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Private Outdoor Lily Pool Elopement in Chicago

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Kasi and Robert's outdoor elopement was so special because it was so intimate! With beautiful floral details and their gorgeous natural location, this couple got truly stunning photos and made a memory they will cherish for the rest of time.
Private Outdoor Lily Pool Elopement in Chicago

Kasi + Robert

Chicago, Illinois
09/20/2020
Total wedding budget $3,750

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Catering
    5%
    $200
  • Cake/Dessert
    4%
    $150
  • Flowers
    11%
    $400
  • Photography
    53%
    $2000
  • Officiant
    27%
    $1000
  • Transportation/Travel
    11%
    $400
  • Total wedding budget
    $3750
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What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We wanted to emphasize the very real, grounded, and raw aspects of our relationship. We wanted to feel present in each moment. And thus, we chose a venue surrounded by trees and water. The dress was an organic lace, and the flowers were a bold red to contrast the vibrant greens. My aunt shared my nana’s rosary, and our beautiful officiant created an altar from her grandma’s lace and rose petals.

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Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

My sister helped me do my hair and makeup (DIY) via faceTime the morning of— it was a memory i’ll never forget!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

During the 2020 year, we decided on a private ceremony and that alone made budgeting easy.

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What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

Definitely the shoes!!

What was your favorite detail?

Gosh- every single thing!! The one that surprised me the most though, were the birds chirping above us during the ceremony.

Also, Bozena was the most intuitive, real, and joyful person and photographer I’ve ever worked with, and her work is absolutely beautiful!

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What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After the ceremony, we held a small second-line parade, a New Orleans tradition for weddings. It was so celebratory– and how real it felt with such a small group– pure joy!

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Be present with why you are doing what you are doing. Know who each detail is for. And allow the universe to guide you.

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