Their story is a classic opposites attract tale. Dawn is from the city, James is from the country. She's and interior designer, he's a farmer & lumberjack. It was important to them for their wedding to reflect both of their personalities and to maintain an elegant feel while incorporating natural elements. The result was an intimate, sophisticated event that perfectly represented the blending of two unique individuals.
|Photo credits : Elizabeth Greve Photography|
Here are just a few of the ways the couple incorporated environmentally friendly elements into their wedding day:
I asked the bride if she had any special stories about their wedding to share. She told me, "My cousin was able to marry us. She flew in from Vegas where she is a minister. It was so special having her do that. I was also able to incorporate my late grandmother into a few elements as well. I used her old suitcase as my card box and held on tightly to her hankerchief as I said my vows."
"My florist came over the morning of the wedding and hand cut the flowers that my family & I grew for the tables and for my bouquet. She even was able to include a few garden roses from my late grandmother's rose bush."
I asked Dawn what advice she has for brides who are currently planning their weddings. "Try to incorporate both of you into your wedding. If you come up with a bizarre idea, follow through with it. Some of our ideas that got eye rolls, turned out the most fun and memorable at the wedding, like our programs printed on wildflower seeded paper or our fingerprint tree."
And the best advice she received as a bride, "One of my best friends told me during the reception to sit back and take it all in. Look around at every table and remember they are all here for us, supporting and loving us. I did exactly that, and am thankful I had that moment."
I also love the couple's engagement story so much, I just had to share it:
"On a typical Friday night, James told me he wanted to take me out for supper. On our way there, he asked me if I wanted to see where he had been working all week. As we were taking the little drive, the sun was just starting to set and we were laughing and having our usual good time. Once we arrived in Loda, he told me there was a house he wanted to take me to that he thought was for sale. We drove around for about ten minutes - apparently James was kind of lost.
Once we pulled up to the house, there was a small lake in front of us with a little beach. He asked me if I wanted to go take a walk. On our walk, hand in hand towards the water, he got down on one knee and said the most beautiful 4 words I have ever heard. It was timed perfectly with the sunset and it was the most beautiful summer night…. he did good! The lake that James proposed on is our new home at Lake Iroquois! Love that we got engaged where we will start our lives together!"
Vendors and Photo Credits:
Photographer : Elizabeth Greve Photography
Florist : Mandy Ooykaas (She grew many of the flowers in her greenhouse locally. She does not have a website, she is an old friend whose parents own a greenhouse and tree farm.)
Cake : The Cake Box in New Lenox, IL. (They have shut their business down since then. What a shame, our cake was lemon with raspberry preserves and was delicious!)