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    Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding

     

    Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely DayI love weddings of all kinds, but there is something about a laid-back, backyard style celebration that gets me everytime. You can feel the fun and the love radiating from the photos. It’s definitely the kind of wedding I’d love to attend as a guest. The bride said: “When Joe and I imagined our wedding day, we imagined a day that felt like us. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice,” and in the spirit of this sentiment, we wanted it to reflect our unique union and personalities completely. We decided to create a day that felt like our love; a sunny warm summer day with music, yard games, BBQ, good drinks and better friends. We picked a venue that allowed us to bring it all ourselves, a gorgeous old hazelnut farm open to our interpretation of a wedding.” Today’s featured wedding from Juliet Ashley Photography is the perfect summer wedding, and it will have you wanting to go the “fun wedding” route too! Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day

    From the bride:

    Joe and I are both creative people, we love to draw, write and make things, and our wedding felt like the perfect opportunity to embrace this part of ourselves and to begin the collaboration of our lives. I made our decorations, wrote our ceremony and created photo albums and story books about our romance. Joe built our tables, made our own string lights from wire and old bulbs, and drew the wedding map for our invitations. Together we made lists of our essentials. For me, it was a guestbook written throughout the day on my old typewriter and a night of dancing to old 45’s. For Joe, properly tailored suits, recycled wood and endless ice cream. Together we designed paper napkins for our BBQ dinner and ordered plates, flatware and beer mugs.

    We both put our full selves into creating our special day, but we were not the only ones. Our wedding was as much about us as it was about our community. We asked that those who wanted to be involved jump on board, and the response was absolutely overwhelming. My younger sister and her boyfriend brewed two kegs of beer for us, and my father grew vegetables for our caterer and flowers for our table settings. One of my older sisters did all the flower arrangements, one got ordained and married us, and still another played her harp while we walked down the aisle (yes, I have a big family). Joe’s brother built our beautiful bar from recycled hazelnut crates, my brother did anything and everything to keep all projects moving. Both of our fathers together designed and built our wedding arch, to symbolize the coming together of our families. And that was just the start.

    For three days before our wedding we had friends come from all over the world and country to help us build tables (from scratch), paint signs, design and sew a shade structure, wire and string lights, set up yard games, and even bake our wedding cake. All the while my mother worked to feed and shuttle everyone, and Joe’s mom played under the able trees with our beautiful little girl. It was so inspiring to see how much love and support people were able to give, and reminded us how truly instrumental our amazing friends and family are in our lives and our love.

    Our special day was one huge collaboration and celebration. We ate amazing local food catered by Smithfield’s in Ashland, drank homebrewed beer, danced, played badminton, took pictures in our dome photo booth, and fell even more in love with each other and the amazing people around us. And when it was all over, those same people helped us take everything apart. The flatware, glass and lights were packed up and sent home to California. Our 16-foot-long tables were dismantled as fast as they had come together, and were sent to my family’s farm in pieces along with the near-hundred hay bales that we used for our benches. Joe had designed the tables in such a way that the majority of the wood was still a useable size, and the pieces have since been used in the rebuilding of the family farmhouse, which had burned down the year before the wedding. The new walls are imbued with extra love, and a little spilt beer. The hay has become garden mulch in the same field that grew the flowers for our ceremony. We loaded our wedding arch into the back of our car to serve as an arbor at our house in Oakland, and we finished the last of the ice-cream in the once again empty field. It was a lot of work, a lot of near sleepless nights, and an amazing amount of fun, and I’m only sad that we can’t do it again.

    The images had me loving this wedding, but the words from the bride have me loving this couple. Congrats to Vajra & Joe on your wedding and darling little girl!

    {Vendors} Planning and design: The bride & groom, Vajra and Joe / Day of coordinating: Bridesmaids Jesika Theos and Devon Malachosky / Ceremony Music: Harp pieces composed played by my sister Indeara Rose / Reception Music: DJ Primo specializing in obscure oldies, classic funk and soul played on 45’s. Local to SanFrancisco, this amazing DJ agreed to fly in for our wedding! / Photography: Juliet Ashley Photography / Food: Smithfields Ashland, produce provided by my dad from his organic farm. Many ingredients sourced locally. They Specialize in good old fashioned meat centric eating and created an amazing BBQ menu / Ice cream: Springfield creamery, made specifically for our wedding / Wedding Cake: We had dessert bar that included pies(apple, sweet potato, blackberry, and lemon), various local chocolates, and our wedding cake is a friends recipe we call crack cake…because i is so addictive! It is gluten free, and sweetened with coconut sugar, and two of my bridesmaids baked this cake for us the day before. / Beer: Sister Kriya Krisnabai and boyfriend John made an amazing saison home brew. Assorted cans from Golden road brewing courtesy of Tim Harbage… who works there. / Flowers: My dad Chris DuPraw and Fry family farms. Arrangements done by my Sister Melita Charan. / Tables: Made by Joe, family, friends / Bar: Constructed by Joe’s Brother Pat Vigorito / Wedding Arch: Bride and Grooms Father, Chris DuPraw and Glen Vigorito / Photo booth: Dome, Pacific domes / Venue: Private home/ old hazelnut farm Talent, Oregon / Dress: Sarah Seven, custom / Bridesmaids Dresses: Free people

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    DIY Farm Wedding

    DIY Farm Wedding | We are the Kerns on Oh Lovely Day

    I know some people think you can’t have a personal or unique wedding if you don’t have a big budget. But that’s sooooo not true! I think you can have your dream wedding on any budget if you’re willing to keep it simple, do some work yourselves, and make it personal. And that’s just what this couple did.  Read More »

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    Art Deco DIY Tucson Wedding

    Art Deco DIY Tucson Wedding

    I’ve featured a lot of weddings here on Oh Lovely Day, and I do them less than I used to since I have made room for more home, baby, and lifestyle features. So it sort of takes a lot to get me excited in the world of weddings. Well, when Camarie submitted her own wedding to me and I saw the photos I’m sharing today I could not wait to feature them. This wedding is Gatsby-meets-Anthropologie set right in the middle of the Tucson desert. It’s beyond fab. And full of lots of love, which is always my favorite wedding detail.

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