Citrus + Mint Intimate Wedding Inspiration with a Real Vow Exchange

Vineyard Chicago Elopement

Ammie and Shakur are a portrait of the 2020 Couple: planning a large wedding later to party with friends + fam, but totally ready to exchange vows in the meantime. And they had the perfect opportunity to do so at Providence Vineyard, the new-to-Chicago barn venue settled on 30 acres of rolling hills and grapevines! Chic From Chicago designed an intimate wedding inspiration full of citrus and mint details with velvet textures, all set against a backdrop of the airy space.

So, when did Ammie + Shakur know they were soulmates?

After being best friends for years and laughing at every single person who suggested we date, Shakur and I finally decided that they were absolutely right. After knowing each other for years, our love felt easy and natural. Shakur is such a romantic and the added bonus of knowing me so intricately definitely played in his favor. In between receiving sweet love poems and experiencing thoughtful dates after another, I’m not exactly sure when I knew for certain that Shakur would be the man I’d marry, but looking back now, it seems like any moment could have been the one.

Grey Garden Creative captured photos of the day — let’s have a look!

calligraphy invitation

Such a pretty stationery shot with this romantic invite by XO Art and Design!

All the Floral Texture

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gold bouquetLoving all the citrusy tones in that bouquet by Florist & Hound Design! Look closely for the ACTUAL citrus detail!

Gold Velvet Wedding Details

gold velvet bowtie

gold bridesmaidsAll the ladies donned Jenny Yoo dresses for the day.

Bright Intimate Wedding Inspiration

white barn ceremony
Even in a large airy space, an intimate wedding ceremony set up can totally work!

By the way, if you’re looking for more intimate wedding inspiration and how to pull it off, here are 13 tips to help you plan!

Vineyard Chicago Elopement

Vineyard Chicago ElopementHow sweet are they?! Shakur shed a few tears as Ammie walked down the aisle before they shared their vows.

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Vineyard Chicago ElopementYay!

Champagne Wall + Vineyard Reception

Vineyard Chicago Elopement1. Pop the champagne. 2. Garnish with a popsicle!

Vineyard Chicago ElopementAmmie raved about her hairstylist, Styles By Jessica, and makeup artist, Danielle Rochon Makeup:

Switching into the second dress, and having another first look was one of my favorite moments! They transformed me into something beyond my expectations. Seeing Shakur’s surprise and experiencing his adoration so intensely for a second time was a sweet reminder of what the rest of our lives would be like together; full of ecstatic, beautiful, and “just when I thought this couldn’t get any better” moments.

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Vineyard Chicago ElopementHow romantic!

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Can’t you just feel everything in those smiles?! SO sweet. Wishing Ammie + Shakur the best as they plan their nuptials and celebrate their love! And cheers to the team behind the beautiful intimate wedding inspiration!

photography: Grey Garden Creative // venue name: Providence Vineyard, Chicago, Illinois, USA // event design: Chic From Chicago // florals: Florist & Hound Design // wedding dress: Jenny Yoo 'Wyatt' with Kaia skirt + Wesley // bride's shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // hair stylist: Styles By Jessica // makeup artist: Danielle Rochon Makeup // groom attire: My Bowtiful Creations (bowtie) // paper goods: XO Art and Design // cake: Julie Michelle Cakes // tabletop rentals: Elements Preserved // furniture rentals: Elements Preserved // specialty rentals: Bubbly Events (champagne wall) // models: Ammie Brooks, Shakur Smith, Arika Jeter and Ticha Ulickey