The mid-week slump just got a little bit easier to handle with this beautiful backyard wedding by Nam Nguyen Photography.  Bunches of wildflowers and pretty bridesmaids decked out in blue can always brighten up my day.  Add in the cutest bride in a birdcage veil and the sweetest, artistic DIY details and personal touches and you have a wedding that will keep me grinning for hours at end.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the bride… Alex and I met in July 2009 while I was on a study abroad trip in Costa Rica. I was there with a group from my art school and spoke very little Spanish. He spoke very little English. But like a cheesy romantic movie, we fell for each other within 2 short weeks! After I returned home, we kept in touch via telephone and Internet as I frantically studied Spanish and planned a 6-month return to Costa Rica. Following my second trip, where I was able to learn more about Alex, his family and culture, he decided to come to the US to do the same! And after a few trips back and forth, Alex was here to stay and we were planning our wedding.

Concerning the look and feel of the wedding, I was determined to have ours outdoors. I wanted something effortlessly beautiful — to be surrounded by nature without having perfectly manicured floral arrangements. I also wanted artsy little details that made our guests interact with one another and socialize. We had post cards on each table, DIY centerpieces and a corn hole game on the lawn for our guests to play. Trying to save a little money, I looked up DIY ideas that I could incorporate thoughout our big day. For flowers, I contacted a local farm owner who sold small bouquets at our town’s farmer’s market. She actually let me (and my sister and aunties) go pick flowers ourselves! Practically free flowers for a wedding?! We got so lucky. I wanted it to look like we’d just picked them from the garden, so that’s exactly what we did. My bridesmaids and I arranged the centerpieces the night before the wedding. I also had some bridesmaids paint the wedding signs with me. I was happy to have little projects that brought us together more often than usual.  

When it came to the venue, we decided to have our wedding at my parents’ house. We knew it was going to be a lot of work but felt more comfortable investing our money into my parents’ property rather than spending it on a rental fee at a venue. My friend, Brooke Covington of Dolce Bella Events, was able to sort through my thoughts and help plan it all. I wouldn’t have stayed sane if it weren’t for her great ideas! And while I was getting ready before the wedding, she set everything up and executed the day exactly as I’d hoped!

Wedding Photography: Nam Nguyen Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Family Home in Peachtree City, Georgia / Flowers: DIY / Wedding Coordination: Brooke Covington of Dolce Bella Events / Wedding Dress: Watters / Shoes: ModCloth / Wedding Cake: A Family Friend / Jewelry: Sophie Pie / Groom’s Vest + Tie: JoS. A. Bank / Catering: Sun in My Belly / Hair + Makeup: Ici Paris Day Spa & Salon