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A Contemporary Rustic Wedding in Chicago, IL

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Brenda & Joe in Chicago, IL
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Brenda's rosette-covered dress set the tone for the day with its fun, nontraditional vibe.
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These yellow, ruffled halter dresses had the "happy, summery" color and "artsy and fun" look that Brenda wanted.
Cenzina Bridal & Boutique
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Different font sizes and meaningful icons (like the shape of Italy, where the couple's honeymoon would take place) added up to a playful, modern program.
Set Apart Designs, Etsy.com
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Brenda's nephews announced her ceremony arrival with a sign.
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Simple tented cards were scattered on a table arranged with moss and manzanita branches.
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Hanging paper lanterns complemented the venue's urban, modern look.
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Dramatic tall manzanita branches draped in Mokara orchids and craspedia graced a third of the tables.
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Mod stripes on plain white fondant let the cake take a backseat to the star of the table: a pair of bobbleheads in the couple's likenesses.
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Guests grabbed Thai- and barbeque-flavored spice blends to take home at the end of the night.
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Brenda & Joe in Chicago, IL

The Bride Brenda Skaritka, 32, a recruiter at Deloitte The Groom Joseph (Joe) Arends, 30, a marketing manager at Leahy IFP The Date September 10 Taking a cue from their nontraditional venue, Brenda and Joe wanted to create a contemporary-looking event. "We wanted to contrast the modern, rustic look of the venue with natural accents like moss, grass, and manzanita branches," Brenda says. Her favorite decor element was the grass ceremony aisle laid on the venue's wooden floor. A chic yellow and gray color palette suited the theme well.
- Vi-An Nguyen
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  • MySpiceSage.com; SpecialtyBottle.com; Bradens Grace, Etsy.com

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