The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend brought gorgeous blue skies perfect for an outdoor wedding and barn reception near Macomb, Illinois. It was my first time with a wedding at the Jerry Lewis Barn near Good Hope, IL and I was blown away by the gorgeous property and gracious owners. It was a perfect setting for Elizabeth and Riley, who recently graduated from Western Illinois University, to say their vows and celebrate with family and friends.
The temperatures were high and thankfully the threat of storms held off for their outdoor ceremony under one of the large trees on the property. The classic blush and navy color scheme perfectly complimented the green surroundings. The flowers we selected gave an elegant feel but weren't too formal for the setting. I'm so thankful to Stephanie Bartman Photography for these beautiful images.
Elizabeth, called EB by family and friends, knew what she wanted her flowers to look like from our first conversation. A self-proclaimed "flower snob", she was very clear on her likes and dislikes. When she showed me an inspiration photo full of color, but in muted shades, I instantly knew what I wanted to create for her big day. The peachy, pink Shimmer roses are a new favorite variety of mine and worked perfectly with the white peonies and the pink ranunculus. Blue agapanthus and yellow solidago brought a garden feel while the hypericum berry, thistle and grevillea gave beautiful texture.
The flower girls carried simple nosegays of roses and mixed foliage accented with navy ribbon. The groom wore a boutonniere of pink ranunculus, thistle and berries accented with grevillea and eucalyptus.
Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with a pair of white antique doors each holding a fresh floral wreath. Three lanterns were adorned with fresh flower sprays and were placed amongst the doors.
For the centerpieces, we started with mercury glass compote bowls and goblets and filled them with peonies, roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, agapanthus, spray roses, hypericum berry, thistle, and solidago. They smelled amazing! Additional tables were filled with candle trios in glass cylinders with greenery at the base.
What a perfect country wedding! I love when a wedding stays true to the couple and their style. Every detail was well thought out and execute to perfection. What a wonderful day to look back on and remember with fondness.
Congratulations EB and Riley! You had a beautiful wedding and I'm so happy to now call you friends. I relish the opportunity to work with those who were also raised and work in the agriculture industry. Can't wait to see what the future holds for you. Wishing you many years of happiness as you start your lives together!
Photography: Stephanie Bartman Photography | Make Up: Blush by Cassidy | Hair: Simply | Rings: Caitlin Hicks at M.J. Reed Jewelers | Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal Boutique | Officiant: Benjamin A. Murray | Caterer: Witch's Rib BBQ | DJ: Joe Roselieb at Cup of Joe Production | Cupcakes: Cupcake Baby | Printing: WIU Digital Production Services