A Rustic Spring Wedding at the Fishermen's Inn in Elburn, Illinois

Inspired by the rustic feel of Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, Illinois, Shannon Kelly (32 and a teacher) and Tom Korder (31 and a brewmaster) planned a rustic-chic affair with plenty of fun touches. After a quick visit to Fishermen’s Inn, the couple were instantly taken by the landmark’s innate charm and picturesque natural setting. “From the quaint watermill to the ponds and barn wall, the setting was something out of a magazine,” Shannon says. To complement the rustic flair of the venue and the early-spring backdrop, Shannon and Tom chose a color palette of navy, apple green and white with hints of taupe that captured the Inn’s charming country feel. DIY details, like the eye-catching chevron table runners made by Shannon’s mother, a customized ceremony officiated by a close family friend, and a post-ceremony selfie with all their guests reflected the couple’s fun, family-oriented personalities. “We wanted to keep a light and welcoming environment,” Shannon says. “To do this, our rings were warmed and blessed by the entire crows, our friends read an Irish blessing and Pablo Neruda poem and the ceremony was capped off with a selfie to help commemorate the merriment.” Florist Wild Orchid brought the Fishermen’s Inn to life with inspired arrangements of curly willow, tulips, hydrangeas and pussy willows, and lit up the ceremony with beautiful bouquets of full ivory, white and fresh green blooms. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests danced to an energetic sound track supplied by MDM Entertainment and dined on a mouthwatering menu of filet mignon, stuffed chicken and an assortment of specialty cupcakes from Courageous Cupcakes in Elmhurst, Illinois. As a final personal touch, Tom provided a special wedding beer that he brewed for the occasion at his new brewery, Penrose Brewing in Geneva, Illinois. A tip from Shannon: “Be yourself on your wedding day and every day after. Don't worry about convention and don't be afraid to take the road less traveled. It can bring amazing memories.”