The Rustic-Urban Bride

You can’t decide.  Are you a little bit country?  Or a little bit rock n’ roll?  Split the difference with a blend of both on your special day.

Tone of The Big Day:
Skip the formalities. You’re throwing a really fun party where you just happen to get married.

Where:  Because the Rustic Urban Bride is all about the re-purposed setting, really, these nuptials could be held anywhere.  It’s less about the space, and more about what you do with it/how you showcase the surroundings.

Want to go heavy on the rustic?  We love the sprawling Midwestern countryside setting boasted by Elawa Farms in Lake Forest.  Rather up-the-ante on the urban vibe?  Check out Greenhouse Loft, known for it’s open floor plan with epic views of Chicago coupled with a Platinum LEED certified green sensibility.

The Setting:

Music: Bluegrass! Check out Chicago’s Sunnyside Up

The Dress: Are you more Stencils + Patterns or Beads + Sequins?  Check out Alabama Chanin and DIY the dress of your dreams.

The Dress Code: Sundresses and Seersucker, of course.

The Cake: A multi-tiered strawberry shortcake studded with juicy, local strawberries.

The Special Touches:

Skip the linen bill. Use re-purposed farm tables and play up their heavily-used-in-a-past-life charm.

Create place settings made of craft paper, mason jars, and place cards made of old-school shipping tags with reinforced holes.

Bar towels make great napkins and wooden crates overflowing with in-season fruit and vegetables are beautiful centerpieces!

Want to treat your guests as they leave?  Set up a Farmer’s Market Table, overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, and give each guest a brown paper bag that’s been monogrammed with the couple’s initials – either with a sticker or a stamp.  Guests can pick some fruit and vegetables on the way out the door and have a lovely seasonal breakfast waiting for them the next morning!

The Menu:

Global with a regional/down home vibe
Beef, beer, and blue cheese hand-pies
Pot roast sliders
Mini hotdogs with kimchee
Kansas-style barbecue bar
Roasted corn with peri peri butter and our Chef Shawn’s signature salt mixtures