A Classic Wedding at a Private Residence in Barrington Hills, Illinois

After briefly considering other venues, Alexandra (Alex) Lyon (27 and a chef) and Brian Singer (30 and a health care management professional) couldn't resist the appeal of having their wedding at Alex's family's gorgeous home in the Chicago suburbs. "I always envisioned a backyard wedding," Alex recalls. "it was important to both of us to get married in an intimate setting where we didn't have a ton of constraints, and it was so special to say 'I do' in a place that already had so many wonderful memories."

Elements like a clear tent highlighted the natural beauty of the property while also allowing the couple to create a timeless environment dripping in gold and glamour. Food plays an important role in Alex and Brian's lives, so it was only fitting for it to be a major part of their wedding day too. "We added little surprises along the way to pay homage to my profession," Alex adds. A pastry tent was stocked with the pair's favorite desserts from the Chicago area, complete with a neon sign and custom packaging so guests could take treats home. Other culinary highlights included a sushi station by their favorite local restaurant, Sushi Dokku, and a late-night appearance from Babycakes Gourmet (a pancake food truck). A wood-burning oven by The Nomad Food Company also provided hungry guests with delicious pizzas for the bus ride home.