I’ve always been fond of backyard weddings. Especially when that backyard happens to be the bride’s childhood home. It’s the sweetest of all “I do” locales, made EVEN sweeter through the lens of Laura Ivanova Photography. And while I could go on for days about the beautiful bloomage a la Mickey O’Kane Floral or the gorgeous styling by Sable Event Styling & Design, let me direct you to the full gallery for all that plus soooo much more.

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From the Bride… Stephen and I met in Boston one week before I moved to Chicago, but we both knew we had found something too special to pass up. After two years of dating long distance, I moved back to Boston and we were engaged four months later. We wanted our wedding to be filled with special touches that delighted our guests and represented who we are as a couple. With all of our friends and family traveling long distances to be a part of the celebration, it was important to us that our guests were swept up in the day as much as we were!

My childhood home in Minnesota was the perfect backdrop for our vintage, garden party inspired wedding. The cocktail hour among the trees and tented reception beneath the flickering lanterns that hung from their branches set the perfect tone and allowed us to make the day completely our own. I especially loved crafting all of the elements myself – from the place cards to the table runners, the corn-hole boards to the welcome flags on every straw – it was amazing to see our dream become a reality. It was my favorite craft project to date and has inspired me to turn my creativity into an event styling business of my own!

We loved how Laura Ivanova Photography was able to so accurately capture the love and happiness we both felt throughout our wedding day. She captured all of the little moments that were so special to us, and will cherish for years to come. Our wedding was the most wonderful day in our lives to date, and we are so excited to be married!

photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Floral Design: Mickey O'Kane Floral | Cake: The Country Cake Cupboard | Reception: Private Home | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Catering: Deco Catering | Church: St Martin's by the Lake Espiscopal Church | Dress Shop: Allegria Bridal | Invitations, Bridesmaids Jewelry, & Decor: Sable Event Styling & Design

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