When Kelli Cohee sent me Michael and Adrienne’s wedding below, I knew it would be perfect for so many bride’s planning their weddings on a budget. I’m always trying to find a balance in the weddings and content I feature on the site, so I was very excited when Adrienne agreed to come on the site and share more behind her charming, backyard wedding…

Michael and I met through music. We
sung a duet together (very love story).  It was a song I wrote
that was yearning for another voice, yet strangely, we’ve never sung
that song again since that fateful evening on stage.  For us, music
is “between the lines”, “butter on the bread”, “mortar in
the brick” important.  It is present whether we’re playing
and performing or not. So of course it was important to me that not
only was good music a part of our wedding day, but that our musically
gifted friends were a part of the day as well.  Our First Dance
song was performed and written by a local Philadelphia area musician.
It’s called Once More and is about the “One” that got away.
Though neither Michael nor I got away from each other, I knew that if
he did get away I would have spent the rest of my life thinking about

I was never the kind of gal who pictured
herself walking down the aisle.  I had no elaborate plans or ideas,
which was a good thing, as we put this wedding together in a little
over 3 months.  The only thing I ever wanted was a BBQ in someone’s
backyard and we were fortunate enough to have dear friends donate the
beauty of their backyard for our day.  The home sits on an old
Philadelphia suburb estate which has its own sad love story of a wealthy
heiress falling in love with one of the estate’s workers.  The
love was forbidden and the distraught love-sick heiress threw herself
to her death from the family’s second story home.  The story
goes that occasionally one can view the ghost of a mourning grandmother
rocking in her chair in front of the second story window.  I’d
like to think she was smiling down on us as we married under the old
oak tree in her front yard.


My mom created boutonnières and corsages with flowers purchase from the wholesalers

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Our day was beautiful- and a good thing
because we had NO weather contingency plan.  We strung 20 yards
of white fabric from branch to branch of the ceremonial oak tree to
create an organic angelic feeling.


For the ceremony, guests spread
themselves out on the front yard, sitting in chairs, the grass, and
some even sat atop a wooden fence that had been decorated by a garland
of greenery that my mom created by pruning her rhododendron bush and
salvaging ivy that a neighbor was throwing away.

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Part II coming up next…

[Images c/o Kelli Cohee]


Comments (13)

jen | Reply

too cute! can’t waitto see part 2

Caroline | Reply

Beautiful wedding! Where was it located?

Heidi | Reply

I absolutely love her dress. So fun and gorgeous.

Faith | Reply

I remember seeing her dress for sale on Once Wed and someone snatched it from underneath me before I had the guts to consider a short dress.

LK | Reply

Adorable!! and can I find out where you got those ties for the men? I’m looking for one to match my black polka dot shoes.

allison | Reply

Great AND inexpensive ties are here: http://www.thetiebar.com/. You can even get skinny, extra length, boy’s versions and matching pocket squares for many of the designs.

Blaze Danielle | Reply

What a beautiful wedding! I love the short dresses, and the soft yellow touches. I also always have a soft spot for those beautiful pendant flags!

Mara | Reply

amazing photos!

Cheri | Reply

The pictures are amazing! who was the photographer?

Lauren | Reply

I love her earrings! Where did she get them?

Mallorie Magee | Reply

I love your shoes…where did you get them????

Stephanie | Reply

Does anyone know where this dress is from? I absolutely love love love it!