Berkley and Elijah

Minooka, Illinois



Photography and Cinematography | Windy City Production | @windy_city_production

Venue | The Ellis House and Equestrian Center

Floral Designer | Katydidit Florist

Caterer | Uncle Bub’s BBQ @unclebubsbbq

DJ | Sounds Abound Entertainment

Berkley + Elijah’s Wedding was as beautiful as it was special. From the beginning of the wedding day with Berkley and the girls looking beautiful, and Elijah and the men hanging out and relaxing, through the end of the celebration, there wasn’t a shortage of moments for us to capture. And can I just say that Berkley could not possibly have picked a better dress? Their ceremony was sweet, and I think captured the essence of their relationship together. Perhaps the most entertaining, and certainly the most energized, part of this wedding day was at their reception inside the wedding tent. We’ve never seen such an enthusiastic and excited crowd join the couple on the dance floor! Everyone was having such a great time. I believe the special moments and energy of the wedding day were a perfect reflection of Berkley + Elijah and their incredible story!


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding was simple yet beautiful at the Ellis House and Equestrian center. I would describe our style as rustic, yet modern. Our colors were dusty rose and burgundy. As for religious traditions, we are Christian so we did our own spin off of the unity candle by tying 3 strands of rope together on a cross to represent Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A chord of three strands cannot be easily broken.”


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

For our outdoor ceremony we incorporated a lot of wood decor and greenery, with color touches in the flowers. Almost all of our decor was DIY. My mother-in-law is an interior designer, so that definitely came in handy! We had a custom built backdrop made by my father-in-law entirely out of wood which added to the rustic theme. It was decorated with lots of greenery (mostly eucalyptus) with lanterns, vases, flowers, etc. to complement it. Our reception was under a tent, lit by strands of lights. The centerpieces were all under wood slices.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

I wanted the flowers in the bouquets and centerpieces to look very organic. I wanted lots of greenery, so there was a lot of dusty miller and eucalyptus. The flowers were mostly white with touches of burgundy.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our DJ was awesome! He definitely kept the dance floor going. I had no idea I’d be spending my wedding night on the dance floor, but that’s exactly what we did!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I was going for a more vintage, yet still modern look. My dress was spaghetti strap and had a gorgeous leafy-embroidery pattern, and was ivory. The guys tux’s were light grey, with gray vests and burgundy bow ties with a piece of eucalyptus as a boutinere. The bridesmaids wore dusty rose.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Me and my husband met in high school! He proposed to me in his backyard under the willow tree. He had a path leading up to it with tiki torches and had lanterns hanging from the tree. On the tree there was a wooden sign that said “marry me” that he had made himself. He had the song I eventually walked down the aisle to playing. It was perfect!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The actual getting married part for sure! I just couldn’t wait to be his wife. That whole day was so busy and hectic, and we had to keep an eye on the weather all day, because our ceremony was outside. It was up and down all day, from rain to sunshine. It even snowed for a couple of minutes! But I wouldn’t budge on moving the ceremony indoors, and it worked out perfectly. We got married in the sunshine and everything went as planned!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Take your time, and don’t stress! Planning a wedding is the most exciting time and I kept reminding myself to stop and enjoy it! We planned our wedding in 5 months so it got pretty stressful at times, but it came and went in a flash! Focus on what you two want, not everyone else. You’ll remember this day for the rest of your lives!