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A Summer Morning Garden Wedding


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

A Summer Morning Garden Wedding | A Practical WeddingDavid’s family was in town this weekend and we got a chance to take everyone out to our wedding venue and look around. His mom seemed pleased with our ‘summer morning garden wedding.’ And suddenly I realized, OHHHH, we’re doing a summer garden wedding. Right! This is a done thing! Even though Saturday night formal weddings are all the rage right now, tons of people have done morning garden weddings throughout the ages, so I have a wealth of images to draw on. And then it hit me, everything we really like goes perfectly with this. I don’t want a big poofy ballgown dress with a train, David doesn’t want a tux, we do want lots of fresh flowers, we want lots of sunlight and cheer, and we don’t want to spend a fortune. The gods were smiling on us when they gave us this time slot! It’s beshert!

So, in light of my brand new revelations, I’m posting a picture of a short and simple wedding dress that I love from Martha Stewart Weddings. I love the mid length length veil, the light pink flowers, and the sassy blue shoes. I haven’t decided if I want a simple long lace dress (sans train) or a simple short satin dress, but both are perfect for a garden wedding.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12095127115348973647 Jessamyn Harris

    It sounds so airy, bright and lovely. I think you’ve picked the perfect venue for it! Love the sassy blue shoes, pink flowers, etc… now you just need the zippy vintage sports car to go with. Fun!

  • AJ

    Sounds like a dream to me – I am so excited for you guys!

    You know who has some really tasteful, inexpensive dresses these days? J. Crew. Saw some that are perfect for a spring or summer morning.

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    snap again! White lace dress, budget garden wedding, diy flowers (well, diy everything really, tux-free groom, you’re my wedding twin!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15101505998299358265 Tara

    sounds lovely!

    i am also doing a Sunday garden wedding…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17058968076601943527 lsaspacey

    I won’t assume but have you ever seen Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in Funny Face? If not, you should check it out.

  • Skittle

    “And then it hit me, everything we really like goes perfectly with this. I don’t want a big poofy ballgown dress with a train, David doesn’t want a tux, we do want lots of fresh flowers, we want lots of sunlight and cheer, and we don’t want to spend a fortune.”

    YES. This. Exactly!