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A Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding in Elburn, Illinois

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Katherine & Anthony in Elburn, Illinois
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A compass motif appeared in multiple pieces of the wedding stationery, which complemented their “Nantucket chic” style.
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Guests from all over the country were greeted with welcome bags that matched the invitations.
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Katherine purchased her Elizabeth Todd gown in London, U.K. while working abroad. The A-line dress is ivory satin with a lace overlay and a boat neckline.
Elizabeth Todd - London, England
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The bridesmaids wore two styles of navy blue dresses. The bride gave them Kenyan Kazuri jewelry, or ceramic-beaded necklaces and bracelets, to wear as well.
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The bride carried a lush bouquet of all-white peonies, roses and ranunculuses.
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Red roses and white ranunculuses and peonies completed the Americana bridesmaid look.
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Anthony wanted to have a “New England prep” look on his wedding day, so he chose navy-and-white gingham shirts, navy blazers and bright red pants.
Banana Republic, Chicago, Illinois
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“We are definitely city folk, but the farm venue just felt right,” Katherine says. Although it rained later in the day, the weather was beautiful for their evening ceremony.
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Simple decor—like blue mason jars filled with white flowers running the aisle—added just enough to the sprawling farm location.
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One of the bride’s best childhood friends officiated the ceremony.
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Red and white carnation pomanders and spheres made of blue string hanging from matching ribbons hung on the ceremony arch.
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Katherine added a navy sash to her dress for a pop of color. Mixed with her white dress and Anthony’s red slacks, they looked like one patriotic pair!
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Each escort card had one of the bold patterns that matched the couple’s color scheme and added a modern flair to the reception.
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Farm-style tables with white linens and white folding chairs created a clean look under the tent.
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Food was the couple’s top priority: “Anthony and I are huge foodies, and the farm to table concept was very appealing,” Katherine says. “Heritage Prairie Farm offered the opportunity to work with a world-class chef to customize the menu and share our love of food with our guests.”
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Katherine admits to having a terrible sweet tooth, so there was no shortage of desserts: Mini cupcakes, macarons, salted brownies, shortbread cookies and four different cakes were served.
Crumbs Bake Shop, Chicago, Illinois
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For their first dance as husband and wife, Katherine and Anthony chose “At Last” by Etta James. “It seemed appropriate after more than 10 years [of dating], and it was a classic way to end one era of our relationship and move into the next,” Katherine says.
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Katherine & Anthony in Elburn, Illinois

Living across the pond for a year served as perfect inspiration for Katherine’s wedding to Anthony: “I took inspiration from colors and motifs that I saw in Egypt and the British Museum,” she says. “I saw many forms of ancient and modern art with blue, turquoise and reddish-orange designs.” That Egyptian and English influence turned her farm wedding into an all-American affair with bold red, white and blue accents.
- Kristin Doherty
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