After dating for 11 years, high school sweethearts Kerry and Justin said "I do" near their hometown right outside Chicago. The bride's love of old black-and-white movies inspired a classic and elegant reception that mixed Hollywood glamour with natural decor.
The couple chose a rustic color scheme of chocolate brown, bronze and dark green. "We originally wanted to get married in Colorado," says Kerry, "so we decided to bring an outdoor feel to our reception." Kerry wore a self-designed bolero jacket and blusher for her ceremony at St. Mary of Gostyn in Downers Grove, Ill., and rode around in a vintage Rolls-Royce for a taste of the fabulous life.
Votive tea lights illuminated the reception tables at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, giving the celebration an intimate glow. A 28-person king's table featuring 10-foot birch trees, which towered over Kerry and Justin's guests, was the focal point of the room.
La Sposa, Bridal Mansion, 630-852-1956
Vera Wang, Macy's, macys.com
St. Mary of Gostyn, stmarygostyn.org
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, marriottburrridge.com
Jane's Blue Iris, 630-325-2983, janesblueiris.com
JKM Ribbon & Trims, jkmribbon.com
Paper Source, paper-source.com
Rolf's Patisserie, rolfspatisserie.com
Amy Beck Cake Designs, amybeckcakedesign.com
Melissa Photography, melissaphotography.net
Kelley Demas Photography, kelleydemasphotography.com