The term “rustic” oftentimes describes something made in plain or simple fashion—harboring utilitarian purposes but without much flair or frills. ‘Rustic Weddings’ are a nuptial trend taking the wedding world by storm.
From barnyard ceremonies teaming with string lights to outdoor receptions where thistle and twine are abundant, such events have a clear enough design that make them sought after but are customizable enough that each couple can incorporate their individual styles and creative preferences for that special day. This, perhaps, is what makes the ‘rustic’ wedding aesthetic so popular. Yet if one of the most picturesque and nominal venues for the barnyard wedding–located in Oswego residents’ own backyard—is any indication, it is clear these designs are anything but plain. Follow us as we peek in at the Oswego wedding venue where saying “I do” is as easy as pie.
Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room, located off of Stephens Road, boasts beautiful rural scenery to accompany its out and indoor barn and tent set-ups, which sit on 7 acres. Emerson also provides boutique styling options for an individuals’ big day in order to make each wedding customizable.
“[People] are tired of banquet hall weddings…[they’re] looking for something different, a more relaxed feel,” Co-owner (with wife Chris) Dave Demiduk says.
Stocked with a vintage and antique inventory that would make any thrifter swoon, couples may shop décor that will highlight and add backdrop to their ceremony and reception—from vintage typewriters to Edison bulbs, to chalkboard menus to vintage couches. These services help Emerson Creek create weddings that are visual experiences as much as they are ceremonial ones.
“We have stylists to help make someone’s wedding their own. Pinterest has been a big part of barn wedding [trends],” says Chris Demiduk.
A look at Emerson Creek’s carefully curated website will reveal the stunning set-ups that brides, grooms, and families can access on the property for that special day. But ultimately one must visit the secluded, rural-haven itself to get a feel for what it can truly offer.
“We want to be a unique place [that] welcomes people [back]…it’s fun seeing people start off their lives together.”
Both Chris and Dave shared their enthusiasm for making each customer experience—be it a short stop by the shop, a long lunch, or a wedding weekend—feel familial and home-like for everyone.
The Demiduks, along with their large staff who often work interchangeably in every part of the guest and hospitality service, work to make their weekly retinue of 1500-2000 feel as though they are getting a personal touch.
Chris mentioned that part of what she enjoys is the cyclical nature of the guest turnout that has passed through Emerson over the years. Grandmothers come for lunch, bring their families, grandchildren then fall in love with the venue and book weddings—then they come back with their own children.
“The fact that [guests] come back to show us their kids, have anniversary lunches, and to show their friends where they got married…it’s special,” she says.
A particular highlight found within their 9 years of aiding in the start of so many families: the handful of couples who have, since marriage at the farm, named their child ‘Emerson.’
And, indeed, this kind of multi-generational experience aides in the Emerson mission of making the large, multi-function estate feel cozy and intimate.
“If [we or the staff] see someone sitting on a bench—[we] sit down and talk with them,” Dave says.
This familiar and comfortable atmosphere that Emerson prides itself on is well served by its presence in the village of Oswego, according to the owners.
“[Oswego has] that country feel…”, Dave began, before noting that outside the great school and regular business areas of the town there is an opportunity for people to feel like they’re getting away ‘to the country’ without going very far. Oswegoians, in this way, have the best of both worlds.
“Oswego makes people feel welcome—and we do too.”
Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room’s café is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:45am-2:00pm, while its shop is open 10:00am-3:00pm. To speak about events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 630-554-7100. Visit their site and take a drive over today!