An Elegant Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Bannockburn, Illinois

A shared love of clean lines and contemporary art led Whitney (28 and an event planner) and Matt (27 and works in hotel development) to plan a chic, flower-filled day at the bride's childhood home in Bannockburn, Illinois. "It was always a dream of mine to get married where I grew up," Whitney says of their tented wedding. The couple said "I do" under a chuppah made from Lucite columns and adorned with a halo of white hydrangeas, roses and sheer fabric. Cocktail hour took place around the pool, where a custom, rose-covered logo bearing the couple's initials floated in the water. All-white arrangements of hydrangeas and phalaenopsis orchids served as centerpieces, while the same blooms were used to cover the couple's cake pedestal. In addition to a coconut and fudge wedding cake, dessert included a gelato cart and chocolate-covered graham crackers branded with the letters W and M. A mirrored bar—and a "centerpiece" of white roses suspended from the ceiling with ribbon—gave the reception a modern edge. Before their first dance, Whitney and Matt surprised guests with music from a 24-person gospel choir and an 18-piece orchestra. "The energy in the room was electric," Whitney says. —Rachel Sylvester