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When Abby Ernst and Greg Duntz started checking out cornfields, they weren’t preparing to harvest. They were planning their wedding.
Though they live in downtown Chicago, they found that big-city wedding venues didn’t suit them. But while visiting Abby’s parents near rural Franksville, Wisconsin, “we were relaxing in their backyard, surrounded by beautiful farmland,” Abby recalls, “and we knew—this place was us!”
In keeping with their dream of a wedding that was intimate, comfortable and personal—a chance for guests to experience real Midwestern charm—they made their special day as DIY as possible. With help from family and friends, they built, baked, canned, sewed, restored and recycled. “My father married us in a small neighborhood church,” says Abby, a pastor’s daughter. An outdoor celebration followed in a 40-by-60-foot tent on her parents’ lawn, bordered by acres of green-and-golden stalks.
“That was one of the best wedding presents of all,” Abby notes. “Mom and Dad’s neighbor is a farmer, and he knew we wanted a backdrop that really said country. So he planted corn just for the occasion!”
Less pomp, more personality
According to a 2012 survey of 18,500 brides conducted by theknot.com, more couples are choosing casual weddings. Last year, 17 percent of brides described their weddings as casual, compared to just 12 percent in 2009.
Do-it-yourself is another trend, with 48 percent of couples designing their own programs, 47 percent making their favors and 37 percent sending DIY invitations. In fact, rustic weddings, or those with rustic elements, have become so popular that they sparked an entire website in 2009, rusticweddingchic.com.
Photography by m three studio photography.