Sophisticated + Organic Chesapeake Backyard Affair
July 16, 2015
Mid Atlantic
Classic WeddingsBackyardSpring Weddings
It takes a Bride with a vision to pull of a backyard wedding, and let me tell you, this Bride had a vision. Organic, elegant and oh-so-sophisticated, this couple's nuptials, in the backyard of the Bride's family home, raise the stakes or backyard weddings everywhere with understated florals, chic wood touches and photos from Sarah Street Photography. See all  the pretty here.
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From The Bride... Joshua and I worked at the same Chick-Fil-A through college and became great friends almost immediately. We both attended Liberty University. Having our ceremony and reception behind my parent's home was a dream. It's so meaningful knowing that every time we look out the window we can remember such a beautiful day. And that's truly what it was. The overall vision was to really keep it romantic, elegant and natural. Not a lot of color because being an outdoor venue we wanted the greenery to blend naturally. For the ceremony, the tuscan arch and greenery accents were elegant, whispy and organic. It blended perfectly with the back drop of the river rocks and waterfall. The bridesmaids wore the soft blue and the groomsmen and groom wore navy blue suits.

Guests moved to the cocktail hour space which was more fun and laid back with cafe string lights and cornhole sets beaming our new initials and our alma mater. The tent looked amazing! The soft drape mixed with the evening candlelight glow made you feel like you were almost in Tuscany—the candles, lanterns and organic touches of greenery. We wanted to blend some of the black iron feel in, through the chandeliers adorned with modest greenery and the black iron lanterns in the centerpieces. The wooden welcome and seating signs were hand calligraphed and were adorned with greenery and flowers. The magnolia leaves as place settings were hand written by the Mother of the Bride. We wanted a letterpress invitation and was obsessed with a patterned envelope liner. The leaf tied in perfectly with the organic feel we were going for.

I am a twin, and my sister was my Maid of Honor. During the reception, my Dad gave a truly memorable speech about our story. While my Mother was expecting twins, she thought that she was having one boy and one girl. She already had our names chosen: one girl, one boy. When they discovered she was really having two girls, they knew the needed to come up with another girl's name. Fast forward many years, they are both so incredibly happy to know that they now have a son also, my husband Joshua, which happened to be the exact name that they had chosen when she thought it was a boy!