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An Elawa Farm Wedding – Emily & Steven

Emily and Steven met online, via the dating app Bumble and the day before their two-year anniversary, Steven recreated their first date (a picnic in Lincoln Park) to propose. It was the hottest day of the year, but they say that they wouldn’t change anything! He secretly had his brother (a professional photographer) capture photos of the proposal from afar, which Steven gave Emily as a gift on their wedding day. 

They wanted a wedding that felt like a fun celebration where they just happened to get married. They loved everything about Elawa Farm; it allowed them to have an outdoor wedding with a laid back feel, but the architecture made it seem special and unique. When they were planning, they wanted to splurge on things that would make the event more fun for the guests, like delicious food and fun yard games. They chose to skip some things like ceremony programs and the bouquet and garter tosses, in the interests of keeping things simple.

Steven wore a navy custom three-piece suit from Balani. Emily wore a long-sleeve wedding gown, which she now says was crazy given the 100+ degree heat the day of the wedding, but she had always envisioned herself getting married in a dress with sleeves.

One of their favourite parts of the day was after they had our first look and were waiting in a little room off of the ceremony space. Looking out the windows, they could see all of their guests arriving, but they couldn’t see Steven and Emily yet. “It was so fun to watch everyone as they walked in to our special day!”

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An Elawa Farm Wedding – Emily & Steven
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Photography: Ashley Hamm Photography // Venue: Elawa Farm // Event Planning: Citygirl Weddings & Events // Floral: Lauren AndrĂ©e Designs // Stationery: Greenstar Paperie // Catering: Fig Catering // Wedding Cake: Baker Boys // Band: The Bluewater Kings // Wedding Dress: Dimitra’s Bridal Chicago // Hair & Makeup: Rare Bird Beauties // Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza // Groom’s Attire: Balani Custom Clothiers // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Submitted via: Matchology

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