Chris and I purposely planned our wedding for the most wonderful time of year... Pumpkin Festival weekend.
I've lived in Sycamore, Ill. my entire life, and Chris has been here since he was a teenager. Pumpkin Festival is the town's crown jewel of more than five decades, and the festival completely transforms the town. The leaves change colors, downtown is alive with people and decorated pumpkins...And now it will forever hold a spot in our memories as we celebrate our wedding anniversary for many years to come.
Here's a little background: Wally "Mr. Pumpkin" Thurow is credited with creating the festival, when he placed decorated pumpkins on his front yard. Fifty four years later, the festival is so large that thousands of people come to visit, a 2+ hour parade is held, and children's decorated pumpkins scrawl across the entire lawn of the county courthouse downtown. One of the coolest aspects? Non-profits can host craft booths and food booths downtown, so all money spent goes to a good cause. (Here's a story I've written about the festival.)
Chris and I were married Friday, Oct. 23 in our sweet little town, then that Sunday we watched the big parade with family members. It was the perfect way to celebrate both the festival and our new marriage. Chris' family gifted us a new camera, so we spent the last few hours of the festival weekend taking photos around town. We posed our rings with pumpkins, the statue of Mr. Pumpkin, and more.
Why did we choose such a busy weekend for our wedding? It seemed like the perfect time to get family into town for both our nuptials and the celebrations downtown. We also have dreams of celebrating our anniversary years from now with our children and grandchildren, as we are all staked out along the parade route.
I can't even put it into words, but our town during Pumpkin Festival and autumn time is absolutely breathtaking.
Here's some of our images from our Pumpkin Festival photo shoot. Click to enlarge: