If you’re getting married in your family’s backyard, in a barn, or in some other casual setting, you’re probably trying to steer clear from the grand beaded ballgown in favor of a wedding dress with more of a relaxed vibe. Fortunately, many wedding dress designers have created dresses that are appropriate for informal weddings, but still feel “special” and “bridal.” Check out a few of our favorite (brand-new!) casual wedding dress styles here.
Dresses by (from left): Marchesa, Theia
Photos by Dan Lecca
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From the Designers: “For this styled shoot we wanted to create a unique and colorful “backyard chic” wedding and capture the essence of a couple who is carefree and light hearted. In the age of DIY we felt this was the perfect setting to show how simple it can be to create a one-of-a-kind beginning to a couple’s new life together. A quilt complete with worn holes and tears is all that is needed for a ceremony backdrop, and two mismatched accent tables with colorful arrangements in painted coffee tins complete the look of where the two first become one. The seating for the guests are simple benches made out of pine topped with foam and covered with colorful graphic fabrics. The aisle is lined with shepherd hooks, home-made pillows, birdcages, and mason jars. A unique guest book is incorporated with a hand drawn birdcage and thumbprints turned into birds! For the guest’s dining experience, Beaumont Catering incorporated appetizers that are fresh and easy for a backyard family setting. This Cake’s For You continued with the bird theme and made a visual cake complete with tree limbs and miniature birds. We wanted to create a unique set-up for some fun novelty foods as well, so we came up with the “popcorn bar”, K & K It’s a Hit Events provided the cork labels for the popcorn as well as the popcorn holders made out of scrapbook paper and ribbon. The floral was designed to look as though it was freshly picked from a family member’s garden. We wanted to convey a wildflower effect with the bouquets and centerpieces. For the lounge area we used wicker patio furniture complete with home-made colorful pillows for guests to relax and visit with the happy couple. Our escort cards are succulent plants that also double as a favor. A wooden picnic table was the perfect option for guest seating, topped with vintage books, mason jars, potted plants found at a local garden center, and a few flower centerpieces made in vintage tins purchased from antique stores.”
Emily & Andy
May 14, 2011
Photographer: Captured Photography | Caterer: Pretty Presentations Catering and Event Rentals | Event Planner: Signature Occasions | Floral Designer: Green Oak | Reception Venue: Personal Residence | Cinema and Video: IOU Productions | Equipment Rentals: Pelican Tents & Events
Christy + Patrick
This beautiful wedding was designed by the well-known Mary Ellen Murphy in Napa, CA. It was the first time a wedding had been held on this gorgeous private estate in St. Helena. The other wonderful detail about this wedding was that the couple’s beloved dog, Magician, was the groom’s escort for the ceremony!
Ashley + Chris
Photographer: Andi Grant Photography | Flowers: Norfolk Wholesale Floral (DIY) | Chairs and Dance floor: Distinctive Event Rentals in Chesapeake | Dress: Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique