Rustic Purple Summer Farm Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2013

Darla & Philip

August 17 

Bethany, Illinois  


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!


Intimate Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2013

Doreen & Chad 

June 6

Paso Robles, California 


Q & A with the Bride:

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

When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.

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

1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.

2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on

3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.

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

We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.


I’m always looking for fun, new color combinations, but instead of reinventing the wheel this time I decided to put a modern spin on the classic black, white and silver.  Embrace the gorgeous glossy ebony, unique silver and tones of creamy whites of this new inspiration board!