An Elegant Wedding at the Bride’s Family Farm in Geneseo, Illinois featured on Brides

Planned by Gold Leaf Event Design & Production, Photography by Kristin La Voie

“When Carolyn “Dolly” Reese met John Kozlik, they were in a place that’s about as far from the bride’s family home in the rolling farmlands of Illinois as you can be “We were both attending Saint Louis University, but our paths didn’t cross until January 2011, when we were studying abroad on Australia’s Gold Coast,” Dolly explains.

After dating for five years, John proposed in Parc Monceau in Paris. And while the couple clearly loves to travel, they knew it was time to return home to the Midwest. “I knew it was time to move back home and be close to my family,” says the bride of their decision. “We wanted to start our new life with a celebration we’d never forget.”

Read on to see all the details from the couple’s meaningful church ceremony and epic reception at Dolly’s family’s farm in Geneseo, Illinois. Kristin La Voie was on hand to capture every detail planned by Kate Ryan of Gold Leaf Event Design & Production, with additional floral design by Rishi Patel of HMR Designs.” – Brides

Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana

Bride’s Belt: Haute Bride

Bride’s Shoes: Valentino

Hair: Salon Halo

Makeup: Full Circle AspenGabrielle Murphy

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Groom’s Attire: ESQSalvatore Ferragamo

Groomsmen’s Tux’s: The Black Tux

Flower Girl Dress: Trish Scully

Floral Design and Rentals: HMR Designs

Invitations and Paper Products: Emily Baird Design

Welcome Gifts: Teak & Twine

Music: Elan ArtistsCollective Soul

Catering: Boutique Bites

Cake: Sugar Fixe

Transportation: Peoria Charter Coach

Audio/Visual: Frost

Firework Display: Melrose Pyro

Live Painting: Magnificent Events

Videography: Merge-Social

Photography: Kristin La Voie

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