A Bright, Formal Wedding at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood, Illinois

We picked this venue because of its beautiful outdoor ceremony space – that ivy was to die for! My vision for our wedding was a hilly and wild space r

We picked this venue because of its beautiful outdoor ceremony space – that ivy was to die for! My vision for our wedding was a hilly and wild space reminiscent of Big Sur, but seeing as though we live in Illinois, which is mostly flat farmland, we went with a location with lots of greenery and light, Anamaria says. The Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood was the perfect combination of price, style and location.

We wanted the invitations to have an earthy vibe. I came up with the design and we found a printer that was able to print it on the vellum and paper we already had, Anamaria says.
Billy really like the hammered look and I liked the thin understated band that would fit well with my ring but also look cute when worn on it’s own at work, Anamaria says. My engagement ring, however, was more of a surprise. Billy knew I preferred a thin, paved band with a princess-cut stone so he reached out to the jewelry designer, Hildy Spak, to custom make my ring!
Bridesmaids carried bouquets of leafy green pants and bright coral blooms that matched their dresses.
MaryAnn, our flower girl, was an old family friend’s daughter, in whose wedding I was a flower girl. She wore a pretty tulle dress and tossed pink rose petals down the aisle, Anamaria says.
Each bridesmaid found their own dress which they could accessorize to express their individuality. My only specifications were for the dress to be flowy, knee-length, a shade of coral, and accented with neutral shoes, Anamaria says.
The rings rested on an ivory crochet ring pillow carried by a young relative of the bride and groom.
Every other row at the ceremony had mason jars with wildflowers including peonies, wax flower and other wild-looking blooms.
The courtyard was already accented by green ivy and pretty white flowers that provided natural decoration for the space, says Anamaria. My mom and I also added ivy on the back row of chairs and green topiaries on pillars to accentuate the white chairs and ivy covered walls. Because the space had natural greenery, our decoration was minimal.
The head table stood out at the reception, as it was covered in coral linens, while all other tables were draped in ivory.
Stock flower in pink and white combined with eucalyptus leaves for an eye-catching tall centerpiece at the reception.
The bridal bouquet was filled with peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, wax flower and eucalyptus tied with ivory lace.
Bridesmaids carried these feminine purple fan favors and used them if it was warm.
Hydrangeas and roses mixed together in low reception centerpieces.
Our wedding cake was two-tiered half gold half ivory fondant cake. It was topped with a peach-colored sugar flower and contained two layers. The top layer was a almond sponge cake with praline butter cream filling and the bottom layer was a hazelnut sponge cake with chocolate moose filling, says Anamaria.