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A Fun Country Wedding in Rockton, IL

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Kate & Mark in Rockton, IL
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Ceremony and reception site: The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, Rockton, IL 
Photography: Jessie and Eric Stevens/Simply Jessie Photography
Consultant: Hilary Schwartz/Estera Events
Gown: Anne Barge, Malindy Elene, Tampa, FL
Hair and makeup: Shear Renewal
Veil: VeiledBeauty, Etsy.com
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
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Instead of a traditional cake, the couple cut a strawberry rhubarb pie (Mark loves pie).
DeEtta’s Bakery, Naperville, IL
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Blue, white and red menu cards that matched the other wedding paper decorated each guest’s seat.
Lily Red Studios, Chicago, IL
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Interesting arrangements of apples, flowers, greens and wheat topped the reception tables, along with burlap runners and table numbers.
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Navy-blue linens added drama to the striking wood-beamed room.
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Because the ceremony took place in the afternoon, the couple provided sunglasses for all their guests.
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Galvanized buckets filled with bells of Ireland, Queen Anne’s lace and Monte Casino asters hung from shepherd’s hooks along the aisle.
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Guests left notes and congratulations on vintage postcards that Kate had collected at flea markets.
DIY Project
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The couple’s wedding invites featured the picnic vibe that Kate was after.
Lily Red Studios, Chicago, IL
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The bridesmaids carried lush bunches of ivory roses, blue tweedia, scabiosa pods, seeded eucalyptus and other just-picked elements.
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Kate gifted Mark these cuff links that have a picture of his late father.
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Kate wore an ivory ball gown with a lace bodice and a tiered tulle skirt. Mark chose a gray suit and a plaid tie.
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Mark’s bout consisted of white bouvardia mixed with wispy foxtail millet and wrapped in twine.
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Kate carried an all-white bouquet of garden roses, hyacinths, bouvardia, foxtail millet and lamb’s ears.

Kate & Mark in Rockton, IL

The Bride Kate Sauer, 31, an information technology systems analyst
The Groom Mark Pogorzelski, 30, a network engineer
The Date September 1

Kate and Mark were adamant about not having a color scheme for their day. Instead, they focused on their elegant, country-chic Americana theme, and used items they felt worked well together and had a fun, homey vibe.
- Amanda Black
Their Ingredients
  • Simply Jessie Photography, Chicago, IL
  • Estera Events
  • DeEtta’s Bakery, Naperville, IL

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