So Cal Blue And Yellow Backyard Wedding Reception

Jay and Shannon wanted to make sure that their wedding had four major components: family, friends, food, and music.  All the while keeping under a 10,000 budget. In order to do this and stay true to their wish list they had to get crafty. Luckily they run Parallel-Play, a design firm, so these types of tasks came naturally to them.

They made everything from  the letter-pressed invites, to the cake decorations, table settings, and floral arrangements for the center pieces—you name it, they made it. Read on to hear how they ended up having a backyard reception, and see the entire gallery here. All beautifully photographed by Shaun & Skyla Walton.

Groomsman Gift:

Each groomsman received a box with their super cute bow-tie, suspenders and sunglasses and a little gesture. Super cute … right? Although Jay and Shannon did the table and flower decor, they had Honey and Poppies design the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party.

groomsman looks

We struggled when it came to the venue search as most places have a 10PM curfew (when our family is just getting started). We really did not want to miss out on the spectacular family moments—sloppy speeches, off key singing and inappropriate dancing—these are things that happen after 10PM. Ultimately we decided the perfect reception venue was in our own backyard! The money we saved on a reception venue went into installing lighting, a gazebo, and landscaping. We were especially happy knowing we would be able to enjoy these things long after the wedding was over. The ceremony of our dreams was still very story book though, so we reserved a ceremony only rental at Heritage square museum in Los Angeles (which was 1/3 the price of full rental).

backyard wedding reception

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Photographer: Shaun & Skyla Walton
Venue: Heritage Square Museum
Cake: Portos
Dress Designer: Shin Bu
Flowers: Honey and Poppies
Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Shoe Designer: Poetic Licence
Stationery: Parallel-Play

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  1. -100. Tailored Engagements says:

    I love everything about this wedding and the pop of color! Awesome idea with the bow ties :) I loved it!

  2. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Super sweet bridesmaid bouquets and blue dresses. Love. (:

  3. -100. @CalistaOne says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Super sweet bridesmaid bouquets and blue dresses. Love. (:

  4. -100. Jennifer says:

    Love it!!! The look on the grooms face is priceless when he sees his lovely bride. Love the bow ties and suspenders on the groomsmen. The color choices were perfect for the setting. A nice touch with the ice cream truck, shows you had a good time.
    Jennifer with

  5. -100. Amélie Cousineau says:

    The pictures are so trendy and the modern couple i they are rocking the scenery. I am in love! :) xo

  6. -100. FOB Papa Rudy says:

    A most beautiful and elegant wedding with a great twist on non traditional yet spot on care for family values.
    Es mi Nina Bonita.

  7. -100. @LoveWedBliss says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Super sweet bridesmaid bouquets and blue dresses. Love. (:

  8. So much good cheer in this wedding…from the colors to the florals and food, to the cake and all the DIY elements!

  9. -100. @Spain_Weddings says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Super sweet bridesmaid bouquets and blue dresses. Love. (:

  10. -100. Chic Gift Guide says:

    All of the bouquets are amazing and I love the assortment of colors! Such a fun and lively scene!
    xo Kelley

  11. -100. beach weddings says:

    The bridesmaids are beautiful and the groomsmen are adoreable, love this post!

  12. -100. @BridezillaTimes says:


  13. Beautiful wedding and amazing pictures!! Love the colors!

  14. -100. @TimDuncanEvents says:

    What a beautiful blue and yellow #backyardwedding! #realwedding

  15. -100. Rabka says:

    So schick!

  16. -100. @dbievents says:

    @weddingchicks Nothing like a backyard wedding to get excited for spring/summer! #summerwedding

  17. -100. @WeddingDates says:

    Loving this blue and yellow backyard wedding. The 2 bright colours work so well together!

  18. -100. @RachelSPearson says:

    Adorable Blue And Yellow Backyard Wedding Reception via @po_st

  19. Loved the wedding gown to the core.

  20. You’re so cool! I do not believe I have read something like that before.
    So nice to find someone with some unique thoughts on this issue.

    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This website is
    one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!


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