A Whimsical Backyard Wedding: Rachael + Mike

Rachael + Mike found most of their wedding vendors here on Green Wedding Shoes, so I’m super excited to share their gorgeous wedding! Rachael + Mike were married in Mike’s parent’s backyard outside Chicago, Illinois. They wanted a wedding that reflected who they were as a couple 100%, so with their love of home, family, chicago style deep dish pizza + travel, Carter & Cook Event Co. helped them create a beautiful yet whimsical backyard affair. The wedding was intimate, but was jam packed with lots of details that made it perfect for Rachael + Mike. Gorgeous photos by Stone Crandall Photography.

ring photo on maps

white and pink wedding bouquet

wedding first look

Always love those first look photos! :)

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in barn

chicago wedding

peony flowers wedding

beautiful outdoor wedding

How gorgeous is their ceremony location?! The ceremony was designed to reflect a sweet flower market with the varying heights of silver french flower buckets. Vases were wrapped in old map to give off a ‘fresh from the market’ type of garden feel & contrasted with beautiful flower arrangements bursting with peonies.

wedding outdoors

peony flowers

outdoor Chicago wedding

outdoor wedding chicago

white wedding bouquet

Because of their love for traveling and getting married in a backyard, they wanted their wedding to have a bit of travel flare, but with sophistication and soft beautiful colors. Carter & Cook Event Co. used 1000’s of paper heart maps to create a fun garland that covered the canopy tent. Posh Paperie interwove the couple’s travel theme through the invitations and all the wedding day paper items.

wedding invites with maps

wedding map for guests

Guests found their escort cards via a paper airplane on a large burlap map tapestry.

outdoor wedding under a tent

outdoor wedding reception under a tent

wedding dessert table with maps

For dessert, guests enjoyed Yorkville’s famous pastries, donut holes, home baked cookies and sweets.

wedding dessert table with maps

wedding dessert table with maps

first dance under a tent

Such a sweet + personal wedding! Congrats to Rachael + Mike!!

photography: Stone Crandall Photography // planning + design: Carter & Cook Event Co. // flowers: Carter & Cook Event Co. // venue location: Private Estate // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // linen: La Tavola Linen // catering: Ginos East Pizza // invitations + paper: Posh Paperie // calligraphy: Dear Darling

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  1. I love the travel theme – that is what I´d choose if I had to do our wedding all over again. :-)

  2. Love the burlap map tapestry! Was it DIY or where did they find it?

  3. Heather Hoesch : LVL Weddings & Events on:

    This wedding is absolutely beautiful!

  4. I agree, i love their first look! Just a beautiful area, makes me want to move out of the city!

  5. These are beautiful!!!

  6. Nice work, I still love that shot of the groom getting a first look at his bride.

  7. wow! so breathtaking. i love the flower arrangements, and that first look made me want to tear up! beautiful photos!

  8. Stone, you caught such sweet moments there!

  9. Gorgeous details and photography! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Such a wonderful wedding. Love the maps and the soft colors. You could feel the love these two have for each other by t
    he photos…stunning work.

  11. Great photos. My wife is diggin them. San Diego to Chicago to shoot a wedding. Whoa!

  12. Any ideas where they got that map?? LOVE it!!

  13. Love Carter and Cook’s work :)

  14. The burlap map tapestry is 100% handmade:)

  15. Yay C&C! And Karrie! :) Great job, gals!

  16. Simple, beautiful, and sweet- captured in these images. All the best to this couple, thank you for sharing their story.

  17. Wow! Epic photos!!!

  18. The travel theme, and specifically the map tapestry, is so cool!

  19. WHAT WHAT WHAT!!! A re-planting ceremony for unity! OMG LOVE!!! We did that TOOOOO!!!!

  20. I love it all! What a great theme, backyards are always the best and I can tell that the couple brought it all together with their personalities. Love it!

  21. I adore Stone Crandall’s work and follow Carter and Cook’s blog: what a wedding match made in heaven. Amazing decor details and the perfect person to capture them all. Great job!

  22. So beautiful. I love the soft peaches and pinks of the flowers. Gorgeous design

  23. LOVE the travel theme and how it was incorporated throughout the wedding, especially wrapping flowers in maps. Adorable!

  24. This is one of the most magical weddings I’ve ever seen, so many space, and the photos in the forest .. Just wonderful!

  25. Beautiful photographs that capture really personal and intimate details… I wish I would have known about Stone Crandall Photography when I got married! Wonderful wedding to showcase… thanks for sharing!

  26. Thanks for the feature Jen! We loved working with R&M & this wedding was a dream!

  27. I love the contrast between the beautiful bride, her flowers and dress and the rustic charm of the setting. Beautiful photography!

  28. Thank you Green Wedding Shoes for showing everyone our stunning wedding…Heather and Ashlyn did a beautiful job to create the wedding of our dreams and Stone and Shelby’s photos were just breathtaking!! :)

  29. Thank you so much for the feature Jen! Both Shelby and myself feel so fortunate to have been a part of this wedding with so many talented people and such a beautiful couple.

  30. The place of the ceremony (under this beautiful tree) looks so perfect:)

  31. I love the place where they held the wedding!!!
    I like the photos wherein the bride walks, approaches the groom. :)
    nice reception too! :)

  32. Seeing this title made me a bit nervous–I’m a different Rachael who’s also with a Mike. I was worried that maybe I’d gotten married and blacked out completely or something and didn’t remember any of it, but that’s clearly not the case. If I had, though, these pictures would definitely be lovely ones to look back on! Congrats Rachael and Mike!

  33. This is far from whimsical, it looks like a wedding any girl would dream of

  34. The first look is so sweet–I love how the groom smile as she gets closer. That patisserie bar looks amazing and I really like the tapestry. So creative! Best wishes to Rachael and Mike!

  35. So darling! Love love love the tent and those florals!

  36. Where is the dress from?

  37. it is just so sweet and romantic x

    ps australia is sideways on the burlap hehe

  38. Looks like such a romantic wedding, planned right down to the very last detail – Very creative!

  39. I grew up in Somonauk/Sandwich Illinois which is just two towns over from Yorkville. I just moved to Denver and seeing these beautiful pictures reminds me how beautiful home can be. Congratulations ! I love the floral arrangements!

  40. I am diggin the travel theme pastry table. So gorgeous and romantic!

  41. Where did you get the burlap map?? I need one!!! Wedding is RIGHT around the corner! :)

  42. I love that burlap map! How did they do it??

  43. How did you do the map tapestry escort board??
    I would love to do this or pay for someone to do it. Thanks


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