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Blush & Gold Orchard Wedding

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!

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Fall
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FarmOrchard
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Romantic

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 | 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

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Elegant Chicago Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden

There isn’t a single thing I don’t love about this wedding. And when I say love, I mean head over heels, squeal-worthy love. With the help of Estera Events and HMR Designs this couple took tradition and gave it a gorgeous twist of their own, leaving us with a gallery from Julia Franzosa Photography that is simple perfection. Soak it all up here.

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Winter
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Romantic

From Julia Franzosa PhotographyBy getting married at Bridgeport Art Center’s brand new Sculpture Garden, Lucy and Brian set out to make their wedding a bit different than the traditional, and they did an incredibly amazing job by utilizing gorgeous decor options. A hanging floral chuppah was the centerpiece of their ceremony, which was turned into the dance floor for the reception. The mixed grays, peaches and other natural tones with foliage and wood, too! Not too mention Lucy looked perfect in her Jenny Packham wedding dress and Brian absolutely dapper in his suit. The escort display was a design of beautifully hand calligraphed kraft paper tags hanging garden hooks embedded in moss. A little bit of November rain didn’t effect portraits of the bridal party — and a gorgeous vintage shop next door, Coyle + Herr, allowed Lucy + Brian’s entire wedding party in to take photos in their gorgeous space!

Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Event Planning: Estera Events | Floral Design: HMR Designs | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Sarah Drake Design | Catering: Shallot's Bistro | Hair: Elena Denning | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: SWAY Chicago | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Bridgeport Art Center - Sculpture Garden | Makeup: Rachel Reiman

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As a former Windy City resident, I’ve been following (and swooning over) stunning events and weddings crafted by Bliss Weddings & Events since forever. With over 20 years of experience in luxury event planning, floral design + interior design, the creative geniuses behind Bliss will make sure your big day is totally unique and perfectly planned from start to finish!

Made up of a group of uber-talented planners and designers, the Bliss Weddings & Events team is as stylish as they are creative and fun! And that, my dears, comes shining through in each and every one of the high-end events they design and orchestrate. With a focus on personalizing every event with impeccable style, clever touches and creativity, not a detail is left behind. Guiding couples through the sometimes overwhelming process, Bliss will design every last detail of your event, from florals to lighting to paper goods. Chock full of inventive ideas and contemporary charm, a cookie-cutter event is simply not an option when working with Bliss.

Offering both full planning as well as month-of planning by their fabulous Month-Of Mavens, the Bliss team helps couples create streamlined and specialized events that will have your guests in awe. SMPers, the Bliss Belles and Beau are simply the answer to your event design + planning worries! Ready to get started on your big day? Now’s the time, because Bliss is offering $150 off  contracted month-of planning packages! Simply mention SMP in your email inquiry to redeem discount. 

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