a Blueberry Barnyard Wedding

“It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”
~ unknown

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Lauren and Rory’s wedding was in a perfect setting, on a glorious day, with a wonderful gathering of kindred spirits.

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The betrothed hand made decorations, borrowed linens, and collected hand-me-down mason jars to use as drinking vessels.

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Meanwhile, numerous friends pitched in for all the logistical aspects.

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One friend was the officiant (and also brought fantastic corn soufflé and bug cakes), one served as the DJ, one created gorgeous flower arrangements, 6 professional photographers (wedding guests) swarmed around them, one friend prepared all the accoutrements for pulled pork tacos, and everyone brought dessert.

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“A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship
All the elements of sense and reason
And indeed all the sweets of life”
~ Mary Engelbreit

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The venue was Blueberry Dune Farm, which I want to revisit for other festive occasions. The barn was a lovely backdrop for our party, and blueberry picking was a boon.

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We enjoyed savory meals by a fabulous chef.

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Then danced off our sugar high into the night.

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In a culture that markets weddings as high-end elaborate productions, it was wonderful to attend one that went back to the true meaning of this celebration: the gathering and joining of families and friends and the bliss of finding and committing to true love.

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Lauren Levato (now Coyne) and Rory Coyne are now preparing for their upcoming show, Symbiosis at Century Guild – Chicago which opens October 12. Lauren will then have a solo show, The Age of Spontaneous Generation, in January.

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Congratulations Lauren and Rory!

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“May you have warm words on a cold evening
A full moon on a dark night
And the road downhill all the way to your door.”

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Hairstreak

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