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{photo diary} The Backyard Wedding Party

  Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,, 

I'm not into the whole huge wedding say your vows in front of everyone thing. I enjoy going to weddings but I don't personally want to be the center of attention - thanks social anxiety. Luckily Christian wasn't big on the idea of a large wedding either so we opted for a small ceremony in the park where we go for our daily walks with just my parents and my grandparents in attendance. His immediate family decided to come for the party instead of the ceremony since they're a 20 hour drive away.

The following week we had a party for family and friends in my parents backyard.  I let my mom do most of the planning because she has great taste and I knew it would be easier that way. I had made a Pinterest board with a few things I liked and we went off of that. Christian's brother also hand carved an amazing Lord of the Rings sign for us as a wedding gift so we brought it to the party since it was on-theme (see photo above.)

We decided on a color palette and chose a bunch of hanging lanterns as well as string lights. After that I pretty much took a back seat and approved or vetoed her decisions. (aka always approved because she's great at planning and decorating.) The only thing we disagreed on was tables. I wanted rectangle instead of circles because it looks less formal that way.

Rather than cooking food ourselves we chose a caterer that had more than just the basic Italian food options, The Executive Chef. We had a great menu planned with appetizers and a dinner buffet. My mom took care of the desserts - she's an amazing baker - and we both made a ton of french macarons to give out as party favors.  My mom also created a really cute candy bar for the dessert table with purple treats! She thinks of everything. Unfortunately we were all so caught up in the day we forgot photos of the dinner buffet! GAH!

Update: The caterer posted photos of the buffet! YAY! And a few close-ups of the appetizers.

A family friend generously offered to make the cake for us so my Mom would have one less thing to do. We wanted a super simple cake (chocolate with white frosting) and decided to be cheeky and put our Wall-E and Eve figures on the top instead of a bride and groom. What can I say, we're weird.  I did indulge our guests with the traditional cutting of the cake. Note my excitement in the photos below, haha.

Photos by me, my Dad, a couple other relatives and Lydia!

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Loves to get bargains on clothes and is obsessed with Harry Potter and Disney. By day she is a freelance graphic and web designer. She also has a slight obsession with movies.

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  1. Wow, it looked beautiful for the party - I love how relaxed it was, and that you hived off the ceremony to be its own special, intimate thing.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. What a sweet and intimate celebration—I love all of the decor, your mom has great taste indeed! And you look perfect, I still can't get over that dress!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  3. It looks beautiful! You and your mum did a great job. It's wonderful you could have something so perfect for you for your wedding, and the celebration after. You did it all so nicely and I bet it was an awesome party :)

    Hope that you have a great weekend ahead of you! It's going to be a rainy one here!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. What a wonderful example of loved ones coming together to make an extra special day. Looks lovely!

  5. What a fun party! Love the decoration, so pretty, rustic, and inviting!

    Jessica |

  6. Your mom did such an amazing job with everything, and all the desserts too!
    Chic on the Cheap

  7. Your mom does have great taste ! Everything looks impeccable !
    The colors, the details, very beautiful M, you both look adorable.


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