A DIY Farm Wedding at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Illinois

What happens with international to-be-weds plan the farm wedding of their dreams? A sweet, outdoor celebration filled with dozens of DIY details, of c

What happens with international to-be-weds plan the farm wedding of their dreams? A sweet, outdoor celebration filled with dozens of DIY details, of course. Everything about Panthea Taghizadeh (31 and an anesthesiology resident) and Thomas Dobosz's (30 and an internal medicine resident) farm fete at Heritage Prairie Farm was personalized down to the smallest detail – from charming, hand drawn invitations and homemade wedding pies to DIY menu cards (created by the groom!) featuring four different languages. "I had always dreamt of getting married surrounded by nature and I wanted to find a place that would remind me of a Swedish summer," explains the bride. "With a little help from Google, I found the perfect farm that I later learned was home to many Swedish settlers in the 40s!" With no help from a planner, Panthea worked closely with their florist, Wallflower Designs, to create stunning, rose and succulent-filled arrangements – including a simple flower crown to complement her BHLDN dress (and short new do'!). "I made the decision to get a haircut and chopped it short two days before the wedding!" the bride explains. "I wanted something simple and comfortable – plus, it was perfect for the weather." Another personalized detail that's too sweet to pass up? A table full of traditional Swedish pies and Polish "paczki" along with pink meringues prepared by the bride herself. "We even had a great band (Gussied) that performed our favorite indie sons with a bluegrass twist," Panthea says. "They performed a famous Persian song for us which Julia Mammoser sang in fluent Farsi – it was so impressive!" As the night came to a close, guests were treated to late-night gourmet pizza and homemade Persian lime syrup favors before ending the evening with some well wishes. "To top off the night, we lit wish lanterns and watched them float way into the night sky," the bride says. "If we were to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing!"

Pastel-colored roses and natural succulents filled this romantic bouquet created by Wallflower Designs. For a more simple look, each bridesmaid carried a white bouquet of baby's breath.
The couple's DIY outdoor ceremony took place at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn. To decorate the space, rose petals lined the aisle while wildflowers hung in flasks brought all the way from Thomas' dad's chemistry lab in Toronto.
Mismatched Pink and Purple Bridesmaid Dresses
Succulent and Lavender Boutonnieres
Succulent and Wheat Boutonniere
The newlyweds posed for a quick photo alongside of a green pickup truck that was brought in to be displayed by the barn.
Wildflowers hung from glass beakers brought in all the way from Thomas' dad's chemistry lab in Toronto.
Pink Rose Petal Chair Decor
The bride donned a BHLDN wedding dress by London-based designer Catherine Deane. "It was so light, soft and romantic with subtle accents of lace," Panthea explains.
To honor the bride and groom's backgrounds, the head chef at Heritage Prairie Farm created a custom menu using a few traditional Swedish, Persian and Polish dishes as appetizers.
Tented Wedding Reception at Heritage Prairie Farm
Yellow Craspedia Escort Cards
Vintage Bird Cage Card Holder
Hand-painted milk bottles and chemistry flasks were wrapped in twine and filled with wildflowers to create easy, DIY centerpieces.
Each reception table was set using mismatched vintage plates and mason jars that served as drinking glasses. "We just wanted a simple, imperfect look to complement the natural theme of a farm wedding," the bride explains.
Hand-painted milk bottles and chemistry flasks were wrapped in twine and filled with wildflowers to create easy, DIY centerpieces.
Homemade Blueberry Wedding Pie
Chicago-based bakery The Sugar Path created this three tier, naked came using fresh berries and whipped cream. Drizzled with powdered sugar and topped with red currants, it was the perfect cake for newlyweds Panthea and Thomas. "It wasn't easy to find someone who would accommodate our wishes to bake a less traditional wedding cake," the bride explains. "Luckily, the staff at The Sugar Path didn't hesitate to do so!"
DIY Drawing of the Bride and Groom
"I wanted something simple and comfortable," the bride explains of her bold choice to chop off her hair two days before the wedding. "I decided to go for a short look and wore a simple flower crown designed by Wallflower Designs."