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A Rustic Wedding in Galena, IL

  • Turner Creative Photography, Marshfield, MO
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Maggie & Zac in Galena, IL
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The bridesmaids wore floor-length chocolate brown dresses with a V-neckline that matched Maggie’s dress. Also to match Maggie, the girls accessorized with antique broaches that Maggie and her maid of honor found at various local antique shops. The groomsmen wore black tuxes and brown ties to coordinate with the girls.
Dessy Collection, Elegant Brides, Edwardsville
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It took Zac, Maggie and her maid of honor an entire weekend to make the ceremony programs, for which they used heavy cardstock, twine, and small squares of burlap. They displayed them in a grapevine basket at the front of the church.
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The altar was covered with rows of Mason jars filled with candles of varying heights. Inside the jars, sand kept the candles standing straight.
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Dried grass, wheat, and fall-colored berries were tied with natural colored raffia and twine and hung from the end of each pew.
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Maggie and Zac chose a tiny chapel set on several acres of rolling farmland for the ceremony. Inside, it was simple but filled with beautiful woodwork. Four potted mums at the base of the altar added color and a rustic vibe.
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Leftover materials from the pew decorations were turned into bouts! The guys enjoyed not having to wear flowers.
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The couple created a giant clothesline-style display for their escort cards. They wrote guests’ names on mini brown paper bags, which they hung from twine with mini clothespins. Inside each bag, guests found their table assignment.
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For a cool spin on a guest book, Maggie bought several scrapbook note cards from a local shop and spread them out with a selection of pens. Guests jotted notes and dropped the cards in a basket. Now, Maggie and Zac are putting together a memory album of all the messages.
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Maggie’s dad made wooden boxes for some of the centerpieces. They were filled with either orange dahlias or red carnations and pillar candles of varying heights sat in the center.
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Maggie used photo software to design a monogram-style logo and used it on the menu cards.
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For an added touch, the couple set up an area with several straw bales and handmade pumpkin lanterns they made themselves.
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Maggie and Zac insist cupcakes taste better than cake, so they skipped tradition and served them instead. Each treat was topped with a sugar flower. They displayed them on old, wooden beverage crates with pieces of burlap.
Kathy’s Kakes, LLC, Independence, IA

Maggie & Zac in Galena, IL

Maggie and Zac met at a local summer festival, officially Firecracker Festival 2002, when they were both 16. Maggie saw Zac trying to sneak into the beer tent and says his rebelliousness hooked her. They became a couple after an amusement park date two months later and have been together ever since. Three years into their relationship, Zac proposed. The Bride Maggie Rhynes, 24, a university housing associate The Groom Zac Medema, 24, a speech language pathologist The Date October 17 Maggie had just taken an interest in photography and Zac told her she had to go to his parents’ house to shoot some lilies that had bloomed. She got to work snapping photos and when she pulled away from her camera, Zac was down on one knee.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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  • Turner Creative Photography, Marshfield, MO
  • Dessy Collection, Elegant Brides, Edwardsville

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