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.
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My dress was originally made in the 60’s and had this intricate and delicate lace that had faded to this breathtaking shade of antique cream.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