Blush + gold is the color palette of the moment, but it’s not without good reason. One part sweet and another part sophisticated, it strikes the perfect balance of girly gone glam and this Midwest beauty planned by Michelle Durpetti Events is yet another reason to love. Shot through the lens of Jen Lynne the gallery is busting with goodies and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t shed a few happy tears during the film from Brittania Drew!
From the Bride… While Alex and I consider ourselves Chicago city-dwellers, we always knew we wanted a wedding that was God-honoring and tucked away in a beautiful setting that would be filled with lots of sweet, quiet moments.
After being engaged for less than 72 hours, we booked the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms. The venue was everything we could have ever dreamed of. Located in Rockton, IL, it was the perfect back drop to our vision of our wedding day – rustic, serene, and tucked away in the country of northern Illinois. Our families stayed at the gorgeous Copperstone Inn, a bed-and-breakfast adjacent to the Pavilion. We were married on a hill underneath two oak trees on what turned out to be a gorgeous, cool fall day in September.
Our blush and gold décor theme was the perfect complement to the rustic but elegant structure of the Pavilion. We worked with Anna of Beautiful Day Linens to choose the perfect blush lamour to add warmth to the open space. We used La Tavola’s copper sparkly linen for our escort card table. Faith, of The Floral Company, worked with us to create beautiful arrangements that fulfilled both of our desires for blush-family florals with a rustic touch. Faith hand painted each of the gold planter boxes for our centerpieces! Kathy of Sugar Jones bakery created the most delicious blush-frosting cupcakes that guests continue to rave about. Our favors were warm cinnamon-sugar cider donuts and half pints of apple cider from Edwards Orchard nearby.
When we met with Paul of Abreo restaurant in Rockford, we discussed our vision for a very rustic and seasonal, farm-to-table culinary experience. We could not have chosen a better caterer to partner with! Paul knocked it out of the park with a menu consisting of beef short ribs and roasted chicken paired with roasted root vegetables and fresh herb parmesan polenta. Our guests said it was “the best wedding food” they’ve ever had!
Other details from our wedding day included DIY projects we tackled throughout the months leading up to our wedding – Craigslist hunting for a large window for the fireplace mantle, a Polaroid photo booth, and designing our gold-foil and blush invitation suite.
Our wedding would not have been what it was without the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative direction of our vendors especially our wedding planners Michelle Durpetti Events, Kacie Benjamin of The Pavilion, photographer Jen Badalamenti of Jen Lynne Photography, and videographers, Laura and Stephen Drew of Brittania Drew. We were so blessed by this amazing group of people who worked seamlessly together. Because of their collaboration and flawless execution of our creative details, we were able to enjoy all the sweet and joyous moments of our beautiful day!
Photography: Jen Lynne Photography | Videography: Brittania Drew Photo & Video | Wedding Planner: Michelle Durpetti Events | Cake: Sugar Jones | Jewelry: The Left Bank Bridal Finery | Catering: Abreo | Hair & Makeup: Arch Apothecary | DJ: Spinnin Discs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms | Floral & Decor: The Floral Company | Linens: Beautiful Day Linens | Rentals: Northpark Rentals | Vintage Rentals: The Savoy Flea