I adore warm autumn days, yummy food, and photographing pretty things. So naturally the preview luncheon Chicago Botanic Garden hosted to show off their fantastic new wedding venue, the Pullman Barn, was a dream. There was already quite a buzz in the air about their gorgeous new rustic space for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, and smaller celebrations. As a big fan of the shabby chic, vintage, organic feel, especially for weddings, I knew I would love it. So when the trolley dropped us off and I beheld the wooden chairs set out in the ceremony site and the lovely yellow wreath of flowers by Jan Channon on the barn door, I was smitten. We walked through the gate into a lush garden dedicated to the ceremony area.
Once we walked in, we were greeted with self serve lemonade and iced tea, sweet potato bisque shooters, and warm Peach-Bourbon tea.
The tables were decked in gorgeous cream flowered table runners and napkins fastened with raffia from BBJ Linens. The florals were simple, elegantly understated, and absolutely stunning. The yellow flowers seemed to bask in the golden light that streamed in through the windows.
After connecting with several new wedding professionals and taking in the decor, it was time to satisfy my appetite. Chef Jake Peck of Culinary Landscape, CBG’s exclusive caterer, created a menu that was as tasty as it was visually appealing. The buffet style meal was served on Hall’s Rental lovely vintage china.
The jalepeño cheddar cornbread muffins and BBQ spiced shrimp were phenomenal.
But the sweets were to die for. I wished I had room to eat all of them: Stone fruit with simple syrup, peach cobbler, campfire s’mores flamed to order, Mississippi mud pie (mmmm) and pumpkin cheesecake with caramel corn.
As a parting gift, Chef Jake sent us home with his homemade apple butter. I am savoring every bit of mine.
Connie Bolle and Kristina Perez of the Botanic Garden really outdid themselves with this event! I adore Chicago’s newest rustic wedding venue and I’m looking forward to seeing the Pullman Barn in use.