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Chicago IL Illinois Wedding PhotographyMohsin + Heidi traveled with family and friends to Heidi’s home state of Illinois to unite in marriage for a under a canopy of trees at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL. A far contrast from their current location in bustling New York City as graduate students at Columbia University, the popular outdoor Starved Rock weddings location offered Heidi memories of her early childhood visits hiking the canyons, as well as the perfect wedding location incorporating the beauty of nature, an intimate ceremony backdrop and rustic retreat of the lodge.

M+H planned for a romantic pre-ceremony, private meeting spot followed by a hike into one of the park’s many sandstone canyons which served as a beautiful backdrop for their bridal photos. A wedding at Starved Rock Lodge is an excellent option when searching for a Chicago outdoor wedding ceremony location – it is noted as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois.

With the early morning rain thankfully receding, Mohsin + Heidi’s ceremony proceeded outdoors where the soft sounds of a dulcimer enhanced the Islamic Nikah ceremony officiated by the Imam. Heidi customized every visual element of their destination wedding day with the incorporation of personalized details of brilliant, peacock feathers which influenced the variety of jewel tones in her bridesmaid’s dresses and various feathers within the wedding programs, bridal hair pieces and décor. She looked stunning in her unique, 1920’s vintage style, v-line Jenny Lee gown purchased from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier in NYC. Thank you Heidi + Mohsin and congratulations! We enjoyed spending your wedding day with the two of you.”

Sarah and Ryan Miller Signature


Contact the wedding coordinator at Starved Rock Lodge by calling 800-868-ROCK.
For wedding and bridal party hair and make-up, contact Heidi’s stylist Neil at Luscious Moi Beauty Salon located in LaSalle, Illinois at (815) 220-8005.
View Heidi + Mohsin’s published wedding announcement in The New York Times by clicking here.