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 headband!

bride and groom laughing

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


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


picnic 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



picnic wedding

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


backyard picnic reception

backyard picnic reception


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

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: // 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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  1. Love all the personal details of the day. Looks like a wedding I would have loved attending!

  2. Wow. This wedding is adorable. Love the vibe of their day. Her dress and hair are so sweet too :)

  3. That printed tea towel is too die for!!!

  4. What a gorgeous venue! If we had a backyard like that I’d have had a backyard wedding for sure!

  5. How fun is this wedding?! This is such an interesting break on tradition. I love how casual this wedding was & the photography captures the it so casually. Fantastic!

  6. Wow, so simple yet so gorgeous, absolutely stunning! Wish I was there!

  7. Wow! I have never seen or heard of a picnic wedding ever! I totally love the idea. Unique, refreshing and romantic. I adore every part of it!

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles

  8. This is one of the sweetest and most memorable weddings I’ve seen. I’m sure guests had a wonderful time! I love the bride’s corded headband. Congratulations.

  9. Where is her sweet dress from?

  10. This wedding is awesome. The couple is so cute and this theme seems to fit them so perfectly. LOVE!

  11. BEAUTIFUL Wedding, ideas and details! Absolutely love it!!!

  12. This was so beautiful! I love the temporary tattoos – does anyone know where they got the printing done?

  13. Can you provide the details of where the bride got her dress from?

  14. This wedding rocks! Love the picnic style reception

  15. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!


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