Pastoral Wedding Party: Fun on the Farm

An idyllic Illinois farm is the all-American backdrop for a pre-wedding fete for two East Coast entrepreneurs.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Guests of Honor

Leslie and Lloyd Geddes are the guests of honor at an inspired Farm Day, a celebration of country life and the imminent union of a city boy and a country girl.

Farm Days

The beacon of white clapboard farm buildings set against blue sky and cornfields make for some beautifully wholesome set dressing to this Illinois farm wedding.

Take Me Home, Country Road

Waves of corn welcome visitors to the site of Leslie and Lloyd Gerdes charming farm party, a preamble to their country-chic wedding.

Blowing in the Wind

Though the atmospheric details of the Gerdes wedding look designed by Hollywood, they are all authentic features of Leslie Gerdes' family farm.

Get Ready for Farm Fun!

To set the proper festive tone, Leslie and Lloyd Gerdes scheduled a farm day before their wedding to introduce out-of-town relatives to the joys of country life. Wedding photographer Heidi Geldhauser captured the magic.

Country Cool

Though it looks like a Ralph Lauren photo shoot, the classic interiors of this Illinois farmhouse are as real as they come.

Ready For Your Close-Up

One of the adorable participants in the piglet races.

Be a Deer

The elements of country life become as artistic and atmospheric as a Dutch still life in wedding photographer Heidi Geldhauser's hands.

Tractor Pull

As part of the day in the country, guests of the Gerdes wedding enjoy a tractor ride.

Flag Day

A homemade flag welcomes guests to the Gerdes Farm Day celebration.

Drawing a Crowd

Wedding guests gather for the festivities.

Pig Races

A piglet race is one of the highlights of this pre-wedding Farm Day.

Dunk Tank

Piggies clamber out of the swimming pool portion of their race.

And They're Off!

The piglet race begins.

Piglet Power

The race participants, getting revved up.

Petting Zoo

One of the farm animals participating in the Farm Day festivities.

Rural Education

Guests of the Gerdes enjoyed learning about the details of country life.

On the Lake

A petting zoo, piglet races and fishing on Lake Annie were some of the activities on offer.

Boating Party

Classic summer activities, like boating and fishing, evoked days gone by.

Band on the Farm

Guests were entertained by a bluegrass band.

Made in the Shade

The shelter of a tree's shade and some hay bale seating allow nature to do the entertaining.