Miranda & Adam | Charming Backyard Wedding in Peoria

It is just pouring rain here today, so I thought we could all use a little touch of sunshine in the form of this darling backyard wedding…

All of the stationery items were designed by the groom.

Badminton and bocce ball were set up for guests to enjoy. Music was kept pretty low-key to allow for talking and visiting.

Dinner included bacon-wrapped apricots, barbecue sliders and pumpkin soup shots.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Though we live in Kansas City, we are both  from Illinois and our families still live there. Since family is so important to both of us, we couldn’t imagine our wedding without them and were worried some wouldn’t be able to make the trip to Kansas City. We are both architects, and appreciate the history and style of the late nineteenth-century Pettengill-Morron House Museum. We also have a hobby for collecting vintage and antique items, so the characteristics of the interior décor fit us well. As soon as we saw the venue and property we knew it was perfect for us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  When we receded from the ceremony and were alone for just a moment, we both broke down with tears of delight and held each other tightly. We were overcome with joy and love, and will remember that moment forever.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We didn’t get caught up in traditions. It was important for us to do whatever felt natural, and not forced. I did wear my mother-in-law’s pearl necklace that has been in her family, we exchanged gifts before seeing each other, and had our guests send us off. My mother gave me a pearl bracelet with the intent of starting a tradition, and that I would share it with my future daughter on her wedding day.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? I didn’t receive a lot of advice regarding the wedding, but instead about marriage. Our pre-marital sessions with our Pastor, and advice I received from women who had been married for many years were more beneficial to me.

What advice do you have for other brides? Go with the vendors you feel most comfortable with. Chances are that your instincts will play to your favor. This may mean not going with the most advertised or marketed vendor, and doing extra research. A few of my vendors did not have websites, or had never done a wedding before but they fit with our personalities perfectly.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We wanted the overall feeling of the day to be relaxed, fun and comfortable. We set up badminton, croquet and bocce games for guests and wanted the music to be romantic and soft so people could talk over it. The whole day felt intimate and personal – exactly how we imagined.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Pam Cooley Photography / Videographer: ParkLife Wedding Films / Venue: Pettengill-Morron House Museum in Peoria, Illinois / Bride's Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Miz Mooz / Hair Pin: Nordstrom / Hair Stylist: The Loft Salon and Spa / Makeup: Shana Addis / Groom's Suit: Macy’s / Groom's Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Groom's Tie: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor, The LimitedVon Maur / Stationery: design by the groom, letterpress by Skylab / Bouquets, Boutonnieres: Michelle at Heaven on Earth / Floral Centerpieces: Floral Designs / Tent Rental: Armbruster Manufacturing / Chair, Table Rentals: Morton Rentals / Lighting: Extreme DJ’s and Lighting / Cake: Trefzger’s Bakery / Coffee Favor Caricature Artwork: Dan Wild / Horse-drawn Carriage: Carriage Classics, (309) 657-4363

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