Brittany & Gordon
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, Rockton, IL
Personal touches were abound at this rustic autumn wedding, featuring pops of navy and burgundy throughout.
Gordon proposed to Brittany with a series of letters that led her on a romantic scavenger hunt that reflected their relationship — from their first date to their favorite restaurant and finally, at the lakefront during sunset, Gordon asked Brittany to be his wife. From there on, it was all about personal touches and details. Before being showered with attention at their outdoor ceremony, the couple shared a magical moment savoring their first look and personal vows. The bridesmaids wore cabernet lux chiffon dresses from Dessy that varied in style and captured the fall ambiance, while the groomsmen matched in Men’s Wearhouse navy suits with wine-colored ties. Event Floral created navy and deep red bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and arch adornments with pops of white and blush, and plenty of greenery.
After the ceremony, the party moved to the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, which perfectly fit the bill for the rustic venue the couple required, but with high ceilings, a hillside apple orchard and an onsite bridal suite to boot. It was the only venue they visited! Henrici’s, the exclusive caterer for the venue, served apple orchard chicken, smugglers shrimp, filet and portabella wellington, about all of which the guests raved. Dessert didn’t disappoint either, consisting of a three-tiered, semi-naked red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and a vanilla bean cake with fresh strawberries. An eight-piece band from the couple’s hometown entertained; Gordon and Brittany even accompanied them with a tambourine and cow bell before an enchanting sparkler sendoff at the end of the night.
From the couple:
“It was an absolute dream fall wedding. The venue, the colors, the food … everything was truly amazing. Although the guest number made it a big wedding, it still felt so intimate. We added romantic elements, such as the lighting and gold accents, to make [the venue] not feel so big and airy.”
Venue: The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms
Floral/Design: Event Floral
Cake: Julie Michelle Cakes
Entertainment: The Band Sundance
Videography: Clear Vision Videography
Transportation: Van Galder Bus Company
Hair/Makeup: Patty Mcguire Hair & Makeup Artists
Bridal Gown: Stella York
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group
Jewelry: Caffray Jewellers