16 Jun

Backyard wedding decor inspiration

categories Details + Decor, Flowers + Greenery

Happy Friday eve, Cakelets! Today’s inspiration shoot comes to you from an amazing group of talent from the Bay Area. Amanda of One True Love Vintage Rentals was kind enough to share the inside scoop on the inspiration, theme and execution behind this shoot (don’t you always wonder how the pros come up with these shoots?). Prepare to be inspired!

Laurel, Leigh, Molly and I began with a simple theme that we wanted to incorporate throughout the details of the day: Growth — of love, of nature, of pleasure and passion. This is reflected primarily in our location choice.  Running Rabbit Ranch is a small, private, well-manicured winery in Sonoma, but instead of shooting amidst the rigidity of the vines and buildings, we selected the raw, untouched portions of the property, overgrown with wild grasses and trees.

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

The guest “book” table is nod to elementary school: an interactive paper link chain, which guests “grow” as they write notes of congratulations and add their links. Laurel selected brightly colored paper in a variety of shades, sizes and weights (including vellum, which glowed in the sunlight) to add depth to the station — one of our favorites!

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Keeping costs down for a small wedding was an important consideration for us, so we baked and frosted our own cake a couple days ahead of time — and it was funfetti!  A simple flower adornment was all it needed.

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

We also carried the theme to our favors — individual basil, zinnia, and sage seedlings, grown in biodegradable pots to make for easy planting once guests return home. These were sown weeks ahead of time, requiring only occasional watering — a great timesaver. Loving these individual potted favors? We are too! Super cute + a great way to stay green.

Whimsical outdoor wedding

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

We simply adore this shoot. The dark-stained wood table blends in perfectly with the landscape (great for any outdoor reception), and allows the peonies to really pop. We can’t wait to see what these pros are scheming for their next shoot!

Photography: Molly Feit – MEF Photography / Vintage Rentals: Amanda Reapsummer, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Planning and Design: Laurel Anderson, Esla Events / Flowers: Leigh Okies, Leigh Okies Design / Hair and Makeup: Betten Chaston / Rentals: Hartmann Rentals / Venue: Running Rabbit Ranch

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  1. love this shoot! so sweet. the flowers are darling. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  2. So adorably cute! I love the links of love!!

  3. Love this! And those links are really a good idea. Might have to steal it for my wedding!

  4. This is beautiful!! So proud of you guys :) Looks amazing!! xo

  5. be still my heart… love this. bookmarked.

  6. So creative. Loving all the sweet details. xo, chrissy.

  7. grey + yellow = YES!

  8. Thank you so much for this feature! We had such a wonderful time putting this shoot together and it’s so gratifying to see it here with these unbelievably kind comments! We can’t wait to bring our next ideas to fruition! Thanks again!

  9. LOVE the guest book table and antique ladders…super cute touches! the color combos are fab too!

  10. Beautiful light! Love the planted favor idea.

  11. what font did you guys use for the little flags? I love it!

  12. It’s a really fun font called “Strangelove.” I had to play around with the width and kearning to get it to fit well on the flags, but it’s an fantastic font! I was first introduced to it by (the amazing) Hello! Lucky team.

  13. This is the most beautiful idea! I wouldn’t have the heart to take it down! Ever!

  14. I love the little potted basil,

  15. I love the little potted basil, it’s cute and practical!

  16. Gorgeous!
    Cake table is my fave, haven’t seen that setup before!

  17. Wow, I absolutely love these pictures! You should really look into watermarking them, so someone doesnt steal them all!

  18. Absolutely adorable pictures. Excellent ideas, wedding table is perfect

  19. I don’t see any Peonies…but fabulous photo shoot!

  20. Love it! My cup of tea! :)

  21. I love it! The herb sprig place settings are so cute and classy and I love the homemade cake. The whole design feels very intimate- perfect for a small, personal celebration.

  22. absolutely amazing, one of the best color palettes ive seen thus far!! i want all these yellow accessories to be featured in my future wedding :) vintage rentals is such an innovative idea and i’ll be using it for sure!!

  23. The colors are so incredible in this, particularly the pops of yellow everywhere! And the table (desk/vanity/whatever) with the cake is beautiful! Well done! Love all of it!

  24. This photoshoot, and the whole concept behind the wedding, are both so beautiful! I love the little plants for the guests.

  25. This is just so charming.

  26. Love the links!

  27. What a gorgeous shoot! I love the links idea and the great attention to detail!

  28. Beautiful, that poppy bouquet is going straight into my inspiration folder

  29. This really is a great inspiration! From the wedding centerpieces to the wedding theme itself! They are perfect!

  30. This is too gorgeous for words! Such great inspiration. Those links are truly unique, and a great way to incorporate design + function.

  31. Prettiest bouquet I’ve ever seen! The details in the shoot are amazing. I love the mini potted herbs.

  32. love it! where is your dress from (the white lace top with yellow bottom)—want it!

  33. Exquisite!!! Soo beautiful! It was such a pleasure being part of your shoot!
    Thank you all,

  34. Brittney, I believe Julie (the model) got all of her clothes from Forever 21. So not only cute, but they should be super reasonable!

  35. Love these photo’s, so intimate and thoughtful. I love the idea of planting a herb as a parting gift. Great post! So much to consider.



  37. I love the thyme with the little flags on them on each table setting! Where can I find these flags?

  38. Hi Alexis—Please just contact me directly at laurel@eslaevents.com and I can provide you a quote. Thanks!

  39. waw
    that’s so romantic :)
    i like it

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