A Romantic, Derby-Themed Wedding at the Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne, Illinois

For Katie Calamos (23 and a program officer) and Jake Bifoss (25 and an automotive technician) the location of their spring ceremony was a no-brainer.

For Katie Calamos (23 and a program officer) and Jake Bifoss (25 and an automotive technician) the location of their spring ceremony was a no-brainer. “I grew up riding horses, so when my riding trainer recommended Dunham Woods Riding Club, I knew we couldn’t pass it up,” Katie says. The two wed on the day of the Kentucky Derby, outfitting their venue with julep cups, dusty-blue details and equestrian-inspired stationery.
“Horses have always been such a huge part of my life, so we had to incorporate them into our day,” Katie says. Guests sipped mint juleps and Kentucky bourbon cocktails during the race before moving to a tented reception on the lawn. Three cakes were served, ranging in flavors from tea-and-honey to chocolate buttercream. “Our lingonberry-orange cake was the most eccentric, but it was a hit,” Katie says.

Bouquet with Ferns, Greenery, White Roses and Peonies
Romantic Escort Card Table with Kentucky Derby Photo
Tented Reception with Branches and Greenery Centerpieces
Vintage Horse Table Number
Chocolate Cake with Floral Squirrel Topper
Couple in Blue Vintage Sweetheart Chairs