Sneak Peek: Our Intimate Backyard Wedding Inspiration

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve rambled about our wedding vendors, so I wanted to share some of the inspiration we’ve been gathering along the way, mostly thanks to Pinterest. We’re planning on having two long, wooden tables in our backyard, picnic-style, with benches for our guests. It’s been quite a challenge trying to nail down a vendor for renting a few rustic tables, but I think we’ve finally found a reasonable option thanks to Craigslist. We snagged some yellow, grey, and gold streamers which we plan on slinging over bulb string lights to give the yard a pretty glow (and hopefully not catch our house on fire).

We had been debating whether or not we should make an arbor, but I think we’ll be dying and tying ombre-style pieces of yellow fabric to the dogwood tree, along with hanging mason jar vases with flowers and candles. I really love these tissue paper-covered lanterns and we already have oversized yellow balloons from our barbecue that never happened, so those should look pretty (assuming we don’t get another Hurricane Irene).
I’ll be wearing the Orla Kiely dress below from BHLDN, which I managed to score half off with a little luck. The vintage heart earrings were a gift from Pete, as was the yellow felt headband from Giant Dwarf. I still have to figure out what type of shoes to wear, but I’m leaning toward something glittery like this pair from Steve Madden (Pete is a flats lover, so I have no complaints on that end!). For our flowers, we plan on blending succulents, billy balls and other wispy accents to bring our yellow and grey theme together.
We still have plenty of grey and white striped paper straws leftover from our barbecue, so those will also be put to good use. We just bottled our first official homebrew and plan on making a Berliner Weisse for our guests who are brave enough to taste our homemade hoppy goodness. We’re also going to explore canning this weekend, so we’ll attempt to make Ginger Peach Jam (get it? ginger? red-headed hubby to be?), so hopefully it will make the cut for some tasty favors. For our place settings, we’ll be combining mismatched vintage china, so I’m looking forward to having an excuse to go thrifting together—we started this weekend and had great success (I was even recognized by a cool gal who reads my blog!).
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m most looking to the yummy food (apart from getting to be Pete’s super lucky future Mrs., of course). Four words: Red velvet whoopie pies. Just sayin’. I’m looking forward to the entrees and stuff too, but for the most part, I just want to snarfle sorbet and lemonade while holding hands with the ginger.
My apologies if all of the wedding talk is completely boring, I just like sharing our ideas like a big goober.

*For those of you who are viewing this post on your mobile device, you can thank Pete for his fancy web developing skills since he just launched the responsive version of my site this weekend. I am very lucky to be able to reap the benefits of such a tech-savvy fiance, so thanks to Pete for the new version update.

8 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: Our Intimate Backyard Wedding Inspiration”

  1. Love everything, and I will probably rip most of it off one day, bc I pinned a lot of similar ideas for our imaginary wedding! Ha ha ha. I noticed the phone version of your page, and my first thought was ‘woah, very fancy!’ Nice job, Pete.
    I love mismatched vintage plates, I wanted to get some for our everyday dinnerware. I got impatient thought and ordered some polka dot ones bc they were on sale! Maybe I’ll start collecting some now anyway:)


  2. I love this! I’ve always been a fan of intimate weddings as opposed to larger ones, and I know with your creativity your wedding is going to be the coolest motherpoopin’ wedding ever. I can’t wait to read more about it!


  3. A cool gal? Aww man, she looked like a big dork to me. xD
    Thank you for the shout out sweety 🙂
    And these wedding plans look amazing. Hope to see pictures of the finished product (aka the wedding!) 😀


  4. As always you have such lovely ideas. The Collins/Schuster wedding will be absolutely beautiful with the adorable bride and groom. We’re going to pray for a sunny day!

    I LOVE the lanterns. Can’t believe they can be made yourself. Wow! I’ll have Dad on the lookout for vintage dinner plates at yard sales. If there’s anything else you might like him to find, let me know. Also like the drink display.

    Your dress is so pretty. Like the shoes and the earrings from Pete are very cute.

    Love you both.


  5. So beautiful! I would love to have a backyard wedding someday.

    If you end up getting those flats, make sure you break them in a bit – I have them in tan leather and they’re cut a bit low on the sides and rub a lot below my little toesies. Not as comfy as I expected but still super cute!


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