I will say that it is tough to plan a destination wedding, even when the destination is your in-law's backyard. Setting up arrangements with the hotel, the caterer, the photographer, etc. all long distance and without any knowledge of how it will actually all come together is stressful. But having help makes a big difference!
Did you know it pretty much rained and was dreary our entire wedding weekend? That's a chance you take when you plan an outdoor event. But the crazy thing was that it rained before and after all of our events, but not during. So it was dreary for the entire rehearsal dinner but didn't actually start raining until about 30 minutes after our guests left. Then it rained all the way up until it was time to start setting up the tent the day of the wedding, but none that day. It certainly looked like it was going to pour right before our ceremony started, but it just didn't. Crazy how that works!
We had the ceremony and reception on my in-law's property. The ceremony was in an open area and the reception was held about 25 yards away under a tent! Made it super easy for all of us!
the arch we were married in front of...
my mom put this whole thing together!
aisle markers made from mason jars
hanging from shepherd's hooks
the ceremony site from a distance
the entrance table
my homemade programs, which also served as fans
our sand unity table
Inside the tent...
this piece of art was the first thing I bought for the wedding
and set the tone for the theme - vintage & rustic
one of my favorite song lyrics that I wrote on a chalkboard
a frame with old pictures of us as babies and kids
our photo guestbook, made on shutterfly
I made all of the glasses for the guests with personalized handstamped tags
I found this vintage window frame with a flowerbox
so I taped engagement photos to the panes
we used vintage suitcases as a decoration
and made one a card box
the drink table, guestbook area, and card box
personalized napkins from The Knot
drink signs and descriptions
The tables, my mother-in-law did all of the flower arrangements
with flowers from her own garden!
I made these burlap silverware holders and
stamped the hearts as well as the tags
each guest had this thank you letter at their seat
The favors table
I made homemade peach jam and peach chutney
I also made candles!
and all of the labels and tags
I hope you enjoyed these pictures of our decorations. These photos were definitely my favorite of the bunch. It was fun to look back again at all of the details. Next up, I'll share ceremony pictures!
All photos taken by Kirstin Bimson Photography.