The reception was held in the neighbor’s backyard, which was really more of a meadow than a traditional backyard! It was a beautiful open space that Signature Party Rentals framed with cafe lights. Guests found their table assignments written on over-sized chalkboards. The Food Matters catered the event with an incredibly professional and helpful staff and the family-style dinner they cooked up was incredible.

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Chunky wood tables and matching chairs rounded out the look of a fancy and cozy backyard dinner. We placed curly willow down the center of the tables to create the look of a natural runner. Mason jars and tiny bud vases held bright peonies, dahlias, kale, roses, and other fun florals. We also placed fruit and a bunch of candles on the tables for a warm and lush decor feel. The dance party was one of the best I’ve seen and it was lead by one of my new favorite DJs, Brian Buonassissi of B-Boy Productions. And of course, these incredible photos were taken by the fabulous Sarah Yates who is not only extremely talented but is seriously just an overall wonderful person to work with.

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Photography: Sarah Yates Photography

Coordinator and Florist: La Partie Events

Catering: The Food Matters

Rentals & Lighting: Signature Party Rentals

Cake and Desserts: Joslyn’s Bakery

DJ: B-Boy Productions, Inc.


Comments (33)

Mouse | Reply

Love this–they chose a great color palette for that meadow.

Sarah | Reply

I love the idea of using curly willows as table runners. My fiancee and I are working with a small budet for decor and were having trouble with finding affordable table runners. This would be perfect as an accent on our tables plus it goes great with your rustic theme. Gorg wedding!!

Sierra | Reply

These big wooden tables are GORGEOUS and especially in such a lovely outdoor setting. Also, love the persimmons and citrus scattered down the table.

EES | Reply

this is beautiful! i LOVE her dress. you can tell they were very careful with their decisions. everything looks fab!

Shannon - SNS | Reply

These details shots are pretty much perfect. Love this wedding!

Vermont Wedding Flowers | Reply

I like the idea. This just shows that we can make an elegant reception out of a neighbor’s backyard rather that to an expensive hotels.

There is something in the 2nd to the last photo that will make me smile at it.

Marija | Reply

Beautiful photography!!! I love the table setting and the couple’s photos. It looks very intimate and romantic.

Just perfect!

Michelle | Reply

I am trying to plan a rustic fall wedding and i LOVE those long wooden tables and brown wooden chairs. Do you have any idea where she got them from/through?


MissMeg | Reply

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tables, are they rentals and if so WHERE did they get them?!?

Meg | Reply

Hello ladies. The chairs and tables were rentals from Signature Party Rentals. Most major rental places carry them now. Meg :)

sarah | Reply

Thank you Emily for posting these and for everyone else for the great comments. And I could never say enough great things about Meg and her incredible design! Thank you!!! XOXO Sarah

ajb | Reply

wow! that lighting gives off a lovely mood… like fireflies!

The Wedding Contessa | Reply

What an extravagant setting in a meadow! How nice of the neighbor to lend their land for such a special event!

Very fun and elegant!

Cristina | Reply

I am looking for ties in that exact shade of blue…with no luck. Is there any way to find out where they purchased the groomsmen ties?

jess epstein | Reply

These images are stunning, perfect. Sarah you did an amazing job with this wedding.

Sabrina Donnelly | Reply


Does anyone know where I can get lights like this? Am based in the UK and have searched everywhere with no success.


Hilary Fruiht | Reply

The colors and the twinkle lights are fabulous! I wish we could have seen a nighttime shot with the candles burning and the lights above. What a beautiful day!

Micah | Reply

I have been searching for suits like this for the groomsmen and groom….Were they rented or purchased, and where are they from?
Lovely wedding!!

Chaucee | Reply

Wow, I ADORE how they did the reception. Those wood tables are gorrrrrgeous.

gia | Reply

Meg, the design is beauteous! Love the balance between fruit and flowers : )

Jacquelyn | Reply

I love this sweet wedding! The tables and settings are marvelous.

Kayla | Reply

I’ve been waiting for these pictures to turn up somewhere! I helped cater the wedding and all of us girls were oooing and awwing the entire night…

Amberdawn | Reply

I’m planning an outdoor wedding, and I love the raspberry and orange together. And putting the raspberries in with the tea light looks great!

leigh | Reply

ah, so pretty. i love an outdoor wedding / reception.

Jane | Reply

Beautiful. I would love to have an outdoor reception like this and have all things I need except… what did you do as a rain backup? The option of hiring a marquee for 200 or more people makes it too expensive, especially as a ‘just in case’. Did you just take the chance? any ideas anyone?

Mae@ silk bouquets | Reply

Wow, one of the best reception table setting I’ve seen! so simple and intimate, I love the backyard setting.

Flowers Sydney | Reply

Wow, this is my of the best outdoor wedding I’ve ever seen so far.

Flowers Sydney | Reply

Wow, this is my of the best outdoor wedding I’ve ever seen so far. Whoever is behind this planning did a marvelous job. Everything is just perfect.

sydney flower delivery | Reply

Such a beautiful, personal, and fun wedding…there were so many touches that were indicative of the bride and groom. It’s perfect in every way!