Backyard Picnic Wedding: Arlene + Jake

bride and groom

And we’re back with our second backyard wedding for the day! Arlene + Jake are a laid back couple who wanted their wedding day to be relaxed + fun. They hoped their fete would be reminiscent of a carefree garden picnic and opted to have their ceremony + reception in the backyard where Jake grew up! They kept their attire on the casual side so they could wear everything again, served their favorite foods (pizza + popsicles anyone?!) and danced the night away to original live music played by their talented musician friends.

Be sure not to miss the super fun temporary tattoo bar – such a clever idea for a backyard wedding! Thanks so much to Samm Blake (who is now based out of New York!) for the gorgeous photos.

wedding design on fabric

bride and groom in getaway

bride and groom in getaway

bride and groom in getaway

bouquet with billy balls

bride and groom


Loving Arlene’s cute Ban.do headband!

bride and groom laughing

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride


I can’t get over the beautiful portraits Samm Blake captured of Arlene + Jake! Good photography is always a worthy investment, even if you’re  on a budget.

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

wedding arrow

ceremony

picnic ceremony

ceremony

ceremony


Doesn’t the ceremony have such a sweet + intimate feel? The colorful garland adds a fun textural element to the natural backdrop.

pom pom garland backdrop

pom pom garland backdrop

pom pom garland backdrop

bicycle

bike_food

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Guests were delighted by DIY temporary tattoos provided by Tattly. Seriously, such a fun way to keep everyone entertained during your cocktail hour or reception.

tattly tattoos

pizza

backyard picnic reception

backyard picnic reception

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backyard picnic reception


Everything (including the deserts!) was made by friends of the couple. From Arlene, We have a bunch of super talented friends and wanted to include their talents and beautiful personalities in our day.

desserts in jars

backyard wedding

bicycle getaway

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My advice for those planning a wedding now would be do what you like to do! Don't do or include things just because a bunch of people before you have done them. If it means something to you do it, if not, don't. I'm not a jewellery loving girl, so we never bothered with an engagement ring but spent the money on an amazing honeymoon instead. I love to travel. Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you have to ... be true to you and have fun doing it!

photography: Samm Blake (who is now based in NYC) // venue: Jake’s family backyard in Perth, Western Australia // florals: I did them all with a friend, we purchased the flowers from a wholesalers // hairpiece: Ban.do // hair: Teneil // groom’s outfit: Pigeon Hole // paper goods: self designed and printed // catering: all food was catered by friends // music: Big ol Bears, Claybird, Leena, Rachel Hocking, Jaye van Wollingen

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