Glencoe Beach Trellis Wedding Photo Shoot by Melissa Hayes Photography
October 5, 2011

I have been totally swept off my feet by this uber-romantic, sustainably-chic, lakeside inspiration shoot by Melissa Hayes Photography.  The details are the perfect blend of classic meets modern and organic meets whimsical and each one has found a little place inside my heart.  Naturally Yours Events made sure that all the lovely, soft details were not only completely gorgeous but eco-friendly as well and the elegant florals by Pollen are naturally modern and absolutely breathtaking.  Visit all of this modern day fairytale in the full gallery!

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From the Melissa Hayes Photography:

Before we all say goodbye to the summer here in the Midwest, we wanted to put together a very natural, soft yet chic, wedding inspiration shoot at the beach. Lakefront weddings are a rare occurrence in Chicago, and we wanted to showcase how perfectly intimate the beach at Glencoe Park can be for those brides that dream of a private, sandy lakeside ceremony. With its spanish style beach house, cliff views of beautiful Lake Michigan, and serene beach, guests will be amazed how close they are to the city of Chicago.

Using the rustic wooden tables bordering the sand for dining, Carlene softened them by installing a lace table runner. A smooth, white fabric was draped above to sway in the wind pairing shabby chic with the rustic table, but to also provide shade for guests while dining. Soft, pale pink roses and ribbon were accented with deep purples in the succulents and plums. Sun kissed glass globes were hung at varying lengths to hold delicate blossoms reinforcing an airy feel.  Table florals were displayed at varying heights to mirror the florals above. Neutral toned chargers and satin table runner made for a lovely transition to the lace and whimsical plates.

As a member of the Green Wedding Alliance, Naturally Yours Events also incorporated eco-friendly elements with certain details.  Florals designed by Pollen, specializes in sustainable arrangements. Flower garlands were handmade from old sewing patterns. Paper goods designed by Tweedle Press, were printed on 100% recycled and chlorine free paper and used sustainable ink for the letterpress invitations. Vintage dinnerware provided by Plate whose co-owners discover and repurpose vintage dinnerware for events. Last but not least, the crates and plums were sourced by local farmers from the Windy City Farmers Market in Chicago.

Photography: Melissa Hayes Photography / Coordinator and Design: Naturally Yours Events / Florals: Pollen / Rentals + Linens: Classic Party Rentals / Dinnerware Rental: Plate / Wedding Cake: Tipsy Cake / Cake Pedestal + Vintage Cake Server + Vintage Keys: BHLDN / Pastries: Alliance Bakery / Paper Products: Tweedle Press / Lace and Ribbons: Mignonette Designs / Gowns + Accessories: Belle Vie Bridal Couture / Makeup: Sonia Roselli Makeup Studios / Model: Cassandra of Factor Women / Location: Glencoe Beach Trellis