Before those of you in the States run off to your Thanksgiving Eve festivities, I highly recommend getting a bit inspired by this backyard wine country wedding by Bustle Events. Because around each and every corner of this pretty party there is something that will make you eyes light right up! John+Louise Weddings was there to capture it all, and they were even nice enough to fill the full gallery with even more pretty inspiration!

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From the Bride…We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun like a family reunion, but still be elegant and special enough for the guests we had flying in from all over the world. We chose to get married on the property of very close family friends, a place I had spent countless hours growing up. The deck we danced our first dance on was the same deck where my sister and I and all the kids in the family performed the musical Les Miserables and it’s where we hunted for eggs every year.

For the ceremony we asked my uncle to take a short course at the county offices so he could marry us. We processed and recessed to instrumental versions of some our favorite songs played by the children of the property owners, guys I grew up with and fondly call my “brothers of the heart.” The setting was very simple. Just oak trees and our nearest and dearest.

The fact that we live in Germany and we were planning this all by email and Skype made it even more important to have the comforts of home at our wedding. Early on we knew we had to have Mexican food, because ironically it’s one of the things we miss most about America. One of our favorite local restaurants, Zin, made the best carnitas we’ve ever had. We had cozy blankets and pillows along the edge of the dance floor and served chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, Mexican wedding cakes and cupcakes made by another family friend for dessert.

As a little shout-out to Germany, we set each place with a gingerbread cookie decorated like they have at fairs and festivals, with German sweet nothings like “sweetie” and “treasure” written in frosting. We also had simple signature cocktails that seemed to get the party started. Stuart’s was a gin and tonic made with Hendrick’s gin and a cucumber instead of a lime. Mine was a shot of gold tequila with an orange slice dusted with cinnamon instead of a lime. It’s something I first saw in Germany.

Wedding Photography: John+Louise Weddings / Floral Design: Floral Theory / Event Design + Event Planning: Bustle Events / Vintage Rentals: Heritage & Craft / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Estate

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