This Waterloo, Illinois Farm Wedding is the Definition of Lovely

November 14, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

From tearful moments to the most dreamy donut wall, this Illinois farm wedding is the absolute sweetest. Mary and Andrew said their “I do’s” on a family farm surrounded by their family and friends. Wanting to keep the day relaxed and low key, they chose and planned their wedding as if it was any other Saturday night party with a few exceptions of course – like Mary’s ANGL wedding dress and a flower crown made by Walter Knoll Florist. Photographer Kristen Kaiser effortlessly captured the small, in-between moments and made some serious magic with Mary and Andrew’s bride and groom portraits. Videographer Arndt Photo and Cinema was also there to film the lovely day.

The Couple:

Mary and Andrew

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Waterloo, Illinois


Even though planning can be overwhelming at times, enjoy it! Spending that time with your significant other, family and close friends is precious and it goes by so quickly!

It was important to us to create an atmosphere where our guests would feel relaxed, enjoy good drinks, good food, dance, and have fun!

I found my dress in the window of a shop in Las Vegas during my friend’s bachelorette party. I knew what kind of style I wanted from looking online and on Pinterest and when I saw my dress in the window I knew it was the one. I knew I wanted blue shoes and found the perfect ones at Anthropologie, just a few days before the wedding. The bridesmaids picked their own beige dresses, and the groom gave his groomsmen each a different (but similar) floral print tie to wear.

Our officiant was a close friend of ours. He wrote his own introduction and speech based on our friendship and we wrote our own vows.

The ceremony was the most memorable. It was very personal and unlike any ceremony we have been to. The officiant had the audience laughing and crying, and we exchanged our own vows.

The picture of Andrew and I walking down the isle after the ceremony is my absolute favorite. The look on our faces is pure happiness (Andrew‘s expression is especially priceless).

It was great working with our photographers! Kristen and her husband, Eric, were so relaxed and easy to work with. We had a large wedding party and they managed to take wonderful photos of everyone despite all of the chaos. I wanted a photographer that would capture the important moments of the day without making it look forced or too posed and that is exactly what Kristen and Eric did.

We had a donut “wall” and platters of cookies. The guests could take a cookie or donut (or both) home in a “M+A” box.

We just went with our natural style. Everything was chosen as if we were throwing a party on an average Saturday night…except for a lot more people!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kristen Kaiser
Event Planning – Katie Sotiriou
Venue – Private Residence
Floral Design – Walter Knoll
Catering – Hendri’s
Officiant – Daniel Rezko
Live Music – Spectrum
Videography – Arndt Photo and Cinema
Invitations – Louis Morton
Hair and Makeup Artist – Sanctuary Salon and Spa
Wedding Dress – ANGL
Bridal Accessories – Anthropologie
Groom’s Apparel – Perry Ellis, Dazi
Groomsmen’s Apparel –
Rings – Cecena’s Jewelry
Rentals – Grand Rental Station
Transportation – Vandalia Bus Line
Favors – Strange Donuts


Thank you to Junebug member Kristen Kaiser for sharing Mary and Andrew’s sweet day with us! If the outdoor ceremony gave you heart eyes, then you’ll love this incredible upcycled wedding at Red Barn Weddings.

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  1. Really incredible look in these cool pictures. Awesome.

  2. Very beautiful pictures!

  3. This is totally true, the wedding is just as lovely as the couple, I love that you went your natural style and everything looked amazing!

  4. Wedding dress is so gorgeous love something like this for my wedding.. where would i find a.dress.like this???

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