Light & Airy Heritage Prarie Farm Wedding

Kat + Dan got married in mid-August at Heritage Prairie Farms. The groom and his groomsmen got ready in the dapper groom’s suite - dressing themselves with leather suspenders and matching cuff links, while the ladies were upstairs in the bridal suite. 

The outdoor ceremony was lined with white chairs and a beautifully flowered alter, looking out to the fields and gardens of the farm. Guests were shaded by the sun with dainty, white parasols, and were given flower petal confetti to throw at the bride and groom as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. 

The bride and groom spent a few sweet moments in the light-strung barn, and as the sun gently set, guests found their seats in the tent, clad with vintage plates of various colors and designs, mason jars, and luscious accents of eucalyptus and pink roses. Jars of Heritage Prairie Farm honey were set out for the guests to take home. 

As the night drew closer, the party got started and the bride and groom danced the night away. The night was capped off with a series of paper lanterns that the guests got to send off into the skies.

(I followed the groom and his boys for this wedding, and Heather Decamp took the lead with the ladies)

Venue:  Heritage Prairie Farm

1st Photographer: Heather Decamp Photography

2nd Photographer: Me!!!

Quirky Fall Wedding at Cheney Mansion

I had the pleasure of photographing friends, Evelyn + Sam’s early fall wedding in the picturesque Oak Park neighborhood. I met Evelyn and close friends and family at the Bishop’s Hall Bed and Breakfast to get ready for the ceremony, while Sam and his boys spent the morning prepping on their own.

Having lived in Oak Park for several years, Evelyn became involved in the Grace Episcopal Church’s choir, adopting a close-knit circle of friends, and they wished to incorporate her love for her choir mates into the wedding. The choir sang during their ceremony, and she invited her fellow church friends to an afternoon cake cutting and pre-reception celebration in the church hall. 

We traveled a short distance to the stunning Cheney Mansion, where Evelyn and Sam took a private stroll in the garden - barely able to keep each other from laughing. The playful couple reunited with their guests, dining and spending the rest of their night in the scenic courtyard, toasting, laughing, dancing and beating the heck out of a pinata. Friends and family were gifted a jar of barbecue sauce that Sam crafted on his own - a special treat from a near-pro barbecue master.

Getting Ready Location: Bishop Hall Bed and Breakfast

Ceremony Venue:  Grace Episcopal Church

Reception Venue:  Cheney Mansion

Hair/Makeup:  Patti Komar

Catering:  La Cuisine

DJ:  Backthird Entertainment

Lush Elawa Farm Wedding

I’m so very excited to show highlights from one of my favorite weddings from this season. Lydia + Brian were married at the beautiful Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, Illinois. They shared the day with friends and family amidst the colorful summer gardens, light-strung courtyards, and rustic barn interiors. Guests were entertained with cocktails, decadent cheese plates and yard games, while Lydia and Brian frolicked on the farm, enjoying their first moments as husband and wife. 

The evening continued with kind words and heartwarming speeches in the courtyard, followed by a dinner, dancing, a surprise birthday pie for the Father of the Groom, and an impromptu chair dance for the newly married couple.

This beautiful farm wedding was brought together by:

Wedding Planner:  Naturally Yours Events
Venue:  Elawa Farm
Music:  Fumee Gypsy Project
Floral:  Finding Eminence Farm
Catering:  Big Delicious Planet
Sweets/Cakes:  Cacao Sweets & Treats