View Posts By:




A Classic Tented Reception Under the Stars

With a traditional and refined celebration in mind, Jessica and Billy set out to plan a day inspired by the royal wedding. They chose a polo club outside Chicago as the setting and opted for a romantic tented reception beneath the stars. The result was a wedding that’s totally Will + Kate approved and you can see it all with photos by Natalie Probst.

[iframe 600 338]

Jessica and Billy drew inspiration from the royal wedding but wanted their wedding to feel anything but traditional. Their Arranmore Polo Club wedding did not disappoint one bit. They wanted to give their guests an all-around incredible experience appealing to all their senses – from décor to food to music. Fleur brought life to the tented reception with black tapered candles, lush magnolia trees, and accents of honed metallics. It was an intimate and oh-so-chic affair.

Shannon O’Brien and AJ Palace are the dream team when it comes to hair and makeup – Jessica and her ladies looked flawless. Jessica wowed in her stunning Carolina Herrera dress and carried a Princess Kate-inspired simple bouquet wrapped in leather, our favorite detail incorporated all throughout the day. Sarah Drake Designs provided the most beautiful paper goods: leather accented invitation suite and custom wax seal menus at each place setting. A seating chart hand lettered on leather and set in the lush ivy of a polo pitch farmhouse led guests to their seats.

And let’s not forget about the food from Boutique Bites! Coming from an Italian family, Jess knew an abundance of delicious food was a must. Preset charcuterie boards at every table and a super fun late night snack – cotton candy served on silver platters left guests ending the night on a good note. We could go on, but you get it, this wedding was absolute perfection.



Photography: Natalie Probst Photography | Videography: Mirar Productions | Wedding Planning: Estera Events | Floral Design: Fleur Inc | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Vanille Patisserie | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter and Paul Church | Reception Venue: Arranmore Farm Polo Club | Catering: Boutique Bites | Makeup : Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair : Your Stylist AJ | Music: Chicago Players

Rustic Chic Fall Wedding

Considering my fiancé has already started checking out unique ring options, this Groom’s bone ring caught my eye right away. But it wasn’t the only detail of this celebration that stood out, from the rustic DIY designs to one precious baby girl. This Bride hoped to create a “homemade country living” vibe and she achieved that goal to a tee, with Two Birds Photography capturing every bit. See more treats here!

From Two Birds PhotographyRhian and Cameron had a beautiful early autumn day for their wedding at the Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room. Their rustic theme was accentuated with the perfect amount of glamour and sweetness. Their wedding colors of ivory, navy and gray were beautifully complimented by their choice of flowers. We loved the personal touches they added throughout their day, and who can resist a dapper groom with a bolo tie and a bone ring?

Rhian and Cameron’s short, sweet and heartfelt ceremony was held outside and we simply adored the wagon that their beautiful one year old daughter was wheeled in with!

Their love story that they shared with us… One random fall weeknight, Rhian found herself reluctantly attending a college party with a friend. It was there that she noticed Cameron, similarly unenthusiastic about the night; dressed to the nines in sweatpants and a beanie. Cameron made no hesitation to approach her. Although Cam caught Rhian’s attention right away, she had already had enough for the night and told Cameron “I’ll be right back,” never to return.

As the days passed, Rhian found herself thinking about Cam constantly – so much so that she decided to pass her number along to a mutual friend, hoping it would make it’s way to Cam and he would call. As fate would have it, Cam got the message and contacted Rhian – but neither of them had any idea of the love story that would come as a result.

At first Rhian’s interest in Cam was based upon her finding him to be “extremely good looking” and Cam struggled to pull his attention away from Rhian’s body. Though as time went on, a much deeper bond began to develop. Cameron put Rhian at ease, making her laugh constantly and feel instantly comfortable around him. The love between these two cannot be denied. When Rhian looks at Cam, you can see the strongest gaze of admiration and respect in her eyes. When Cam looks at Rhian, you see the stare of a man who would do anything to make her smile, to protect her, and to give her the world.

Cam looks to the future and reflects on how far the two have come; “Today we have a beautiful family. Everyday she shows me why I fell in love with her by being an amazing mom and the perfect partner in this crazy world.” Rhian has always thought of Cam as her dream come true; “No matter what, he has always stuck by my side through the good, the bad and the ugly. He is the only person I have ever truly loved.”

From the Bride… Our wedding was a perfect day filled with all of our closest friends and family. We wanted our wedding to be a huge party that everyone could have fun at. It was a celebration of the love we have for each other. Everything from the table numbers to table florals, signs and mason jars were all handmade by myself and with the help of friends and family. We wanted our day to revolve around the simplicity of ” homemade country living.” Everything from the food to dessert was planned to have a loving homey feel to it. We wanted our “s’more love” bar to be something all of our guests could enjoy and get creative with what flavors they liked.

It is hard to choose just one moment as our favorite moment of the day. Between watching our beautiful daughter walk down the aisle to saying yes to a lifetime of happiness and dancing the night away… the entire day was filled with our favorite moments with our favorite people… and every day since has been a blessing.

The first look was also special to the both of us because it was “our” moment. It was a special moment in time that was just ours to enjoy each other and not having to share that with anyone was truly special to both of us.

Photography: Two Birds Photography | Floral Design: Langes Woodland Flowers | Reception Venue: Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: My Chef | DJ: DJ Nalex | Transportation: Naperville Trolley | Wedding Dress And Tux: Wolsfelt's Bridal

Romantic + Rustic Wedding at Emerson Creek from Christopher | F Photography

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

Emerson Creek Wedding from Breath of Life Photography

This wedding is just downright darling from start to finish. With the sweet DIY touches and beautiful Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room setting the stage for all the sweetness – it’s safe to say this soiree has charmed my socks right off. The plethora of pretty was captured beautifully by Breath of Life Photography, and you can see it all right here.

From the Bride… Evan and I really wanted our wedding to be an intimate experience for all of our guests. To do this we spent a lot of time planning and implementing small details that would help enhance the intimate atmosphere that we desired, and reflect our personalities and hearts to our guests. All of our decor was either handmade or used from our home. We wanted our wedding to be an experience that encouraged laughter, comfort, and shared special moments.

The entire day was a dream, but my absolute favorite part was the ceremony! My parents had a huge part in helping with our ceremony design. Even though we were outdoors Evan and I wanted to bring elements of the church outside. We used vintage doors, bike, and suitcase to mark the “entrance” of our ceremony site. My dad built the alter with an old wrought iron arbor and two old stained glass windows. The glass vases were constructed with several vintage plates, compotes, and bowls. All of these items my mother amazingly already had around her home! This remains true for all of the other vintage elements on our day. I love that the things we used in our wedding were things that I grew up with. My bouquet was beautifully crafted by my mother and some of her girlfriends. The materials used were vintage millinery flowers and brooches, some had even belonged to my mom and my grandmother.

The music at our ceremony was played by three extremely talented students from the ministry that Evan and I serve in on Sundays, this ministry is also where Evan and I met. The music that was so wonderfully played during our ceremony was:

Seating: How Sweet it is, James Taylor + All I Want is You, Tristan Pettyman + Moon River | Processional: Real Love,inspired by the Regina Spektor version | Bride: Love me Tender, inspired by the Norah Jones version | Feet Washing: Be Still, The Fray | Recessional: Dance Tonight, Paul McCartney

For our reception, we served four different styles of home-brewed beer provided by one of our groomsmen. Our wine was from Wine to Water, a non-profit international aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. What better food to enjoy at a wedding than memphis style BBQ? Our cake was pumpkin spice, and our guests enjoyed apple pie, apple cider doughnuts and Scooter’s coffee (from Evan’s parents’ coffee shops)! Emerson Creek has fire pits behind their barn, so for our favors we gifted S’more kits!

I knew I wanted to have my wedding at Emerson Creek before I was even engaged! I came to their fall fest to support my mom’s botique. The minute my sister and I drove onto the grounds my sister said “If you don’t get married here, I’m going to have to throw myself a second wedding!” Since that moment there was no doubt in my Emerson Creek’s venue was beyond perfect for our wedding. Their property is stunning, from the barn to the open fields- absolutely gorgeous! Since the beginning of our planning, Emerson Creek worked to make our vision for the wedding a reality. I could not have imagined a more perfect day!


Wedding Photography: Breath of Life Photography | Wedding Venue: Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room, Oswego, Illinois | Floral Design: Barbara Fisher (Chicago) + Diana Johannesen (Mother of the Bride) | Event Design: Diana Johannesen (Mother of the Bride + Bride) | Event Planning: Lisa Schlesinger from Emerson Creek | Cinematography: John Bach Productions| Mr. + Mrs. Seat Covers: LynDe Designs | Cake: Jennifer Kliegl (Chicago) | Bow Ties: Grace Designs (Arlington Heights) | Invitations: Fresh Love from Yours is the Earth | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Hair and Makeup: Sarah McGinnis from Pin Curls Salon | Cake: Jennifer Kliegl

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here