DIY Portland Backyard Wedding

backyard wedding decorations

Holly and Colin wanted a no frills wedding, a day that felt like a  backyard barbecue. For those reasons they chose to say ‘I do’ on the Fourth of July as well as find and make most of their wedding decor. Everything from the beautifully simple paper garlands to the lovingly handmade wedding favor thank you notes. All their details and decor spoke their relaxed manner of living and loving life.

To see even more of this DIY Portland backyard wedding photographed by Yasmin Khajavi Photography, visit the full gallery here.

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handmade wedding decorations

welcome table

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nicole miller wedding dress

mismatched peach bridesmaid dresses

From the Bride:
Held in the lovely back yard at The Historic Overlook House in Portland, OR, we exchanged vows midday, recited a modified Fred Rogers poem and tied the knot (with an actual piece of rope). The idea behind the rope, was to show the physical action of making our bond secure and share it with our friends.

Our color palette began with coral and navy, but exploded into a much larger range of blues, white, pinks and yellows. Most decorations were found thrifting, although a friend offered catering services as a gift and threw in wedding planning and décor to go with it! The florist went above and beyond – we had so many flowers!! She took the remaining vases of flowers and donated them to a convalescent home, a beautiful gesture that brought a lot of joy.

backyard wedding ideas

backyard wedding ideas

Portland, Oregon backyard wedding

We love the amazing DIY details from Holly and Colin’s wedding! The handmade blue and red triangle banner’s ran throughout the reception, and were strung all over the altar which was engulfed by paper puff balls. These simple and easy to do details kept the atmosphere laid back and fun, which was perfect for a back yard wedding.

simple floral centerpiece

loose flower arrangements

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cake cutting

Merit Badge is a Pacific Northwest craft cocktail and bar catering services who work with clients from day one to create personalized and inspired drink menus. For them, each party is a new story with new challenges, and that’s how they like it. So let them read the maps and handbooks so you can sit back and enjoy the party while they enjoy getting another merit badge in awesomeness.​​​​

drink bar chalk board

toasting the bride and groom

first dance

Photographer: Yasmin Khajavi Photography
Venue: The Historic Overlook House
Hair: Bishops Barbershop
Jewelry: Loop Jewelry
Cake: Besaw's
Caterer: Wildwood Restaurant & Bar
Cocktail Caterer: Merit Badge
Dress Designer: Nicole Miller
Flowers: Miranda Keenan of Intimo
Groom's Attire: Duchess Clothier
Dress Boutique: The English Department
Event Designer: Kate Stone | Wine: Oso Market + Bar

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  1. -100. @ExquisiteBride says:

    DIY Portland Backyard Wedding: Holly and Colin wanted a no frills wedding, a day that felt like a  backyard ba…

  2. -100. Harmony says:

    That arch display is fabulous!

  3. -100. @studiosmc says:

    Thinking about interesting ways to decorate your wedding? I saw this blog post this morning and loved how they…

  4. Love her dress!! Stunning.

  5. -100. Yasmin Khajavi says:

    Love this feature!! We’re so excited to be on your blog, Wedding Chicks! This wedding was SO much fun and so awesome!

  6. -100. Andrea says:

    Love all the pictures!
    They are beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. -100. @roxyheartvintge says:

    DIY Portland Backyard Wedding #Wedding #Bouquet

  8. -100. @roxyheartvintge says:

    DIY Portland Backyard Wedding #Wedding #Bouquet

  9. -100. Susie Moreno says:

    Loving the fun vibe. I love Portlanders!


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