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I feel like everyone I know that isn’t already married has been getting engaged this spring, and a lot of them are planning fall weddings. Today’s wedding is wonderful inspiration for a fall soiree, with the rich color palette, lawn games, and apple cider bar. Danielle and Shane’s personalities also shine through, whether they’re skipping through a field, sipping from some special “wine glasses”, or holding their little boy. This was definitely a day of celebrating love, pulled together with the help of family and friends.


From the Bride:

Shane and I met on what is not the fairly obsolete MySpace. We welcomed our son Gray 3 years later. Shane and I talked on/off about getting married from the beginning. FINALLY in late February of 2012 Shane took me ring shopping… We went to Wedding Day in Burnsville and I picked out 4 rings that I absolutely loved. On April 9, the same day, Shane picked it up!! It burned a hole in his pocket so bad he almost proposed in the middle of Menards…but was able to hold out until we got home later that day. He met me in the door way of our house, got down on one knee and asked me to be his hunting buddy for life, to be his best friend and his wife (not the exact wording, but it’s a little fuzzed in my brain from the good kind of shock). Of course I said YES!
 We originally were not going to set a date right away, but in the end we did: Saturday October 19, 2013. 
 First thing on the list…find a venue that would hold his enormous family! I came across the Crow River Winery out in Hutchinson MN…could hold up to 400 people–our kind of place! It was still in the process of being finished construction wise, but Shane and I took a tour and knew it was the place. We booked it that day… May 2012.
 The process really wasn’t anything truly exciting. I bought things here and there, scoured Pinterest for ideas/inspiration, and leaned quite a bit on my dear friends Stefanie and Stacy who did all my flowers, pulled ideas together for me and thought up the awesome cider/cupcake bar! They also decorated the entire reception…they were the best!
 The day went wonderfully! It was cold, but beautiful. I was so calm and collected through my hair and make up. The girls started getting their dressed on and when that big, beautiful dress came down over my head, that was the end of it…! 🙂
 I will never forget our first dance to Trampled by Turtles “Alone” or when it all hit me during the Grand entrance that it all happened…finally making that step with my love that we had talked about taking for 6 years.
 I wouldn’t change a thing about that day or the people in it.  We were surrounded by loved ones and dear friends and that is how it should be!!

Photographer: Sweet Shibui Photography / -- Select Vendor Type --: Creative Beate- Makeup-Lianna, Hair-Priscilla / Flowers & Decor: Personal friends Stefanie Beilby and Stacy Erickson / Videographer: Maggie Wilkinson / Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia / Groom’s Attire: Savvi / Catering: B and P Catering / Cake Baker: Sweet B's Cakes

This wedding is the epitome of hand-made. The bride and groom literally built the venue (their farm!) to their specifications, and the bride is a wedding planner and florist, so everything was completely to her specifications. She gave a much more detailed and special account of the day then I could do justice to, so I’ll let the images and the bride speak for themselves!


From the Bride:

For us, everything is about being original and true to self so buying our farm 10 months before we got married was quite exciting and at times a race to the finish.  We had to do a complete face lift to the property.  New barn, new fencing, rebuild the bridge, gut the existing farmhouse, pour concrete in the barns, landscape, sow seed and lay sod…everything!  On top of that is was when the winter temperatures were at some of the lowest they’ve been and the summer was 6 weeks of temperatures between 100-110*f and humid as all get out!   Thank goodness for great friends willing to work for food!! 🙂
 
With all that said and all the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it ‘ours’ it also came with a cool addition…we could build this to be exactly what we wanted in a venue!!!  I grew up on a cattle & row crop farm in a small town in Missouri and Andys family owned a farm is a small town about 30 mins from me.  The farm we bought was smack dab in the middle of his family, my family and my grandparents farm.  So having a real country wedding was a must for us!  We don’t like the dazzle, divas and glitz of traditional weddings.   We wanted a party…with a wedding on the side.  We wanted all of our guest to come and be comfortable so of course we set the ‘dress code’ of jeans and casual dresses.   We love our family and friends…not what they wear.   
 
With me being a florist and wedding planner I couldn’t wait to get to work.   I knew exactly what would be fitting for our taste and what our guests would appreciate as well.  I handled the ‘girl’ stuff and Andy was the muscle on the farm.   I planned the wedding and did the flowers and he built the venue for the wedding.   It was a big group effort with lots of help from family and friends.  Without them…it would have been tough. 😉 
 
We started from the ground up.  What do we like…  Both owning countless pairs of cowboy boots we both insisted on wearing boots.  Which is also what we chose as gifts for our wedding party.   We took them cowboy boot shopping so they could each pick out a style to suit their personality.   With Andy’s Italian roots all the guys shoulders are as broad as a barn and hard as heck to find suit jackets to fit so we chose to have the jackets and shirts custom made to fit the guys and also for the fathers so they would be comfortable.   The girls simple yellow cotton dresses were made by a local gal.  I wanted something simple and with pockets and what wouldn’t require any special undergarments that would be uncomfortable for the girls.  
 
For Andy, he wore jeans, cowboy boots, crisp white shirts and suit jacket and tie accompanied by longhorn cufflinks to compliment our farm ‘mascot’ of a longhorn.  I wore an Enzoani dress with a vintage inspired belt, cowboy boots and vintage 1940’s jewerly & hairpins.
 
Now that the attire is out of the way….the fun stuff to me…DETAILS! 😉 
 
Growing up on farms we were blessed to have access to a lot of truly unique and rustic pieces.  And it means so much more that it’s straight from our family farms.   We made yard signs directing guests using barnwood from both our families barns.  Quilts made by my grandma.  Mason jars my mom has canned in since 1970.  All the hay for the ceremony seating and hayrides was bailed on our farm, our card and gift table was the front door from the original farmhouse and the cake table was made of an old barn door, pastry plates made from antique plates and goblets and the cake base was cut from an extra piece of log we used in creating the log entrance to the farm and multiple antique pieces for accents at the reception mostly found in my grandpas workshop and sheds.  These are pieces I chose to accent with flowers.  I used a mixture of greens and wildflowers to create a simple, country look.  We both like the easy, flowing look of wildflowers so the wedding party bouquets were left open and airy and tied with twine with the guys wearing simple yellow billy ball boutineers. Corsages had a twine bow and table  centerpieces were in anything from mason jars to old lunch pails to vintage flour and sugar containers.     
 
As guests arrived to the ceremony they were guided to a ‘parking field’ where a fall decorated haywagon would pick them up to transport them to the ceremony where they were asked to take a seat on a haybale and read the ‘newspaper’ which was what we used instead of programs.  It included a story about us, our wedding party, pet section featuring our two American Bulldogs, I Spy game, crossword puzzle and more.  As the 4pm ceremony time arrived the haywagons drove to the farmhouse and barn to pick up the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Once they were dropped off my father and I were escorted by haywagon to the ceremony where we had a single guitar player in the field playing for the wedding.  We had chose to write our own vows which mine mentioned my deep love for Andy and also made mention of his beard.  And Andy professed the love he has for me and also my flaw being my obnixious zebra print bedroom slippers.  As a couple we keep things light and not overly serious and as I mentioned…true to us. Everyone has heard the ‘regular’ wedding vows so making them ours was important to us.  The ceremony was a quick 20 mins.  Then yard games, hayrides and vintage candy awaited guests as they waited for us to finish up pictures and get the reception started!!  Our ‘party bus’ was a ‘party tractor and wagon’ we cruised around the farm getting pictures with the beautiful fall leaves and reveling in the moment. 
 
Once at the reception we were treated to two of by far the BEST toasts around by my sister Sarah and Andy’s brother Sal.   They had everyone rolling in laughter and tears rolling down their faces.  Guests were seated by homemade seating cards clothespinned to twine on an old picket fence section.  They had a treat of trailmix in a mason jar to snack on.  We purchased brown bags and white wax bags to create ‘pockets’ for silverware and put salt and pepper in the white bags and had a stamp made to label them to keep it all neatly together we fastened it with a brad.   In lieu of a traditional guestbook we had mad-lib style guest cards slipped in each bag that everyone filled out…and they were hilarious to read the next few days after the wedding! After a long day what else do you eat on the farm but BBQ!!  All 400 of our closest family and friends chowed down on BBQ pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, pork steaks and all the fixins!  After dinner it was on to dessert!  Lots of mini pastries, chocolate and white cake draped in chocolate buttercream, chocolate piped scrolling and brown M&M trim topped with a custom cake topper of Andy, myself and our dogs.  Then…the dancing began.  We had a county band playing all of our favorites and taking requests.   Everyone was a big dancing family enjoying the party..just what we wanted. 😉 
 
The night came to a close around 2am.  Tired, exhausted, and totally and completely happy we sat in our bar in the recliners eating cake watching the band pack up but all that was heard was crickets and bullfrogs in the distance and all we saw were the bright stars in the sky on a cool fall night.  This night was perfect.  This night was ours.  This was the start to our happily ever after.

 


Photographer: Hawes Photography / Reception Venue: Andy and Emily's Farm / Catering: Mercenary BBQ / Flowers & Decor: Emily Frisella (the bride!) / Cake Baker: Maggie's Lunchbox / Band: Rough Ryders / Hairstylist: Club Diva Salon / Bride’s Dress: Enzoani / Bride’s Shoes: Chuck's boots

The beginning of wedding day for Brendon and Jessica began at the farm they purchased to raise their future (and current animal) family. The warm colors and furry details of their wedding day will melt your heart, not to mention the gorgeous St. Louis wedding ceremony to follow. Just wait until you see their adorable pets, both dogs and horses, in these wedding photos.

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From the photographer:
Brendon and Jessica’s wedding day was filled with a strong sense of family from the first moment on. While Brendon prepared for the day at his parent’s home with all of his groomsmen (including his much loved great dane, Waylon), Jessica and her ladies got ready at the home they purchased to raise their family at as husband and wife. Jessica’s little pup, Boomer, stayed by her side all morning long. Their first look happened on their front porch and their bridal party took most of their images right by the pasture that contained their much loved horses. The photos taken at their home were my favorites of the day. The love Brendon and Jessica have for their pets would warm anyone’s heart. They each had to say “goodbye” to their pups before they left for their ceremony and although the furry ones had to stay at home, several elements of their evening paid tribute to them.


Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church - St. Louis University / Reception Venue: Xavier Grand Ballroom / Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Chelsey / Hairstylist: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa - Jellica / Flowers & Decor: Kirkwood Florist / Bride’s Dress: Enzoani - Maiden Voyage Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Catering: Russo's Catering / Cake Baker: Russo's Catering / Band: Boom / Photographer: Amy Meyerott Photography

Christa and Nick chose their hometown of Cape Girardeau in Southeast Missouri as the perfect spot to become husband and wife and celebrate the day with family and friends. Both Christa and Nick are from Southeast Missouri, were engaged in Cape Girardeau, and although their current home is St. Louis, MO, they both thought that their childhood home in the Bootheel of Missouri was the perfect fit for the two of them.

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About the Big Day:
Christa and Nick had a beautiful, southern style wedding, and it was filled with details that truly made the day meaningful. From the getaway car that was once her father’s mother’s car which Christa’s father fully restored, to the doors of Christa’s great grandparents’ house as a backdrop to the cake, to the barn doors from a close family friend’s barn used as the backdrop to the head table, there were so many truly personal touches in this wedding day, making it beyond memorable for more than just the couple. The wedding gowns of the mothers of both the bride and groom were displayed next to their own wedding photos.

Christa added a twist to the traditional something old, new, borrowed and blue, and instead of using objects to display these things, she used friends. Her Something Old was a high school friend, Something New was a coworker and best friend, Something Borrowed was a newly married friend and Something Blue was Nick’s cousin, as something blue symbolized family and continuity.

In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple, who now calls St. Louis home, had to make a stop at a favorite local college bar to watch the end of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game because in October, true Cardinals fans can’t miss even the tiniest bit of the playoff madness.

Christa and Nick have a very real love for one another, and a true love and appreciation for family and friendship, all of which were displayed on their wedding day.


Photographer: Simply Stated Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral / Reception Venue: Drury Lodge / Flowers & Decor: J Maries / Cake Baker: Kim Goodpasture / DJ: Charlie's Review / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Theresa Kern / Videographer: Claire Bira

Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!

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About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.

During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.


Ceremony Venue: Orchardview Winery / Reception Venue: Orchardview Winery / Photographer: SHD Photography / Catering: Wheelan's BBQ Shack / Cake Baker: Covered in Chocolate / Rentals: Kelly's for the Occasion / DJ: Dwonka and Funke

Fall is upon us! It might have been upon you already, dear reader, but here in Texas where I currently live, it just showed up. Luckily, this wedding is perfect for ushering in my fall mood, as it features vibrant orange flowers, ominous skies, and nautical rope details everywhere. Then there is the fact that it took place at a boutique hotel that MIGHT be haunted that’s perfect for exploring as a new husband and wife, and said couple chose a delightfully classic cake topper, and I am just completely charmed by this wedding on Lake Michigan.

 


From the Photographer:

Becky and AJ are sailors on Lake Michigan. They wanted a wedding that incorporated their love for the water and their love of the autumn season. The Perry Hotel allows for both since the ceremony and reception locations both face out towards Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. The fall colors were almost at peak and it was a gorgeous fall day in northern Michigan.


Photographer: Paul Retherford Wedding Photography / Hairstylist: La Dolce Vita Salon / Catering/Venue: The Perry Hotel

For Fall brides, considering a Halloween theme celebration may seem a little too out-of-the-box. Others take the idea and run with it, scattering their celebrations with pumpkins, ghouls, and orange and black. For the bride that may want a hint of the Halloween spirit without jumping in all the way, hints of black and a little vintage fun could do just the trick. Below we’ve collected a few ideas to get you started.

Would you have a Halloween themed wedding? Would you consider taking the approach of utilizing black accents to have a touch of Halloween?

My first visit to the Mid-West was in the Fall. I fell irrevocably in love with the orange and red shades of leaves falling gently to the ground, framing mountain backdrops. So what better way to celebrate your love in the Mid-West than showcasing our mountain beauty through mountain-inspired invitations and wedding stationary? We’ve showcased a few below to inspire you to find your own or make your own custom designs.

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FoxGroveDesigns . Pixel Paper Invitations . Wood Chick Studios . ElloThere . Nesting Project Weddings . Yes, Dear. Studio . PaperPlusLove 

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!

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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 |

I love that this couple chose their wedding date to fall on their 5 year anniversary. I love that this couple had a fall wedding but didn’t incorporate the typical fall wedding colors. I love that this couple got married in Wisconsin. I love that this couple shopped at thrift, antique and second hand shops to gather their wedding decor. I love that this couple incorporated a ‘fall’ themed wedding dessert. But what I love most is that this couple capped off their ceremony with a secret handshake. I think I’ve made it clear how much I love this wedding – from the color scheme to the flowers, the love in the photos and delicate decor, not to mention the adorable cardigan, I just love it all.

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Vendors:
Dress: Wtoo Emerson by Watters | Brides Sweater: Betsey Johnson | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Florist: Katie Deffke Designs | Grooms Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Bridesmaids: | Hair & Make-up: Neroli Salon & Spa | Venue: Milwaukee Co. War Memorial Center | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Saz’s Catering


From the bride:
We met in the fall (5 years to the day of our wedding) and definitely wanted a fall wedding – but without the traditional autumn colors. With a lakefront ceremony, incorporating colors we liked more – blues & greens – worked perfectly. I had always loved the blue mason jars but wasn’t sure how difficult they would be to find – we stopped in every thrift/antique/secondhand store we passed and hit a few gold mines. We also discovered Fiestaware teacups and other glassware – and vintage Pez dispensers for our guests! Early on, I thought about incorporating apples into the overall look – caramel apples (so fall!) on the dessert table and dark red apples elsewhere. They went well with the deep red dahlias I envisioned (and got!) being the accent to all of our blues & greens. The florals were rounded out by the most lovely collection of succulents a bride could ask for. We wanted our ceremony to be personal & meaningful and asked my brother to officiate, our moms to read, and friends to sing and play music. We capped it off by sealing our vows with a secret handshake.