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Hedge maze at The Homestead Wedding – Sarah & Eric

Sarah and Eric were married on a beautiful summer day in front of the hedge maze at The Homestead 1854 in Plano, IL.  Their theme for the day was “Wild in Love” and the colors were pink, blue, dark red, and gold. The mansion has the feel of an 1800s Tuscan villa, combined with beautifully manicured grounds and exemplary staff and service, this place is truly an inviting and memorable wedding venue.

On the wedding day, Sarah got ready in the bridal suite which featured old, big windows, striped wood floors, and a full length mirror. During this time, her florist and their staff put together their ceremony and reception decor which featured a “Forest Floor” feel to the long reception tables and many vintage pieces set up in and around the grounds.

Some favorite details for the day included the homemade pickled cucumber and beans Eric and Sarah made for their guests (grown with their children in their garden), as well as the invitations and menu cards designed by Sarah herself. The couple actually used the theme of “Wild in Love” and complemented that with the feathers, forest floor feel to the tables, and most of all their refreshing and lively personalities. The couple took some time during their reception to take a joyride on their tandem bike they decorated with streamers to match the day.

In the evening, guests were treated to food in the Homestead pavillion, whilst they were seated at mismatched farm chairs, and the couple chose a mauve love seat.  The dance floor under the stars featured a checkered black and red design. What a fun place to get your groove on!

When Sarah was asked to describe one or two details that were special to her at their wedding, she said “Definitely, planning the wedding menu around our garden. We were lucky enough to find chef Kate of Ginger + Soul Catering who was willing to work with us on a creative menu and to adjust food cost pricing accordingly. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, tomatillos, and even all the herbs.

It was a slightly added pressure but we loved the responsibility and the connection we had to the menu. We also kept it a secret, so our guests didn’t find out until they read the menu cards at their place settings. It was super special for everyone involved.”

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Photographer: Elite Photo // Venue: Homestead 1854 // Design & Decor: RJA Design // Dress Store: Saks Fifth Avenue & ModCloth // DJ: Spread Music // Caterer: Ginger and Soul // Hair Stylist: Eclipse Salon

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