Chicago Wedding at the Honky Tonk BBQ Garden
July 9, 2014
RomanticEateryFall Weddings
Two Birds Photography never fails to bring us the sweetest of soirees, and this pretty little party below is no different. It's honky tonk meets lovely garden party, and before looking at this gallery, I never knew that was one seriously darling combination. Well, it only takes one peek right here to see it so is. 
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From The Bride...We couldn't have been happier with our 80-person wedding. Everything, including the venue, the music, the food, the photography, and the guests-- even the weather-- all came together better than we could have hoped. We aimed for a welcoming, fun, and friendly atmosphere for everyone, hoping for the sort of environment where no one would take themselves too seriously. We were very excited to host a Patsy Cline cover band and feature delicious BBQ food in a private urban courtyard. As a symbolic gesture, during our ceremony we planted a Japanese Maple tree that we brought home to plant in our own yard.

Wedding Dress - Luly Yang 2009, but I got it used from a charity called Brides Against Breast Cancer. I loved how BABC had hundreds of dresses from different designers at at different price points that I could try on at one time. It felt much more natural than the bridal boutique experience, and I was glad to support a good cause rather than buy a new dress that would never be reworn.

Venue - The secret garden where we hosted our wedding is the former courtyard and convent of St. Procopius Parish, founded in 1875. Today it is owned by Honky Tonk BBQ, a restaurant and music venue across the street. They handled all of the catering, and we had quite a feast (the bacon candy appetizer was a hit). The venue is BYOB, which allowed us to bring in a few kegs of local beer from Atlas Brewing, a new brewery owned by friends. Band -The Weepin' Willows, a phenomenal Patsy Cline cover band! Pastor - Reverend Rachel Frey, a friend and former co-op housemate of Lisa's. Photographer - Two Birds Photography. Jake was wonderful to work with, and we loved all of the wedding photos.