With her mom’s help, Francesca made three types of canned goods to give as favors: corn relish, pickled asparagus, and her grandmother’s eggplant spread. The favors were topped with remnants from the table runners: “We did that totally last minute, but it looked great,” says the bride.
Francesca and Dylan in Caledonia, IL
Two Cubs fans hosted a ballpark-themed bash in a farm-fresh field of dreams
Francesca Mosteller and Dylan Fultineer met at a Chicago Cubs game on a blind date arranged by the bride’s sister and her husband. “We didn’t like the idea of a set-up, but it worked,” says Francesca. “Dylan called a week later and we’ve been together every day since.” For their wedding at a friend’s Illinois farm, the two baseball fans added plenty of ballpark-themed touches, including a plan for the ring bearer to wear the team hat and carry the rings in a mitt. Unfortunately, “he got scared and didn’t quite make it down the aisle,” says Francesca. Even with one player benched, the couple hit it out of the park. Guests loved the Wrigley Field escort cards, the menu starring a whole roasted pig, and the evening’s finale: dancing around a bonfire that lit up the country sky. —Lexi Dwyer
Best Money Savers
Incredible Bulk: The couple kept expenses down by supplementing ample supplies of beer and wine with gin, vodka, and scotch purchased at Costco. “We stuck to just a few basics and kept the liquor simple,” says the bride.
Design within Reach: Francesca bought her strapless taffeta gown at White Chicago, a bridal consignment boutique that specializes in samples and gently used designer gowns.
Rookie Recruit: The florist, Berkley Lane, was just starting her business, so she created the wedding’s lavish look for less.
Double Play: Francesca and Dylan gave the table runners (made by the bride’s grandmother), along with the eclectic serving platters (purchased at thrift stores), to friends and family members as thank-you gifts.