Romantic Illinois Wedding

Feb 15, 2013

I have a soft spot for weddings that include antique touches and when Emily submitted her wedding and told me that she spent a year collecting vintage cheese boxes for each reception table, I was sold. And the cameo on her bouquet is to die for! Emily and Matt also chose an incredibly cool venue - an 1800s Creamery that was recently converted into a luxury boutique hotel - how fun is that? Enjoy:

Says the bride, "We were married at an 1800s creamery that was converted into a luxury boutique hotel. Our vision was to play up our venue's dairy heritage while incorporating our favorite things!

Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the hotel's courtyard on the Fox River and used an oriental rug runner as the aisle runner! Not only do we love the oriental rug style, but it matched the decor of the Inn. Mason jars with wild flowers lined the aisle. The scenery was beautiful and the service was so personal and intimate.

We antiqued for a year to track down unique vintage cheese boxes for each reception table and a giant milk jug for the name card table at the cocktail hour. The menus included a history piece about the venue to help guests make the connection. All floral arrangements (centerpieces, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, etc. included our favorite herbs to cook with - rosemary, thyme and basil).

One of the most special parts about our wedding was that both sets of parents celebrated their 30th anniversaries in 2012! We honored them at the reception with a speech and special gifts."

Emily's advice: "We wouldn't change anything about our engagement or wedding! My advice for other brides is to not be afraid to have a long engagement. This way, you can take the time to enjoy every minute. It's such a special time and it's not worth it to be stressed!"

Thanks so much to Emily and Matt for sharing their gorgeous day with us!

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