Jess & Jeff’s BEST DAY EVER! (as promised)


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When it comes to Sweetest Brides – this Planner is winning! Jess is right up there – neck and neck – with the best of them. She is one that I wish everyone could know. In my mind, I often find myself, planning a Backyard Soiree in order to gather my ‘Backyard Brides’ and their Queen Mothers. They should all know each other and would all love each other and I would be in Backyard Soiree Heaven! Anyway -> this Bride is adored by her Daddy and a ‘chip off of her Sweet Momma’ and Jeff is the wise man who took her for his own. Now, the truth is, Jess found herself a Man among Men. He is kind and wise, he is generous and easy to be around–and there is never a moment when he has forgotten who the most important woman in the room is. Jeff, too, is a product of a Mother and Father who have loved each other and raised him well. And all of this has trickled down to Jess and Jeff. They have the kind of love that you read about or see in a movie-they are connected at all times, yet, completely themselves with a world of friends each. This is a good story happening here and I am grateful I had a front row seat to their ‘kick-off of happily-ever-after.’ Kiss Kiss – Kelly












"Prairie St Brewhouse wedding reception"

"Prairie St Brewhouse wedding reception"

"Prairie St Brewhouse wedding reception"

"Prairie St Brewhouse wedding reception"






"prairie st brewhouse wedding"


"prairie st brewhouse wedding"







Thanks to my friend, Ryan Davis, for capturing this most important day filled with most important moments and details.

Let it be known that it is all his fault that it takes me FOR – EV -ER! to post an album – because I have to look at every photo, and then I love every single one-yet, am only to select 20 photos for posting. That’s just wrong. I have spent months planning, designing and consulting with Jess and her Queen Mother over every detail and minute, in order to package this day of forever moments, –  therefore, I feel connected to every flipping photo! I can’t do it – it’s too painful — so, I narrow down to 100 and delegate the job of trimming photos down to 20 to My Angel Assistant, Abby. Lord Bless Her!

THANK YOU’s –                                                                                                            -to SARAH AXELSON for the custom design and all the paper pieces wished for – to Shannon Sutton of SS ILLUSTRATIONS for creating the onsite chalk signage in keeping with Sarah’s design,and all painted signage – to FLOWERS by HALEY, BEAUTIFUL DAY LINENS, EMBELLISH SPECIALTY RENTALS, MARY’s MARKET, THE CRAVERY, THE DAIRYHAUS, MEN OF OUR TIMES, LUXE PRODUCTIONS and ROCKFORD CHARTER COACH for locking arms with us and operating at the highest level to deliver this BEST DAY EVER. Thank YOU to Autumn Tree Flims for capturing Jess’s day. To see it, click here…

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The DETAILS of Justine & Cameron Forever


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11043028_822009447878894_8404815747207718628_n These details and custom pieces from Justine and Cameron’s 4th of July, 2014 Wedding were just too sweet not to share. Due to Justine being in Nashville and her family living in Barrington, IL, we spoke on the phone, via email and made the most of her availability when a visit home was scheduled. Justine was a girl who had a clear vision for her wedding day, based on hearing Justine’s vision, Backyard Soiree pride’s itself in offering strong referrals for the vendors perfectly suited for Justine, her wishes and her budget. The process for researching and meeting with vendors can be overwhelming and time consuming, especially when you are from Barrington, IL and living in Nashville-we were happy to arrange meetings where these vendors could come to us in order to be the most productive with the little bit of time Justine had to plan her wedding. We immediately began contacting and commissioning the most creatively gifted talent in the Midwest in order to create custom, forever details which made this perfect day extra special.

Thank you to Ryan Davis Photography for remembering to capture the details that are what most brides spend most of their dreaming and planning time upon. Thanks to Justine’s Queen Mother and King of Heart’s Father, for the L O V E canvas, which we used for the Un-Guest Book/Guest Book and the black shutter screen that held the custom escort cards. Thanks to Sarah Axelson for creating the custom invitations and all the paper pieces desired and to Shannon Sutton for transferring Sarah Axelson’s custom design to the many beautiful framed chalkboards needed to guide our guests. Thanks to Patricia’s Patisserie, Beautiful Day Linens, Embellish Specialty Rentals and Sylvia’s Flowers in Arlington Heights, IL. Kiss Kiss – Kelly 1544947_822009364545569_8092852144559051040_n 11043038_822009361212236_8660617776300786745_n 10687_822009441212228_3054697432448755854_n 10407738_822009367878902_3977167681544365278_n 11025843_822009474545558_267315177272185663_o 1622121_822009657878873_847805328993113168_n 11043083_822009717878867_6331924029732242054_n 10849074_822009551212217_6659916133169076439_o 10437619_822009594545546_6611072570189147885_n 1507458_822009681212204_8226900559766789903_o 10615564_822009654545540_7395555976385079568_n 10407738_822009791212193_5784368414345372628_n 10314483_822009734545532_640255297048632280_n 7079_822009767878862_5740373685550820031_n 1501133_822009757878863_5903422128804937159_o 11025734_822009534545552_3195798254036734824_n 11043192_822009544545551_7653568558191994624_n