Rustic Gray and Yellow Backyard Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 18, 2013


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Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!

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Photography: Gray Photography | Event Planner: Lauren Wave Weddings | Floral Designer: Event Floral | Ceremony Musicians: Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble | Dress Designer: Lazaro | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Jaycie | Transportation: Iron Horse Carriage | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Zeglio Custom Clothiers 

Tory & Bobby

July 7

Ottawa, Illinois and LaSalle, Illinois


Our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1.  The ice cream cart that was located outside of the church with homemade popsicles for our guests to enjoy as we made our exit out of the church.
  2. Loved the wedding timelines we had.  They let everyone know what was coming and kept the show rolling.  From the photo booth, to the late night snack, to the sparkler send off, we wanted to keep people entertained and engaged throughout the reception.
  3. We had a ball with all of the props that we brought for the photo booth and for people to wear on the dance floor.  MUSTACHES were a huge hit and I think at one point everyone was wearing one.  Also had wigs, glasses, glow sticks, and hats.  Everyone had a ball dressing up!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Make it unique and memorable.  Utilize websites like Pinterest and Etsy to get your ideas.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to wow people, and you can do things yourself without giving off that cheesy DIY look.