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Backyard California Wedding

Today’s feature is everything a backyard wedding should be: relaxed, intimate, and cheeky in all the right places. Troy Grover Photographers never disappoint with their images, as you can clearly see with Jenny and Reid’s wedding. Read on for more about the handcrafted details and advice from Jenny for all you other brides out there:

red bridesmaids accessories

From the bride, Jenny: We wanted our wedding to intentionally reflect us. There were touches of humor, class, elegance, romance amongst a casual backyard wedding. Our vision was to have all of our closest friends and family celebrate our special day in a laid-back, comfortable style.


aqua wedding shoes

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orange kraft invitations

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unique engagement rings

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red suspender groomsmen

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sweet first looks

I loved the pastel color scheme but sense we had the wedding in June, I decided to add a pop of color by using tangerine accents. There were quite a few DIY projects. I hand made all my invitations. The table numbers were hand painted frames with a random fact about us corresponding to the number. I used doilies from my grandma and Reid’s grandma for centerpieces. I hand painted all my signs including a poem written to Reid’s great-grandma. We had a huge burlap wall with handmade paper pinwheels and childhood photos. My dad built a wooden arbor and my bridesmaids arranged greenery and a mason jar arrangement.

outdoor wedding ceremonies

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outdoor wedding ceremonies

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foot washing ceremonies

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backyard wedding drinks

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chair back signs

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bride groom shoes

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy it! Our engagement was 6 months and I had to piece together the caterer, lighting, sound system, DJ… essentially everything. I loved the planning process and am having wedding planning withdrawals. You spend your whole life looking forward to your wedding day, but you can only look back on it afterwards. Make the most out of the planning process, enjoy the community it can build, and make great memories to look back on.

outside wedding receptions

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sparkler wedding getaways


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Come Thou Fount,” Sufjan Stevens
Bridal Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “I Feel Good,” James Brown
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Troy Grover Photographers / Day-of Wedding Planner and Florist: Anndrea Boren of Events by Anndrea / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo / Wedding Veil: Jan Kessler (mother-in-law) / Wedding Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DressbLee / Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: Anything But Ordinary / DJ: JD Star Productions

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