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 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!

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

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

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

  5. 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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