Take some rustic chic goodness and add in a little vintage charm all designed by a bride who knows a thing or two about planning the perfect wedding (she owns Dixie Bleu Events, after all) and the results are amazing. Think bundles of baby’s breath meets galvanized pails meets burlap tied bouquets. See it all captured in beautiful images by Redeeming Love Photography right here.
From the Bride (Dixie Bleu Events)… We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us, so we took the best of the midwest country boy and the southern wildflower and combined it together with a country, vintage, DIY, flea-market twist. The wedding had the comfort of the midwest corn fields and country feel with a splash of southern charm. My mother and I went to auctions, antique stores, goodwills and yard sales all over to collect pieces that captured our personalities and upbringing. It turned the wedding planning into an adventure trying to find over 200 vintage floral china plates and milk glass from all over Southern Illinois.
The wedding was a family DIY project, everyone pitched in someway or another. We had our families’ heirlooms and hard work all around us on our special day. It gave the wedding a touch of warmth and family pride, we felt as though every piece had a funny story or memory attached.
The wooden centerpieces came from the woods at York Farms, cut in his saw mill by Justin’s grandfather (DIY). The flag bunting that hung in the tent was hand-sewn by my 80-year-old grandmother (DIY). The vintage linens were hand sewn by Justin’s grandmother from the 60’s & 70’s (Heirloom). The golden deer antlers were found in the York Farm Woods (DIY). The vintage china, milk glass, mason jars, wooden doors, suitcases, and vintage furniture were collected by my mother and me. The straw bales were baled from York Farms. The Model T Ford was donated and driven by a life-long family friend of the York’s. The antique quilts donated by friends and family.
My something old was my late grandfather’s hankee sewed into my dress. My something borrowed were Alpha Delta Pi Sorority pins from Andi’s sorority sisters and bridesmaids Carly, Kelli, and Becca. My something new were monogrammed hankee from my momma. My something blue was my Florida Gator garter and a six pence in my shoe. My wedding and engagement rings were custom designed and made from my mother’s rings.
Photography: Redeeming Love Photography | Floral Design: Ahner Florist | Cake: Artistry on Cakes | Invitations: Wide Eyes Design | Ceremony Venue: The Weingarten | Reception Venue: The Weingarten | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure | Catering: Roy-el Catering | Make-Up: Krista Lam | DJ: Short Circuit Entertainment | Bar Sign: August Park | Bridal Dress: Maggie Soterro | Bridal Hair: Barri Allen | Bridal Jewlery: Sorrelli | Bridal Shoes: Toms | Custom Wedding Rings: Wolenhaupt Jewelry | DIY Projects (Mother/Daughter Team): Dixie Bleu Events | First Look: Eckert's Farm | Flower Girl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Getting Ready Attire: Monkey See Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Koozies: Rook Design Company | Photo Booth: Niche Photography | Pre- Bridal Photo's: Unforgettable Photography By Anna | Programs: Splash of Silver