This is a popular way to make sure your fur child gets immortalized on your big day. Wedding photographer Leigh Hayward of Charleston, S.C., says about 20 percent of the wedding photos she shoots include dogs. “I seldom shot wedding photos with dogs five or six years ago,” she says. “But now it’s pretty common.”
Take a boatload of stress off of yourself by hiring professionals along the way, like a party rental company for tables, chairs, tents, arbors, etc. If you’re looking to cut costs, though, consider a BYOC (bring your own chair) affair — a newly-popular wedding trend in which guests bring their own seat (preferably of the non-lawn chair variety) to the wedding. Photo: T&K Photography
Husbands Scott and Tony had a small wedding ceremony in Hawaii to celebrate their history together and make their union legal. They kept it casual with coordinated Hawaiian fabrics, leis and flip flops for the whole family.
We’re here to say that having a high-style wedding at home is possible! Short on space? Using long tables with family-style seating will free up room without sacrificing style. Top the tables with glam linens and bold glassware for eye-catching design right in your own backyard. Photo: The Ganeys
Most people automatically think rustic when they think backyard wedding. But the truth is, you can pull off any style, trend or color scheme you want. Here, soothing cool tones, like misty gray linens paired with an abundance of greenery create a serene, sophisticated, garden-esque reception space. Photo: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography
Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, says professional lighting can transform a wedding or any other space or event. Roses, hydrangeas and greenery designed by The Proper Petal. Lighting by Choice Entertainment.
“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
"Uplighting can 'wash' a room in the color, or colors, of your choice, while pin spots strategically focus on the details you’d like to highlight the most," says Kate Franzen, of Glint Events. Floral design by The Proper Petal; lighting by Choice Entertainment.
Cream roses, brunia berries, pine cuttings, Dusty miller, rosemary, succulents and white hydrangeas make up this elegant container arrangement for a winter wedding. Florist: Williamsburg Floral. Planner: Sterling Events.