If you want a low-key and relaxed wedding day, consider having your event in your own backyard. Weddings at private residences are often more intimate and cozy than those at traditional venues, and ideal for couples that don't want a lot of fuss. Katie and Jim's real wedding is a great example of just such an event. After a church ceremony, the couple and their guests danced the evening away under string lights hung over a patio.

Many of their wedding details are equally laid-back, from the simple place settings decorated with a fern to the rustic wooden wedding sign helping guests to find their way to the photobooth and welcome table. At the end of the evening, Katie and Jim cut into a classic buttercream wedding cake and were treated to hilarious toasts from their family and friends.

Thank you to Susan Stripling for sharing this lovely Bay Area real wedding with us!

bride and groom walking alongside garden hedge

Our Favorite Things:

  • The nostalgic bottled sodas served to guests at the wedding reception
  • Katie's warm and neutral bridal makeup look
  • The personalized lighting on the wall of the garage with the couple's names

bride getting makeup done before wedding
princess cut diamond engagement ring
red suede heels and lace wrapped bridal bouquet
bride stares at reflection as veil is pinned to her hair
bride with natural makeup and small nose piercing
embroidered heart on back of father of the bride's tie
bridesmaids in cranberry dresses with different necklines
bride's veil blowing in breeze in front of church doors
bride in lace wedding dress and veil and groom look into each other's eyes
rustic wooden wedding sign directs guests
long reception tables lined with dahlias, roses, and greenery
bottle of orange soda at simple place setting and bowl of fruit salad
groom laughs hard during toasts at wedding reception
bride and groom share first dance under string lights
bride and groom at sunset over trees
personalized lighting display on house behind wedding cake table

Photography: Susan Stripling | Planning: Weddings Without a Hitch | Caterer: Casazza Catering | Florals: Seasonal Celebrations | Dress: Allure | DJ: Peninsula Mobile Music