One thing Parker and I knew from the beginning was that we wanted a wedding reception that felt like a summer, backyard party – just slightly elevated and more fabulous. We wanted to make it feel nostalgic – like something you would look back on in twenty years and remember it as the perfect summer night where everyone had a blast. We wanted to spoil our guests with great food, drinks and fun entertainment. I mentioned before that we chose to have lawn games instead of a dance floor, and we also served drinks in mason jars and had a bluegrass band that played during the cocktail hour.
This string art sign was a labor of love, but I was happy with the way it turned out. It’s a Mumford & Sons lyric and I’ve always loved that phrase since I heard it. The sign now hangs in my office as a lovely reminder and memory of this special day.
When we were looking for a venue, it was a deal breaker if they didn’t allow dogs. Frank is our best buddy and like a child to us – he had to be a part of the day. When we decided to have the wedding in my grandparent’s backyard, there was no question that he would be there. I’m so glad that he got to be a part of the day. He has the best dog-smile and sweetest demeanor; he walked around and mingled with the guests, all while wearing his fancy bow tie.
I told you these vintage sofas were a good idea!
I collected all sorts of vintage crates, vessels, jars, cake stands, frames, and trinkets to use as decorations in the year leading up to our wedding. I borrowed things from family members and hunted thrift stores and flea markets and best of all, most of those things now decorate our home. A lot of the props I use in photos here on the blog came from the wedding. It helped that we were engaged for a year and I had time to build up a good collection. Plus, it was the perfect excuse to buy things that I had always loved but didn’t necessarily “need” or wasn’t sure how it would get used.
For dinner, we had a gourmet burger bar with different meat and non-meat options, tons of toppings, both regular and sweet potato fries and milkshakes. Like most brides though, I was way too excited to eat much. But what I did get to eat was so yummy! And who doesn’t like burgers, right?! It was a big hit :)
Our dessert table was a mixture of homemade goodies my mom spent hours on the day before making and some local bakery goodies. My mom baked a bunch of mini pies (you know how much I love mini pies) and some lavender french macarons that aren’t pictured here, but are one of my favorite desserts ever.
The bistro lights added such a fantastic ambiance. When they were first hung, they were way too low and clustered together and it broke my heart to have to tell the company that it all had to be redone (this was the day of the wedding!!) but they rallied and it turned out so great.
The campfire was so much fun and most people gathered around it when it got dark to roast marshmallows and make s’mores while dancing and laughing. It was such a good time! I remember dancing like crazy to Stevie Wonder’s “I’ll Be Loving You Always” and thinking it was the most perfect song for our wedding.
Right before we gathered everyone to get on the trolley to head back to the hotel, Parker and I found a secluded spot in the yard with one of the vintage sofas and took a couple minutes to ourselves to take it all in and appreciate what an amazing night we had. We knew it was winding down and wanted to end the party on a high note before anyone got restless and sadly, we knew it was about that time. But what an amazing wedding we had! It was definitely the best day of my entire life and I am so happy I got share it with everyone I loved.
All photos by Nessa K. Photography.