Get inspired: Brianne and Joe’s wedding

We spent a lovely weekend in the Chicago suburbs attending our friends Brianne and Joe’s wedding. They couldn’t have asked for better weather — it was sunny and warm, but not too warm, with barely a cloud in the sky the whole time.

Here we are with our ‘bees knees’ cocktails – yum!

Prior to the wedding, we did what any self-respecting Chicagoan would do, and had a picnic along the Fox River with a box of Lou Malnati’s pizza.

I think we made a lot of passersby jealous. (But if I’m being completely honest, I have to say it was my least favorite of all the Chicago deep dish pizzas I’ve had). Still pretty darn good, though.

Brianne and Joe had their ceremony in a bright, airy chapel.

(Complete with a unity candle set I had made for them – with an extra candle for Brianne’s dad, who passed away a few years ago).

Afterwards, we headed out to a picturesque farm for the reception. Beautiful!

We walked through the greenhouses and along all the different rows of veggies, and swooned.

Imagine being able to plant everything you wanted to eat. They even had apricot trees!

We petted the goats and visited the chickens.

I can’t get over how much goats’ ears remind me of my Sadie. Their little tails wag like crazy, too.

We met up with some characters from DeMo.

My friend Karen, co-owner of the best paper store ever, Ephemera. (And no she didn’t drink both of those drinks…)

Plus Sophia and Kimberly, my former coworkers at Juice.

The groom looked happy as can be.

Sadly, this is the only photo I got of the bride in her cute dress. My camera died shortly after.

I did get this shot of the tent while they were dancing.

Everything was so cute, from the paper lanterns, to the glass jars of flowers, to the heart-shaped sparklers we lit in a long line. Loved it all. The dance was pretty rockin’, too.

Congrats to Brianne and Joe. Have a blast on your Austrian honeymoon, you two!