Jayme + Wayne | Gilman + Onarga wedding on the farmstead

It is so sweet watching two very good friends get married. We first met Jayme + Wayne a few years ago when Wayne’s son Max and our son Max were in Kindergarten together. Over time we found our boys becoming best friends and we found the adults spending more and more time together too! Jayme always greets me with a hug, and leaves the sweetest notes and little gifts on our front porch frequently. Wayne is brilliant, funny, and knows everyone. One of his groomsmen called it the “Wayne factor” in his toast, and everyone laughed and nodded along knowingly.

From the earliest planning stages, I learned that the wedding would take place at Jayme’s parents’ farm near Onarga, Illinois. Her parents have a really nice barn that is more like a guest house which is where the guys got ready. The ladies got ready in the main house, and the reception was set up in a tent on the edge of the property. The ceremony was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman, and I adored the moment that Jayme’s dad gave her away to Wayne. The look on his face tells so many emotions.

Jayme loves all things rose gold (especially her engagement ring!), so there were lots of rose gold accents throughout the wedding. One of my favorite details at the reception was the sock-shaped cookies, each with individual numbers, because Wayne has a habit of numbering his socks in a very rigorous schedule.

I am definitely biased, but Wayne + Jayme had the most adorable flower girl ever. ;) If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s my daughter Hadley! My son Max also made a couple appearances in the post because the Max Duo was pretty inseparable. And near the end there’s even a photo of yours truly with my husband and the couple. We danced the night away and shut the place down. Our kids were exhausted, but they had the best time!

The Smith family loves you three and are so happy that you are now officially Mr. & Mrs.! Congratulations!


Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: Ahlden Farm

Cake: Emily Sweet

Florist: Vikki Meyer of Heaven’s Designs Floral

DJ: Roger Young of Bugbee’s DJ Plus

Caterer: Luke’s One Stop Catering

Officiant: Pete Hinrich

Bride's Dress: Michelle’s Bridal - Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Michelle’s Bridal - Madeline Gardner

Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse

Instrumentalist: Grace Fink - Piano | Albert Yu - Violin

Invitations + Programs: Minted

Jeweler: Flora Gems

Hair/Makeup: Allure Salon

Tents: Sunrise Tents

Jill + Joel | Crescent City + Gilman rural wedding


I had a fantastic time on Saturday with Jill, Joel and their entire wedding party. This group was so fun, and made me feel like part of the group from the first minute I was there. #clutchforever Ha! I about died when I saw Jill's amazing bouquet. She is seriously a girl after my own heart with those colors! The blue lace bridesmaid dresses were a unique touch as well -- I would totally wear that again if I was a bridesmaid! Jill + Joel and crew were super laid back, and they were game for anything, even when I made them get out of the limo a couple extra times, including once along the side of a random back road. Joel's family's machine shed was transformed into an amazing wedding venue, and the place looked fabulous. And -- be still my heart -- insulated "Solo" cups as favors. Such an awesome (and practical?) touch! Leave a comment below for Jill + Joel, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice.

Royal blue wedding party

blue orange pink wedding bouquet

tan suit wedding party groomsmen

wedding party preparations

groomsmen and bridesmaids

Crescent City wedding ceremony

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rural wedding party photos

bride and groom couple portraits

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bride and groom roadside portraits

wedding party entrance

farm wedding reception details

bride groom first dance

machine shed wedding images

wedding party before and after

VENDORS: Ceremony: St. Peters Lutheran Church Reception: Goldenstein Farms Cake: Nana's Bakery Florist: Ba Da Bloom DJ: Elite Entertainment Officiant: Pastor Joel Brown Bride's Dress: Nordstroms Adrianna Papell Suits + Tuxes: Elite Bridal Transportation:Elite Limo Linens: Elite Entertainment Invitations/Programs: St. Peters Lutheran Church Hair + Makeup: Reflections Salon Photographer: Holly Birch Photography