by: Lauren

Happy Wednesday everyone! This wedding that I have for you all today is pretty dang awesome, and it was sent to us by my friends Caroline and Evan Photography! I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What makes this wedding so awesome?” Well, I think I’ll let you figure it out for yourselves, but I’ll give you a hint: it has to do with the reception. Oh and the bride Sarah is joining us to share some of her planning insight, so maybe she’ll spill the beans! ;)

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My wedding was definitely a DIY affair. My mom and I came up with the concept and executed everything with the help from my family on the big day. We both are teachers so we started planning the wedding pretty much the summer before and as soon as school was out, we made sure every detail was done. When I came up with an idea my mom made sure that it was incorporated. From using all of my grandmothers antique dishes (every table had a different set of dishes) to coordinating and designing every floral arrangement to match the dishes. We went to a couple florists and they really didn’t understand my concept, so we found an amatuer florist and gave her pictures of what we designed for a few centerpieces and all of the bouquets. Other than that, my mom made the rest of the centerpieces the morning of the wedding.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I think the next big component for the wedding was the food. Because the wedding was a back yard wedding, my mom wanted to make sure the food was amazing. We couldn’t just have a buffet because the dishes had to be on the tables (they were part of the decor), so we had to find a caterer that could execute a Russian or French style service. We interviewed about 10 different catering companies to find the best match for the wedding. We eventually went with a company out of Boynton Beach, FL called Chez Gourmet. The decision to use Chez Gourmet centered on the fact that Michelle (the wedding contact) understood the concept and was very confident in being able to execute it.  My advice to brides is to hire people that you are comfortable to work with, Michelle from Chez Gourmet was very accomodating and she never made me feel bad if I didn’t use one of her suggestions. In the end, the food was great and the service was phenomenal. Another big component was the photography. My best friend got married the summer before and on the wedding day her photographer seemed to be on point and professional. However, it has been 2 years since her wedding and she still hasn’t gotten her photos. With that in the back on my mind, I wanted  photographers that were professional and whom I had personal reccomendations for. So going with CSE Photography was a no brainer because I grew up with Evan and Caroline was a student of my moms.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I think the most memorable and favorite part of my wedding was that “murphy’s law” was definitely present. It poured down rain during the dinner service (it was an outdoor wedding), so some of the guests got a little wet (however the down pour ended right when dancing began), the grooms cake fell apart before it was cut, and I actually rolled my ankle off of my heal as I was greeting guests and I ended up in an ace bandage the rest of the night. Believe it or not this was such a stressfree and enjoyable event! I have talked to some of the guests since the wedding and they have all said that my wedding was the most fun they had all summer! My husband and I had such a great night, and so did the guests. It was such a fun and casual event!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best advice to future brides is: Don’t stress over things that you cannot control!! The reason why my guests had so much fun is because my husband and I were so happy and enjoyed the night!

 

Ah yes, “don’t stress” seems to be a very common piece of advice from brides! I of course totally agree. :) Thank you for sharing your wedding insight with us Sarah! And of course a huge thank you to Caroline and Evan Photography for sending this wedding our way!

So did you all figure out why I think this wedding is so cool?! The reception tables with their own sets of plates and matching centerpieces! I must say, I’m kind of LOVING that concept! What a wonderful way to incorporate your family into your wedding. I’ve heard of having china from different family members, but I haven’t come across the matching centerpiece idea. And I’m also loving that the backyard location just screams “Old Florida” to me! It probably won’t to anyone else, but it’s the Florida I grew up with, and I love seeing that! OH and I just have to say that the bouquets are pretty amazing too! :)

So what do you all think? Do you love it as much as I do?! Are any of you thinking of using various pieces of china from family members like Sarah did?

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Lauren

Founder & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

7 responses to Eclectic DIY Backyard Wedding

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  1. Brenda's Wedding Blog

    loving the fun bridal shoes and those bouquets are amazing!!

  2. Melissa

    I love those shoes! The colors of this wedding are so bright and fun. It looks like it was a blast!

  3. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    what a sweet wedding! I love those shoes and the mismatchiness (is that a word?) of it all.

  4. Abbey Hepner

    I agree, those shoes are epic. What a lovely wedding.

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