Stephany at EyeSpy Photography shared this DIY summer wedding with me, and the couple, Janet and Ben, shared some of the details of the day… “We began the day with a picnic barbecue, lawn games and garden strolls on the grounds. We then gathered in the gardens for a sunset ceremony, beautifully officiated by our friend, followed by a champagne toast, strawberry shortcake dessert and dancing under the stars.”

We had picnic blankets and baskets of snacks for everyone to enjoy during the day as well as seating and dining in the LuLu Belle’s Roost building, a tent for extra space and a huge deck for dancing. All of our family and friends brought yard games: ladder golf, bocce ball, washers, Kubb and croquet.

In addition to wonderful wedding craft ideas, our dear friend JoEllen designed our save-the-dates, invitations and gave us elements from the graphics to create stamps and programs. The programs contained the day’s events and a map of the gardens for everyone to enjoy.

I changed into a Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dress I ordered in ivory. I added vintage embroidered lace to the dress and the same lace to my J.Crew flats. The lace was from ParisPennsylvania’s Etsy shop and though I bought it long before I bought the dress, it matched perfectly.

It was difficult to have a nice I’m-getting-married-blissful smile during pictures. I had a big goofy grin on my face the whole day. I was so surprised at how I could not control my expression at all. Big grin when everyone arrived, big grin and tears going down the aisle. My cheeks hurt and I still grinned. It didn’t always make for the most, er, perfect wedding pose, but it was exactly how I felt that day. I loved every minute of it.

My mom is an AIFD certified florist and I’ve watched and helped her design many wedding flowers. It was important to both of us to enjoy doing the flowers together. I collected antique aqua jars and milk glass, along with a few family heirloom silver serving pieces to create a mix-match of containers that we filled with Casablanca lilies, hydrangea, veronica, roses, alstroemeria, rosary vines, succulents and some leggy green beans from the farmer’s market and as many herbs, dahlias, lisianthus and succulents as we could get from our own gardens. We made table numbers out of wood slice coasters with numbers cut from various patterned papers.

My niece took her role as flower girl very seriously and did a wonderful job. She wore her own dress with my mother’s turquoise necklace and tiny flowers added to the straps.

Venue: Berwood Hill Inn in Lanesboro, MN

Bride’s dress / shoes: Jim Hjelm / J.Crew

Groom’s suit: Banana Republic

Music: Joel Schann during the day / iPod in the evening

Catering: Canadian Honker

Rentals: Majestic Tents and Events

Congratulations Janet and Ben! Thank you so much for sharing your charming wedding with us, and thank you to Stephany at EyeSpy Photography for sending over these wonderful photos!

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  1. diyphotography

    Love the "filmy" color of the pictures!!!Great!

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  2. Kirby

    Yeah for Eyespy! she is quite amazing!

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  3. traditional picnic baskets

    There are just so many things I love about Janet & Ben's wedding. Great pics! The picnic inspired theme is just lovely. All the accessories used – candles, flowers, wish tree are well done. So innovative!

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  4. traditional picnic baskets

    There are just so many things I love about Janet & Ben's wedding. Great pics! The picnic inspired theme is just lovely. All the accessories used – candles, flowers, wish tree are well done. So innovative!

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  5. Emma

    you always feature the most beautiful weddings!! love your site.

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  6. mose0155

    I am in love with your table numbers! So cute! Is there any chance that you still have them and would like to sell them?

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  7. Janet

    To mose0155, thanks so much, glad you liked them. Unfortunately I've already taken them apart for another project. They were easy to make though. I used wooden coasters and then glued on paper numbers cut from a few different patterns of printed paper. Using a stencil for the numbers made things super easy too. - Janet

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  8. Marie Drangfelt

    You show such beautiful weddings here, I visit your blog all the time now! Thank you for having it! :-) Love from Norway:-)

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