Starved Rock State Park Elopement: Melanie + Spencer

If I hadn’t been there myself I wouldn’t believe this place was in Illinois or even the Midwest.

It’s a shining gem in an otherwise very very flat state. And the perfect option for an outdoor adventure in the middle of a pandemic when you don’t want to travel out of state!

Here are a few words from their photographer about the day :

“Melanie and Spencer had originally planned to marry in their Chicago neighborhood surrounded by family and friends. When COVID hit, they were forced to change plans several times. Finally, they decided to elope at Starved Rock State Park, one of the most picturesque locations in the Midwest! Their parents and one sibling were in attendance.

Melanie and Spencer had always envisioned their wedding as “colorful and filled with love and laughter,” and were able to tie that into their elopement day as well. Melanie’s wildflower bouquet and Spencer’s colorful suit were two of my favorite style details. Their ceremony included some Jewish traditions and pre-recorded speeches from their siblings on an iPad (Spencer’s sweet surprise to Melanie!).

I loved how relaxed and HAPPY this day was 🙂 After the ceremony, we went exploring in Illinois Canyon and created some stunning newlywed portraits! These two got engaged on the side of a mountain, and they didn’t mind hiking on wedding day, either! After popping a bottle of champagne with just the two of them, it was time to continue the celebration with their guests.”

Photography: Emma Mullins Photography

Venue: Starved Rock State Park 

Dress: Tadashi Shoji

Flowers: Blythe Flowers

Hair : Luscious Moi Salon

Groom’s Attire: Alpha Suit

Jewelry: Love and Promise Jewelers