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