A Modern Wedding in a Chicago Loft\\nA modern loft space on Goose Island is the setting for one couple's lively celebration.\\nEmily and Mason got engaged in 2009 after he popped the question in a historic barn while friends performed \\"You Are My Sunshine\\" on violin, banjo, bass, and guitar. For their wedding, Emily wore a silk chiffon gown by Nicole Miller. \\"I wanted a dress I could really dance in,\\" she says.\\nEmily's diamond necklace was a gift from her mother, who had her own engagement ring reset as a pendant.\\nThe bridal bouquet featured dahlias, roses, grasses, blueberry branches, and kumquats; all flowers were by Asrai Garden.\\nMason sported a Banana Republic suit, a Van Heusen tie, and a boutonniere of grasses, pods, and feathers.\\nEmily designed all the wedding stationery herself, including the scrolled ceremony programs embellished with twine and guinea feathers.\\nBoth the ceremony and reception were held at Gallery 1028, a loftlike space on Chicago's Goose Island.\\nThe couple posed for portraits at various spots in the city, including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.\\nFor cocktail hour, the gallery was decorated with paper lanterns and ferns.\\nOrigami cranes, printed with guests' names and table numbers and suspended from the ceiling, served as escort cards. Cocktail hour included cantaloupe slices wrapped in prosciutto and carrot-ginger soup shooters; the hors d'oeuvres were accompanied by homemade beer brewed and bottled by Emily's father, and the couple's signature cocktail, the Hemingway Mojito, named after the bride's favorite author.\\nFor the family-style meal, guests were seated at long, rectangular tables.\\nEach place setting displayed a note from the couple explaining that they'd made a donation to ShelterBox, a disaster-relief charity, in lieu of giving favors.\\nMenu cards listed the dinner offerings, which included grilled chicken breast with wild mushrooms, marjoram, and masala, and cavatelli pasta with Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, basil, and mint. All catering was by Calihan Catering.\\nTables were decorated with burlap linens, votive candles, and centerpieces comprised of flowers, pods, grasses, herbs, and succulents arranged in mason jars and apothecary bottles.\\nFor dessert, guests enjoyed an array of pies from First Slice Pie Cafe.\\nNot surprisingly, the couple chose \\"You Are My Sunshine,\\" performed by the Barehand Jugband, for their first dance. \\"As we danced, kazoos were passed out,\\" says Emily. \\"When the band paused, the wedding party ran onto the dance floor and blew their kazoos. Then the band kicked it into high gear and suddenly everyone was dancing!\\"\\nAlso on offer was a photo booth where everyone—including the newlyweds—could show their lighter side.\\nToasts given by the bride's father and two groomsmen were memorable and touching; before the evening came to an end, the band played a final rendition of the couple's favorite song. \\"Everyone was dancing and humming along on their kazoos,\\" says Emily. \\"It was amazingly cheesy in the best possible way.\\"