A belated thank you for the great job you did at our wedding. Things ran perfectly and I know you were scurrying around behind the scenes to make that happen, from intercepting bagel deliveries to dealing with an unruly groomsman.
You were a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process. We’d be happy to be a reference for you anytime.
Cam and I are back and feeling very rested, although already missing beautiful Costa Rica. I just wanted to send an email to once again say thank you for everything. You were so wonderful to work with and kept me way less stressed then I would have been had I not had the talented Mrs. Cinquegrani by my side. We had an amazing time and I truly couldn’t have asked for anything more.
On the cusp of Autumn, it’s hard to remember WAY back to last spring when the warm breezes were only just beginning to make their way to the Midwest. Brook and Jesse were married at Heritage Prairie Farm on Easter Weekend this past April. It was a beautiful event filled with laughter and joy…and a couple power outages! Luckily this laid-back couple took it all in stride and were rewarded with their dream wedding!
The morning began with the ladies in the farm house, primping and preening before the festivities began. Hair and Makeup services were provided by some of my faves: Livia Caporale and Lillian Toma of Starlight. Rustic bouquets by Pollen and an invitation suite custom-created by Lily Red Studio really brought to life their farm chic concept.
Brook and Jesse decided to share a first look to take advantage of some of the fabulous outdoor settings on the farm. James Julius Photography was there to capture this intimate (though wind-blown) moment outside the farm house. I have to say, Jesse who was in the military, really keeps up the rough and tumble exterior. It made it all the more special to see emotional he got seeing his bride-to-be for the first time.
The crew headed out for some photos around the farm while Lauren and I got the ceremony and reception spaces ready. Brook and her sister had prepared the cutest DIY escort card set up featuring childhood photos of the bride and groom and table numbers supported on wine-cork stands. The table arrangements were the work of Heritage Prairie Farm staff and complimented Brook’s burlap runners perfectly.
The one and only item Jesse requested for the wedding was that Guinness be served on tap. Despite major hurdles in the few days prior to the wedding, we made it happen! I learned more about how to set up a Guinness tap (which requires Nitrogen, in addition to CO2–didja know that??) than I ever thought I would. Guests definitely enjoyed this delicacy throughout the evening. 🙂
Soon it was time for the ceremony to begin. The floral geniuses at Heritage Prairie Farm created a stunning altar for the ceremony topped off by lights strung through the rafters and ferns around the barn perimeter. I swear it looked like something straight out of a fairy tale! As a nod to her cultural heritage, Brook placed Korean Wedding Ducks on the altar table which represent the bride and groom.
The reception was held in a tent right next to the barn. Guests headed over and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while Spencer from Style Matters DJs played some tunes. Dinner was served family style and featured locally-sourced ingredients: Watercress Salad, Braised Beef with Polenta and Micro Greens, Semi-boneless chicken breast with spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, and green & white asparagus. All delicious and beautifully presented. Dessert included cake and cupcakes from Sweet Dream Desserts.
Once the formalities had been completed it was time to party! And there was no shortage of things to do…there were folks getting crazy on the dance floor, guests in the photobooth provided by iDo Photobooths, and others roasting marshmallows for s’mores at the fire pit out back.
The coolest activity, however, was one that we weren’t sure was going to be able to happen. All day it had been bright and sunny which was great, but also VERY breezy. At the end of the evening, HPMF offers wish lanterns for guests to send off into the night sky. With the wind going at the speed it had been, we weren’t sure it would be safe since they are essentially lit on fire and had to be able to get enough altitude before starting to travel to make them feasible. Right around 10pm, the wind died down and our test lantern floated gracefully into the sky.
We invited all of Brook and Jesse’s guests to come out and I ran around helping everybody get their lanterns going. It was a really magical way of including a physical manifestation of everyone’s well wishes for the happy couple. I wonder what the bride and groom wished for?!
Thanks, you two, for including me as such a big part of your wedding planning process! It was a joy to see everything we worked so hard on come together flawlessly. I wish you both all the best in everything you’ve got planned for your future. xoxo
Elizabeth and Alex initially wanted to host their wedding at Elizabeth’s parents’ home on Chicago’s North Shore, but when their list of their nearest and dearest began to exceed 150, they decided instead to emulate the feeling of an at home event with a brunch wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Personal details abound, including a chuppah hand-sewn by the couple’s mothers. Their beautiful reception featured long tables speckled with sweet terracotta pots and blue mason jars filled with mint, artichokes, and the most beautiful delicate blooms created by Fleur. I just love the light and airy images from Maypole Studios!
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“Dear Joan and Lauren,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding day run so smoothly! I have been telling everyone who will listen that Lauren is worth her weight in gold, and that going with Five Grain was the best thing we could have done. Honestly, not one thing went wrong (or if it did, the bride and groom sure didn’t have to deal with it!). A MILLION thanks to you both for keeping everything on course; we never could have done it without you (no, seriously, NEVER)
Anne + David”