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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!


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 | Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery | 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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Romantic Garden Wedding at the Rockford Art Museum

Before we even get into how gorgeous this Rockford Art Museum is, can we please just take a moment to swoon over this Bride’s gorgeous BHLDN gown? I am in love. It’s the perfect gown for this seriously stylish affair. With its understated yet elegant vibe all captured beautifully by Ryan Timm Photography, it goes without saying this entire wedding is just beyond. See it all here.


From The Bride…Right away Ryan and I had ideas of what we wanted to achieve for our wedding. We wanted something simple, elegant and romantic. That is where our mind set started as we began to plan our special day. We were engaged at the end of February and planned to be married the August of that same year.

The first thing Ryan and I both knew we wanted for our ceremony was an intimate outdoor location with our closest family and friends. We both love nature and enjoy the serenity it gives. After we found the ceremony and reception locations we began to plan all of the other details.
The dress was the next step, and once I found it I suddenly had a very clear vision of what I wished the day to look like. A day that relayed simple elegance filled with blush pink bows, lace, gold details and beautiful summer hydrangeas. This mantra of “simple elegance” quickly became the theme of our wedding.

Once we had the date and attire, we were flying into high gear finding the perfect arrangement of flatware, linens and flowers. We had such a wonderful time creating a vision together and making it all come to life. I still cannot believe that we were able to have a wedding that relayed so much of our creativity and personality. It was quite a special day for me, I found my best friend and partner whom I can finally call my husband and that was the most beautiful part of the day.

Photography: Ryan Timm Photography | Videography: Parker Nyquist | Ceremony Venue: Anderson Japanese Gardens | Reception Venue: Rockford Art Museum | Catering: Abreo | Hair And Makeup: Mane Expressions By Chris Gill | Band: New Balance | Bridal Gown: BHLDN By Catherine Deane | Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaid By Monique Lhuillier | Flower Girl Attire: Nordstrom By Ruby And Bloom | Groom And Groomsmen Clothing: J. Crew

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DIY Inspired Wedding from C. Tyson Photography

Mixing rustic and modern just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite wedding combinations; a style choice that is guaranteed to make me weak in the knees the moment I lay my eyes on its pure awesomeness.  Such is the case with this beautiful day captured by C. Tyson Photography, a stop-you-in-your-tracks DIY affair set against the industrial amazingness known as the Prairie Street Brewhouse and featuring one of the most beautiful bouquets you will ever, ever see from Broadway Florist.  Soak in every last gorgeous moment right here in the full gallery.


From ChristopherI met Brittany and Joe in 2010 when I photographed their friends’ wedding. They were just dating at the time and were both in the Bridal Party. After seeing the photographs from that wedding, they made it clear that when they did get married, I would be the one to document their wedding. Fast forward three years and here we are! Brittany and Joe have been absolutely huge vocal supporters of me over the years and when they got their engagement photographs, I could not believe how rapidly they spread them through every social media platform. I feel they did a great job of honoring tradition yet they were not afraid to make it theirs. They even tossed the idea of cake out the window and just had an ice cream bar instead!

The church they were married at was St. Bridget Church and is very unique with the entire sanctuary being round with a spire in the middle that lets all kinds of natural light pour into the venue. This church is the church that Joe and his entire family grew up in. So while the space is beautiful, the church means something to the couple. The reception space was the Prairie Street Brewhouse. The Brewhouse was originally built as the Peacock Brewery in the 1850′s. Through the years it has survived fires, the prohibition area, recessions and much more. Yet in the early 2000′s, the brewery was a shell of itself and it needed many repairs. In the past four years it has undergone an entire transformation and is now a hub in the downtown revival that Rockford, Illinois is undergoing. While it has been updated, the builders have been very careful to retain as many elements as possible to keep the rustic, urban feel that the Brewhouse had originally had.

Photographer: C. Tyson Photography | Florist: Broadway Florist | Wedding Dress: Sarah Grace | Ceremony Venue: St. Bridget Church | Reception Venue: Prairie Street Brewhouse | Caterer: Altamore | Hair and Makeup: Thexiprence Salon and Spa | Lighting: Spin N Play | Lighting: Luxe Productions | DJ: Spin N Play | Suits: Jos A Bank