Today’s pretty backyard barbecue wedding comes to us from photographer Kate Osborne. The bride, Kelly, stopped by to tell us a bit about the day:

Most of the decisions we made for our wedding were based on what was least expensive and what I thought would be the easiest and most fun. We wanted people to be able to have a good time. As far as location goes, I love, love, love, my mom and step-dad’s backyard in West Bountiful, Utah and I wanted people to come out and see how pretty it was. I had a suspicion that my step-dad (who loves parties) wanted to utilize their nice space by one day having a wedding there and also I thought it would be cheaper and easier than renting a venue. Our reception was on Thursday, July 9th and I’m not positive, but I think we had 200-250 guests show up.

Pretty much everything about our wedding was do-it-yourself. I designed and printed our announcements; my mom and I designed and made my dress; my sister got a crew of us to make the pinwheel decorations, which cost a total of about $48, including ribbons, and which we hung them ourselves; my cousin made the beautiful flower arrangements; we made a couple of play lists and our friend managed the sound system.

Guests enjoyed lawn games such as badminton, horseshoes, and bocce ball.

Happy wishes to you, Kelly and David! See more of their lovely wedding celebration over on Kate Osborne’s blog.

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  1. Kristy

    beautiful! and i love love love her dress!

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  2. Natalie

    So sweet and I also LOVE her dress/skirt. Where is it from?

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  3. Out of SPACE — out of TIME

    what a sweet wedding and i love her take on an un-traditional wedding dress.

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  4. Emily Greene

    oh my goodness, her dress is amazing! And, I love those sweet invitations!

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    Love the laid back feel of this sweet wedding!

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  6. samantha

    I know the couple personally and attended their wedding! It was so beautiful and a great party! Congratulations Dave and Kelly!p.s. can you believe that Kelly's dress was made by herself and her mother? amazing!

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  7. Marissa

    I love the pinwheels! So fun!

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  8. ever ours

    love the unique dress and the fact that she made it herself too!

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  9. L. Sloan

    knowing that she made that dress makes this wedding all the more personal and unique, how special!

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  10. Cardstore

    I love when brides stray from the typical white dress. This is a great example. Also, any wedding involving badminton is a good one in my eyes!

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  11. a thousand mason jars

    the dress with that bouquet is just perfection. so beautiful & special that she & her mom made the dress : )

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  12. kh

    Wow! That is really so lovely. I, too, love her dress. I would never have thought of it.

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  13. Carrie

    Lovely! I think this may be my favorite of all the weddings I've seen on your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Nate & Laura

    These photos are awesome; I love the abstraction in them, and yet classic nature. Have to say that the feel of the wedding is so SO SO clean and fresh. lovely.

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  15. l.alden

    Beautiful wedding. Homemade weddings are the best, and really are a great way to involve many family members. Its so nice to see homemade wedding dresses. My mom and I made mine and we are now working on all of the bridesmaid's dresses.

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  16. Nell

    I love that dress and the bouquet is crazy beautiful. My Mum made my wedding dress too and knowing the love and work she put into it made it even more special to wear. xx

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  17. Louise

    I love the idea of the skirt/top/sash. I seriously considered this for my Maid of Honor. Love to see the idea executed! Thanks!

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  18. Jill

    So beautiful! How did she make the pin wheels?

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    Hi Jill,

    Martha Stewart has a tutorial for those paper pinwheel/rosettes here:

    Hope that’s helpful!

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  20. Karen Wise

    I would love to know what venue this is. Thanks! : )

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