out in our minds is Rachel coming down the long, unpaved path to the ceremony site on foot. Everyone was expecting her to be driven down in a golf cart, but suddenly there she was—one hand holding her bouquet and the other holding up the bottom of her dress—marching confidently (and quickly!) down the path. She met her father partway down the hill and they walked together. Waiting for her to come closer and more fully into view created a bit of suspense for everyone, and it also put a personal stamp on the ceremony before it even began.

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Erin & Christine

October 6

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We immediately loved the view, of course, and how intimate it was. We had the ceremony in the same location, so the indoor and outdoor space was great too. It was perfect for a cocktail party of Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

We were really excited about our photographer and loved all the photos, she was amazing and we could not have done better. 

My sister made a wishing tree for us and we still keep everyone’s wishes for us in a jar on a shelf. A lovely reminder of all the love and support we have in our lives. 

Our wedding cake was made by Christine’s mom (Golden Goose Catering) and it was gorgeous and we loved the ceramic birds on tops. 

I loved my hair and I am so glad I chose to wear my hair up for the event. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our officiant handed out blessings for some of our guests to read during the ceremony and that really was beautiful to have our guests be a part of the ceremony too.  Our ceremony was personal and the officiant really took her time to tell our story and include our guests. We were so glad it was personal; it kept the ceremony intimate. 

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Real Brides Share: Why I Chose My Venue

Posted by Kim on Jan 18, 2013

Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.

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We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding

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