If you’ve been wondering how you can transform your backyard into the ultimate wedding venue, then Sarah + Adam’s Escondido dinner party wedding is the inspiration for you! After multiple postponements caused them to toss out their original Joshua Tree location, the pair got creative and brought the desert vibes they love to the backyard. With the help of Candace, from Fawn Events, they chose a warm and inviting color palette of olive green, rust and gold, created cozy lounge spaces for conversation, and pulled off the most magical reception space with hanging pampas grass clouds and waterfall fairy lights. C shares more about how she helped the day come together:
Sarah and Adam began their wedding planning process in the Spring of 2019. Like so many other couples, they faced countless restrictions and reschedules due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ultimately forcing them to put their dream wedding at their dream venue on hold. It wasn’t until they discovered a beautiful, vintage-inspired backyard at a private home in sunny San Diego, California, that they decided a quaint backyard wedding might just be the best way to make the best of the situation. The backyard estate offered a small-town, farm-like atmosphere, complete with white picket fences and a chicken coop! Their desire for a romantic, bohemian-inspired dinner party would be a task to carry out, as the setting was completely different than they had originally planned.
You’ve got a personal dinner party invite thanks to the talents of Brogen Jessup Photography ! Are you ready to see the magic? Let’s go!
To balance the rich colors and textures in the rest of their decor, S + A kept their Four Things Paper wedding invitations clean and modern.
Wedding Party Style
Fleur.ish deserves all the heart eyes for the magical blooms they brought to the day. Just look at the colors and textures!!
Gals in olive green?? We love it!
Boho Bridal Gown
S looked absolutely stunning in this Rue de Seine lace gown. We had to know more:
Considering our original venue was located in Joshua tree, I had always envisioned a very boho vintage desert vibe and Although we had sacrificed a lot of other plans surrounding our big day, I didn’t want to lose that vision of my dress. It wasn’t long before about a dozen people told me what I was looking for would be at the dress theory in Hillcrest, CA. Lucky me the day I showed up the designer of Rue de Siene, Michelle, happened to be on-site, I tried on maybe two of her gowns and just knew this was what I was waiting for. The lace detail, the romantic boho vibe, the fitted frame, it was exactly what I had imagined if not better!
Backyard Dinner Party Wedding
Now THIS is a backyard wedding! The natural textures, muted colors and little floral vignettes spaced around the setting really bring those desert vibes to life!
Processional: Holecene, Bon Iver
Recessional: Lovely Day, Bill Withers
First Dance: Millionaire, Chris Stapleton
A little inspiration for other couples struggling with multiple postponements and planning redos:
Honestly, on our first round of wedding planning, I think we became really enveloped in all of the aesthetics & trends versus making our day just about us. It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the little details. Little did we know it was about to be much more challenging than we had anticipated, THANKS COVID! However, after the third postponement, several small breakdowns, & lots of tears later, that all changed. We moved our wedding to my husband’s parents’ backyard in Escondido, trimmed the guest list, & got back to basics. Focused on us, on what we wanted, and really what we should have considered from the get-go. which is celebrating us & our love. good energy, surrounded by our closest friends and family, and an intimate, romantic setting.
Post-ceremony jitters were over as we were walking down the hill into our reception and seeing the waterfall lights twinkle under the warm September sky and inside all of our closest friends and family, smiling, laughing enjoying our big day just as much as we were. Especially amongst such a time of panic in the world, it quite literally did and still does bring tears to my eyes. It was magical.
The Wedding Party
Try, although I know it might be hard, but seriously force yourself to write down a list of things that REALLY matter to you and your partner. Get back to basics and jot down 5 or 10 things that you agree are important for your special day. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the picture-perfect weddings we see on Instagram but nothing can compare to the feeling you have on that special day knowing you planned this all with just you two in mind, celebrating your love and the memories you’re creating for years to come.
How to Plan a Dinner Party Wedding Reception
S + A knew that adorable little lounge vignettes were a must to keep their guests cozy in the backyard.
An entire vendor team was on deck to create this magical setup. Sundrop Vintage provided furniture and tabletop decor, La Tavola Fine Linen provided gauze runners and napkins, Brilliant Event Lighting draped waterfall fairy lights to create an open-air tent feel, and More Rentals + Bright Rentals finished things off with additional specialty rentals.
A table for two after the “I Do’s”.
We absolutely adore sunset color palettes right now!
Light Up the Night
They brought the desert to the backyard and are seriously making us want more dinner party wedding vibes! Congratulations Sarah + Adam! Your wedding day leaves us in awe. Virtual hugs from the GWS team!
photography: Brogen Jessup Photography // venue name: Private Residence, Escondido, California, USA // event design: Fawn Events // planning: Fawn Events // florals: Fleur.ish // wedding dress: Rue de Seine // groom attire: Express and Suit Supply // videography: Mission Visual // paper goods: Four Things Paper // catering: The Lime Truck // tabletop rentals: Sundrop Vintage // furniture rentals: Sundrop Vintage // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // music: DJ Hersch // lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting // cocktails: Old Fashioned Mobile Bar // rentals: More Rentals // rentals: Bright Rentals // staffing: Common Sense Events