Lauren Ashley Studios Ashley Farm

A Rustic Barn Wedding at Ashley Farm

March 30, 2023


As wedding photographers in Chicago, we love the city. However, it is always a pleasure to leave the skyscrapers and bustling streets behind for a day, and embrace the countryside for a rustic barn wedding. That is precisely what we did for the wedding of Jessica and Kyle. This sweet couple tied the knot back in August 2022 at Ashley Farm, Yorkville, Illinois.

The rustic setting of Ashley Farm was the ideal wedding venue for Jessica and Kyle, as it offered the privacy and intimacy they craved so much for their celebration. Discover the love story of these two sweethearts, and browse their beautiful wedding day photography below.

A Sneaky Birthday Engagement

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Jess had planned a whole special day for Kyle’s 29th birthday which included a sleigh ride, dinner at Cooper’s Hawk and then a party with all their friends at their favorite bar, Sal’s Pizza and Pub. Without Jess knowing, Kyle was secretly planning a proposal for the same day! Creating an engagement party instead of a birthday celebration!

The sleigh ride turned into a horse and carriage ride in the end, due to a lack of snow. Nevertheless, Kyle had hired a photographer and got down on one knee in front of the horse and carriage to propose. Jess said yes!

The Bride Knows Best

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Jess found her dress at Here Comes the Bride in Glendale Heights, Illinois. It is a gorgeous store that so many of our brides have loved finding ‘the one’ at! Upon seeing the dress, Jess loved the high neck line, and thought it really complimented her shape. However, it was not her family or friends favorite dress when she tried it on! She persevered with her choice, and after trying it again in her size, everybody loved it! She knew all along that it was the perfect dress for her rustic barn wedding!

Two Emotional First Look’s

We love a first look. This is an emotional, private and an effortless way to create some beautiful wedding photos. So when Jess decided to have two on her big day, we were overjoyed. The first was with her dad, and brothers. A really sweet and emotional moment for the two of them. Then came the first look with Kyle. He certainly couldn’t hold back the tears when seeing her for the first time that day. So sweet! We love these emotional moments and allowed this perfect couple a few minutes alone to really embrace the day.

A Pretty Outdoor Ceremony

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On the grounds of Ashley Farm, they are blessed with an enchanting ceremony spot. A gorgeous grassy and paved area surrounded by tress, and wild open greenery. Our couple tied the knot there, underneath a woven branch pergola, surrounded by loved ones. It was a delightful ceremony, on a beautiful, bright afternoon. Which was celebrated with beers and cocktails on the outside courtyard.

Let the Barn Celebrations Begin!

Following the vows, and drinks in the sun, our wedding party made their way inside the stunning barn at Ashley Farm. A cozy, yet spacious room that benefits from a mezzanine level overlooking the main celebration space, which is lit by a huge glass chandelier. A spectacular setting for a rustic barn wedding. There, Jess and Kyle’s loved ones were treated to Prime rib, Tuscan chicken, champagne mashed potatoes, sides, and Subway cookies for dessert! What a feast!

Toasts & Dances

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Not only did our wedding party get treated to a delicious meal, but they also loved the heartfelt, and sometimes hilarious toasts! Overall, some very poignant words were shared, and it was an honor to witness just how much love Jess & Kyle’s friends and family had for our couple. And the touching moments didn’t end there because it was soon time for the dances. The new husband and wife in particular stole our hearts…. Dancing to Cant Help Falling in Love by Boyce Avenue was a really special scene, and another we felt lucky to be able to capture.

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It would be an honor to become a part of your wedding team, and create that timeless keepsake of your big day you’ll love forever. Myself and my team of Chicago wedding photographers at videographers at Lauren Ashley Studios will go above and beyond to capture the atmosphere of your special occasion, and share it with passion and authenticity.

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