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Christina and Aaron had their wedding at her parent’s home in Union Pier, Michigan. The ceremony was held on the private beach overlooking Lake Michigan.  Not only was this an awesome combination of beach and backyard weddings, but it had unique details throughout. Personalized papel picado, luchador catering staff, and an expanding paper cake topper definitely made this wedding one both their guests and this blog will remember.

Photographer: Justin Bursoni Photography / Catering: The Tamale Spaceship / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stephanie Smith / Flowers & Decor: Dilly Lily / Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / DJ: Style Matters DJ

This wedding is so precious I can’t stand it. To start there are the ladies getting ready in red flannel buttondowns while the groom is shaving. Then there’s the unconventional attire of both the bride and groom. Next we get the bride arriving on a boat to meet a teary eyed groom during the ceremony. Then we move on to koozies and decorated cups, toasts and homemade pie, s’mores and fireworks. The whole day seems so full of personality, fun, and true meaning for the bride and groom that I can’t help but love it.


From the Photographer:

There’s nothing quite like Wisconsin in the Fall so when my bride and groom told me that they were moving their wedding from Chicago to central Wisconsin I totally understood! Having grown up in the area, Erin got ready at a local lakefront cottage while her groom to be got ready at the Cambridge Country Club. After a few helping hands from her mom and girlfriends to get into her dress Erin was off to meet her Dad on the pier where he would escort her via boat to her ceremony site. Surrounded by Fall foliage and close childhood friends, Erin tried to keep Brad’s cheeks dry by wiping away tears of happiness during their vows. How quickly we sometimes forget just how emotional these events can be! Immediately following the ceremony guests were greeted with custom coozys that the couple had created for guests as a keepsake. Their casual backyard shindig actually felt quite intimate and soon everyone was led into a white airy tent that would house them for the next few hours under the stars. This made way for some exuberant toasts and homemade pies after dinner. Just when things started to get a bit more rowdy, fireworks (courtesy of Erin’s dad) sprung from the sky and with that Erin and Bradley’s wedding day was official!

Photographer: Steve Koo Photography / DJ: Pam's Fun Factor / Flowers & Decor: Ashland Addison / Bride’s Dress: Candela / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Residence at Lake Ripley in Wisconsin

So this backyard wedding we’re featuring today is a favorite of mine. It seems as if this bride searched all of Pinterest for DIY, rustic, & backyard weddings and then made  everything that she found happen. I mean that as a compliment in the highest regard, as this wedding is precious, so obviously designed with thought and time, and I might have even clapped my hands and said, “yes!” when I saw all the photos. And then there are Chelsey and Josh themselves; They are too cute for words, you guys. Their images project life and giggles and excitement and all of the love and joy that were so evidently a part of this day and relationship. I’ll stop gushing and just let you look, because you’ll see what I mean.

From the Photographer:

Adorable, vintage, backyard wedding in Roland, Oklahoma. Wedding and reception were both held at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride’s father, a preacher, married the couple. The bride used an array of vintage pieces from family members. Doors from the home of the bride’s great-grandmother were re-purposed to serve as arches and place markers for the ceremony and reception. The bride took a normal pair of nude heels and added vintage flowers and lace to make them her own!

Photographer: Benfield Photography / Catering: Golden Corral / Rental Furniture: Unforgettables / Cake Baker: Sweet Boutique

Although I’m not having a backyard/outdoor wedding, there is something romantically charming about an intimate outdoor wedding. When it comes to floral arrangements, I think wildflowers are to go with these types of weddings. It really plays off of the outdoors-y feel, and gives it a rustic (but romantic) feel!

I think these floral arrangements would be great as centerpieces, if combined with other arrangements. They would also look great around the backyard as part of the decor somewhere (cake table, bar, etc.). The best part? These are so DIY! You can pick up baby’s breath or even wildflowers at a local market for a decent price. The jars? You can find on eBay, Etsy or garage/yard sales. The colored jars are a great accent, too!

Heart of Light

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Thanks to Rachel at Heart of Light for her DIY flower arrangements!