When I met Annie and Josh, they made it very clear that they had only had three rules for their wedding: All they cared about was being married at the end of the day, their guests having a blast, and the wedding HAD to be in Annie's childhood home. I could tell Annie and her sweet mom were biting their nails while they toured me around their backyard, waiting for me to tell them it just wasn't possible. Was it a tight squeeze? Yes. Did we have to get creative? Very much so. But we made it happen and it was perfect.
One of the things Annie was hoping to incorporate was her sweet niece, mom, and future mom in law building her bouquet. Let me explain...
Our in-house florist Morie built the bridal bouquet and then deconstructed it to split it into 5 smaller bouquets that would look perfect no matter how it was put back together. Five family members in the front row handed the mini bouquets to Georgia as she walked down the aisle. Both moms stood at the end and tied it together with a ribbon. Then Georgia took the bouquet back to Annie for her to walk down with. Georgia looked like a little mini version of Annie and it was so cute and meant so much to Annie! Scroll right on the first gallery below to see it in action.
Annie and Josh wanted to get the maximum amount of time hanging with their guests so Rebecca Wilcher Photography came an hour early to capture family and bridal party photos. Guests started to arrive for a pre-ceremony cocktail party with champagne and passed appetizers from Main Event Caterers where Annie and Josh actually got to mingle with their guests. Around 7 P.M. Annie snuck away to get into a second wedding dress and have a first look with Josh while we got the guests seated for sunset vows. After the ceremony we opened up the bar with specialty cocktails made in Bride and Joy's copper mule mugs. To save on space and to allow for the maximum amount of dance time, we did heavy passed appetizers as well as buffet food that was very easy for guests to eat standing. That eliminated the need for tables, chairs, and seating charts. We had cocktail tables and we re-purposed all the ceremony farm benches into seating around the dance floor as well as a couple lounge setups. We ended the night at 10 P.M. so that Annie, Josh, and all their high school friends could hop around all their favorite Vienna bars. The wedding reflected "them" in every way and their backyard created the coziest and most laid back space to celebrate with all their family and friends.
Catering + Linens: Main Event Caterers
Coordination: Jes Frank Events
Dance Floor + Tent: Sammy's Rentals
DJ: Jared Rosen from Everything Entertainment
H + MU: Mynd Spa & Salon
Florist: Morie from Jes Frank Events
Photographer: Rebecca Wilcher Photography
Rentals: Bride and Joy