Abi + Tim: A Rustic Teal and Pink Spring Illinois Backyard Wedding By Maggie Fortson Photography
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Photos:  Maggie Fortson PhotographyEvent Planner: Lashawn Wainwright; Dress Store: Wedding BellesHair and Makeup Artist: Tiffany BuryGroom’s Attire:  Macy’sGroomsmen’s Attire: Carson’sFloral Designer: Wanda Clausen Florals; Bridesmaid Dresses: TargetOfficiant: Pastor Tom May; Rentals: Blue PeakFavors: Steve Elsik

Abi and Tim first met when they were 14 years old, but didn’t start dating until college. They dated for four years before getting engaged, and six months later, they were married in the bride’s parent’s backyard. “I have always had a love for nature and being outdoors,” Abi said. “I knew that I wanted an outdoor wedding and to bring a very natural feel to it, which meant walking in the grass and having wood incorporated as much as possible.” The bride wore a satin sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a loose, curly sideswept updo, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit. Bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses with illusion necklines and carried hydrangea bouquets. “I’m an artistic person; so I made wedding signs out of wood I stained and stenciled myself,” she said. The ceremony aisle was lined with tree stumps and the backdrop was a panel of white curtains. “While Tim and I were taking photos at a nearby forest preserve, we had set up games such as bags, giant jenga, badminton, and croquet so that guests were able to enjoy themselves before dinner,” Abi said. The reception was held inside a tent, decorated with mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices cut by Abi’s father, small wedding cakes and favor boxes filled with fudge at each table. “After dinner my husband played a song live that he had written and played after we got engaged,” she said. How romantic! See the full board here.

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