Eclectic Boho Garden Wedding by Ria Mackenzie Photography

It’s no secret we adore backyard weddings at LWB. Not just for their beautiful intimacy, but also because they appear to effortlessly achieve a perfect balance of casual and elegance which is totally magnetic. Just take this darling eclectic wedding as an example – inspired by a Midsummers Night’s Dream, it combines bohemian vibes with rustic touches and vintage details – AND the whole mish-mash of pretty theming works a treat! Go ahead and savour every morsel of this garden affair by Ria Mackenzie Photography.

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From the bride:

Our wedding was a dream that came true. In some magical way, every piece came together to look and feel stunning, as I think happens when you have amazing vendors, loving family and dedicated friends surrounding your day.

Our vision for our wedding was an eclectic mix of all the captivating wedding themes popular right now with an over-arching theme of mid-summer’s night dream. We had some vintage, some rustic and some bohemian vibes. It was impossible for me to stick with just one theme, as I kept seeing things I loved all over the place.

A lot of my inspiration came from other weddings I saw online but also from every day life. In our home, we have mismatched plates, so I knew right away that I wanted to do that for the wedding to give it that homey feel.

The venue was this incredible bed and breakfast that had an alluring, natural space in their back yard that lent itself to feeling like you belonged there, contributing to the ‘at home’ feel. Our table numbers came from important dates in our lives and our tables were filled with the most stunning flowers I’ve ever seen that we had grown at a local farm. We had a ton of vintage vases combined with tree stumps, moss and a variety of candles to give the space that soft, romantic feel. It was awesome. Everyone got to take home a vase as their favor…something that we hope everyone will enjoy and use!

My dress was originally made in the 60’s and had this intricate and delicate lace that had faded to this breathtaking shade of antique cream. I had some alterations done to give it the flutter sleeves and the deep-V back and make it fit my perfect wedding dress vision. My sister-in-law has the prettiest handwriting and wrote out everyone’s name and table number on river rocks while my best friend made us our wood-burned advice box. We were very fortunate to have an entire bridal party of gifted and loving friends and family that made our wedding incredibly special.

The most important part of our wedding was also the most unique. Our ceremony started off with one our very talented friends and groomsmen playing the guitar while the bridal party and bride walked down the aisle. The bride’s best friend wrote and performed the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony while the groom’s aunt (a JOP) was able to step in at the end and marry us while we stood surrounded by all of our loved ones holding hands. We wrote our own personalized vows for one another that are words we now treasure and use against one another (sarcastically!) in every day life. The ceremony was full of depth, passion, love and joy and if I had the option to go back and change anything, I would leave it exactly the same.

My advice to any bride and/or groom reading this would be to make your wedding day meaningful, whatever that means to you and remember to be in the moment…the day goes quick and it’s back to being a dream.

 

 

Photographer: Ria Mackenzie Photography / Venue: The Connecticut River Valley Inn, Glastonbury, CT / Caterer: Zerio’s Old World Restaurant and Catering, Cromwell, CT / Table Flowers: Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, MA / Bouquets: Surroundings Floral, Broad Brook, CT

Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration by Dani Fine Photography

Picturing an elegant backyard wedding to tie the knot? Then this lovely styled inspiration shoot by Dani Fine Photography has your name written all over it! Shot in a quaint New England home in in the heart of the Pioneer Valley Massachussetts – surrounded by rural farms and rolling hills –  it is the ideal setting for a countrified garden wedding. Just imagine your reception as lovely as this…. nestled amongst ancient trees with beautifully understated decorations, sweet rustic details and pretty garden picked florals – it’s Backyard bliss indeed!

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From the photographer: Periwinkle hydrangeas and pink peonies, classic chocolate cake and cowboy boots, this Backyard Garden Wedding was a dream to style and photograph. The inspiration behind this shoot was more of a feeling; something wholesome and honest, fresh and entirely original. With the help of many talented and creative individuals, we were able to bring this nuanced vision into reality. With the exceptional skills of stylist and event planner, Laura Wear and sumptuous floral arrangements by Durocher Florist, an enchanted scene emerged. Everything came together just beautifully. We just love the natural, unfettered look and feel of this whole shoot–it was understated yet elegant with a homespun twist. We’re happy to report that since this styled wedding, Kelly & Adam (our beautiful bride & dapper groom) have since gotten engaged! 

 

Photographer: Dani Fine Photography / Hair Stylist:  Salon Herdis / Event Planner:  Laura Wear Events / Floral Designer:  Durocher Florist / Dress Store:  Bancroft Bridals / Cake Designer:  Gregory’s Pastry Shop / Shoes:  Ariat / Jewelry:  Don Muller Gallery / Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Jackson & Connor / Submitted via Two Bright Lights 

 

Here are some more Backyard lovelies for you to enjoy:

 

Pinterest Inspired DIY Wedding From Jordan Weiland Photography

This next little soiree proves the saying ‘Life is beautiful in its simplicity!’ Just ask Michelle and Josh and their Gainesville, FL wedding captured by Jordan Weiland Photography. From the intimate ceremony held in a glass chapel to the sweet Pinterest inspired details adorning the backyard reception, this DIY darling has all the right components for a beautiful budget affair that delivers a lifetime of cherished memories.

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Photographer:  Jordan Weiland Photography / Dress Store:  David’s Bridal / Cake Designer:  Publix / Equipment Rentals:  Party Time Rentals / Shoes:  Jos. A. Banks / Church:  Trinity United Methodist / Reception: Groom’s Parent’s Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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It doesn’t get any more tranquil or pretty than this garden wedding by Jen Yuson Photography. The entire celebration takes place in the backyard of groom Ben’s childhood home, and as you’ll see, the whole setting resembles a garden oasis with lush foliage and shady tree canopies framing the celebrations. Stunning bride Becca (who looks amazing in her stylish understated gown) is escorted down the aisle by her two beautiful children, and then her father reads the sermon to seal the special deal. Oh, and did I mention Becca used to be a wedding planner? So, naturally every lovely detail is perfectly polished and ever-oh-so-pretty. There’s also plenty of delightful rustic DIY touches to be found including the wooden ceremony canopy decorated with peach blooms, the red radio flyer wagons stacked with refreshments, and the candy bar display with it’s cute monogrammed gift bags and chalkboard notes. Yes, outdoor lovers it’s a gorgeous garden affair overflowing with charm, sentimentality and plenty of personalized touches – just what we love!

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Photography: Jen Yuson Photography / Second Shooter: Shawn Bauguess / Event Planner: Susan Longstaff / Caterer: Catering by Johnny Bakastias / / Cake Designer: Jenny Harris Custom Cake Design / Officiant: Steven Kraftchick / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Colorado Wedding by Heather Gray Photography

The very best weddings aren’t always the weddings filled with glitz and sophistication (although we love those too). They’re the simple, honest, joy-filled weddings that remind you how wonderful it is to be in love. A wedding where the whole atmosphere is electric with fun and the smile on the bride’s face illuminates the whole day. Well, this is one of THOSE weddings. A sweet DIY backyard-style affair on a private estate in Colorado, where not only can you feel the love, but you can feel the absolute joy! Thanks to Heather Gray Photography we have all the happy pics to prove it.

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From the photographer: Lyndia and Leo were married August 20 at a private estate in Telluride, Colorado. It was beautiful, intimate and completely perfect. Lyndia grew up running around on the property and through the trees lining it with her best friends who lived there, it was like a second home for her so it made sense that she would want her wedding there.

The morning of the wedding it began to sprinkle a bit, I won’t lie, I was worried. I arrived at the location and there were clouds billowing along the canyon. As the ceremony was about to begin it started to pour. Her planner and good friend asked her what they should do and Lyndia said with a smile on her face, “then we’ll get wet.” Through sprinkles and rain drops the wedding went on. The guests used their umbrellas and I did my best to keep my camera out of the rain.

Lyndia and Leo were all smiles, I don’t think they even noticed the weather, they just stared into each other’s eyes. As they began their vows the rain cleared a bit as if planned. They wrote their own vows which I am a huge fan of if you feel comfortable doing that. It was sweet, tender and beautifully honest. You could feel their connection a mile away and as they kissed for the first time as bride and groom the sun came out from behind the clouds. It was like a movie.

The reception was amazing. The brides father brought fresh Alaskan salmon that he caught with his friends in his home state. All of the food was prepared with love by the bride and groom’s family. For dinner we sat at long family styled tables under a white tent lined with tissue paper flowers, candles and wild flower center pieces. The cutlery and plates were a mix of vintage and new from friends and family, it was darling. We drank sangria and ale from mason jars. The whole reception felt like you were at someone’s home for dinner. Other favorite moments were the bride and groom jumping on a trampoline and Leo pushing Lyndia on the tire-swing.

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 Photographer: Heather Gray Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Vintage Backyard Wedding by 2&3 Photography

I admit I have a soft spot for a DIY backyard wedding and this one is full of heart warming touches and sweet vintage details, I know you’ll fall in love with it immediately as I did. This vintage garden themed soiree was brought to life by everyone pitching in to make sure the day was a true reflection of the couple’s love for each another. The bride made all the bouquets, boutonnieres and favors, her Mother and bridesmaids helped create the floral centerpieces and aisle decor bouquets, and the groom made the wedding cake and desserts! (now that’s impressive!). But for me, the two ‘stand out’ details was the groom including a ‘groomsmaid’ in his bridal party (such a cool idea!) and the bride chosing to wear a family vintage wedding gown (such a beautiful gesture). Thankfully, 2&3 Photography were on hand to capture all the amazing DIY details, plus we’ve included very little detail from the bride herself, so all you DIY brides can receive first-hand a ton of priceless information and sweet inspiration.

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Bride Nikki shares: 

Wedding Theme: In light of my dress being almost 30 years old (it was my mother’s dress), and my engagement/wedding ring coming from an estate collection from the 1950’s, we decided ‘vintage‘ would make a great theme. And since we were in our backyard with our closest friends and family, we went for a garden party feel. And so the ‘Vintage Garden Party’ theme was born.

DIY Elements: Almost everything we did was DIY. We didn’t have a ton of money to spend on a wedding (we bought a house and fixed up the yard at the beginning of the same year) and we didn’t want many of the extra details that go into traditional weddings like getting my hair and makeup done professionally (I did it myself and it looked great), renting/buying a tuxedo, or fancy centerpieces. We didn’t want the day to feel like a staged production so we tried to keep things as natural as possible, from the burlap table runners and mason jars and flowers stems to the decor and food.

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Vintage Wedding Dress: I wore the wedding dress handmade by my great-aunt for my mother. Although, it was a tad too big, knowing it was made with love by a family member, (and the fact that Mom never actually got to wear the dress because it wasn’t finished in time), made it even more important I wear it. The simple, deep V in both the front and the back is my design; the original top had much more fabric. I added a sash of ivory ribbon and a fabric flower just under the bust. I left the bottom the same because the original lace was so beautiful and my awesome seamstress made it feel light and flowy.

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Color Palette: The two colors we agreed on were purple and green. Purple is my favorite color and green is our compromise color for just about everything because we both really like it. Even though we had an Autumn wedding, I really wanted to keep things bright and cheery so purple and green seemed perfect. 

Decor: We decided on minimal decoration to allow the natural beauty of our backyard to shine through. We spent several months before the wedding mulching, weeding and filling in newly-built steps in the backyard. My parents helped out a lot and in the end, the yard looked amazing. From the porch railings we hung a string of photos I made, with photos of us starting in early childhood and ending with us just a few years ago. We made a “Just Married” banner out of burlap and white acrylic paint and hung it on the fence behind the food table to enjoy during the reception.

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Fashion: The girls wore their own green dresses they picked out themselves. I told them if they already had a green dress to wear it but if not, I asked them to choose one that was pretty and any shade of green but, most importantly, that they felt comfortable wearing. The guys wore white button-down shirts with khakis and each wore a green tie with a different pattern.

Flowers: My parents and I purchased a bunch of flowers from the supermarket the morning of the wedding, to use for the centerpieces. We also made small bouquets (with the help of my amazing bridesmaids) to tie to the chairs lining the aisle. We also made a few bouquets to sit around the yard. I made the bouquets and boutonnieres ahead of time with artificial flowers. I used dahlias, hydrangeas, and roses to make the bouquets and roses for the boutonnieres. I wrapped them all in burlap to keep things rustic. And apparently I went a little crazy with the hot glue because we had trouble pushing the pins through the boutonnieres!

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Reception: Nick (my husband) strung up some string lights and hung pretty white paper lanterns. In keeping with our  vintage theme, the centerpieces consisted of old mason jars, bottles and vases of various shapes and sizes we filled with the supermarket flowers. My mother, bridesmaids and I (they did most of the work) put together all of the flowers for the centerpieces and chairs. We covered tables in white linens and burlap runners. Each table contained two centerpieces where we arranged three jars (one small, one medium, and one large) together on one white lace doily and placed a few flower stems in each one. I also really wanted to somehow incorporate into the decor several other ceremony readings (which were’nt used during the short ceremony) which perfectly described our sentiments. So, I printed the readings and displayed them in frames around the yard for people to read.

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Catering: We brought in catering from two of our favorite restaurants. Our wedding cake was a homemade Key Lime Cheesecake Nick baked himself. He also made little cheesecake cupcakes for the guests. We had Raspberry Swirl, Blueberry, Plain, and Key Lime cheesecake cupcakes. He did such a great job and everyone loved them; our friend even asked him to do some for her upcoming wedding!

Favors: I wanted the favors to really mean something to our guests, to let them know how appreciative we were of them spending our day with us. I decorated little note cards with a pretty bride and groom stamp and wrote short, personalized messages to each guest. We also set up a candy bar for them to pick out their favorite sweet treats.

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What was your wedding vision?

We knew first and foremost we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our love and commitment to each other and of the love and support we’ve received from our friends and family. We wanted it to be casual, comfortable and fun. Ultimately, we wanted it to be about the most important aspects of our decision: our love, our family and friends, and spending the rest of our lives together.

What else made your wedding unique?

We had a groomsmaid! One of Nick’s best friends is a girl and it was really important to him that she stand with him on our day. She dressed similar to my bridesmaids in a green dress, but was part of the grooms party.

What was your biggest challenge?

We thought the biggest challenge would be keeping the guest list small but really it was managing the wedding! We didn’t have a wedding planner so we had to do all of the research, decide what we wanted, and execute it all ourselves. In hindsight, we would have greatly benefited from a day-of coordinator because the most stressful part was the few hours before the wedding started; we were running around, making sure everything was out, up, and running the way it was supposed to be.

Thad and Sarah proved to not only be awesome photographers but they were a lifesaver, as well! Thanks to their experience, they were able to help us organize our processional, which was really confusing us in the beginning. But thanks to them, it all ran smoothly. 

Any favorite moments?

During our vows, Nick started to tear up and his voice cracked a little to keep himself from crying. I thought I would be the one who cried at our wedding,  but it was my almost-always serious husband who was overcome with emotion. It was really touching. Another favorite moment was our speeches. Two of my bridesmaids gave really heart-warming talks and then Nick, who kept interrupting mine by leaning into the mic every time I thanked someone he forgot.

Wow – so much great information! Thank you Nikki for going explaining your wedding process and sharing all the DIY details. Congratulations on creating such an amazing day! Also a big thanks to 2&3 Photography for the wonderful imagery.

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Photography: 2&3 Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Why Australian’s Love To Do It Outdoors! {wink}

As an Aussie girl, I’m often asked what sets Australia apart when it comes to our weddings – and what always stands out in my mind are our beautiful outdoor weddings. Australia is blessed with warm weather, natural beauty and some of the most amazing beaches on the planet, so naturally many Australian’s gravitate to relaxing, socialising and celebrating life’s special moments in the great outdoors. 

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We celebrate all styles of weddings in Australia, from elegant functions to chic contemporary events, romantic garden parties to vintage-inspired soirees and everything in between. But it’s our natural backdrops, as bountiful as they are beautiful, which really make Australian weddings special. Couples can say ‘I do’ overlooking a pristine beach or dramatic mountain range, between the lush vines of a winery or under the canopy of a tropical rain forest. But perhaps the best representation of our relaxed Aussie lifestyle is the Australian beach wedding.

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Beach Weddings

The lure of the ocean is extremely seductive for Australians, which is understandable when you consider Australia is basically a huge island with a coastline stretching more than 25,000 kilometres. Every chance we get, we flock to our beaches to soak up the glorious sunshine, fresh air and sparkling waters. So naturally the dream of a wedding surrounded by all that beauty is a popular one for brides-to-be. Whether a luxury celebration at a beachfront resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland, or an organic barefoot ceremony on the pure white sands of Cable Beach in Western Australia each beach wedding in Australia offers something special.

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Beach weddings in Australia look and feel very much like any other modern beach wedding except for the odd ‘Aussie-ism.’ For instance, if you happen to be a guest at beach wedding in Malibu you’re likely to be offered complimentary ‘flip flops’ to stroll through the sand; whereas at a typical Aussie beach wedding you’re more likely to be offered a pair of ‘thongs’ (which are not to be confused with the underwear variety!). Similarly, when it comes to thanking guests in Florida, they’re usually given a wedding ‘favor,’ while Sydney guests are given ‘bomboniere’ (and no, it isn’t a tropical disease!).

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Backyard Weddings

Another popular style of Australian wedding is the backyard wedding. These relaxed events vary from elegant soirees in the grounds of a prestigious estate to get-togethers as simple as the quintessential ‘Aussie BBQ.’  Casual Aussie backyard weddings typically involve an intimate gathering of family and friends in a suburban garden or under the shade of a twinkling marquee. Guests enjoy a feast of barbecued meats, fresh salads and homemade treats along with the traditional wedding cake. Heart-felt speeches are cheekily interrupted with the odd joke and the newly wed’s first dance (traditionally called the ‘bridal waltz) doesn’t resemble the three-step of it’s name, but typically a romantic slow dance of two people in love. Single girls scramble for the tossed bouquet, excited lads fall over themselves to claim the garter and melodic tunes from a live musician keep everyone in a festive mood. The wine and champagne flow freely and ice cold beer is practically mandatory for an Aussie bloke on a hot Summer’s day. Finally, when it’s time for the new Mr & Mrs to say their teary farewells, it’s not a luxury limo waiting to whisk them away, but a groovy VW kombi sporting a ‘Just Married‘ sign.

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Amazing Outdoor Backdrops

Because Australia is such a large country (twice the size of Europe), there are vast differences in our natural landscape. Each state boasts it’s own natural beauty and flavour, so as far as weddings go, you can experience a wonderfully unique backdrop from coast to coast. If I had to choose which location in Australia had the most spectacular outdoor setting for a wedding, I would be struggling to stop at just one. Instead, let me leave you with a few of my personal favourites – the stunning beaches of Port Douglas in Northern Queensland, the picturesque vineyards of the Margaret River region in Western Australia and finally, it’s hard to go past the iconic Sydney Harbour with it’s magnificent Harbour Bridge and Opera House for an unforgettable Australian wedding.

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DIY Ahmanson Ranch Wedding by The Youngrens

In my opinion, this beautiful DIY wedding at Ahmanson Ranch in California is the perfect combo of a chic modern affair and backyard soiree. Completely personalized by the bride and groom, it is perfectly infused with style, grace and complete and utter beauty. It’s the type of wedding with it’s loving attention to detail and wonderful creativity you know has been created from the ground up. Yet, at the same time it’s so stylish it literally takes your breath away and has you longing for more when it’s time to leave. I was ecstatic when the super talented Youngrens sent this beautiful wedding my way. So much so, I just wanted to linger forever amongst all the pretty – the amazing white floral decorations and billowing sheer fabric, the champagne pink bridesmaids with their adorable clutch purses, and the amazing custom made bridal gown with its corset bodice and layered Spanish style skirt – totally exquisite!

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Wedding Photography: The Youngrens / Reception Venue: Ahmanson Ranch / DJ: The People’s DJ / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Autumn Backyard Wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography

Full of the warm, rich and inviting shades of fall, this lovely DIY Autumn Backyard Wedding is bursting with luscious colours and enticing harvest fare. Photographed by Elizabeth Davis Photography it has those gorgeous DIY details we love that are as adorable and approachable, as they are wonderfully rustic. With golden coloured pumpkins, crisp red apples and vibrant berries it is one delicious outdoor affair you cannot resist. Not to mention, I’m lapping up all the picturesque woodland surrounds, pretty yellow billy button flowers and those super cute yellow birds! This is one darling diy wedding that leaves you with a smile on your dial!Autumn Outdoor WeddingDIY Autumn Backyard WeddingAutumn WeddingDIY Autumn Wedding DecorBackyard WeddingDIY Autumn Wedding FlowersAutumn Backyard WeddingDIY Autumn WeddingAutumn Wedding DIY PumpkinsOutdoor WeddingDIY Backyard Wedding BannerReal WeddingsDIY Fall Wedding Bird DecorationsFall WeddingDIY Wedding Autumn DetailsDIY WeddingAutumn Wedding DIY ApplesDIY Florida WeddingAutumn Wedding Pumpkins RingsDIY Autumn Wedding CentrepiecesDIY Autumn Backyard Wedding DecorationsBackyard Wedding BirdDIY Backyard Wedding

Photographer: Elizabeth Davis Photography / Caterer:  Carrie Ann & Co., Inc. / Floral Designer:  Bella Flora, LLC / Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mens Wearhouse 

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DIY Backyard Wedding by Patti Miller Photography

There is something so naturally sweet and romantic about a backyard wedding. Maybe it is the heart-warming love it evokes in such a pure and simple way. Or the relaxed joyful feeling friends feel when celebrating in familiar surrounds. Whatever it is, we love them to bits. So when we saw this adorable DIY backyard wedding by Patti Miller Photography we felt the love instantly. Backyard Real WeddingsAinsley and Chad tied the knot in Chad’s family’s cozy backyard in Waterdown, Ontario. Joined by 30 of their nearest and dearest friends and family, they celebrated their day in a intimate and relaxed fashion with plenty of love and laughter. All the personalized DIY details in this budget friendly affair were beautifully put together by the DIY goddess bride herself. Ainsley chose a color palette of pretty teal blue and featured it throughout every aspect of this touching garden wedding. From Chad’s shirt to the place cards, to the sweet and simple centerpieces, she purposefully and lovingly created every last detail. There was even an onsite caterer serving up a delicious BBQ spread for the guests to enjoy on the family’s back deck. We love how Patti did a wonderful job of capturing each loving moment and sweet surprise – the bride’s teal blue sandals, the quaint mix matched bridesmaids and that awesome blue “getaway car” had us enthralled each step of the way. So much so, we felt we were right at home as if we were celebrating along with them.

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Photographer: Patti Miller Photography / Hair Stylist: Salon Vive / Caterer: D&T Classic Catering / Favors and Gifts: Heath’s Flavoured Honey / Floral Designer: Wildhagen Greenhouses / Bride’s Dress: Promises & Lace Bridal / Boutique Dress Designer: Essence of Australia /Cake Designer: Carluke Orchards / Transportation: Hamilton Limo / Officiant: White Orchid Wedding Ceremonies

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