From Hilary and Jennie: Hilary and Jennie met in Denver in 2008 as part of Teach For America. After many years together, multiple cross-country moves, and taking turns going to graduate school, we settled in Chicago and decided it was time to tie the knot. Having friends all across the country (and beyond!), we wanted a setting that would allow for a weekend event with lots of activities, opportunities for quality time, and beautiful scenery.
Thank goodness for Camp Wandawega! This lakeside summer camp located 90 minutes outside of Chicago allowed us to have all 50 guests on the premises for the weekend. Everyone set up camp in bunkhouses, cabins, tipis, and Boy Scout tents, and the weekend was full of laughter, canoe trips, card games in the treehouse, a ceremony in the rain, dancing under the tent, an impromptu flip cup tournament, and nightly bonfires.
The weekend was everything we hoped for; it was full of personal touches and joint efforts that highlighted our community of support upon which our marriage is built. Many wedding guests pulled double duty with contributions such as driving up kegs of beer from their Arkansas brewery, Bike Rack Brewing Co, baking 6 dozen salted chocolate chip cookies for everyone to munch on around the bonfire, and even baking our wedding cake – an amazing lemon cake with lavender frosting. Our officiant was one of our best friends, and her dad lovingly served as our wedding photographer. Most importantly, though, everyone went with the flow when it started raining pre-ceremomy and with our guests under umbrellas, we were able to still get married in the outdoor chapel. As they say, a wet knot is harder to untie.
Photos courtesy of Jim Scearcy.