Rustic Romance meets French Country in this magical affair, and the result? Breathtaking. One look at the images from Cristina G Photography and you feel like your are taking a peek at your fairytale come to life – yet you know it’s a real life love story. A love story that gets to start is next chapter after this stunning al fresco affair, and I think that is one fabulous way to turn that page. See it all here.

From the bride… I have always wanted to have an outdoor wedding. We started looking at historic homes in the area and found Redfield Estate. It was love at first sight. The rustic romantic style of the venue was the perfect background for a French Country inspired soiree.

The farm table and chairs we chose for the head table pulled the whole look together. White linens and table napkins were used for all round tables while a burlap and lace table runner adorned the rustic head table. Coral and white peonies, peach garden roses and little spray roses, plus a variety of light pink, peach and white colored flowers were placed in vintage vases, milk glass and blue mason jars and grouped together as centerpieces for all guest tables. The bridesmaids and bridal bouquet were reused to decorate the head table and placed in short mercury glass vases.

For the cards I bought a vintage luggage set on etsy after seeing a similar idea on Pinterest. Our guest book was a beautiful white tree in a sage green matte and white frame where little paper leaves had to be placed on it by guests that attended our big day. The vanity is one of my favorite pieces. I have actually had it for about 6 years, it was purchased from an antique store in Deland, Florida when I was in college and I’ve moved it around with me ever since. I had it refinished for the wedding by Julie at Casa Couture Furniture in Roscoe Village.

All the paper goods (invitations, programs, favor labels, cocktail napkins, place cards, table numbers, menus and hand painted signs) were created by the wonderful Catherine Fitzpatrick of The Charm Studio. Our late evening snack surprise was a gelato cart from Frost.

Last, but not least, once my mom heard the weather was going to be cool the night of my wedding, she started running around to look for pashminas to keep everyone warm. She had some overnighted from Amazon and went to several stores at Old Orchard the day before the wedding!

One of everyone’s favorite little details from the wedding was the cocktail napkin. It was a copy of the napkin Doug wrote his number on the night we met. We had met in January 2007 at Sunshine Lanes in Deland, Florida. My best friend, Brittany, and I were meeting up with our friend, Brandon, who just happened to bring along his buddy, Doug. As soon as I saw Doug, I knew he was the one. We all started bowling together, but Doug and I ended up in our own little world granny bowling and laughing the night away. At the end of the night, I can remember telling Brittany that I was going to marry Doug someday, so it was only natural that I would keep that napkin as a keepsake of the day we met.

Wedding Photography: Cristina G Photography  | Wedding Venue: Redfield Estate at The Grove, Glenview, Illinois | Officiant: Pastor Tim Smoot | Event Coordination: Melissa Samek of Clementine Custom Events | Floral Design: Michelle Vasquez of Poppy Posh | Cake: Froggy’s| Catering: Everyday Gourmet | Gelato Cart: Frost | Signs + Invitations + Paper Goods: The Charm Studio | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen’s suits from Men’s Wearhouse | DJ: Carrie of Toast and Jam | Hair + Makeup: Nightingale Beauty | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Christy Bennet of Fumee Gypsy Project | Rentals: Halls

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