Pennsylvania Backyard Wedding: Katie + Ryan

greenhouse bride and groom

Katie + Ryan had a backyard wedding of pretty epic proportions. Held at Katie’s family home in Pennsylvania, their lovely, laid back celebration is guaranteed to inspire all of you newly engaged couples who are starting to plan a backyard soiree of your own! Katie + Ryan kept things simple, but stylish, by letting the beauty of their surrounding take the lead when it came to design and allowing the spring season to dictate many of the decor choices. This meant incorporating lots of pretty, natural elements like fun, wildflower-inspired bouquets for the bridal party and mini potted herbs serving as escort cards. And doesn’t Katie’s gorgeous, pink BHLDN dress feel like a perfect fit with the setting? It has such a beautiful springtime garden party feel! Here’s a bit more about the day from the newlyweds:

Since we were having the wedding in my family’s backyard, we wanted it to feel homey and authentic. We tried to keep it relaxed and fun, but also classy and sophisticated so that it really felt like something very special. We chose late May because that was when most of the flowers would be blooming on the property. Having the wedding at home made the whole experience feel that much more personal + intimate!

Big thanks to The Hurst’s for the beautiful photographs and congratulations to Katie + Ryan!

flower crown bridesmaids

flower girl



first look

Katie + Ryan’s sweet first look took place inside the property’s beautiful greenhouse. I’m pretty insanely jealous of this awesome backyard! Such a perfect spot to host a wedding…

greenhouse first look

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

Love that their pup was a part of their day, too! :)

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

pennsylvania BHLDN bride

pink whimsical bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

heart wreath

Love n’ Fresh Flowers did such a pretty job with the floral design. Loving the heart-shaped wreath above + the farm chair bouquets below!




Our ceremony. We had the most wonderful officiate who wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. We had a week of non-stop rain leading up to the big day and the forecast for that day was damp and chilly. Just as we paused for a silent moment to remember loved ones who had past, the warm sun peeked through and shined down on us. It was one of those moments when you just know your life has lead you down the right path. It was a really beautiful moment.


plant favors

plant favors

chalkboard menu

Dinner took place in the yard under a tent lit by string lights. Fun, mismatched vintage chairs + boxes and tins of herbs + flowers gave the setting a rustic, charming feel.

tent reception

boxed centerpieces

table numbers

wood plate setting

wood plate setting

grand entrance

naked cake

tent reception


wishing lanterns

And majorly love their fun wedding video by Tree of Life Films!

When in doubt, simplify. Try not to get too hung up on details and decision-making. Just go with your gut and what makes you happy. I read someplace that your wedding should feel like the biggest dinner party you’ll ever throw and that it should look and feel like yours and nobody else’s. This advice helped make our wedding feel genuine and really personal without being overly contrived.

photography: The Hurst’s // venue: Bride’s Family Home, Ambler, Pennsylvania // floral design + hairpieces: Love n’ Fresh Flowers // wedding dress: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Urban Outfitters, Mod Cloth // hair + makeup: talented bridesmaid // groom suit: J. Crew // videography: Tree of Life Films // paper goods: Bride designed // catering: Birchtree Catering // cake: Belle Cakery // music: Ryan Tennis Music // tables and chair rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals // tent: Sperry Tents

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  1. Thank you Thank you!!!! We just love Katie and Ryan!! Their wedding was so beautiful to capture!! We feel so blessed to have it featured on your beautiful blog!

  2. I was a part of this wedding and it was even MORE magical than these photos, if you can imagine that. What I loved about it most was how genuine it was to the beautiful couple, which I have to agree is the most important part of planning your wedding. The vendors were absolutely out of this world! Can not say enough about this lovely day. Love you Ryan & Katie!!!!!

  3. I love this! It’s very original, intimate, and sweet.

  4. Thank you so much for featuring Katie & Ryan’s wedding! Their wedding was so magical and so much fun! We’re so happy that we were there to capture it and now so lucky to have it featured here!

  5. I love all of the bright flowers against the lush green – such a personal and lovely event!

  6. I love, love the epic details! So intimate and romantic.Congratulations to this amazing couple Katie and Ryan!Xx

  7. Oh my god, I love this. This tops any wedding photo I’ve ever seen. The colors are brilliant.

  8. I looooove this wedding! I’m getting married in PA at my grandma’s next September and so many of these details are exactly what I envisioned for my own wedding! Any extra tips or vendors you recommend would be appreciated :)

  9. Ahhhh! This is one of my favorite weddings I’ve seen in a long time. The setting, the colors, and the adorable couple are all beyond perfect and beautiful! Dream wedding for sure!

  10. Super cute and unusual cake topper. Apart from the cool design, I liked how it blended seamlessly in with the rest of the cake.

  11. I love this! It’s very original, intimate, and sweet.

  12. What a sweet wedding. The details are adorable. The photographer did an amazing job capturing it all.

  13. So different! Love the rustic, simple yet stunning tale decor and settings. Love the pot plants Such a beautiful, earthy wedding

  14. Beautiful spot for a wedding! Their first look was so sweet. I

  15. Helping my girlfriend plan her wedding, very exciting, and overwhelming. I came upon your pictures from Love n Fresh flowers. and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, the video was amazing. Congrats to you both! I’m over in “The Fort” a stones through from Ambler.

  16. Amazing details! Very “woodsy” The editing is neat too

  17. we wish you good life and always be happy together


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