A DIY Wedding at Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard, Illinois

It took only 45 days for newlyweds Taylor Nyman (20 and a student) and Paul Brandwein (24 and a high school teacher) to go from complete strangers to

It took only 45 days for newlyweds Taylor Nyman (20 and a student) and Paul Brandwein (24 and a high school teacher) to go from complete strangers to engaged to be wed after Taylor's sister introduced the pair in 2014. "My sister and Paul worked as camp counselors together and one night she introduced us at a group event," Taylor says. "A few days later, we went on our first date. Forty five days after we met, Paul met my dad for coffee and asked if he could marry me." Two weeks after he received permission, Paul popped the question. "We went for a walk in the woods and I noticed that envelopes were nailed to each tree and marked with significant dates," Taylor says. "He then read me a letter and when we turned a corner on the trail, candles lined the walk and a tree was in the center wrapped in lights. A letter was nailed to it along with a ring box." The couple settled on their venue after an impromptu drive during a snowstorm in Harvard. "We fell in love with Royal Oak Orchard immediately," Taylor says. "There was a big pavilion, an old carousel and rows upon rows of apple trees. We decided right then and there that this was the place where we would get married." For their outdoor June ceremony, Taylor and Paul relied on the help of family and friends to help decorate. "We chose teal and coral with yellow accents sine I wanted a woodsy feel to the decor," the bride explains. "We borrowed a ton of decorations, too, including burlap, tulle and wood." The bride's favorite flower made an appearance as well, with dozens of daisies strewn in to both the bouquets and gauzy, white wedding arch. After a short, outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds and 230 guests enjoyed a short cocktail hour before settling in for dinner. "At the end of the reception, we had all of our guests grab sparklers and form a line that lead to our car," Taylor says. "It was so much fun and it made for such a great photo!"

The bride carried a bright bouquet full of scabiosa, daisies and craspedia.
Each of Taylor's bridesmaids chose a strapless dress from David's Bridal. "They were free to pick out the style, but I wanted to choose the color," the bride says. "They each pulled a few dresses and tried them on only to realize they all picked the same one!"
Wooden love signs hung from white folding chairs during the couple's ceremony.
Wooden DIY Chair Sign
White David's Bridal Wedding Dress with Veil
Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet filled with dahlias, scabiosa and scabiosa pods.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard Wedding
Royal Oak Farm Orchard Outdoor Wedding
The bride's favorite flower adorned the white wedding arch where the couple exchanged vows.
The couple exchanged vows at the Royal Oak Farm Orchard outside in front of 230 guests.
Birch Wood Centerpiece with Table Number
Scabiosa Pod and Dahlia Bouquet
"We borrow a ton of decorations from family and friends," Taylor explains. "It included lots of burlap, tulle, wood and daisies -- my favorite flower."
The couple and their guests were treated to this two-tier, white, iced wedding cake.
At the end of the night, the newlyweds left the reception in a sparkler exit. "It was so fun and made for such a great photo!" the bride says.