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handmade barn wedding at byron colby barn

Sarah + Jamie were married at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and hosted their reception at Byron Colby Barn.  It was the second wedding of the year I had the pleasure of working with Brian Kinyon Photography.  One of my favorite things Sarah, Jamie and Brian did together was take some bridal party photos at Pickwick Theatre, how great is that space?wedding planner organizer

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I loved seeing the dramatic photos of the ceremony because I was at the barn all day unloading and setting up the trailer full of DIY decor that Sarah made.  The set-up was an all day project, but it turned out so great, all of Sarah’s crafty work and DIY projects really turned the barn into a cozy backyard wedding full of the story of their love.

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Lots of backyard games, framed photos, custom built wooden centerpiece boxes, Hoosier Mama Pies, flowers in ball jars that Sarah arranged herself, their wedding was truly a labor of love.

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*eye candy courtesy of one of the kindest gentleman in the business, Brian Kinyon Photography

Sarah + Jamie’s Vendors
Ceremony: Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Reception: Byron Colby Barn
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Dave’s Specialty Foods
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Florist: Kiko’s Flowers
Make-up: Tara B Artistry
Transportation: American Coach Limo
Pie: Hoosier Mama Pie Company

rustic barn wedding at byron colby barn

Ali & Matt got married in June at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Take a look at them getting all dolled up.

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Ali’s dress and hairpiece were amazing.  She was so effortlessly beautiful.chicago wedding planner

A glowing mom and a dapper dad (love the hat, right?) escort Ali to her waiting groom.chicago wedding planner

Poor groomsman on crutches in a suit in the June heat.  What a trooper he was and still smiling the entire way down the aisle.chicago wedding planner


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This picture is amazing.  So happy to be married were these two!chicago wedding planner

After, the crew headed into the party.

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 Meanwhile, the dudes took some glamour shots of their own.chicago wedding plannerchicago wedding planner

The barn was ready for revelry.chicago wedding planner

Wine bottle table numbers and mis-matched vessels made for a cozy and eclectic atmosphere.chicago wedding planner

Then Matt decided it was time for everyone to get down…chicago wedding plannerchicago wedding plannerchicago wedding planner

…and then their friends decided it was time to put them up, high up in the air.chicago wedding planner Matt and Ali were just so lovely to work with and they made my day week when they called me (on their way to Hawaii no less) to tell me what a great day it was and say thanks one more time before they jetted off.  Such class acts and it was my pleasure to be a part of it all.

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Ali + Matt’s Vendors

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Planning + Styling: Anticipation Events
Photography: Victoria Sprung Photography
Florals: Nancy Rolison
DJ: Toast + Jam
Catering: Dave’s Specialty Food
Bleeding Heart Bakery
Custom Hairpiece: Love, LuLu Mae


outdoor barn wedding at byron colby barn

Stephanie and Brian were married in August at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Both Brian and Stephanie are super creative and artistic and put a ton of effort into making their day unique to them. Which is mt MOST FAVORITE thing.  Brian’s hat and bowtie were so dapper and Stephanie rocked an amazing dress and killer shoes:

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Stephanie’s dad has passed away but Stephanie kept him close by all day long on her bouquet.day of coordination

Stephanie and Brian were super troopers trucking through the fields surrounding the barn with Jeremy Lawson to get these shots.  Stephanie even brought some little insect friends back with her trapped in the layers of her wedding dress!  And yes, that was just after they shook hands with Mr. Ed.day of coordinationday of coordination

Then it was time to get married!  

So I rallied the troops: Stephanie’s brother escorted her down the aisle, they exchanged rings,  shared a smootch.

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Brian just could not help himself: a fist pump on the way out of the ceremony.

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Fabulous details from the party follow.  By now you know this is my absolute favorite part, right? Right.day of coordinationday of coordination

Stephanie collected doilies that we fashioned into table runners and blue mason jars that Nancy filled with gorgeous wildflowers.

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Stephanie and her family made these magical magic wands for their guests to shake and wave as Stephanie and Brian walked back down the aisle as a married couple.  Then they shook them when the bridal party was announced, and when they shook their booties on the dance floor and I’m hopeful they shook them back at the hotel and at brunch the next morning as well!day of coordinationday of coordination

A lot of laughing, singing, drinking and dancing capped off an incredible day celebrating two incredible people.  S & B: It was so much fun to be a part of your day and may you always be able to laugh off the bugs that fly up your dress!

Stephanie & Brian’s Vendors
Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Photography: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Planning: Anticipation Events
Florals: Nancy Rolison Designs
DJ: Stax-O-Wax
Catering: Catered Productions


lake wedding at byron colby barn

Julia and Dave got married at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake in September. It rained so hard the night of the rehearsal that it took me three hours to drive from the city to the rehearsal at Dave’s parents house in Crystal Lake. It was not looking good for their outdoor ceremony at the barn.

Let me pause this recap for a moment to just say that Julia is likely one of the craftiest brides I have ever met.

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These two made SO MANY things for their wedding, even I (who considers myself pretty crafty) was in shock. Yes she made the escort cards, relabeled the water bottles, made the luminaries, made votive holders to be hung from ribbon around the barn, covered books for the centerpieces, thrifted silver pieces for the centerpieces, made the table numbers and made the favors and packaging. BUT, my friends, (this is a big ol’ BUT) she also: made the glorious flower wall backdrop for the ceremony, made the invitations, programs and menus, made all of the boutonnieres, sewed table runners for all of the tables, sewed chair covers for all. of. the. chairs. (there were 100), arranged all of the flowers for the centerpieces and bouquets. I am exhausted just typing all of that and I know there were other things that I can’t find the finger strength to type. She puts crafters like me to shame. SHAME. End pause.

This wedding was such a team effort. The morning of the wedding so many of their family members were at the site with me setting up: Dave and his Dad put up the AMAZING flower wall that Julia made. Aunts tied chair cover ribbons. Grandpa laid runners out and arranged centerpieces. Julia’s brothers lit candles. The list goes on. Needless to say, I think (hope!) Julia felt good about leaving all of her hard work in many capable hands.

They had an adorable first look and took some photos with Kim from Bowtie Photography:

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Guests were greeted with the much lauded “Dave loves Julia” and “Julia loves Dave” water bottles, and lemon and lime slices. 

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Julia’s brothers had the honor of walking Julia down the aisle…

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…where they said their “I dos” in front of the fabulous flowers.

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Inside the barn for dinner, guests found their table by finding the book that matched the one on their escort card. (Dave and Julia met in the library, you see.)

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The tables looked amazing (go Grandpa, go!.) Take note of those table runners and chair covers while you remember that she.made.them. Again with the emphasis.  After the wedding I tried to convince Julia she needs to start a side business doing flower arrangements (before I get engaged please?):

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They danced their first dance, and then much fun was had:

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Le sigh. I don’t think I have to say anything more.

Except! if you love Julia and want to see more of their wedding check out her wedding blog The Eventual Wedding and her current blog Ordinary Saturdays.

*all pictures in this post courtesy of the lovely Kim at bowtie photography

Julia + Dave’s Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: Byron Colby Barn
Reception decor: Julia
Catering: Marvela’s Catering Services
Photography & Photo Booth: Kim at Bowtie Photography
Florist: Julia
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
DJ: Kristin with Toast & Jam
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events