Finding the equilibrium between sensible and ideal can be a challenge; especially when planning one of the most memorable days of your life. As the economy continues on the upswing, budgets still, always were, and always will be a factor in final decisions.  This wedding’s groom struck gold when he got the OK from his parents to use their decked-out backyard. We’re talkin’ gorgeous swimming pool, clean landscaping, giant granite wet bar for catering, enough space to seat 130 comfortably, room for a dance floor area and a lily pad filled Koi pond encircling the live band area. Additionally, the super long drive way was more than accommodating for the ceremony tent.

Ta -Da! Ceremony AND Reception venues, on the house. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Yellow, black and charcoal grey were the color scheme for the big day; an unlikely combo, but a great balance of shade and color. Padded, black polywood folding chairs sat in rows before a custom made wedding arch and under yellow velon swagging. The crowning touches were adorable, tiny mason jars filled with bouquets of yellow baby’s breath tied with twine to each aisle seat.  Tables seating 9 and 10 each were dressed with charcoal grey linens and black napkins accompanied by  lustrous black Chiavari chairs. Matching black, glossed square chargers added geometry and style to the table.

The  DIY details on the tables followed suit with mason jars from the ceremony.  Centerpieces were black country lanterns, atop mirrored panels. Tiny, spice bottles with necks wrapped in twine were the base for table number cards; two different photos were on each of the cards, one each of the bride and groom in different grades (giving guests a reason to get up and mingle/see the other photos).  Forget the ol’ single-wrap-with-a-bow-in-the-back; the chair sashes were woven in and out of the chair back about a million times before a ‘rose twist’ finish.  The couple had hand painted picket signs with their favorite romantic quotes stippled the reception area.  Rustic chic style continues to be the trend amongst weddings this season! The ceremony and reception area kept the traditional and fancy frame work, all the special tidbits that make every wedding design unforgettable and emotionally evoking, had a country accent. Twine, mason jars, spice cork bottles and lanterns… you can almost hear the crickets chirp and see the fire flies buzzing…


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