1970’s Theme Wedding at Starved Rock Lodge – Rachel & Jesse

Rachel and Jesse’s Starved Rock Lodge wedding this spring was one I’ll never forget! For starters, my photographer brain goes wild every time I visit Starved Rock State Park. But more than that, it was the absolute perfect location for Jesse and Rachel to tie the knot! When I first heard from these two, they described the Illinois state park as “gorgeous and woodsy and chill and that’s very much our vibe”… adding that they were going for a “70’s cabin” type of theme. And I promise you, they nailed it! I was so excited to finally see their vision come to life.

Jesse and Rachel got ready separately on a seasonably sunny April day. We took a short hike through St. Louis Canyon for their first look in front of a waterfall, and it did not disappoint! The wedding party’s 1970’s-inspired attire perfectly complimented the natural backdrop – not to mention Jesse’s custom suit and Rachel’s vintage veil (it was her mom’s!). Rachel’s gift to Jesse was a tie with a cat-print pattern, in honor of their cat Landslide who could not be with us that day. Just one of many personalized details from their day!

Starved Rock Lodge Wedding

Family and friends gathered to witness Rachel and Jesse say I Do in a stunning outdoor ceremony officiated by a friend. From their flower pals to musician friends and the confetti cannon, every detail of the ceremony was intentional. Once the knot was tied, it was time to celebrate!! Jesse and Rachel danced the night away underneath a gold disco ball surrounded by loved ones, and I don’t think they could have been happier 🙂

Rachel and Jesse: Thank you again for having us in April! Your wedding day was an absolute honor to be part of. Cheers to the best in Married Life!!

Vendor Team

Venue: Starved Rock Lodge/Bride’s dress: BHLDN/Bride’s shoes: Charlotte Stone/Bride’s belt: Silver Moon/Bride’s hair comb: Black Book Designs/Groom’s suit: Suit Supply/Groom’s tie: Knotty Tie/Groom’s shoes: Frye/Groom’s hat: McLaughlin & Hayes/Florals: Mary’s Special Touch/Hair & Makeup: Luscious Moi Salon/Invitation: DIY/Engagement rings: Family heirlooms/Wedding bands: Stanley Brown Jewelist/Ceremony Musicians: Yoo Soo Kim and Bradley Bergstrand/DJ: Toast & Jam/Caterer: Starved Rock Lodge/Cake: Bake Chicago/2nd Photographer: Jeremy

Romantic photo of bride and groom kissing in canyon with vintage veil flowing in the wind at Starved Rock State Park

2 Replies to “1970’s Theme Wedding at Starved Rock Lodge – Rachel & Jesse”

  1. Mary Mecum says:

    One of my favorite weddings to design the flowers forTheir vision was the coolest Loved being included 💕

    1. Emma says:

      Agreed! Great working with you, Mary!

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