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DIY Backyard Picnic Wedding in Seattle

How much fun a wedding is doesn’t directly correlate with how much money you spend, but it does directly correlate to how awesome the couple is. Which is why we’re completely taken with this wedding submitted to us by Matthew Land Studios — sunny, lighthearted and as bold as the bride’s market-fresh flowers. Scroll through to see more, or bask in the full summertime picnic glory here.


From the Bride… For our wedding we wanted to highlight two things as being at the foundation for our marriage: Family and Community. We had our wedding in my in-laws backyard, involved all our best friends in the creation of the wedding design and my dad performed the ceremony with a blessing given by Joe’s Grandpa. We wanted to let everyone know how much their support was to us. My brother-in-law sang our first dance song, we had friends who DJ’ed, bar tended, set up, put together picnic baskets, did our hair and makeup, played the piano, the banjo, and plenty of friends and family who kept the dancing going well into the night! Incorporating family into all aspects of the ceremony and reception was an amazing experience. We were overwhelmed by gratitude all day!

I love art projects and spent the months leading up to the wedding creating fun accents to the wedding. We cut down a small tree in the backyard to use as centerpieces, crafted DIY string balloon balls, used fabric scraps for pennants and were the lucky recipients of reams of burlap that had been used in 3 weddings previous to ours! It was fun to see how people stepped up to help and to have people craft beautiful things for us. My bridesmaids even made a burlap welcome sign with our names sewn on it that still hangs in our living room.

Our friend Matthew Land was one of the first people we called after the engagement. We knew there was no one else we wanted to photograph our wedding. Both Joe and I love photography and admire Matt’s work so much. He pulled out all the stops: he came down first thing in the morning, helped to set up the bar and spent the day with us- capturing the feeling and emotions of the day perfectly. We love his relaxed approach to the wedding and it was so fun to not only see him in his element but get to be the subjects of it! 

Putting together a wedding is not an easy task, but I thrived on finding unique ways to portray the day and focused on how we could make the backyard into a unique and inviting atmosphere for all our family and friends. I loved the idea of using market flowers for our day. We had previously arranged to buy from the wonderful women at a few of the market stalls and some girlfriends went down to Pike Place Market the day before the wedding to pick them up. They were beautiful. They drove down to Gig Harbor and gave the responsibility to one of the groomsmen to put the flowers in the fridge we had cleared out beforehand. It was all perfect. Several friends were making the bouquets and table flowers day of the wedding, I was so glad to pass that job off to those talented women.  The morning of the wedding, I saw two of my bridesmaids jump into a car, race down the hill and return a hour later with a fresh bunch of flowers. As it turned out, the groomsman who cooled the flowers took it to the extreme: those flowers were black, shriveled and completely dead. They had been loaded into the freezer instead of the refrigerator, which killed them all! Luckily, the Gig Harbor farmers market was that Saturday so my wonderful bridesmaids saved the day with their quick thinking. The bouquets turned out beautiful.

Joe and I are of the mentality that the wedding is made by the community, not by the commodities and worked hard to remember that in our preparation. We were okay using chairs from the elementary school to save money and were thrilled by the idea of using quilts for our picnic themed reception that were lent from both our mother’s friends. It added a very special touch to the night. For dinner, we bought baguettes and rolls from the local bakery and then loaded up picnic baskets that I had collected from friends with the bread, different cheeses, sliced pastrami, turkey and pepperoni, strawberries, grapes and cups full of sliced vegetables. We had two condiment bars where people could load up on pickles, olives, spicy mustard or oils. It was a simple meal, but with more than enough food to go around!  The best part was that everyone had their food already at their blankets! That was the best part: no one had to stand in line.

Photography: Matthew Land Studios

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Organic Wedding Inspiration + DIY Floral Feather Hair Pins

Let me just preface this by saying that I would frame every single one of these stunning images from Kali Lu Photo. Pure gorgeousness. When you pair that with wildly pretty accessories from Serephine and painstakingly beautiful florals and styling from Kae And Ales, it’s all so pretty that you want to reach in and touch every moment. And that’s not all… the lovelies at Serephine are sharing their DIY for a set of those lovely floral feather pins at the end!

From SerephineWe chose an amazing venue: a little Seattle secret called The Corson Building. It was built in 1906 by an Italian stone mason; originally as his family’s home. Now, it’s an intimate restaurant dedicated to ‘food and its direct connection to celebration, community, and culture,’ and it’s gorgeous. (We all wanted to move in!) Our shoot was very natural, clean, sophisticated, and romantic, with a focus on texture. It was shot entirely with film, during the magical crisp weather days that happen in the Pacific Northwest, right as Winter ends and Spring begins.



(You can get all of these at craft supply stores or online in places like Etsy)
4 silk flower petals of any color, I chose a light pink blush. You can either buy a silk flower and take it apart, or cut your own petals from silk (if cutting your own as I did, just starch the silk first so it doesn’t fray)
A few ostrich feathers in a complimentary color (I used blush)
2 silver-tone bobby pins with flat pads
2 rhinestone buttons
E6000 glue
Wood skewer or toothpick
Needle and thread


Step-1If cutting your own petals, press them and set them aside. If you are unfamiliar with pressing petals using millinery irons/ don’t have any millinery irons, you can use a warmed-up metal spoon and a bag of sand. Place the starched petals on the bag of sand one at a time, heat the spoon over a flame, and press into the center of the petal, creating an indent. (It’s important to only use natural fabrics if doing this, such as silk, so they don’t burn/ melt.)

Step-2Using your skewer or toothpick, take a dab of E6000 glue and place it on the pad of your hair pins. (I find it’s easiest to squeeze a little bit of glue onto a piece of paper, and dip my skewer into it.) Then take a small clump of ostrich feathers and glue them to the pins, with the tails of the feathers covering the long part of the pins.

Step-3Sew 2 sets of 2 petals together with a couple of stitches, overlapping them so they make a heart shape.

Step-4Then, glue the petal pairs onto the pads of the pins, over the feathers, with the rounded heart ends extending out over the tails of the ostrich feathers.

step-5If the rhinestone button has a hole on the back that sticks out, cut if off with wire-cutters, or bend it off with a few wiggles using needle-nose pliers.

Step-6Use a small dab of glue to adhere the rhinestones to the pin pads, over the feathers and petals. (A little E6000 goes a long way!)

Step-7Let them set for at least 24 hours and they are ready to wear!

Photography: Kali Lu Photo | Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Accessories: Serephine | Gowns By Sara Seven: The Dress Theory | Hair And Makeup Artist: Shannon Guerin Artistry | Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things | Rentals : Classic Vintage Rentals | Restaurant: The Corson Building | Styling And Florals: Kae And Ales

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Tree House Engagement Session

I always wanted a tree house.  It’s a dream that disappeared when I was 10-years-old, right when we moved from our home on Preston Drive with the large oak tree in the front yard.  But now, after soaking in this gorgeous shoot from Matthew Ree, I’m thinking a tree house isn’t such a bad idea.  Because this, loves, is the epitome of pretty and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

From Matthew Ree… The couple, Kate and Josh, live in Seattle Washington and wanted incorporate their love of nature and outdoor activities with beautiful surrounding of Seattle area. They picked fantastic location near Issaquah WA, Tree House Point that has cabins right by Raging River. Also, we did some shots at Matthew Ree’s, photographer, back yard that has amazing lights shining down through woodsy area that create amazing romance with tranquility.

Photographer: Matthew Ree | Location: Tree House Point | Location: Private Residence

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