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Rustic Yellow Tones Meet Fall Foliage: Laura + Mitch

Fall is officially here and I’m so excited to share this romantic rustic yellow Fall wedding that was held on a gorgeous October day at one of my favorite venues, Fishermen’s Inn.

The bride Laura and I attended college together and it was so great to reconnect with her and hear all about her special day with Mitch. Reliving all the great memories is what it’s all about! Their love story began by crossing paths throughout high school and then finally connecting later in life through mutual acquaintances. To Laura, Mitch was the super hot football star that she couldn’t believe would ever want her number or yet alone to take her out on a date. After a little persuasion to give up her number and reality set in; the dates with Mitch continued for a few years. The most memorable date would be one very surprising and bitter cold December date to celebrate their birthdays together. The two adventured out to the Morton Arboretum for the holiday’s Festival of Lights. At the end of the light festival Mitch asked for a picture with Laura under the “Hug Me” tree, where he then dropped down to one knee. Of course she said yes, and they continued their celebration with a delicious dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant.

With a ring on her finger and plenty of time to plan, Laura and Mitch decided to check out the newly opened Fishermen’s Inn barn venue that was referred to them by a family friend. They immediately fell in love with the space, and decided on one of the only October dates available, which also happened to be Mitch’s dads birthday, who had recently passed. They knew everything was meant to be.

Prior to the wedding, Laura was not the biggest fan of the color yellow, but slowly she began adding pops of the fun color into her details while trying to steer away from the typical Fall wedding colors. Family and friends played a crucial part in the wedding plans. The wedding cake, table runners, and wood flower box centerpieces were all created by family. Mitch is a certified arborist, so the couple decided to incorporate elements of nature, including a wood slab guest book from a tree that he cut himself. The slab is now apart of the couple’s coffee table decor. They also gathered dirt from both their parent’s and grandparent’s backyards for their unity tree planting during the ceremony.

Although Mitch’s dad was unable to physically be present at the wedding, there is no doubt he was there in spirit. The couple released chinese lanterns after sunset while his favorite band played, The Zach Brown Band. They also hold a charity golf outing in his honor each year.

Here’s to wishing these newlyweds a happy anniversary this month. Now, onto some gorgeous shots from Hayley Nicole Photography that captured Laura and Mitch’s day so perfectly!

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Wedding location: Fishermen’s Inn, Elburn, IL

Ceremony Venue: Fishermen’s Inn (outside)

Officiant: Tony Dieckmann (Couple’s Pastor from Trinity Green Trails Church in Lisle, IL)

Reception Venue: Fishermen’s Inn

Catering: Fishermen’s Inn

Transportation: Spare Wheels, St. Charles, IL, and Classy Limos, Westmont, IL

Entertainment/DJ (friend of the bride): Double B Entertainment, Inc. (Ryan Buado), Darien, IL

Photobooth: Photbooths.com, Arlington Heights, IL

Ceremony Musicians: Breitenstein Quartet, Naperville, IL

Hair (friend of the bride): Cristina Marie / La Vita di Sposa – Christina Maxwell, Woodridge, IL

Make-up: Jessica Bernardi-Meeker (Freelance artist), Villa Park, IL

Wedding Dress: Martellen’s Bridal Boutique, Lemont, IL

Bridesmaid Dress: Esty – harsuccthing (China)

Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Charming Charlie’s and It’s a Bling Thing, Naperville, IL (jewelry, shawls, and purses)

Veil & Hair Piece: Sandra’s Design, Lombard, IL

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse, Bolingbrook, IL

Florist (Friend of the bride): Designs by Timothy Curran (Freelance), Chicago, IL

Linens/Rentals: Mickey’s

Bakery (Aunt of the Bride): Susan Hipple, Waterman, IL

Favors (Honey Jars): Puckersville Farms, Lemont, IL

Hotel Accommodations: Courtyard St. Charles

Centerpiece flower boxes & specialized signs (father of the bride): Independent Outdoor, Ltd., Downers Grove, IL

Invitations, table thank-you cards, and ceremony programs: The bride & Zazzle.com

Honeymoon Location: Kaui & Oahu, HI (Marriott Vacation Clubs)

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Romantic Muted Pastels Meets Elegant Outdoor Celebration: Rachel + Caleb

Five years ago Rachel and Caleb’s love story began as a result of someone else’s love story. While celebrating a bachelorette party in Florida, Rachel met eyes with Caleb, who’s cousin just so happened to be best friend’s with Rachel’s sister. Rachel knew she wanted to talk to Caleb and get to know him better, so she approached him with some humorous small talk and the two instantly connected.

Rachel and Caleb began to date for a few years, and soon realized a wedding would definitely be in their near future. Caleb did what every guy does and let her know a ring was on it’s way, but that it may be a year or two out. With Rachel patiently waiting, Caleb took her on a zip line date that would end in a memorable proposal sooner rather than later. Once the couple reached the end of the zip line Caleb asked someone to take their picture, so he could then get down on one knee and ask Rachel to marry him. Of course she said yes! Who wouldn’t with a romantic thought out proposal like that?!

With Rachel and Caleb living in Florida, they decided to plan for a wedding in Caleb’s hometown, Dubuque. Dubuque has always had a special place for them, so when Caleb’s parents offered up their home for an elegant backyard reception it was a no brainer. The two held a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Columbkille Church full of fresh floral designed by the Groom’s mother that was later re-purposed at the reception. Caleb’s mom also worked with Rachel to create adorable details throughout the day like textured linens, customized lounge pillows, and tent drapery.

At the reception, guests were greeted with cocktails and appetizers from East Mill Bakery, and a handmade wood backdrop perfect for photo ops with the couple’s names and wedding date. They also continued the rustic wood theme throughout the reception with wood bars and a wood beer tapper built by Caleb himself. Later in the evening, a walking taco bar provided by the groom’s aunt gave guests a late night snack for dancing and mingling.

After enjoying a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise, Rachel and Caleb decided to settle down in Dubuque by family. The two enjoyed starting their marriage in such special place, and the only thing they wished they could have had more of was time. Time to sit and visit with family and friends. Their advice to others planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff and pay more attention to your ceremony than the party; after all that’s what it’s all about!

Photos by Rachel Ann Photography

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Photographer: Rachel Ann Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Columbkille Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Home

Catering: East Mill Bakeshop and Catering, Dubuque, Iowa

Transportation: Trolleys of Dubuque

Entertainment/DJ: Shawn Brown and friends (band)

Ceremony Musicians: Shawn Brown and friends (band)

Hair and Make-up: Absolute Salon and Melissa Brooke

Wedding Dress: BHLDN

Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August

Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Bridesmaids own

Suits: Calvin Klein (Groom’s suite); groomsmen wore own suits

Alterations: Olga’s Bridal, Tampa, Florida

Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski

Linens/Rentals/Florals: Second to None ( Cathy B. with Second to None took over all of the decor and flowers. I only gave her some ideas, and she hit the ball out of the park with decor, etc. of the whole day!)

Bakery: Becky’s Cakes, Dubuque, Iowa

Favors: Coozies from 4imprint.com

Hotel Accommodations: The Hotel Julien and Holiday Inn – Dubuque

Honeymoon Location: Italy, Greece, Turkey