A dinner party wedding in the bride’s mother’s backyard — it doesn’t get much better than this! Max and Morgan centered their theme around their Italian heritage, adding lots of greenery and herbs to their wedding day and focusing on a truly family style dinner. Julia Elizabeth Photography shone as the photographer, and Harwinton Florist designed the gorgeous floral arrangements.

Italian inspired backyard wedding - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

From the couple, Max and Morgan: Our vision was to create a day that was all about friends and family. Getting married in my mother’s backyard, where I grew up exploring and day dreaming was so special to Max and I. We wanted to share my nostalgia with our guests. Make them feel like they were home. A day filled with hearty meals, lawn games, laughter and family, a backyard wedding but with a modern feel. Even though our wedding was on the larger size, we wanted it to feel intimate. Like a dinner party with family on a summer night. Max and I have so much fun in our relationship dancing and goofing around, we also wanted our guests to experience that with us! I remember Max telling the DJ to never stop the music, Keep the party going!! With full bellies, surrounded by close friends and family, the night was a total hit.

garden wedding invitation - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

white garden rose bouquet - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

rainy day wedding - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

taupe bridesmaid dresses - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

first look - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

first look - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Our theme went around our Italian heritage, we kept it simple with light grey, and green. For flowers we stuck with herbs and greens (rosemary, and different breeds of eucalyptus). The main DIY projects involved in the wedding were the birch arbor we got married under my mothers friend donated a birch tree off her property for us to use, the “LOVE” marquee sign was made by my husband and his best man, the custom corn hole game and Jenga games were made by my father, and most of the decorations were made by the bride and bridesmaids. TEAM EFFORT!

ceremony arch - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

ceremony flowers - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

taupe bridesmaid dresses - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

ceremony - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

ceremony kiss - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to not stress! Its an important day, but its only one day in your life! Don’t forget why your getting married (it’s about a celebration about two people becoming one, not about the party itself!)

heirloom wedding details - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Italian style wedding - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

sweetheart table - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

table number - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

Italian dinner style wedding - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

wedding reception - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

sweetheart table chairs - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

wedding cake and gold topper - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

we decided on forever - photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography https://ruffledblog.com/italian-inspired-backyard-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Music was centered around worship music as my husband is a worship pastor.
Processional: “Morning Song,” Steffany Gretzinger
First Dance: “Take the World,” Johnnyswim

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Julia Elizabeth Photography

Florist

Harwinton Florist

Venue

Private residence

Bridal Store

Stylish Impression

Rose Gold Bracelet

Layered + Long

Rings

Armeny

Maids of Honor Dresses

Lulus

Bridesmaid Dresses

Lulus

Catering

Treva

Cake Topper

Better Off Wed

Calligraphy

Mariah Sima

Videography

The Union Productions

6 comments
  • Hot Chocolates – Clayton

    Stunning pics.. love the bridesmaids dresses. Great choice of colour :) oxox

  • Tungstenringstore

    Nice wedding inspiration..

  • C. Lloyd

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Can you tell me where you got the invites? I love the colours in the print! Cheers

  • Haley McLaughlin

    Beautiful – I’m dying t know who did their invitations! Do you know?

  • Manuela

    Mariah Sima is the calligrapher.

  • Lovely table set up! Fab idea with bread on the plate! Looks so homely.