Edyta Szyszlo Photography

August 11, 2010

Denise & Dave’s Real Backyard Wedding

Chicago,Edyta's Real Weddings — Edyta @ 4:32 AM

classic backyard wedding seersucker

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Wow, it’s Wednesday already! Headed out-of-state again tomorrow for another wedding this weekend. I’m just all over the place! Denise and Dave – what a couple of love birds on their magical day. The midwest locusts hummed all day & night and families were as happy as can be. I was smitten with the whole day – their 1800′s Chicagoland home, handmade decor details, absolutely photogenic couple (although they were worried about being awkward in front of the camera!) and lively guests. I’m going to stop chatting away and let you know that you’ll need 2 cups of coffee for these images ;) Enjoy the sneak peek!

seersucker suit wedding dress

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Aw the first sight of each other.

classic backyard wedding seersucker plaid bowtie

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A couple special details to mention: Denise is a twin. Her and her twin sister (maid of honor) wore matching purple/gold rings that their mother gave them. Their mother is also a twin so the rings were extremely special as they were worn by her and her sister who passed. You will not believe there were 3 generations of twins there! One of the ring bearers and the flower girl (Denise’s niece & nephew), twins! As a surprise, Denise wore the special locket that Dave gave her when they were dating.

bride groom seersucker thistle wild flower bouquet

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Loved the thistle in her bouquet!

bride groom portraits tree seersucker

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Another magical prop appearance! Out of nowhere, a couple of kids road by on this Joy Rider….had to take advantage ;)

bride groom joy rider portraits

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Details were specially handmade by the couple and their family/friends.

classic backyard wedding seersucker diy garland yellow

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classic backyard wedding diy flower escort cards

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Doesn’t he look great in this seersucker suit?!

classic backyard wedding ceremony

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classic backyard wedding ceremony

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They’ve tied the knot! I brought along some rope purchased from a hardware store as a wedding photo souvenir.

tie the knot rope prop bride groom portraits

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So sweet these two!

bride groom seersucker garage alley portraits

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Their diy details were classic and clean with a touch of rustic. Crocheted doilies, rustic tree truck bases with various glass vases. I love the use of burlap, robin’s egg blue and hints of yellow.

backyard wedding reception robin's egg blue yellow burlap pom-poms

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Incredible local food and drink – guests had happy bellies!

classic backyard wedding

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They hung vintage fabric for a do-it-yourself photo booth on their front porch. Blue grass sang with the locusts…time for toasts!

classic backyard wedding toasts blue grass

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Dave’s brother and best man, read a poem by Robert Frost (both have an appreciation for writing).

bride groom house porch swing portraits

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After dinner, the couple shared more toasts with friends and their first dance. So many sweet moments, wish I could share them all with you!! Dancing to an incredible playlist and eating organic donuts (amazing flavors!) for the rest of the night, yummy!

backyard wedding tent night doughnuts

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THANK YOU for an incredible day Denise and Dave!!! It really touches my heart that the first home purchased together hosted their celebration of love for one another. Stories and many moments to share with future kids, wink ;)

Vendors: Venue – their house, tent rental – Blue Peak, Live Music – Sunnyside Up, Caterer – Fig Catering, Flowers – Moss Modern Flowers, Dessert: Glazed Chicago Donuts, DJ/sound engineer – Chris Demonk, Linens – Brooke Marino, Officiant – Paul Petroccione and John Henriks. I’ll have more details from the bride soon, will be sure to share!