Top 5 Favorite Country Wedding Venues in the Chicagoland Suburbs

We love being a bridal salon & love our wedding vendor community even more! We are surrounded by incredible brides and top professionals who know what they’re doing, offer quality & unique services, and are just all around wonderful people. So wonderful in fact, we thought we’d give you a sneak peak at some of our favorite wedding venues, right here in the Chicagoland Suburbs. Read on to see why we love them so much and why we think you’ll end up taking a tour of at least one or two!

Emerson Creek

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With over 15 bridal and guest amenities, the layout of the venue is only the beginning of the venue’s greatness. Known for their warm and welcoming hospitality, Emerson Creek prides themselves in their spacious-yet-cozy atmosphere. The venue is complete and accommodating to guests with multiple cocktail areas, a “bridal coop”, 7 scenic beautiful Midwestern acres, and so much more. Emerson Creek is every modern, Midwestern bride’s dream!

Heritage Prairie Farm

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We love Heritage Prarie Farm, especially for the creative, DIY bride. Known for their experience and friendly services, this venue sticks to their values and knows how to give a couple their dream wedding in a beautifully customized way. They always know how to set a tonal ambiance that is both effortlessly chic and perfectly rustic, coining their own style as “eco-chic” which we just love. If you’re a bride on the hunt for a country chic venue, Heritage Prarie Farm’s all-inclusive, highly recommended services and amenities are worth researching and touring!

Ashley Farms 


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This classic barn venue is both big and beautiful, critically acclaimed for its grandeur and worry-free experiences. While some of its interiors and exteriors are still evolving, they’re taking pride in constructing their venue features to fit the needs of guests and specifically for the simple, fun, and chic couple! Can you say Magnolia Silo vibes? We just can’t get enough!

Arranmore Farm and Polo Club

This open & welcoming venue is known for helping couples celebrate traditions and acting as their very own canvas when it comes to bringing country wedding dreams to life. With 300 acres of gorgeous lawn and sunset scenery, the Arranmore Farm and Polo Club pride themselves on taking a large space and making it feel like an intimate, home away from home. This venue is for the creative county bride, as she has all of the decor and styling possibilities at her finger tips. Let Mother Nature act as the perfect background, throw in some market lights, and you have the perfect wedding under the Chicagoland sky. 

Bryon Colby Barn

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Can you say rustic elegance? Byron Colby Barn is all about being accommodating to their brides by giving them ultimate DIY freedom to create the wedding of their dreams. Host your ceremony in their intimate, rustic barn, make guests comfortable in the unique Silo location, or host your cocktail hour in their tree-lined Market Square. With a beautifully lit reception area, you’re bound to have a perfect, nature-bound wedding from start to finish. 

Having the perfect wedding means finding the perfect vendors for you. How are they going to meet your expectations? Are they a good fit for you as people? What kind of effort is the team going to give? Since we’ve personally experienced all of these venues to be top-of-the-line, all that’s left to do is decide which one fits your personal style and budget.

If there are any venues you think should have made the list, comment with your favorite Chicagoland venue in the comment section below!

April is Sustainable Beauty Month! What Can you Do to Celebrate #SBMONTH2018?

Hello all and happy Earth/Sustainable Beauty month! After basing Refined Beauty off of a green circle mission and the inclusion of non-toxic, sustainable hair products in our salon, April truly is a great month for us. We take it as a time to remember why we chose to be a green circle salon and how it has been greatly beneficial for us, our wonderful clients, and of course, our Earth's ecosystem. While we could go on for days about why it's great to be a #sustainablebeauty salon, we thought we'd share how we can all begin to make a difference through sustainability. 

To learn how you can be an effective part of #SBMonth2018, keep reading!

"Once a year we decide to set everything else aside and celebrate Earth Month, or what we now call Sustainable Beauty Month. It’s a time where we choose to focus on supporting and celebrating our Davines salons that work towards balancing beauty and sustainability". - Davines

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Limit your Shower Time

It's important to actively watch how much water we use in one day. When it comes to beauty, it's actually quite easy to use a minimal amount of water. In our experience, it takes no more than a 5 minute shower to properly clean and rinse both your hair and body. It's even proven to be enough time to shave your legs! While in the shower, cover things like brushing your teeth and cleansing your face. This helps spare the amount of times you turn the sink on and off. 

Re-Use your Cosmetic Bottles

A huge part of being sustainable is re-use. Instead of tossing out your empty cosmetic containers and bottles, wash them with a drop of soap and a cup of water. Once they've dried, think about refilling them with another cosmetic product or cutting it open for a more mundane use. Filling your containers with things like hair ties, bobby pins, or even better, a plant, is the perfect way to feel like the ultimate conservationist. Among our favorites is the stylish Davines product bottles!

Use Natural Lighting

This is a not-so-obvious tip which is why we love it! Thinking of ways to be sustainable requires thinking outside of the box and paying attention to how we might be wasteful on a daily basis. To conserve more energy, consider moving your vanity or makeup area toward a big window or a space in your home that retrieves a lot of natural light. This will not only give you correct makeup coloring but keep you from absorbing too much electrical energy in the bathroom. 

Support Sustainable Beauty Companies

While still growing, the sustainable beauty industry has been so beneficial to our Earth and beauty professionals. We are proud to call ourselves a sustainable beauty and Davines salon. One of the best parts about supporting sustainable beauty companies is the fact that they support other charities. See a full list of sustainable beauty companies here!

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Conserve in the Name of Beauty

While there is much more to being a sustainable citizen, we thought we'd start you off with these basics on how to be sustainable in your beauty efforts. It all starts with one person, one small recycling act, and a little bit of continuous effort! How are you making a difference during #SBMonth2018? We would love to know your creative recycling ideas!

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook to get constant updates on blog posts and ways we LOVE keeping things sustainable at Refined Beauty Boutique

Wedding Dresses with Hair Styles

Wedding Dresses with Hair Styles

Refined Beauty is ever so honored to be pairing up with Chicago's Mignonette Bridal for a bridal "Love Brunch" this weekend to celebrate the launch of their newly reclaimed service Ette Bridal: The Wedding Tailor. The name of their game is to cater to brides and their unique style & body shapes with a wide range of amazing designer gowns to choose from and their well-known bridal tailor service. We can't think of a better brand to team up with as we support anything that supports brides in their unique state of beauty! To see some of their best gowns paired with the our recommended hair styles , keep scrolling, loves!

Skinny Straps

With Spring in site, we are gearing up for some lighter, strap looks for our brides. With a more revealing look, it's important to keep things clean yet comfortable. With impeccable detail in the dress design and a soft but clean hair style, a bride becomes unstoppable in her wedding day beauty!

Gali Karten 2018: this designer is the definition of swoon worthy! The 2018 collection has managed to give brides the option of detailed gowns that bare beautiful neck & shoulder lines with the perfect amount of modesty. There's just something about the way they fall on a bride that allows for so much glow in all the right ways!

Hair styles: Enter the soft but clean (not too undone) look. A low bun for petite brides and off to the side for brides with broader shoulders is the perfect guide to go by for brides of all unique silhouettes. 

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Plunging V-neck

A plunging V neck line is something we just die over! It's one of our favorite bridal looks as it opens the doors for SO much beauty creativity! A couple of designers come to mind when we think about the perfect, fashionable plunging v necks that pair so beautifully with a simple hair style.

Berta: These romantic gowns with soft, ultra-feminine detailing (think delicately ruffled sleeves and peplums, floral embroideries, beaded halternecks and sheer layering) can make a girl want to wear her wedding dress all day, every day. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Berta if there wasn’t a touch of sensual glamour, which for this season comes in the form of the house’s signature double thigh high slits, plunging necklines and backs, and alluring illusion bodices.

Dany Mizrachi 2018: This year's collection had us falling in love at first sight! This collection is a mix of glamorous and romantic looks featuring ethereal layering, beaded fringes, openwork accents and embroideries and appliques in floral motifs.

Hairstyle: Loose, simple, and pulled away from the neck to show off that plunge.

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Off the Shoulder

After rocking the fashion scene for quite a while now, it was inevitable that the off the shoulder style was going to make its way into the wedding world... and we CAN'T get enough of it, especially from this particular designer! This is the perfect way to rock an effortless, voluminous hair style on your wedding day that screams style and seminalism. 

Victoria Soprano 2018: “The One” bridal collection by Victoria Soprano is an ode to passionate love. With a line-up that is overflowing with gorgeousness and unique styles, it’s hard not to find “the one” gown that will make you go head over heels!

Hairstyles: For a sexy romantic look, sweep up all of your locks on top of head. Think volume for a glamorous finish or have it cascade away from the face for a more classy, romantic look. Think volume and large loose curls!

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Invisible Neckline:

Some brides are just magnets for subtle designs and an overall classic look. Invisible necklines are the perfect way to go when you aim to include elegant simplicity. Pair it with a classy but voluminous hair style and your guests are going to see you in all your bridal glory!

Ellis Bridals 2018: this collection puts a spotlight on exquisite details such as fully beaded gowns with delicate flutter sleeves, ball gowns with three-dimensional flowers and asymmetric hems, structured looks in mikado and platinum jacquard, and a beautiful variety of elegant necklines, from high illusion necks in lace to contemporary off-the-shoulder designs: “the 2018 collection reimagines poise for the modern bride. Classic style is streamlined in clean, modern lines with a focus on luxurious and intelligent embroidery. This is the season of features.”

Hairstyles: Keep things clean and classy. An off the neck look always does wonders to show off the detail of the gown. A voluminous low chignon does the trick, every time! Pair with subtle hair bling for extra stunning bridal class.

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Another look that Ellis Bridals does perfectly is strapless! Again, Spring is on the way and that means baring a little (or a lot) more shoulder! Baring more skin than usual can be tough to style so when in doubt, go back to the basics!

Hairstyles: Think balance. A half up half down look is the perfect way to show off skin and give a romantic finish. For bustier brides, pull hair in front to one side. Also think soft big curls or try a classic wave and side part.

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We are so excited for the Love Brunch with Mignonette bridal! It's going to be an (incredibly fun) event that caters to the bridal community in such an inclusive, graceful way. Not only do they have their amazing selection of versatile designers they also make sure a bride can leave with whatever dress they fall in love with by tailoring it to fit them and their perfectly unique selves. It's all about creating beauty with one of the best bridal aces in Chicago and we could not be more excited and honored. Did we miss your wedding dress neckline? Share below so we can pair you with the perfect hair styles! 

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