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a hometown elopement | Chicago small wedding photography

Our inspiration was drawn from our venue, Milwalky Trace in downtown Libertyville, which features beautifully inspired, locally-sourced foods. The restaurant is named after the American Indian trail that ran between Chicago and Milwaukee, and through the town of small town Libertyville. Because of the venue’s commitment to history and the local community, we tried to feature as many elements as possible that were sourced from local vendors and retailers. 

The pink jeweled rings, burlap vow journal and hand-crafted chocolate truffles added unique additions to this private elopement, while the soft blush colors of the florals and papers goods created a nice contradiction between the brick and industrial elements of the venue and downtown area. The vintage settee and mercury glass, along with the styling of the gown and navy suit, created a timeless and modern feel for this sweet small town elopement. 

Since almost all of these amazing vendors were local to our venue, I suspect someone will want to seek them out for their wedding!

Photography: lisa kathan photography
Venue: Milwalky Trace
Floral design: Alison Buck Floral Design
Hair + makeup: Meghana Prasad
Vintage rentals: Elements Preserved Vintage Rentals
Jewelry: Rolland's Jewelers
Papers: How Impressive!
Chocolates: Rocky Mountain Chocolates in Libertyville
Gown: Vanessa's Modern Bride (featuring a Watters gown)
Suit: The Black Tux


Lisa Sulzbach