John and Amy’s Farm Chic Wedding

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Amy and John's Farm Chic Wedding

I love this wedding feature for all the little touches. Amy, John, their families and friends did an amazing job of making their wedding so unique and personal to them. Even if you’re not considering an outdoor wedding in Ireland, you can take inspiration from this Illinois wedding.

CandlesTea LightsCandle StandTable SetFamily Wedding Photographs

How we met

Where and when

John and I grew up in the same town and went to school together since kindergarden. We first became friends in middle school study hall.

Our first date

Our first date’ was actually our junior homecoming. I left for college and we stayed in touch, and continued to stay friends as I moved to Chicago after I graduated. I was home for Christmas in 2008 when we ran into each while I was out with my sister. We once again exchanged telephone numbers and hung out for a couple of days while I was home. After the holiday, I went back to Chicago and knew that this time was different. We spoke every day after I left until he finally convinced me to leave the city and live with him in the country 6 months later!

The Proposal

On March 19th, 2011, we went to go look at rings. When we found the vintage inspired band, I literally wouldn’t take it off my finger. We drove straight to my parent’s home (with the ring still on my finger) where John formally asked my father for his blessing. He still hasn’t officially’ asked me to marry him!

Personalised Wedding Dress HangerWedding DressAmy's DressI Do Wedding Shoe StickersBridal PreparationsWedding ShoesWedding FlowersHair AccessoryVeilWedding Shoes and Ring

The Big Day

Wedding Theme / Colour Scheme:

Vintage Farmhouse Chic! I wasn’t too particular about one color over another, but my sister (my MOH and only bridesmaid) found a beautiful plum colored assymetrical dress, and along with it we found a plum and dark pink dress for my niece Amelia, our flower girl.

Bridesmaid and Flowergirl
Willow Tree CeremonyCandelabra

What we were thinking

That this was really happening. I was about to marry my childhood friend!!

Flower GirlTop Of The Aisle

Our flower girl Amelia was only 22 months old, so John had to lure her down the aisle with a cookie. As she approached, and spotted the cookie, she ran to John and they shared a very sweet moment together. I think those pictures are definitely the tear jerkers!!

Before I walked down the aisle

I hung out with my family and friends!! I wasn’t nervous at all, just so excited! As my sister and niece left to head to the ceremony, I had a nice moment with my dad!

When we first saw each other

We were just smiling and laughing!! I didn’t notice anyone else at the ceremony besides him!!

Exchanging VowsYou May Kiss The BrideMan and Wife

Your music, and why you chose it

Our first dance was You Make It Look So Easy by Eric Church. If you look up the lyrics to the song, it explains John and I to a T’.

Menu

Our great friend, Mike Lowery, roasted beef and pork roasts for our 400+ guests. I had a local caterer, The Griller and the Gourmet, compliment the beef and pork with other picnic/bbq style sides, including taffy apple salad, fruit salsa with home made cinnamon chips, mostacholi, roasted potatoes with bacon, etc.

Most emotional moment

Every detail of our wedding day is due to the time and effort of our friends and family, especially my aunt Donna Marketti. I would have never been able to pay anyone to put in the love that they did. The entire week was full of a constant flow of people trimming trees, power washing rocks, and hanging all of our frames, scaffle, etc…. It was so much fun, but also exhausting.

The morning of the wedding, I arrived at my grandparent’s home, and again, the driveway was packed with all of my family’s cars making sure every little detail was perfect for us. I just couldn’t believe how it became so much more than a day for John and I, it was truly an event for our entire family. I had never felt that much love and support. The tears of gratitude were definitely flowing heavily!!!

Walking Down The AisleAmy and John

Most surprising moment

John dancing!!!! I’ll get a slow dance from him once in a blue moon, but he had never danced otherwise that I’ve known him!!!

Most magical moment

During one of the songs that John was dancing with me, all of our family and friends were surrounding us and singing. It was so special having all the people we loved in the same place at the same time!!

Lemonade StandWedding Cake TopperBlackboard SignsCandy Buffet Table

Funniest moment

We officially arrived to our reception in John’s parents IH 275 tractor!!! It had been hidden from the crowd, so our guests were quite amused as we pulled up!! It was awesome seeing everyone’s faces!! It also gave us a couple minutes to be alone and take everything in as we arrived!!

Just Married

John and Amy’s Wedding Suppliers

Dress: Peter Langner, Sahri (modified)
Hair: Amy’s good friend Darcy Kramerich
Veil: Custom from Ultimate Bride in Chicago
Hairpiece: custom by Amy
Makeup: Amy
Bridesmaids’ dress: Dessy
Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: Men’s Warehouse with ties from Von Maur
Shoes and Accessories: Amy’s: Bagdley Mishka, vintage jewelry, John’s own cowboy boots
Ceremony Venue: Amy’s grandparent’s home
Reception Venue: Amy’s grandparent’s home
Photographer: Corlis Gray Photographer
Ceremony Music: violinist Mr. Doyle Armburst
DJ: Mr. Brian Berman of the Houndstooth Saloon in Chicago. Definitely our splurge’
Florist: Sticks & Stems Studio in Gardner
Wedding Cars: John’s Parents, Internation Harverstor Tractor #275
Invitations and Ceremony Programmes: Invitations (printed at Bailey Printing in Coal City), but designed and put together by Amy
Cake: Cathy Starkey from Coal City, but the cookies made by Amu, and friends of the Amy and John’s mothers, cupcakes and cakepops made by Amy’s sister, Melissa Fatlan (Mamma & Mia’s Cupcakes)
Honeymoon: St. Lucia in January

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

9 thoughts on “John and Amy’s Farm Chic Wedding”

  1. Kerry Harrison says:

    Stunning! I love her shoes – they’re so pretty. The colour scheme is so soft. All the candles make it look so elegant. Can’t believe this whole wedding was in her grandparent’s back garden.

  2. Chicago Wedding Photographer says:

    Thank you mrs2be. This was an amazing editorial! John and Amy said that this was their favorite!

  3. Claire says:

    Corlis, thanks a million! That’s lovely to hear 🙂 I really enjoyed putting this feature together. Of course, the emotion captured in your amazing photographs made it easy. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

  4. Paula Martin says:

    i would love to know where you got the hanger with the name in it. perfect

  5. Claire says:

    Hi Paula,

    Lots of vendors on etsy.com sell them. You should be able to get a personalised one there.

  6. Beautiful wedding, beautiful photographs – although it might be a good idea to have an umbrella or two handy to recreate ‘farm chic’ in Ireland 🙂

  7. Claire says:

    Great tip Jackie!

  8. Amy says:

    I love the lace around the bouquet and the drinks dispensers. I was trying to find one for my wedding in Scotland but the only one I can find is chrome.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Gotta say…I am a sucker for a beautiful dress with buttons all down the back! Great pictures, Corlis!

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