Chicago Backyard Foodie Wedding: Lissa + Ben

chicago foodie wedding

Lissa + Ben are total foodies with a relaxed and organic sense of style. For their charming Chicago backyard wedding, they wanted a truly communal celebration that would reflect their love of food + family. They styled a setting with all of the rustic charm of a casual summer dinner party and called upon the talents of those closest to them to help make their day all the more memorable. The succulent centerpieces were grown by Ben’s mom, all of the wooden serving boards and spoons were made by the two of them + the incredible-sounding menu was handcrafted by the people they love!  Seriously sounds like the best of days! Here’s even more from Lissa about how everyone came together to make their dream wedding a reality:

Neither Ben or I love the idea of putting on a wedding, but we both loved the idea of inviting dear friends and family into the backyard I grew up in for dinner, drinks and good-for-your-soul dancing. So we took this approach, and everyone jumped aboard. My entire neighborhood freely volunteered for the grungy leg-work. The meal was prepared in my parents’ kitchen by colleagues of mine. My brother built the table that our families ate around. The whole day felt effortless and abundant.I felt like I couldn’t help but be completely present to the beauty and joy that everyone brought with them, shared and lingered upon. It was difficult to stop dancing and leave at the end of the night.

Sarah Culver, thanks so much for sending these pretty photos our way + big congrats to Lissa + Ben!

bird invitation

wedding rings

red heels


succulent boutonniere

wedding party

ceremony programs

Processional: We Move Lightly – Dustin O'halloran / Fly – Ludovico Einaudi

Recessional: Untitled – Odessa Rose

First Dance: Trust in Me – Etta James







Right after the ceremony, as soon as Ben and I got to the end of the recessional, he lifted me off my feet and we both burst into tears. I've never experienced joy and relief so tangibly.

bride and groom

wedding party

flower crown flower girls1

bride and groom

bride and groom


herb plate setting

succulent centerpieces

succulent centerpieces

foodie reception

Doesn’t everything look amazing? What a treat to have such talented friends, who can cater your wedding like pros!

foodie reception

foodie reception

foodie reception



soap favors

first dance

Enlist the help of those around you. Asking for help can feel like burden-sharing. And it is - which is brilliant! Make use of the gifts and talents of the people you love. My favorite part about our wedding was that it felt like a true collaboration of our friends and family and in that way the day became participatory for everyone and much less overwhelming.

photography: Sarah Culver Photography // ceremony: Knoch Knolls Park Naperville, Illinois // reception: Bride’s parent’s home // farmhouse tables: Chicago Farmhouse Tables // dress: J.Crew // suit: Banana Republic // men’s pants + ties: J.Crew // bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS, Anthropologie // flower crowns/wreathes: Jill Fecht (mother of bride) // florals: Tessa Richardson (friend of bride) arranged them – they were picked at Weichart Farms // menu recipes: Lissa Fecht (bride) // catering: Sandra Costa, Annie Ittersagen, John Thorpe (friends of bride) // dessert: Yolanda Peterson (friend of bride) // caramels + favors: Anna Chleboun (sister of groom) // planted succulents: Mary Chleboun (mother of the groom) // head table + gift table: Fecht Design (brother of bride) // menus, program + invitations: Lissa Fecht / Krista Chael (painting on invitations, programs) // handmade linen napkins: Robin Hersma (friend of bride) // hair + makeup: Shannon Smith // art design: Krista // shoes: Macy’s

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  1. Those girls are sooo adorable!

  2. I love the casual feel of this wedding. The couple seems really down to earth and simple but there are a lot of great details in this wedding. The reception site is so natural and beautiful.

  3. The children in this wedding are the cutest ever!! And the food – my, my – I believe my mouth is watering :) So delightful!

  4. The pops of red are visually arresting!

  5. Beautiful! Love how simple and lovely this wedding is. The food looks amazing!

  6. Love the outdoor weddings great money saver and every one likes to be outside.

  7. Loved the unique theme of this wedding! Each and every detail done looks so much fun and pretty.

  8. What a beautiful wedding! Does anyone know where the flower girl dresses are from? I love these dresses and would love to purchase something similar for my bridesmaids!

  9. Oops! I meant to say that I would love to purchase similar flower girl (not bridesmaid) dresses for my flower girls! I love these flower girl dresses! If anyone knows where to get something similar, please let me know! Thank you! ;)

  10. Dear,
    Hello. I am Taiwan’s magazine “VIVI BRIDE”‘s editor.
    Your photos are so beautiful.
    I love it so much.
    I have a subject about flower girls on our magazine this time.
    I want to show your photos about flower girls.
    Can you send me some high images?
    Please.Thank you so much.
    My email address is “”
    Hope to get your reply as soon as possible. Thank you.❤


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