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!
LAURA + MITCH’S VENDORS
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
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
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)