Rob and Lindsay’s Elawa Farm wedding was an outdoor affair to be remembered. All photos by T & S Photography.

Lindsay, on how she and Rob met…

“Rob and I met over the admitted student weekend at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, known as “Go Blue Rendez Vous.” We were formally introduced on State Street in Ann Arbor, but Rob always says I caught his eye at that very first informational session.”

Lindsay, on how she knew Rob was the perfect guy for her…

“After a year of friendship and a summer apart, Rob and I went on our first date in August 2013.  From planning epic football tailgates, to traveling, to taking classes, to attending church, Rob’s character, intelligence, and humor were revealed to me over time. When I visited his family and attended a wedding with them (of the person who ended up being our best man!), I accepted that Rob was as amazing as I thought, and I let myself picture my life forever with him.”

Rob and Lindsay, on choosing to tie the knot at Elawa Farm
“We were living in Chicago when we got engaged and decided to get married in my hometown of Lake Forest. Inspired by weddings in Texas hill country that we loved attending as guests, we wanted our wedding day to take place as much outdoors as possible, and to all take place in one magical venue…”

“…We wanted our wedding to feel intimate, charming, personal, and marked by love. As a gentlemen’s farm set on the Illinois prairie, Elawa Farm provided a uniquely stunning backdrop and also the perfect “blank” canvas for a romantic, elegant event.”

Lindsay, on her ceremony…

“Our September wedding day was simply perfect: blue skies, bright sun, and an almost autumn breeze. Rob’s dad walked beside him up the boxwood hedges to the hill-top ceremony, while carrying white roses in memory of Rob’s mom. I emerged from the cut prairie grass through an arch that Rob constructed from birch trees he cut down from my grandfather’s woods up north. Both of my parents walked me down the “aisle” to my groom, and both gave me away. Guests donned our hashtag personalized sunglasses as the sun was setting behind us…”

“Our ceremony was very important to us, from the picturesque prairie backdrop, to the scripture readings, to taking communion as our first act of marriage, to the string quartet nestled in the garden playing beautiful music. We were married by the pastor of the church we started attending together in Ann Arbor, and we made vows to each other that we had written ourselves.”

“After the ceremony, our guests headed down the hill for cocktail hour and were delighted by a glass of chilled sparkling wine. The east side of the barn was beautifully shaded for our guests to enjoy deliciously prepared appetizers and signature cocktails.”

“Our first dance was a combination of some new moves and a country two-step, which I quickly picked up from Rob when we started dating, and was highlighted by big dips and twirls…”

 “…We cut the cake to a song we love by the band Cake, and with that, Spoken Four started playing, the dancing started, and the flip-flops we offered guests were snatched.”

“The Froggy’s-catered dinner was served outside in the courtyard lit by flickering candles and strung bistro lights. Our best man and “co-mohs” (aka my younger sisters who served as co-maids of honor), brought down the house with hysterical and heartfelt toasts. Like a fireworks display, the full harvest moon rising over the traditional boxwood gardens drew a crowd on the east side of the barn after we finished dining.”


T & S Photography (photography), Elawa Farms (ceremony/reception), Jordan Ogden (officiant), The Creative Planners (wedding consultant), Matthew Christopher via Volle’s Bridal Boutique (bride’s gown),Ashley Young Styling (bride’s hair), Makeup My Day (bride’s makeup), Jos. A. Bank (formalwear), The Tie Bar (groom’s tie and socks), Amsale (bridesmaids’ dresses), Cardinal and Straw (stationery),ArtQuest (floral), Froggy’s Catering (catering/wedding cake), Spoken Four (entertainment)