March 9, 2021
If you were wondering what love in 2020 looked like: look no further.
In September, a late afternoon played host to one of the most fabulous black-tie affairs that Elawa Farms has ever hosted. Having been together for over ten years, Jim and Barbara decided to commit to each other at this working, organic farm whose rich history makes it the ideal spot for hosting an intimate wedding in Lake Forest.
Guests were treated to black tie face masks and temperature checks upon arrival, and let’s be honest, that’s also how love looked in 2020. Love adapted.
Dapper in a black tux and tie, Jim’s grandson was proud as he walked his Grandfather down the aisle. Jim’s best girl, dressed head to toe in white and lace, was his beaming granddaughter. Framed by the lush greens and set against the tall savannah grass, it was an adorable start to a fantastic ceremony.
Barbara was every bit of elegance and on her wedding day, her ensemble was designed completely by Badgley Mishka. From her stunning earrings to her gorgeous shoes, Barbara looked elegant and radiant. I loved the long sleeves covered with bling on her gown!
The moment that Jim sees Barbara is breathtaking and is exactly what I love about being a wedding photographer. From the smile on his face to his raised eyebrows, his look of absolute love and adoration for his bride: THAT is what love in 2020 looked like.
In a grand space like Elawa Farms, surrounded by old-growth and the Middlefork Savannah, you have a feeling that this place is special. The sophisticated touches like white and green florals rich with white hydrangeas made it feel like black-tie-meets-elegant-garden-party. It’s a true testament to a venue when they can make any size celebration seem like exactly the right fit.
After they exchanged vows, the party moved to the outdoor reception area, where the couple’s attention to detail created a welcoming yet chic party. Family-style tables hosted an amazing menu featuring some of the organic vegetables grown on the working farm at Elawa. Mixing the chairs’ warm wood with white linens and centerpieces of glass-encased candles and vibrant greens, the canopy of trees and Edison lights gave this outdoor reception a cozy feeling.
After ten years of happiness, the day for this couple was perfect. The sun setting behind their family formals and the way their wedding attire was set against the historical buildings created fantastic portraits.
Taking current times into consideration, hosting an outdoor reception for 50 friends and family was an inspired choice. Their reception brimmed with laughter and dancing at the helm of dueling pianos and guests who were thrilled to be present to celebrate their commitment. As the sun went down, the space was illuminated by the twinkling lights, a round of exuberant toasts.
What a wonderful reminder of the good things in life are still good. Love endures.