Beth + Chris | Midwest outdoor amphitheater wedding | Clinton Lake


Fifteen years ago, Beth + Chris were married, but things didn't go quite as they'd planned -- the dresses were supposed to be blue and instead were yellow and not sized correctly, for instance -- and basically Beth didn't get the wedding of her dreams. This go 'round, Beth knew exactly what she wanted and had a plan and a vision. The theme of their vow renewal was red, white, lace & vintage and it was awesome to see how Beth pulled together so many DIY projects to perfectly execute her vision. Beth is a baker as a side hobby, so she made the beautiful cream-colored cake with lace details (that was delicious!). The thank you, cake and sweetheart tables were outfitted with lace, vintage plates, silver platters and red accents to make statement pieces around the reception area. She made custom hangers and necklaces for each of the bridesmaids, plus all the bouquets and boutonnieres. The take-home gift for the guests was a family cookbook of Beth + Chris's favorite recipes -- basically there was pure love emanating from every part of this wedding/vow renewal celebration. The ceremony/vow renewal itself was held in a breathtaking amphitheater near Clinton Lake, surrounded by tall trees and loved ones, including the couple's daughter who was their maid of honor. I loved the portrait session of our time together, especially with the state park as our backdrop. It's hard to go wrong with pine needle paths and tall, bare trees as inspiration! Leave a comment below for Beth + Chris, and after 50 comments they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

asymmetrical ivory lace cake

vintage buffet thank you table

Fujifilm Instax camera and honeymoon fund

antique silver dishes on buffet cake table

cafe light bulbs with dress photo

vintage ring box with loose pearls

red bridesmaid dresses with white blingy shoes

handmade pearl necklaces and DIY personalized hangers

heirloom family recipes on thank you table

bride getting ready in bridal suite

red and white bouquet with lace

First look by the water


bride and groom steal a private moment by the lake

amphitheater ceremony venue

woodsy wedding ceremony with bridal entrance

bride and groom during vows

bride and groom exchange rings during vow renewal

beautiful wooded amphitheater surrounded by tall trees

married again! vow renewal

bubble exit from ceremony

bridesmaids in deep red gowns from David's Bridal

bridal party in wooded area

bridal portraits in forest

groomsmen pose with Nerf guns

groom poses in forest

sweet bride and groom pose in state park

woodsy wedding photos

wedding portraits surrounded by nature

bride and groom in red, white and black

romantic bride and groom pictures in nature preserve

sweet photos of bride and groom among trees

groom in red vest with red white florals

sweet standing poses for bride and groom

piece de resistance vow renewal photo

lovely portrait time with bride and groom before reception

wedding pictures in fall hiking trail

DIY wine red wedding sweetheart table

bride's locket with husband's cameo

relaxed candid photos at state park wedding reception

15 year vow renewal with wooden numbers

picture frame pinterest images

cornhole bags game hour at wedding reception

sweetheart table and cake cutting

sweet moment between couple and their daughter

first dance under the trees

so in love first dance photos

father-daughter dance with lake backdrop

groom daughter dance

mother-son dance under the trees

sunset golden hour photos with silhouette

made with magmod photos of reception site after dark

Vendors Ceremony: Whispering Pines Amphitheater, Clinton Lake Reception: Mascoutin Shelter, Clinton Lake Cake: Beth's Bakes, Cakes & More Dresses: David's Bridal Suits: Men's Wearhouse Photographer: Holly Birch Photography