Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beautiful Backyard Wedding

I haven't posted much this summer because instead of home improvement projects I've been enjoying a summer of weekend trips, days at the pool and water ice dessert runs.

Mixed in with all that relaxing we also took part in one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever been to.  Set in the backyard of the bride and groom's Zabroso Restaurant (convenient right?) on a gorgeous day my sister and new brother-in-law welcomed 50 friends and family to witness their vows and celebrated with a wood fired pizza dinner.

Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with a casual timeline of the evening.

Fans were given to keep guests cool in the August sun and doubled as a heart-felt thank you.

 The bride and groom walked down the isle together.

They said their vows against a gorgeous, natural backdrop of ferns and a babbling creek.

The bride surprised her groom, of Puerto Rican, decent with her vows said solely in Spanish.  Not a dry eye!

 She even made her headpiece!

Cocktail hour consisted of drinks (obviously), cheeses, crackers and fruit.  Do those chalkboard labels look familiar?

The wedding had a casual, elegant, rustic feel.  Vintage crates from my great-grandparent's apple orchard, covered in burlap added some heigh variation and all the serving pieces were borrowed from my mom's awesome collection.

Plywood and chalkboard paint created a casual menu.

Tables were set up in two family style tables.  Table runners were cut to size using landscaping burlap.

Flower arrangements were mason jars, wrapped in burlap, tied with a ribbon and filled with grocery store flowers.  Lemons, limes and corks were sprinkled throughout to add to the full look.

When you hear "wedding food" you probably conjure up images of rubbery chicken or tough prime rib.  Not here.  These two are cuisine experts and the food was amazing.  It looked beautiful and tasted even better.  They had a coal fired oven set up to bake fresh and perfect pizza served with lots of colorful salads.  Who doesn't love pizza?

A salsa band played into the night and most people, literally kicked off their shoes and salsa'ed into the night!

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  1. love this. this is the exact feel that I hope I can source for mine. lovely. loved that she said the vows in spanish..very sweet!

  2. How beautiful! I love so many things about it! :) Thank you for sharing the gorgeous tablescape and the stunning buffet... I would have been taking a million pictures just like you did. :)
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  4. Wow, this backyard wedding was truly adorable. I have never been to such beautiful backyard party. I am going to tie the knot soon but at some destination wedding venues Chicago and would love to have such beautiful wedding decorations for my big day.