Posts Tagged ‘picnic’

BBQ Rehearsal Dinner Inspiration
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

By: Caitlin Zentgraf

Cookouts are the best part of summer, especially on the 4th of July with family and friends. Who doesn’t love hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks? Bring that laid-back vibe to your rehearsal dinner. Here’s how to do it.

1. Big-Batch Chilled Beverages

Mix up big batches of flavored water, lemonade, or sweet tea and let guests serve themselves! Use mason jars as glasses for an extra picnic-y feel. Photo by Katelyn James Photography. 

2. Gingham & Sunflower Decor 

Set your wooden banquet tables with checkered linens or napkins and use bright yellow sunflowers in your centerpieces. Here’s our step-by-step guide to styling a summer table. Photos by Chelsea Fuss and Nami Dadlani Photography. 

3. Finger Foods 

Pass around bite-size burgers, BBQ sliders, pigs in a blanket, french fry shooters, and corn on the cob halves as appetizers. Photo by Jose Villa. 

4. Strawberry Shortcake 

We all scream for ice cream! As much as it would cool off guests, it would also quickly melt in the heat. Instead, try a strawberry shortcake. Light and sweet, it will leave guests feeling satisfied but not heavy. Here’s a complete step-by-step recipe for creating the one pictured. Photos by Chelsea Fuss. 

5. Lawn Games

Entertain your guests with lawn games such as cornhole, croquet, hula hoops, bocce ball, and badminton. Photo by Orange in Bloom.  Read the rest of this entry »


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A Sweet Country Chic Real Wedding by Katelyn James Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Trey and Kiersten have the sweetest of love stories… They met as freshman in high school when Trey attended Kiersten’s church.  One look at Kiersten and Trey told his father that he was going to marry her one day!  Better than any of the best fairytales, the two tied the knot in a country chic celebration in Scottsville, Virginia with Katelyn James on hand to document the details, moving moments, and all that highschool sweetheart love…

The day was idyllic- not too hot, not too cold- with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop.  The event was held at Trey’s parents’ summer camp— the place where they started dating.  After Kiersten dressed in her gorgeous White by Vera Wang gown, the pair had a ‘first look’ in the camp’s corn maze.  Kiersten says, ‘Trey was already there waiting for me, after rounding the corner, we saw each other, and he literally ran to me! Best thing ever! We got to share a few very sacred moments together before we officially started the adventure of the day!’

Instead of lighting the traditional unity candle, the couple chose to wash each others feet in devotion and servitude, a loving act that symbolized their marriage. They invited everyone and anyone to join in on the ceremony, every square inch of straw bale seating was taken!

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Classy Summertime Picnic Party by Anne Roberts Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Colleen and Zachary envisioned a summertime wedding reminiscent of a classy dinner party, but combined with the relaxed charm of a picnic.  The outcome?  Hands down one of the most sophisticated, unique, and lovely weddings I’ve seen!  We’re overjoyed to feature their love story and beautiful wedding day photos by Anne Robert Photography as this week’s Real Wedding of the WeekColleen has always loved the small details that make a wedding special.  Together with event designer, Vicki Grafton of My Simple Details, she went to work implementing the dozens of unique elements that imbued the day with classy, summer style.  When Colleen first started planning, she found a photo of a bride and groom dancing on a checkered floor.  She was captivated; the vision and color palette unfolded from there.  Black and white gingham accents appeared throughout the day, and contrasted with a palette of champagne bridesmaid’s dresses and dramatic crimson florals.  Colleen’s look was feminine and romantic, and she carried a dreamy, lush bouquet by Petals & Hedges.  After a traditional ceremony at the same church that Colleen’s grandparents wed,  the happy couple and their guests traversed from D.C. to Arlington’s Hendry House for a dashing reception filled to the brim with darling details.  From the relaxed charm of the red bicycle and gingham napkins, to the refined sophistication of calligraphed place cards and casual-elegance centerpieces, the party was overwhelmingly stylish.  

Swoon.. (And the bride’s first dance dream came true)!  There’s much more to see, enjoy the full feature here…

Photos by Anne Robert Photography

Event Design and Coordination by My Simple Details

Bridal & Bridesmaids Gowns by J. Crew

Hair & Makeup by Amie Decker Beauty

Floral Design by Petals & Hedges

Invitations by minted.; Calligraphy by Rachel Carl

Ceremony at Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle; Reception at The Hendry House

Rentals by Potomac Party Rentals and Capital Party Rentals

Cake and Catering by Eat&Smile Catering


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Sweet Southern Picnic Wedding
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I can’t stop marveling at this nearly all-DIY wedding!  The bride, Megan, is an aspiring floral designer, so she created the bouquets and arrangements and hand made so many other sweet things like drink flags and bunting!  Joined by Adam, the handsome groom, the couple wed outdoors at the Rye Patch in Aiken, South Carolina.  The ceremony was followed by a charming picnic reception.  Delight in all the DIY goodness below!  A special thanks to A Fresh Take Photography for sending this our way 

Photos by A Fresh Take Photography

Catering by Douceur De France

Bridal Gown by Kittychen Couture

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