A hot-air balloon proposal was the inspiration for this sweet-as-can-be DIY backyard wedding. The Brooklyn-based couple chose New Hampshire for it’s rustic, wooded landscape and the laid-back celebration was shot to perfection by Kate Preftakes Photography. See the rest in the full gallery!

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From Kate Preftakes PhotographyRob and Laura were married at a farm in New Hampshire. They live in Brooklyn but loved the New Hampshire landscape, and it was the perfect setting for their hot air balloon-themed wedding! Rob’s proposal to Laura involved a hot air balloon, so they wanted to incorporate that into their wedding. After the ceremony, guests were able to take rides in a balloon, and it made a beautiful background for the day. This DIY wedding was the perfect mix of casual, elegant and fun!

From the Bride… About the balloon, I jokingly told Rob that whoever proposed to me would have to do it in a hot air balloon. Instead (many months later), Rob got a giant, round helium balloon tied up to look like a hot air balloon and put it in a box so big it didn’t fit in our apartment door for a Christmas gift. The ring box was in the basket, and when I opened the box, the balloon floated up. My mom suggested the actual balloon, and we thought it would be fun!

Wedding Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Home in New Hampshire / Flowers: DIY / Catering: Four Star Catering / Wedding Cake: Carol Deyo of Nonie’s Bakery (603-924-3451) / Hot Air Balloon: A&A Balloon Rides / Wedding Dress: Lilly Pulitzer via Bloomingdale’s / Bride’s Shoes: Aerosoles / Hair + Makeup: James of James Thomas Salon

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