This rustic, fall wedding incorporates everything I love about about this type of seasonal celebration; wood details, burlap, and chalkboards. This couple also incorporated unique details such as wine cork place card holders and custom twig napkin holders. Not to mention they used rustic elements with a Chicago flare; a perfect combination. The neutral color scheme among an elegant lace bridal gown makes this wedding simply stunning… take a look for yourself!
From the Bride:
From our initial conversations about our fall wedding, Mike and I knew we wanted it to have a rustic look and a laid-back, yet super fun atmosphere. We live in Chicago, but we planned to get married in Southern Illinois near where I grew up – particularly so that my grandparents could be part of our celebration. The one and only reception venue we considered was a giant warehouse on the river called The Loading Dock. What we loved most about the space is that we could truly make it our own; from food and drinks to décor and layout, we could customize the menu and transform the space exactly how we wanted to.
Our first topic of discussion was food. Mike threw out the idea of barbecue and I was instantly sold – we knew we could serve a delicious meal that everyone would love, and it tied in perfectly with the rustic, laid-back theme we had envisioned. We opted for family-style serving, with a brisket on each table, pulled pork sliders on pretzel rolls, mac and cheese, veggie kabobs, cornbread and salad. For dessert, we had a choice of red velvet and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
The décor was a mix of fall colors and neutral, natural materials. We chose to hang burlap and rust-colored drapes from the rafters to create a more intimate space in the large warehouse, along with white lights strung throughout and a vintage chandelier over the dance floor. We also rented wine barrels to use as cocktail tables near the bar area.
The escort cards had textured paper anchored by wine cork bases. These tied into the look and feel of the programs and invitations, which featured the same textured paper with a wood grain backing that we absolutely loved.
The table décor included burlap runners, wood slice table numbers and gorgeous centerpieces that my mom made. Each arrangement was comprised of four various-sized vases with a mix of dried and fresh flowers and decorative twigs – all grown in my parents’ backyard. The napkin rings were made out of twigs as well, tying into the simplistic, natural look of each table.
To add a Chicago flavor to the mix, our favors were customized, individual bags of Garret popcorn. And to honor both of our families and the amazing examples they’ve set for us in marriage, we placed framed photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings around the cake.
In terms of attire, I wore a fitted lace strapless gown with a belt that I had added to the dress. My bouquet was a mix of fall-colored fresh flowers tied with burlap. My bridesmaids wore taupe colored dresses in a range of different styles, and they carried orange calla lilies. Mike and the guys wore gray tuxes with gray and taupe ties; their boutonnieres were made of mini orange calla lilies and burlap.
The entire day and night was exactly how we dreamed it would be – we had perfect weather and everyone was dancing up a storm, taking fun group pictures in the photobooth area and enjoying the celebration. We couldn’t have been happier with the way everything turned out.
Photograper: Hawes Photography | Reception Venue: The Loading Dock| Church: St. Patrick’s | Invitations, Programs, Escort Cards: The Bronze Frog | Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani | Bridesmaid Dresses: Aria Dresses |