English Garden DIY Backyard Wedding

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Thrifty weddings are some of our favorite! Not only are they the friendliest to your budget but the eclectic miss matched decor elements are a shabby chic delight!

Beautifully photographed by Elissa R Photography, Stephanie and Aaron’s English garden DIY backyard wedding has plenty of ideas for you to steal! Plus there is always more to see in the full gallery.

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The Perfect Wedding Hair

Not only was the brides hair beautifully adorned with fresh flowers but so were all her bridesmaids! We love all of the beautiful styles that each girl chose to rock on this special day. Have you decided how you are going to wear your hair? If you are in need of a few more ideas you can find the perfect wedding hairstyle here!

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Making Fun Memories

There were tons of tiny details that weren’t exactly as planned (I accidentally walked down the aisle with a table centerpiece and not my bridal bouquet!) but these things have become endearing memories we all laugh about. After months of working together on all of the various moving parts that make up a wedding, the event itself arrived to find us all closer than we could have every imagined.

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DIY-ing up a storm

We went into planning our wedding with the goal of keeping everything as meaningful and genuine to who we are as possible, so we decided to have the wedding in my in-law’s beautiful back yard, in the space where my husband grew up.

Anywhere that we could cut a professional service, we did:
– the food was cooked by my husband’s chef friends
– the dishware thrifted over 6 months by my mother-in-law and her sisters
– the tables were borrowed from my workplace
– my father-in-law and my husband’s uncles built the dance floor
– they also built the steps on the hill leading up to the ceremony spot

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Helping Hands

The groomsmen were our laborers. My bridesmaids painted all our signs and everyone in the area did their best impression of a magpie and hoarded all the sweet English garden details they could find. It was a lot of work but I was, over and over again, absolutely thunderstruck by the millions of ways that all of our friends and families brought such thoughtfulness, creativity, and love to the creation of our wedding.

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English Garden DIY Backyard Wedding

Photographers: Elissa R Photography
Coordinators & Stylists: The Darling Event
Beauty: Les Cheveux
Fashion: Seychelles & BHLDN
Flowers: Tree Gigante



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Free Wedding Invitation Samples (with free custom colors!)

An invitation can look gorgeous online but what does the design actually look like in person? Or, feel like in your hand? Or, look and feel printed in your colors? Well, at MagnetStreet, not only can you get free wedding invitation samples, you can also choose the paper, and get them printed in your colors, too! It’s a pretty popular program—simple too. Here’s how it works: First, choose your favorite design. Second, use the color icon to play with colors—even custom colors. Third, add your design to Free Samples (using the little + icon). Oh, and an added freebie: you can even get your color palette printed for free, too. Custom color swatches come in handy throughout planning—especially for color matching with vendors on décor, apparel, etc. You’ll definitely want to request those, too.

Prints Next Business Day

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Chic Emerald Green Wedding

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Chic details with pops of emerald green are the key notes in this next wedding. From the lovely ceremony arch with wine barrels and garland, to the bold yet beautiful emerald green bridesmaid dresses. It’s totally swoon worthy down to the last detail. If you’re curious as to how much this wedding cost, then don’t miss the budget breakdown at the end.

Before that, we have more amazing photos to show you from Winter Tree Studios. See the full gallery here for more of this chic emerald green wedding.

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Personal charm

From the Bride: From the welcome table to the wedding cake our day was filled with details from our personal lives. All the small decorations including: the potted succulents, card mailbox, program fans, bird name cards were planted, painted, cut, glued together and wrapped with ribbons by Leo and I, we put a lot of time and effort into them in hopes they added personal charm to the wedding.

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Choosing your flowers

Our florist encouraged us to choose all the flowers two days before the event with her. I highly recommend this route to anyone who can swing it, it made all the difference finalizing our vision!

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Helpful advice

I would advise that depending on the location of the wedding, certain things cost almost double what we expected and that was with Leo and I doing a lot of decorations and favors ourselves. Items we spent more than expected on were: catering/alcohol, linens, officiants (we had two as Leo is Jewish and I am Catholic), cake, & venue.

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Photographers: Winter Tree Studios
Wedding Films: Baby Blue Film
Flowers: Green Snapdragon

Venues & Officiants: Rabbi Gershon and Father Dowling
Cakes & Catering: Park Avenue Catering
Lighting & Entertainment: California Mobile DJ
Venues & Officiants: Trentadue Winery
Makeup: Julie Morgan Hair and Makeup
Cake: Renata Aguirre | Coordinators & Stylists: Keri Welch Events