Fish and Bird Backyard Wedding

green wedding bouquet

There’s something a little fishy about this bird wedding … that’s because it’s a bird and a fish wedding! When they first started dating Chris gave Janelle a note that contained lyrics to the song “Fish and Bird” – which became the inspiration for their backyard wedding. From the feather necklace for the bride and a whale tie pin for the groom to the bird table assignments and the handmade jellyfish decor, Chris and Janelle’s unique theme was present from start to finish.

Using a color palette of blues and greens with touches of yellow this eclectic wedding is chalk full of unique, handmade decorations that are sure to inspire! Can’t get enough of this fish and bird backyard wedding? Visit the full gallery here to see more photos captured by Julia Franzosa Photography. Continue reading to hear more from Janelle about their special day, including their full budget breakdown.

whale inspired wedding invites

Watters wedding gowns

simple groom looks

awesome gold whale tie pin

Chris and Janelle clearly put a lot of thought into every last detail of their special day! Our favorite details would have to be the unique tie pin and necklace, but we also love the other small details that subtly reference their theme. While each bridesmaids dress is a different style and shade of blue, they all are made of chiffon that billows like clouds and ripples like waves!

blue bridesmaid dresses

rustic yellow wedding bouquet by fleur

From the Bride:
Before we started dating, Chris sent me the lyrics to the Tom Waits song “Fish and Bird” as a symbol of where our friendship was heading. In his email he said simply, “You can be the bird.” I read it while I was on break at work, and it really hit home that we were meant to be. The song describes love despite separation beautifully. I think it was all over at that point, and the message became ours. We spent the next year and a half committed to making a long distance relationship work, until we could finally be together.

outdoor wedding reception

wedding kiss

We wanted our day to be a celebration of us and our devotion to living life with intention. Chris and I had a vision of an intimate backyard celebration of the air and the sea, and the meeting in between. We chose to be married and celebrate in my parents backyard. We hired small businesses and handmade artists, and many items were made by us or our families because those details were important to us. It was truly magical, and we cannot thank our families and vendors enough for pulling off our wedding dream world.

rustic table centerpiece ideas

wedding centerpiece ideas

rustic wedding ideas

While quite the beautiful bride, Janelle also is the owner of the rental company Re:find Joy. When designing her wedding she used all her own rentals and created all of the paper goods and stationery for the event, allowing her to customize so many details to fit the theme.

wedding seating ideas

custom screenprinted bags for wedding favors

cute diy succulent wedding favors

bride and groom chair decoration ideas

handmade jellyfish & backdrops decorations by sayuri’s world

Another one of our favorite details is definitely the jellyfish decorations that were handmade by Sayuri’s World. Originally created for an art installation at the Portland Airport, artist Sayuri is expanding her “Urban Aquarium” by selling the jellies online. We’re starting my Christmas lists a little early this year!

What the bride wishes she had done differently:
The only thing we would have done differently is hiring a videographer, something we wish we had done. There were so many moments like saying our vows, our first dance with a guitarist playing our song, our dances with our parents and my grandfather saying grace that we wish we had been able to capture on video to watch in the future.

tasty wedding pies by Achatz Pies

white buttercream wedding cake by sweet heather anne

Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Event Designer, Stationery & Prop or Furniture Rentals: Re:find Joy

Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Cake: Sweet Heather Anne
Pies: Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
Caterer: A Moveable Feast
DJ: Ultimate Entertainment
Dress Designer: Watters
Flowers: Fleur
Groom's Shoes: Toms
Jewelry: Moira K. Lime
Shoe Designer: Corso Como
Veil or Hair Accessories: Mignonette Bridal
Bridesmaid Necklaces: Courtney Fischer Jewelry
Handmade Jellyfish & Backdrops: Sayuri’s World
Venue: Private Home | Hair & Makeup: Dayna Skolas | Officiant: Bride's Uncle

Read on to see how much this fish and bird backyard wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Caterer: $3,000
Dress: $3,300
Veil/Accessories: $400
Photography: $3,600
Floral & Plants: $6,000
Prop Rentals: (bride owns rental company. Approximate cost of items only: $1,000)
Farm Table Rentals: $2,500
Tents/Lighting: $2,000
Cake: $675
DJ & Guitarist: $1250
Hair/Makeup (Bride): $150
Favors/Decor DIY (supplies, screen printing): $700
Transportation: $300
Invitations (we made ours, but it would have cost $2,000)
Weekend Stay at Honor & Folly: $700
Chair Rental: $300
Pies: $140
Groom Attire: $400
Rings: $125
Runners were made by Bride's Mother
Officiant was Bride's Uncle
Wedding in Bride's parents backyard

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  1. -100. @OverTheTopInc says:

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  2. -100. Courtney says:

    I can’t get over the perfection of this wedding! The handmade details are incredible and make for such an organic and enchanting setting! Well done.

  3. -100. @Fleurinc says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Fish + Bird Backyard Wedding + a $29k budget @fleurinc @refindjoy @msmignonette @juliafranzosa @SwtHeatherAnne http://t.…

  4. -100. Michelle says:

    My husband and I were at the wedding it was absolutely amazing and beautiful. Every detail was thought of. You felt like you were in the Hamptons! Great job!

  5. -100. Molly says:

    I do this for a living so it takes a lot to make me swoon…. and I am in love with this theme and excision!

  6. -100. Anita V says:

    So, so beautiful! I got all teary-eyed looking at these pictures! A gorgeous wedding for a lovely couple!

  7. -100. Janelle Gonyea Graves says:

    Thank you Wedding Chicks for featuring our wedding! It was truly a magical day that we wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for our amazingly talented vendors and generous families. It means so much to us to have their work showcased on the Wedding Chicks blog.

  8. -100. @juleechic says:

    Swooning over all the details! RT @weddingchicks @fleurinc @refindjoy @msmignonette @juliafranzosa @SwtHeatherAnne

  9. -100. @refindjoy says:

    Did you see the big news? Our wedding is featured on @weddingchicks!!

  10. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    check out this cake set up! under the sea perfection!

  11. -100. @Ro_Matheson says:

    “@weddingchicks: check out this cake set up! under the sea perfection!” @lovebyserena OMG!! Jellyfish backdrop!!!

  12. -100. Maddie Bartholomew says:

    This breath taking wedding will never be forgotten.The attention to detail was amazing.I have been married for 38 years & my husband I felt as if we were experiencing our own fairy tale. A big shout out to the amazing artist Sayuri that did the jelly fish back drop!Thank you Chris & Janelle for allowing us to be apart of your fairy tale wedding!xoxo

  13. -100. @camomilemeadow says:

    RT @weddingchicks: check out this cake set up! under the sea perfection!

  14. LOVE this whole wedding. Done so well, not at all the usual “ocean themed” wedding. So beautiful.

  15. -100. @SwtHeatherAnne says:

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  16. -100. @JuliaFranzosa says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Fish + Bird Backyard Wedding + a $29k budget @fleurinc @refindjoy @msmignonette @juliafranzosa @SwtHeatherAnne http://t.…

  17. I see a lot of weddings and this one is so unique and wonderful. There is nothing I don’t love about it from the hanging jellyfish to the Lilliputian bride. It’s so incredibly cute without being trite. And not a bit of it feels trendy or ripped off from Pinterest. Kudos to the couple and their team because this is a truly original and exceptional wedding!

  18. -100. Erin says:

    Oh wow this wedding is completely gorgeous – I’d love to know where that gorgeous whale tie slide could be found if anybody knows. So many boring ones around and we’re trying to find one with a tiger or a fox and I love how quirky that smiling little whale is. Such a unique and personal theme!


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