Mimi & John | Elegant Private Estate Wedding in Historic Galena

Mimi and John referred to their wedding as a "backyard wedding at the farmhouse." No big deal, right? I had no idea that the "backyard" she referenced was actually the rolling hills of a gorgeous family estate, filled with meticulously reconstructed historic farmhouse, horses, guest cottages, and a view that went on for days. 

A private estate wedding on a historic horse farm

When we arrived at Mimi's family estate, I was so excited! It was a gorgeous sunny summer day and she had a team that knew how to bring to life the laidback, relational day she wanted with all the class she inherently had. Bliss Weddings and Events designed and produced a flawless day for Mimi and John to spend on the farmhouse veranda, sipping lemonade cocktails with the ones they loved most. 

I personally loved Mimi's custom watercolor invitation suites by EJD Designs, featuring favorite spots on her family estate. Her custom peplum gown was intended to mimic the horse competing jackets she wore during her years competing her beloved horses. 

And her wish for a family harvest dinner with greenery and farm fresh florals came to life perfectly under a Sperry tent overlooking the setting sun. Touches like vintage china place settings, gathered florals, and hanging garlands gave the perfect touch of heritage and elegance. 

Mimi's tips for a no-stress wedding day

Mimi and John are busy professionals living in the buzz of the city. When they have time off, they want to spend it on the family estate, riding horses and spending time with their beloved dogs.

To protect that margin in their lives, Mimi hired a full service planner and event design team. If the idea of making wedding decision during your time off makes you feel frazzled, take Mimi's advice and invest into a full-service team to manage this on your behalf and streamline your communications. 

Many thanks to the amazing creative team:

Wedding design and planning: Bliss Weddings and Events 

Floral & Decor: Bliss Weddings & Events | Frost Lighting | Garden Party Florist

Furniture & Rentals: Bowery & Bash | Halls Rental | Tailored Elements | A La Crate Vintage Rentals

Paper Goods: EJD Designs