Lesson of the day: if you are looking to tie the knot in a drop-dead gorgeous, fairytale-like setting, the amazing Armour House is most definitely the place.  The towering mansion, beautiful gardens and breathtaking staircase are enough to woo any lover of weddings, but throw in the expertise of North Shore Weddings and Events and Deonna Caruso and, well… perfection, lovelies.  See it all here.

And a little something special from Twelve Twelve Studios… enjoy.

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From The Bride…The Armour Mansion at Lake Forest Academy truly was the quintessential venue for a fairytale wedding. The venue’s old world charm, lavish gardens, and breathtaking architecture left all of our guests speechless. Choosing this venue was very special bonding moment for my father and me, as he handpicked this venue to give away his little girl. Interestingly, Jonathan Ogden Armour shared the same sentiments; designing a grandiose bridal staircase in the mansion for his daughter. This historic mansion set the ambiance and overall design of our wedding. As we planned our honeymoon in Tuscany, Italy, we also wanted to make our guests feel like they had escaped to an Italian countryside. Our guests filled the lush gardens, as the harpist played “The Gentle Maiden”, Irish Air, in significance of my husband and my family’s Irish decent.

From Deonna Caruso Photography… On July 13, 2013, Dana Parkhill and Frank Miller were married at the beautiful Armour House in Lake Forest. What a perfect day for an outdoor wedding and when I say perfect, it was truly that! The day could not have been better for the two of them. Dana and Frank met each other a couple of years ago through a mutual friend. When they first met their friend said “Mr. Nice Guy meet Mrs. Nice Girl.”  When you meet both of them you realize that pretty much sums it up. After they met each other they dated and endured a long-distance relationship for awhile. Frank was finishing up undergrad at Wake Forest in North Carolina and Dana was finishing graduate school in Bloomington, Indiana. They spent summers together and saw each other when they could. When Frank graduated in 2012, he came to Bloomington and got a job. They were so grateful to finally be in the same town! Frank proposed to Dana at a local winery in Bloomington in October of 2012 and the rest is history. When you see the two of them together you can see how much love and respect they have for each other and it was such an honor to capture their gorgeous wedding day!

Photography: Deonna Caruso Photography | Videographer: Twelve Twelve Studios | Wedding Planner: North Shore Weddings and Events | Wedding Cake: Deerfield's Bakery | Band: Final Say | Harpist: Renee Wilson | Floral And Decor: Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor | Hair/Make Up: Antonette White | Wedding Reception and Ceremony: Armour House