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Iowa Backyard Barn Wedding

When my sweet cousin Kate let me in on plans to transform her parents’ backyard barn into a full-blown ceremony venue, I was the tiniest bit skeptical. But thanks to a little creative dreaming and a whole lot of elbow grease, they pulled off a handcrafted, vintage-chic celebration that’s sure to take Pinterest by storm. Amanda Basteen captured the day, and you can get your hands on it all in the gallery.

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From The Bride…Ryan and I met about 5 years ago through mutual friends. Our relationship was not the typical love at first site type of romance. We became really close friends before we started dating, and I think that helped us build a really strong foundation. I know we can both say that we truly did marry our best friend.

Once I knew that Ryan was the man I would marry, I started dreaming of my perfect wedding. I grew up on a farm and have always had a love for the country. Ryan also grew up around farming, and we knew that getting married on a farm was the perfect representation of our future life together. I asked my parents if we could get married on their farm, and they were more than happy to get working on turning it into the perfect wedding location. They have an old vintage barn that I knew had the potential to be special. It took over a year to restore the barn for the wedding with help from our awesome friends and family. Ryan and I designed and built the window wall on the front of the barn that really gave it the quirky vintage feel I was looking for.

The day after Ryan and I got engaged, my mom and I started the hunt for the perfect wedding decorations. We had such a fun time hitting up all of the local shops and flea markets in our area, and were able to find the perfect vintage and shabby chic pieces we were looking for. We wanted every detail to have our own personal touch and I couldn’t be happier with how the decor turned out. My mom and I designed all of the decor for the wedding and our dear friend Bobbie Peiffer helped us pull together all of the finishing touches. She has experience in wedding design and I knew that she would take our vintage ideas and top them with the perfect finishings.

Our parents really helped make our dream wedding come true and we can’t thank them enough for letting us transform their barn into the perfect wedding location. Our guests had so much fun walking around the property and admiring all of the hard word it took to get the grounds looking so beautiful. Our wedding day was more amazing than any expectations we had and we couldn’t be more thankful that we were able to share it with our loved ones.

We are so excited to start our new life as husband and wife and are so happy we have all of these amazing memories. We knew our wedding would be a once in a lifetime experience and are delighted to be able to share and inspire other couples looking to create their own special day!

Photography: Amanda Basteen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various | DJ: Unique Events | Cake/Dessert Bar: Amber's Eats And Treats | Floral/Event Design: Bobbie Peiffer | Rentals: Vintage Love, Rentals & Annessi | Venue: The Barn | Wedding Party Hair: Hair {by Kailee} | Wedding Party Make-Up: Lindsey Coblentz

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Elegant Museum Wedding in Chicago

With Chicago History Museum as the venue for both the ceremony and celebrating, classic elegance was sure to ensue. And, judging by the pics from Emilia Jane Photography, it definitely did. From the city’s stunning architecture to the peony filled bouquets by Fleur Du Jeur, every inch of this wedding was covered in class. Check out this timeless beauty for yourself in the gallery.

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From Emilia Jane PhotographyThis classic Chicago History Museum summer wedding was stunning from start to finish. The girls got ready in the gorgeous new Langham Hotel Chicago and we walked around the Chicago River for bridal party portraits. After an emotional ceremony at the museum, we had perfect weather for an outdoor cocktail hour! One of my absolute favorite things about the history museum though, is the epic black and white dance floor….which Julia and Tomas took full advantage of with friends and family.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Florist: Fleur Du Jeur | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose | Caterer: Jewell Events | Make-up: Shannon O'Brien MUA | DJ: Spin Productions | Ceremony & Reception: Chicago History Museum | Day Of Coordinator: The Ideal Day | Getting Ready Hotel: Langham Chicago

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Modern Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding

Modern weddings? They’re kind of my jam. Clean lines, chic details and black + white palettes always feel fresh, and Chicago museum wedding is the latest object of my affection. Planned by Soiree Weddings & Events with blooms by Sweet Petal, it’s black tie gone gorgeous, and Diana Lupu captured every last bit. More right here.

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From Diana Lupu Photography….Taking place at the fabulous Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, this wedding was truly one beautiful, stylish affair. It was modern, elegant, and as classic as they come, with one stunning couple as the focal point.

From The Bride…Our wedding was a dream from the beginning to end….from our proposal to all of the celebrations with family and friends to the ultimate end, our wedding day. The night we got engaged we decided three things about our wedding: We wanted it to be soon; we wanted it to be small and intimate; and we wanted it to be a representation of us, simple, classic and beautiful.

That being said, the day was perfect…. Being able to marry my best friend in the center of our beautiful city followed by a celebration filled with candles, flowers, lights floating about our heads, and a long white table filled with our closest family and friends. With the help of our amazing vendors, the entire day was carried out flawlessly. Tiffany, from Soiree Chicago, was a huge help as she and her team provided great recommendations throughout the process and made sure our day went smooth. The wedding meal, by Wolfgang Puck, was impeccable, light and delicious. Our uber-talented photographer, Diana Lupu, captured each special moment.

The night was black tie affair and our wedding party fit the bill. My bridesmaids chose their own dresses and the groomsmen wore tuxes. I found my amazing dress from Nicole Miller. Long, silky, sexy but simple. Doug wore his own tux by Hugo Boss, so classic and handsome. After eating and dancing under the stars, the night ended by leaving under a canopy of sparklers into a surprise horse-drawn carriage. And then, we lived happily ever after.

Photography: Diana Lupu Photography | Florist: Sweet Petal | Bakery: Magnolia Bakery | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Bride Dress: Nicole Miller | Ceremony & Reception: MCA Chicago | DJ & Instrumental Musicians: Cage And Aquarium | Groom Tux: Hugo Boss | Lighting Design: MDM Entertainment | Wedding Planning: Soiree Weddings & Events

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Classic Blush Chicago Tent Wedding

This wedding? It’s the definition of timeless. Think classic Pronovias ballgown, tented reception and more white-on-white moments than you can count. The fab Kristin La Voie was there to capture the day, and she has all the classic gorgeousness sitting right here.

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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyThere are no two sweeter, cuter, happier people than Luke & Lauren. Not only do their names together roll off your tongue, but they are pure magic in front of the camera. The minute I stepped into Lauren’s bridal suite and got one look of the most stunning updo of all time, I KNEW the whole day would be perfection. Even though it was a humid & hot day, we found the perfect shady patches for a magical first look. These two just couldn’t keep their hands off of each other! The ceremony was breathtaking with their gorgeous chuppah and the tented reception was just my cup of tea (even during a monsoon!). The day was simply stunning.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Videographer: Vanilla Video | Florist: Phillip's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Allegretti's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort | Reception Venue: Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort | Shoes: James Ciccotti | Hair: Antje Kastner Studio | Band: Orchestra 33 | Boutique: Volle's Bridal Boutique