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  • Writer's pictureAfton Vangsness

Elisa + Myles: Garden-Inspired Country Club Wedding

Rich in family history, Elisa + Myles got married at an Illinois country club embellished with lush floral elements in gorgeous shades of lilac and violet.

All photos courtesy of Photography by Lauryn

Illinois Wedding by Afton Events

The grandparents of the groom previously owned the venue for this wedding - Boulder Ridge Country Club. Because of this, both Myles and Elisa were extremely familiar with everything there and it held a special place in their hearts. It was a true family affair.

Boulder Ridge Country Club in Illinois

They both got ready onsite in the women's and men's lounges with their wedding parties and parents. The ladies got glammed by The Bridal Beauty Team while sipping on mimosas.

The bride wore a stunning fitted gown by Martina Liana from Here Comes the Bride featuring intricate details and sheer elements.

The bridesmaids looked beautiful in dresses in complementary shades of purple and lilac from Azazie and Dear Cleo.

Bridesmaids hugging bride

The floral from Avant Gardenia and other details also matched the color scheme of purple, lilac, violet, white, ivory, and grey.

Wedding rings and boxes with floral

Bridal bouquet by Avant Gardenia

The groom wore a grey tuxedo from Gentleman's Quarters Formalwear which looked so chic and made him stand out from the rest of the group!

Elisa and Myles both shared letters in private before seeing each other that day.

At this point, both of them were crying and ready for the first look!

Their first look took place on the grounds of the country club and it was emotional and exciting at the same time!

Wedding photo by Photography by Lauryn

Illinois Country Club Wedding

These two really embraced the momentous occasion this day was by always having smiles on their faces (when they weren't wiping away tears). Everyone could see how in love they are!

Boulder Ridge Country Club wedding

Clients of Chicago wedding planner Afton Events

Their wedding party was also amazing. They were fun, enthusiastic, down for anything, and they looked stunning as well!

Wedding planned by Afton Events in Illinois

Bride and groom with wedding party

Wedding bouquet ideas

Floral was a huge focal point for every aspect of this wedding, and Avant Gardenia knocked it out of the park! Lush bouquets with pops of lilac were used for the ladies, which perfectly complemented their dresses.

Vintage truck with floral at wedding

The real wow factor was this truck adorned with an insane amount of floral. This was a vintage truck from the groom's family's company, which they brought to the property for the wedding. It was a perfect ode to the family business, while also being adorned with the bride's new last name. Floral was installed everywhere - spilling out of the front seat, filling the entire truck bed, and a wreath attached to the front. It brought the garden inspiration to the next level, and everyone loved it!

Wedding photo op

The floral continued with the ceremony which was located outdoors in front of the golf course. A classic arch with greenery and floral was used as the backdrop, while large, lush arrangements were placed at the head of the aisle.

Wedding ceremony with floral arch and white garden chairs

Marbled purple wedding programs

Elisa and Myles had live musicians play for the ceremony which was officiated by Reverend Tom Perrucci.

Illinois country club wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony arch ideas

Officially Mr. and Mrs. Plote!

Outdoor wedding cocktail hour on golf course

After the ceremony, we continued with cocktail hour outside. With lavish spreads of food, multiple bars, and music, the guests were having a great time. They of course utilized the truck as a photo op!

Meanwhile, we were all set in the venue's ballroom for the reception!

Gold ballroom wedding reception

We had a variety of styles of centerpieces, which is my absolute favorite way to add interest to a space when it comes to a ballroom wedding.

Wedding reception table with tall floral arrangement

There were tall arrangements...

Wedding reception table with floating candles and flowers

There were stemmed floating candles with petite arrangements...

Wedding centerpiece ideas

And there were lush, low arrangements.

The gold chandeliers in the room worked perfectly with the gold Chiavari chairs and gold votives. The white linens and ombre purple napkins coordinated with the stationery and floral.

Sweetheart table with neon sign backdrop

The sweetheart table acted as another statement piece. A large wood backdrop was adorned with floral and a custom neon sign. The table itself had cascading floral and an array of floating candles and votives. It was stunning!

Wedding neon sign with floral

Once all guests were seated, the wedding party had their grand entrance! Instead of being paired in couples, they had the bridesmaids come out as a group, the groomsmen come out as a group, and then the couple. This is a great option if you don't want to have each person/couple come out individually, but don't want to forego the grand entrance altogether!

Wedding party on dance floor

Elisa and Myles had a very traditional wedding cake from Jarosch Bakery, a local favorite!

Traditional wedding cake

The evening continued with dinner and heartfelt toasts from the father of the bride, father of the groom, maid of honor, and best man.

Sweetheart table inspiration

The first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance followed before the dance floor opened and their band began to play.

First dance at reception

The room was illuminated in purple lights from the stage, and The Mix Music performed. The dance floor was immediately full! This group was a blast!

The night continued with sparklers and late night food, as everyone continued to celebrate!

Sparklers at wedding

These gorgeous details, loving families, fun friends, and fairytale couple made for the absolute best day that we were so lucky to be a part of.

Black and white photography

Wedding by Chicago wedding planner

Congratulations, Elisa + Myles!



Vendor Team -

Planner: Afton Events

Photographer: Photography by Lauryn

Videographer: The Alcantaras

Florist: Avant Gardenia

Band/DJ: The Mix Music

Transportation: A-1 Limousine Service

Hair and Makeup: The Bridal Beauty Team

Bridal Shop: Here Comes the Bride

Dress Designer: Martina Liana

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie and Dear Cleo


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