Thursday, March 3, 2011

Brittany and Chase: Backyard Wedding Reception

Yesterday you saw the sweet ceremony of Brittany & Chase. Today I'll be sharing my favorite details from their at home reception. Let's start by saying that the reception went to Plan C when crazy spring storms literally rained on our parade in the days leading up to the wedding, turning the backyard to muddy mush! When the severe storm threatened to interrupt the wedding day, the bride, mother of the bride and I were found downtown scoping out a backup-backup location. Yes, of course we had a rain plan already in place....just not one that could handle impending severe weather. Who wants to be in a tent during a tornado?

Needless to say, after some prayers to the Big Guy upstairs, the bride and her family rolled with the punches and a wonderful backyard reception was still enjoyed by all of the guests. There wasn't a drop of rain during the reception! We actually had to pull back the tent walls so that the guests could enjoy the delightful day! Thanks, Lord!

Brittany and Chase have a wonderful relationship with their family and having their reception at home was the perfect setting for everyone. The guests were 'golf carted' up to the house and welcomed with warm hospitality. The dining room table was one of my favorite designs of the day. We had beautiful florals along with family wedding photos from generations long ago, needlepoints made just for the bride on her wedding day, and so many personal wedding details.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hand passed hors d'oeuvres around the pool before heading down to the tent below. We had bellini's served to infuse a little pop of pale pink into the cocktail hour. The tent was dressed with a mix of pewter pintuck, champagne pink, and cream lace linens all surrounded by classic silver Chiavari chairs {all rented from Festivities}. Centerpieces were a mixture of tall flowering branches and low peonies, baby's breath, garden roses, and other garden flowers in just about any type of container you could imagine! From milk glass to mason jars to pitchers and even old trophies, the flowers found their homes in a variety of vintage containers.

The simple & beautiful cake was created by Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe and topped with lush pink peonies.

Brittany changed from her cathedral length ceremony veil to this adorable organza flower in her hair for the party.

The dance floor was rockin' to the music of one of my very favorite {and highly recommended} Arkansas party bands, The Rockets!

We brought in a custom photo booth from Vintage Photo Booths for guests to enjoy. The custom booth allows you to choose decor to compliment your party. Brittany found the creme antique doors at a local thrift shop and we used them as the backdrop for the booth.

The night continued with lots of dancing, great food and drinks, and celebrating Brittany & Chase. Brittany's maid of honor, and younger sister {this dad has 4 more girls to marry!} caught the bouquet, and then we sent these two on their married way!

Congrats again to Brittany and Chase! They're approaching their anniversary quickly & I can't believe it! Thanks to all of our vendors for making this a spectacular event for the couple. Props to Benfield Photography for the wonderful photos!

Tomorrow we will hear from the bride with her Wedding Woes & Wisdom just for you!

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