Anna Speckhart and Carlos Majano Quirarte's Intimate Illinois Farm Wedding

TFW Justin Theroux officiates your wedding

Updated 08/23/17

Christa Donald

When we last checked in with our February/March 2017 cover girl Anna Speckhart she was all about the business of wedding planning — getting facials, cake tasting, and registering to be exact. And now, Speckhart is officially a Mrs. Earlier this year, on June 3, 2017, Speckhart wed Carlos Majano Quirarte (in her words a “restaurant/hospitality consultant/guru”), known for The Smile, Le Turtle, The Public Arts, Filson, and Shinola. Speckhart, who identifies herself not only as a model but a part-time farmer and full-time dog mom, can now add wedding planner to her resume. The model opened up to Vogue.com about her recent wedding, and what it took to plan everything herself.

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After knowing each other for 8 years, the couple "wound up on a random adventure to Montauk, which led to a first date," according to Speckhart. Fourteen months later, Quirarte proposed during a fishing trip on Speckhart's farm, the same Pittsfield, Illinois location where they would say their "I dos" at an intimate wedding. Even though according to her her husband “has somehow managed to befriend all 8.5 million residents of NYC,” the couple set out to have a [small wedding] — 100 guests, (http://www.brides.com/story/how-to-make-a-big-wedding-still-feel-intimate) — with the bride acting as wedding planner.

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As for the wedding dress, being a fashion model — who definitely nailed the bohemian bride look on the pages of BRIDES — Speckhart wasn’t eager to go over the top for her wedding day look. “I am lucky enough to get to dress up for a living, so when it came to my wedding I just wanted to look like me,” she told Vogue. Shopping at Lovely Bride with her mom, she purchased a classic silk sheath dress with a lace topper by Sarah Janks. The groom kept it traditional in a tux by RRL, and the flower girls were outfitted by matching dresses Speckhart found on Etsy.

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The ceremony was equally personal calling upon the groom’s best friend, Justin Theroux (yes, THAT Justin Theroux), as officiant. After walking down the aisle with her father to The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” Speckhart tried to keep her emotions in check, to no avail. “Spoiler alert: 2 minutes into the ceremony, Carlos and I were both in tears. Justin had watched our relationship from the beginning and it felt like he summed up the past, the current, and the future all in 10 minutes,” she told Vogue.

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Like most brides, Speckhart relied on Pinterest to gather her mood boards, even sharing when with her florist East Side Gardens. Instead of individual tables, guests were sat at tables forming one big “U” shape. Tables were lined with eucalyptus, wildflowers, and tea lights. Speckhart herself printed out individual menus for each place setting outlining the fair-themed menu guests were about to dine on.

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Speckhart was set on an authentic vibe that captured her and her now husband’s personalities. “The biggest compliment was from a friend who told Carlos: 'The wedding looks just like you'," she told Vogue.

The couple cemented their newlywed-status dancing to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers’ “Islands in the Stream.” And after the wedding, Speckhart set off on something we hadn’t heard of yet – a mono-moon at the same farm. We spy a trend in the making.

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