Today’s Real Wedding is one that I’m so excited to share. It’s a got all the things that make an event special; tons of personal and DIY details, beautiful flowers, lots of color, and a super sweet couple who are so obviously in love. Another great element to Steph and Erin’s day is that as nature lovers they wanted to make sure not to create a lot of waste with their event, and kept sustainability in mind throughout their planning process. They created a natural, vintage chic event that is so lovely and uniquely their own. A bit thank you to Steph for sharing all the details of their day, and to Jason Kaczorowski for his images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony and Reception: Private residence. Photos: Jason Kaczorowski Photography. Event Planner: The Smitten Bride. Flowers: Libertyville Florist. Catering: Gourmet Garden Catering.
More details and loveliness…
Erin and I met in college through one of my best friends and roommate. It sounds kind of cheesy but it really was love at first sight (for both of us) even though we didn’t let each other in on that little secret. We grew closer as friends and Erin moved in with my roommate and I. Soon after that, we started dating and here we are 6 years later (a civil unioned couple!)
We are both very outdoorsy and down to earth people so we wanted colors that reflected our personalities. I’m a little on the preppy side so I loved the idea of navy and yellow (and we decided to add splashes of green for nature).
There were LOTS of DIY projects. Most of the wedding was DIY. My mom made our table linen squares and hay bale covers, and we put the centerpieces together ourselves. We also purchased a ton of handmade items on Etsy to add to the whole feel.
The whole day was utterly amazing for me from start to finish. I don’t know if I could pick a single moment, but seeing each other for our first look and exchanging letters in a quite & intimate setting was a wonderful beginning to our day. Seeing our families release the butterflies during the ceremony was beautiful. Getting introduced and spending time mingling with all of our closest family and friends were some other highlights.