You’d never, ever guess a day this fabulous was planned in six months flat. But sure enough, that’s all the time it takes to pull off one perfectly crafted “I do.” And with Christopher|F Photography there to document every darling detail, there’s a whole lot of swoonage from this Midwest affair waiting for you here.
From the Bride… After six months of endless planning, the big day had finally arrived. Looking back now I am so happy to say that I would not have changed one thing. From the very first decision of finding the venue, the planning process was exciting and joyful. We found the perfect farm/barn venue, Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom in Oswego, Illinois, from a suggestion of my husband’s co-worker. We first saw Emerson Creek in the dead of winter, but even in its starkness, it was still very beautiful. From the pictures we saw online and seeing the venue in person we fell in love with it. We didn’t see the venue again until the spring, and with everything in full bloom, it was everything I imagined it to be. The rustic and casually elegant feel, suited me perfectly!
The day of the wedding, everything came together perfectly. All the people who worked so hard and genuinely wanted our day to be great cannot be thanked enough. From our patient and flexible wedding coordinator Shari, to our caterer Tasia from Catering 59 who provided delicious food (people are still talking about it), to our talented photographer Christopher from Christopher F Photography, to the Paper Spot for providing attentive and helpful service for the wedding invitations and thank you’s, to our videographer and family friend Bob, to our florist Kim from Jewel, to my make-up artist Linda from Beautify Spa and Make-up, to the photo booth company Platinum Flash, to the amazingly talented band The Bluewater Kings, to my personal decorators Aunt Claudia, Uncle Lowell and family friends Mary and Carol, to the great people behind the scenes who helped with the wedding video my brother-in-law Tom, and husbands friends Jason and Pat, to Bella Sposa for helping me find the perfect dress, to Janet from Jos F. Bank for providing quality service for the suits, to our Pastor Scott Kircher from Hickory Creek for presiding over our marriage, to Emerson Creek for making sure the venue looked in pristine condition, to Travel Tap for serving our guests with a smile, to all of our guests who came from great distances to share in our day, to our families who made our day so meaningful by being able to watch 19 of our nieces and nephews walk down the isle, to our great friends who happily stood up which made us feel honored, and most of all to our parents for all their financial support, love, and encouragement throughout the whole process.
I will always remember all the little details from that day that so often go unnoticed, but take lots of time, coordinating, and planning… the floral and striped straws, the mason jars and watering cans that held all the colorful wildflowers for centerpieces and the aisle, my blue toe nail polish for my something blue, the honey jar wedding favors/table numbers, the photo app card for our guests to capture the night, my cowboy boots, the simple and elegant wedding invitations and thank you’s, the candles and frog lids on all the center piece mason jars, the programs for the ceremony, my veil, the handkerchiefs for all the groomsman and groom, the haystacks for the kids to sit on after they walked down the isle, the suspenders on the little boys and the dads, the perfectly coordinated and pressed t-shirts, suits, shoes, socks and belts for the groomsman, ushers, and groom, the balloons and sign (Kerry and Jeff Wedding) at the entrance of Emerson Creek, the amazing pie display in the wooden hutch and drawers, the catering company who wore chef hats, the complimentary water and lemonade offered by Emerson Creek for guests at the ceremony, the mothers’ dresses, shoes, and jewelry, the flower girl baskets, cowboy boots, and wreaths in their hair, the junior bridesmaids slippers and flower in their hair, the casual look of the Jr. Groomsman ties and rolled up sleeves, the wooden card holder crate and hand-crafted wedding guestbook and wooden pens in the stump holder, and the list goes on and on!
The surrounding scenery that day was breathtaking with a background set to wildflowers, evergreens, green rolling hills, corn fields, a beautiful blue barn with white sliding doors and chandeliers, an old gravel road, and a tea room with a country porch and rocking chairs…as the sun was setting it made everything surrounding the farm and the barn just sparkle. It was the middle of July and we had weather in the low 80’s with complete sunshine! Amazing for an outdoor wedding in the summer! It was truly a PERFECT day!
God couldn’t have made this day any more amazing! The sounds and visuals of our family and friends laughing and conversing meant so much to us. To think… 15 years ago in 8th grade I would meet the man I was going to marry has been my greatest blessing in disguise.
Photography: Christopher|F Photography | Invitations: The Paper Spot | Catering: Catering 59 | Makeup: Linda Camacho | Hair: MacKenzie Hair Parlor | Band: Bluewater Kings Band | Officiant: Pastor Scott Kircher | Wedding Location: Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom