Anna and Jesse, both Chicago natives, first met in high school in 1996, but didn't start dating till 10 years later, when Anna returned to the city after college and bumped into Jesse on the train. For their wedding, they wanted a venue that was beautiful but not overly ornate, and loved the elegant simplicity of the Millcreek Barns.
Anna wore a J.Crew dress that she accessorized with her grandmother's gold locket and a bouquet of peonies and antique roses. Jesse sported a gray Italian suit from Suits 20/20. Bridesmaids donned pink J.Crew dresses with sashes made by one of the bridesmaids, while the groomsmen wore attire by Perry Ellis.
The ceremony was held just outside the barn, the entrance of which was decorated with pendant flags made from vintage fabrics. The ceremony included musical selections performed on fiddle by the Friesen-Gehring Family.
Inside the barn, tables were decorated with blooms in vintage vessels; Anna's mother created all of the wedding's floral designs. Jars of apple butter, also provided by Jesse's father, were given as favors. "The orchard is such a special place, we really wanted to share it," Anna says.
Jesse's father, who owns a local apple orchard, provided an array of treats for the reception, including apple chutney (served with cheese during cocktail hour) and sparkling hard cider.Also on offer was beer brewed by friends, and strawberry-rhubarb martinis made with rhubarb grown by the couple. Music was provided by Jesse's brother, a jazz musician, who performed in a trio with friends.
Photos: Arrae Photography
Dinner included chicken from an outdoor grill, challah baked by a friend, and salad greens from the couple's garden; catering was by Christine Ferris Catering. The cake, baked by Anna's mother, was topped with hen salt and pepper shakers and photos of Anna and Jesse with the beloved hens they raise at home.
The evening also included toasts by the newlyweds' siblings and fun on the dance floor. "At one point, Jesse's pals played their original song 'Anna and Jesse Forever!'" says the bride. "It was hilarious, and such a memorable moment."
Photographer: Arrae Photography || Ceremony and Reception Site: Millcreek Barns || Bride's Gown: J.Crew || Groom's Suit: Suits 20/20, 847-676-2020 || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groomsmen's Suits: Perry Ellis || Ceremony Music: Friesen-Gehring Family, 773-561-5766 || Stationery: Robert Barnes Design || Catering: Christine Ferris Catering