midwestern rustic meets romance

From the planner, stylist, and coordinator Planning For Paradise “When I first visited Emerson Creek in Illinois, I instantly fell in love with its rustic charm and was reminded of a simpler time. I knew that in order to highlight this quality, I would need to style the rest of the shoot with contrasting, somewhat modern elements, to evoke a sensual, romantic vibe!”

Flowers with table number card Black ghost chairs Painted invitation envelopes Blackberry and chocolate cake Red wedding dress Giant round diamond engagement ring Romantic floral centerpiece and place setting Tumbler glass centerpiece terrarium Red wedding dress

“With the above mentioned vibe in mind, I took the backdrop of this quintessential, Midwestern barn and paired it with sleek, onyx chairs to provide an unexpected ‘pop’ when placed alongside the beautiful barn wood table. Rather than a traditional white dress, we pursued the idea of alternative gowns by featuring a bold red dress designed by Kate Pankoke. At the same time, we kept our bride barefoot and our groom sockless to celebrate the laid-back feel of the rural setting.”

Rustic romantic barn wedding Flower garland for a dog Watercolor envelope Rustic romantic cake display table Rustic bridal bouquet Menu card Barn wedding

“Dusty pastels of peach, mauve and rose helped bring this late spring shoot to life. Cascading florals, moss-filled glassware, and a rich chocolate layer cake dripping with fresh berries all added to our romantic meets rustic vibe!”

Blackberry wedding cake Barn wedding reception Rustic romantic place setting


Photography: Victoria C Photos // Planning, Styling & Coordination: Planning for Paradise // Beauty: Refined Beauty Boutique // Invitations: Emily Rose Ink // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Cake: Two Wild Seeds // Cinematography: Verdigris Photography and Design // Wedding Dress: Kate Pankoke by Elaya Vaughn // Bridal Accessories: Catherine Simms Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Black Tie Formalwear // Floral Design: Persephone Floral Atelier // Black Chairs: Tablescape Chicago // Furniture Rentals, Glassware & Venue: Emerson Creek in Oswego, Illinois.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.