Autumn Backyard Wedding: Brittany + Mike

bride and groom

Today’s wedding is the gorgeous backyard wedding of Brittany + Mike – who is also an amazing wedding photographer! They wanted to create a causal gathering for their wedding and I just adore their color palette of dark navy blue, peach, gold, creams, browns and greens – so perfect for fall! Their ceremony (and pre-cocktail hour) took place in the front yard of the house and the reception was held on a large wooden deck in the backyard. Big thanks to the lovely Jill Thomas who captured it just beautifully!

A bit about the day from the sweet couple: “As part of the wedding industry, we wanted to do something that we (personally) have never seen before. So, we created a pre-ceremony cocktail hour for our family and friends to mingle while the shuttle was dropping guests off. We served almond champagne and a variety of freshly baked hors d’oeuvres. We hired a mobile wood fired oven catering company to prepare made-to-order wood fired pizzas and salads from a local farmers markers in Los Angeles. Our pre-ceremony cocktail hour featured the chef and his assistants making all of the hors d’oeuvres in the oven.”

bridal boots

succulent boutonnieres

sock money jack in the box

bridesmaids in navy

navy bridesmaid dresses


first look

backyard wedding

We worked alongside DJ Matt Phipps, whom understood the feelings we were trying to create with our music. The pre-ceremony cocktail hour featured artists like Bon Iver, Fleet foxes, Jack Johnson, Adele. Brittany walked down the aisle to our close friend playing “Skinny Love,” by Bon Iver on the acoustic guitar. We danced for the first time as a married couple to “You are the Best Thing,” by Ray Lamontagne. We are in love with French Café music and decided to play this genre while our family and friends enjoyed their freshly prepared pizza and salads. The rest of the night was history – we played old school hip-hop, to rap and R&B hits. Best time of our life!

ring bearer sign

backyard ceremony

backyard ceremony

jack in the box

My little brother, Blake, (the cutest 10 year old ring barer in the world!) and I wanted to lighten the mood of the ceremony. It was Blake’s idea to buy a sock money jack-in-the-box and tie the rings to the monkey’s head. Can you imagine a large, quiet crowd standing around you, and then you have to wind this box listening to the classic jack-in-the-box song to get the rings out? It was a classic moment that we will never forget. It sure made Mike laugh, and not to mention the entire crowd.

jack in the box

backyard ceremony

backyard ceremony

fall bouquet

bride and groom

orange bow tie

bride and groom

bride and groom

wedding party

Our favorite memory was our first look. We knew our wedding day was going to fly by, so we figured why not spend all the time we could with each other.

Another favorite memory was dancing with our closest family and friends. At the end of the night, we walked away with the biggest smiles on our faces. It was the best ending to our 10 year dating relationship, and better yet, the best first day of our lives as a married couple. Seriously.

chalkboard seating chart

photo table

wooden chair

gold charger plates

peony place card

flowers in lanterns

eat drink and be married


photobooth wall

first dance

And their sweet film by McDuff Productions

Invite only the most important people in your lives. This day will never be forgotten and we can honestly say that we will never forget the people we shared this day with us. After all, it's your party, but you are also throwing a party, so choose guests that you adore to share the day with you.

Be sure the thank all of the important people involved. We couldn't have done this party without our brilliant beautiful florist, extremely adorable and talented photographer, generous friends who married us, sweet Kami for making us look beautiful, an amazing DJ who threw the best party, an artistic videographer who allows us to remember and relive our wedding day everyday, best cooked food by such an amazing chef, and a grandma who made delicious homemade chocolate cakes. Seriously, the list goes on and on. Remember to thank those who poured their hearts into making your day as perfect as possible.

photography: Jill Thomas // venue: private home // catering: Pizzeria Olio // hair: Kami with a K // florals: Art With Nature Design // videography: McDuff Productions // dj: Matt Phipps // bride’s dress: BCBG // bride’s shoes: Repetto // bride Earings: Trina Turk // groom’s suit: Bar III from Macy’s // groom’s shoes: Cole Haan // groom’s shirt + bowtie: Nordstrom //cakes + cookies: homemade // table chart: Handmade by Bride // bridesmaid dresses: No Rest For Bridget

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  1. Using the jack-in-the-box to carry the rings is such a cute and creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great backyard. I love the simplicity of it all. Congratulations, Brittany & Mike!

  3. Thank you for this feature, Jen! And thank you to all of our vendors, family and friends who helped make this day so beautiful for us!

  4. TALK ABOUT AN AWESOME WEDDING! This is great because it felt like I just relived that wonderful night again. This wedding was picture perfect to my friends and captured all the fun and love they’ve shared over the past 10 years. TEARS, FUN, AND RAP MUSIC! Magical day. Even better….these two help others capture their special day with Michael Radford photography

    • Hi Brittany, beautiful wedding!! I was wondering if you could please let me know where I could find the pattern to your bridesmaids dresses. I am looking to make these. If you could please let me know that would be awesome !! Thank you


  5. Beautiful wedding! Love how the jack-in-the-box held the rings and the brides dress is stunning.

  6. Beautiful wedding. I absolutely love the boots, can you tell me where they were purchased?

  7. Thank you so much Jen for featuring this beautiful wedding!

  8. as always, jill thomas blows us our minds with her gorgeous photography.

  9. The jack in the box is such a wonderful, creative idea! This wedding was absolutely beautiful and so close to my personal style that is was freaky!
    Great people and great pictures!

  10. Amy [Marilyn's Keepsakes] on:

    Recently you would see the bridesmaids with the different style of dresses but I like how they took this twist and applied it to the groomsmen instead.

  11. Such a fun wedding and I’m very grateful for the feature. Mike and Brittany are the coolest couple and Jill Thomas is so very talented at what she does. It was an honor to have been a part of such a perfect event.

  12. Where did you find/purchase the bridesmaid dresses?

  13. The bridesmaids dresses are from No Rest for Bridget –

  14. I love the groomsman style! Do you know where they all found their boots?

  15. I’d also love to know where the groomsmen boots/shoes are from/who makes them?

  16. Awesome bridesmaids dresses….I also looked on the website & they are no longer on there… would love to know where I can purchase one. TY

  17. Fell in LOVE with these dresses months ago on pinterest! Then searched the internet high and low for the original post.. Here I am! I can see others love them as well, also wanting to know where I can find them!!

  18. What is the name of that blue spiky flower in your bouquet? I love that palette combo!

  19. What is that bell shaped white flowers called?


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