Doug & Carin

Good morning, everyone! So excited to share this one of a kind STUNNING wedding with you! Grab a drink, sit back in your chair and be prepared to travel to the French country side for a wedding unlike no other. I should probably start out with a warning. This is the longest blog post ever posted – I couldn’t choose between all the images I wanted to show. 🙂 You won’t regret it!

Here is the story, narrated by the bride and illustrated by yours truly. 🙂

I have always wanted to have an outdoor wedding. We started looking at historic homes in the area and found Redfield Estate. It was love at first sight.  The rustic romantic style of the venue was the perfect background for a French Country inspired soiree.

Carin’s dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and groom’s attire were all purchased from JCrew Weddings.

Doug and Carin chose to do a first look so they could have enough time for pictures before the guests arrived and get to enjoy their cocktail hour.

The ceremony took place in the gazebo.

The band was magnificent! And looked the part too – Christy Bennet, Fumee Gypsy Project.

One of everyone’s favorite little details from the wedding was the cocktail napkin. It was a copy of the napkin Doug wrote his number on the night we met. We had met in January 2007 at Sunshine Lanes in Deland, Florida. My best friend, Brittany, and i were meeting up with our friend, Brandon, who just happened to bring along his buddy, Doug. As soon as I saw Doug, I knew he was the one. We all started bowling together, but Doug and I ended up in our own little world granny bowling and laughing the night away. At the end of the night, I can remember telling Brittany that I was going to marry Doug someday, so it was only natural that I would keep that napkin as a keepsake of the day we met. 🙂

All the paper goods (invitations, programs, favor labels, cocktail napkins, place cards, table numbers, menus and hand painted signs) were created by the wonderful Catherine Fitzpatrick of The Charm Studio.

For the cards I bought a vintage luggage set on etsy after seeing a similar idea on Pinterest. Our guest book was a beautiful white tree in a sage green matte and white frame where little paper leaves had to be placed on it by guests that attended our big day. The vanity is one of my favorite pieces. I have actually had it for about 6 years, it was purchased from an antique store in Deland, FL when I was in college and I’ve moved it around with me ever since. I had it refinished for the wedding by Julie at Casa Couture Furniture in Roscoe Village.

The farm table and chairs we chose for the head table pulled the whole look together. White linens and table napkins were were used for all round tables while a burlap and lace table runner adorned the rustic head table. Corral and white peonies, peach garden roses and little spray roses, plus a variety of light pink, peach and white colored flowers were placed in vintage vases, milk glass and blue mason jars and grouped together as centerpieces for all guest tables. The bridesmaids and bridal bouquet were reused to decorate the head table and placed in short mercury glass vases.

Our late evening snack surprise was a gelato cart from Frost.

This wedding was a photographer’s dream to capture! I loved every minute of it! Below, you will find a list of all the amazing vendors that we had the pleasure to work alongside at Carin & Doug’s wedding.

Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses and groom’s attire from JCrew
Groomsmen’s suits from Men’s Warehouse – www.menswearhouse.com/
Wedding Venue – Redfield Estate at The Grove, Glenview IL – glenviewparks.org/index.php/facilities-parks/the-grove/redfield-estate/
Wedding Coordinator – Clementine Custom Events, http://clementinecustomevents.com (Melissa Samek)
Catering – Everyday Gourmet – everydaygourmetchicago.com
Signs, Invitations and Paper Goods – The Charm Studio – http://www.thecharmstudio.com
Gelato Cart – Frost – frostgelato.com
Flowers – Michelle Vasquez, Poppy Posh – poppyposh.com
Cake Artist – Froggy’s – http://www.froggysbakery.com/
DJ – Carrie, Toast and Jam, carrie@toastandjamdjs.com
Hair & Makeup – Nightingale Beauty, vness.hair@gmail.com
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music – Christy Bennet, Fumee Gypsy Project, christy.bennett.jazz@gmail.com
Minister – Pastor Tim Smoot, pastortimsmoot@sbcglobal.net
Linens, farm table and chairs from Halls – www.hallsrental.com