Today's couple has a great story to tell about their big day, photographed by Lindsey Thorne last September just outside of town in Sycamore, Illinois. After dating for nine years (since they were 17!), Max and Natalie were engaged after she graduated from veterinary school. "I knew I wanted a wedding that would represent both of our styles, which would be a task, as the two of us embody the phrase, 'Opposites attract.'" said Natalie. After much debate on a venue that would accomodate their 300-count guest list, the couple decided to have their wedding on the bride's family farm and build it from the ground up.
"We wanted every moment of the day to feel like it had our stamp and our style on it. But, our number one goal was for people to come and feel at home. Because, when you got down to it, they were at home." Natalie's father built the ceremony altar, featuring a large wooden archway and a swing for the couple to sit down on during the ceremony, as well as the wooden doors at the start of the aisle. The day before the wedding, the bride's sister presented her with a homemade aisle runner made out of old quilts. The couple went with a natural and eclectic style for their day, featuring lots of potted flowers, grass and succulents that they had grown all summer long.
Following the ceremony, guests were directed to the cocktail hour. "Along the path, we placed sections of old white picket fencing. Each section of fencing contained an old barn window, adorned with stanzas of Corinthians 13: 4-7 and pictures of Max and I from childhood to current times. This was my alternative to a photo slideshow. As guests traveled down the path, they could take a 'short-cut' toward cocktail hour, or a more 'scenic route,' where they would find a small bar containing bottled beers, fall cider punch, or single serving wine."
The reception tent was decorated in an eclectic style. Beige tablecloths covered round tables, with differing centerpieces. The centerpieces were a hodgepodge of antique collectibles gathered in a year's time including everything from ornate sewing boxes, tin tea kettles, copper water pitchers, wood discs, hand sewn doilies and moss. China plates of every style and color were collected from garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales. They were used at every place setting, adding color and charm to the tables.
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