Mark and Bethany initially met through Bethany’s brother-in-law David while he was serving in the Marine Corps and stationed in Hawaii. During a Hawaii trip to visit family, Bethany didn’t realize she would soon be meeting fellow Marine and her future husband Mark.
With Mark originally from California and Bethany a Northern Illinois girl; the long distance prevented the two from committing to a serious relationship at first. It wasn’t until years later that Mark would move to Illinois and distance would no longer be an issue for these two love birds who’s love quickly blossomed.
When it came to the wedding planning, Bethany and Mark decided to hold an intimate vintage barn wedding with tons of handmade touches. Not wanting the traditional dark Fall colors; the couple opted for a romantic color pallet of champagne, ivory, mint green, shades of turquoise, orange coral and peach. The “fresh” romantic colors really popped against the dark barn and paired perfectly with the gorgeous Northern Illinois Fall sunset.
Vintage details were brought in throughout the day from the handcrafted newspaper invitations to the vintage carved books used as ring bearer books for the bride’s cousins who where known as the “bling-bringers.” Guests sat on various vintage furniture during their outdoor nuptials and were provided antique hankies to wipe all the “happy tears.” In lieu of candles or sand, the couple braided a cord during their vows to symbolize the Bible verse in Eccl. “a cord of three strands is not easily broken.” The verse was hand-painted on a vintage window with the cord attached and will be a keepsake for the couple to hang on their wall and remind them of their vows for years to come. Additional vintage details included boutonnieres made out of vintage door face plates, mismatched china, and a bouquet handle made from an old wooden porch spindle.
Throughout the ceremony the couple released over-sized balloons that had wishes written inside by their family and bridal party. One of Bethany’s favorite memories of the day is when one of the balloons accidentally popped and someone in the crowd yelled “and the two became one…it was perfect.”
After the ceremony, guests headed up to the barn where they were greeted by the newlyweds and escort cards made of brass compasses hung on an over-sized map. Hand cut leaves from vintage book pages with guests’ names marked each place at the table, and cream colored pumpkins with rustic door knobs on top served as table numbers. In place of a traditional guest book the couple had a calendar made where guests signed their names on either their anniversary or birthday date, so the couple not only had a registry of guests but also could wish them well on their special days in the coming years.
Throughout the night everyone enjoyed refreshments in mason jars, a home cooked meal including pulled pork and smoked turkey, as well as 30 homemade pies displayed on various vintage dressers and pie stands. The band the Funnies provided the musical entertainment for the night, and in place of a dollar dance the couple opted for a fun 50/50 raffle where one of their guests had the chance to take home half of the ticket sales for the night!
BETHANY + MARK’S VENDORS:
Photographers: Stephanie & Micah Goodrich (mother & sister of the bride) Heirlooms by Stephanie Photography
Videographer: Forevermore films (Jason Meinheit)
Flowers: Fresh (for reception) purchased from Whole Blossoms.com (arranged by family friend Melissa Ost) Bride, bridesmaids and guys crafted by the mother of the bride
Music: Ami Moss & the Unfortunate (ceremony and special dances); the Funnies (reception entertainment)
Dress Designer: Martina Liana; Mira Couture
Hair & Make-up: The Experience Salon, Rockford, IL
BBQ: Chubby Guys, Rockford, IL
Pies, buns, salads and service: Vickies Baked Goods and More, German Valley, IL
Venue: SiebenHoff Farms, Garden Prairie, IL
Dogs attire (matching bow-tie and collar): Four Black Paws
Linens and chair bows: CV Linens
Antiques: Kristy & Rob from Vintage Bliss in Beliot WI were a blessing! They helped us find just the right pieces at great prices!