Real Weddings: Jill + Les


Today’s wedding is so adorable, I have been dying to show it off to you! Jill and Les held their wedding at Jill’s family farm in Rockford, IL and every last detail was homemade, from the paper garlands to the cupcakes! Jessie from Simply Jessie Photography was both a bridesmaid and photographer.

Bari Jay GownPink and White Peony Bouquet

Jill says: “Traditionally, the bride’s parents do a lot to prepare for the wedding. Since both my mom and dad were celebrating our big day from heaven, we chose to honor them and the home they designed and built together and where they shared 30 beautiful years by throwing a big party in the yard. Family and friends really loved the little ways my parents were remembered throughout the day, from the ceremony to the favors. It helped to include them in fun and happy ways, even though they were dearly missed.”

Colorful Garlands and Paper Lanterns

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I love all of the colorful paper garlands that Jill created. The fun theme of circles was echoed throughout all of the handmade decor. Jill shares:

“The main inspirations for the look and feel of this wedding were my family’s home, my favorite summery colors, and my terrifically talented friends. I wanted to use simple shapes and bright colors to pop against the leafy trees, rolling hills, and dark wood of the house. My sister designed the “circle trees” for the invites and programs, and everything else grew from there.”

Paper and Twine Garland

Pink Peony Bouquet

Orange and Pink Wedding Program

You know I’m a sucker for any wedding with a dog! How cute is he?

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DIY Farm WeddingRed Floral Bridesmaids Dress

Mason jars with tealights were strung from the trees – they positively glowed at night, as you’ll see!

Mason Jar Tealights

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All of the tables were borrowed or thrifted, and friends pitched in to collect jars and red, pink, and orange items for the day.

Pink and Orange DIY Wedding Tabletop

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DIY Outdoor WeddingMason Jar Centerpieces


One of my favorite details is this set of colorful embroidery hoops:

Embroidery Hoop Decor

DIY Wedding Reception

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So what were Jill’s favorite moments?

“My favorite memories from the day were seeing Les for the first time – standing in the sun under the trees in the yard where I grew up, and seeing the house and yard all decked out. It was even more beautiful than I had pictured it. I also remember the moment when I realized that everyone was having a great time, dancing and talking and enjoying the beautiful setting and all the hard work that went into the celebration.”

Paper Lanterns at Night

Jill and Jessie, thank you so much for sharing this amazing and personal wedding with EAD!

The following Chicago and Rockford wedding vendors were involved in Les and Jill’s wedding:

Photography – Simply Jessie Photography
Location – Jill’s family home, Rockford IL
Hair and Makeup – Joyce Epolito
Gown – Bari Jay Bridesmaids
Shoes – Steve Madden
Groom’s suit – Calvin Klein
Floral – DIY by the bride, friends, and family
Paper goods and wedding design – bride’s sister, Robyn Bernd
Cupcakes – CrunkCake Cupcakes (Portland, OR)
Catering – Mary’s Market
Ceremony coordination – Lenae van der Bijl
Day-of coordination – Kristie Monteiro

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22 comments on “Real Weddings: Jill + Les

  1. Incredible! It’s amazing what you can do with a few pops of color. Even the table centerpieces are gorgeous, consisting simply of a few mason jars and flowers. I love DIY!

  2. Amazing! I love the use of mason jars to light up the event and the bride did a fabulous job sticking with the circle theme all throughout her wedding decor design. There are a lot of wonderful DIY projects future brides can take away from the wedding of Jill and Les.
    .-= Shirley Kelly’s most recent blog post: How Important Is The Wedding Cookie Table =-.

  3. A very charming wedding. All the diy projects added such a wonderful touch to the wedding. I love the mason jars and tea lights, they really added a great touch for when the sun set.

  4. Jessica writes...

    I love the pop of color in the bride’s shoes and the fact that they look so comfortable!! Do you know where she got them?

  5. Ami Elizabeth writes...

    hi jessica! the shoes are adorable right? they are steve madden. thanks!

  6. Jill writes...

    Thanks to Ami and EAD for posting our wedding, and thanks everyone for all your kind comments.
    I have to say, those shoes are now the most comfortable I own, and perfect for an outdoor wedding. I got them from Zappos!

    • Jill Hayes writes...

      Hi Jill!

      Another fellow Jill bride here. We are doing sangria bridesmaids dresses from David’s Bridal and are having trouble finding ties to match. Your fiance’s tie looks like it might be a good match! Do you know where he got it? I’d love to get a sample. Thanks so much!

  7. Noway! I would have love to photographed that wedding with all the decorations and fun stuff. VERY well done with all the color.

  8. This is practically my dream wedding from the location, the colors, the photography and the flowers. It captures a perfect pairing of rustic elegance and is still so very romantic. Absolutely beautiful congratulations to the adorable couple!!

  9. I love how the dog is there, I think I would bring my chic lab to my wedding, maybe put a little flower colour, she could be a bridesmaid.

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