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Eileen & Matthew’s Garden Delight Wedding

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief
“There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies?”

Today I get to share with you one of my favorite weddings in the whole world. I love it as much as I do because it reminds me of these magic garden parties I used to throw in the backyard when I was just 16. I’d spread picnic blankets on the ground, put fairy lights in the trees, and make a cake topped with real roses coated in sugar. Then I’d invite all my best (drama) friends over, and serve tea and eat cake at twilight. They were the best parties in the whole world.

This wedding casts the same magical spell. It’s a simple backyard wedding transformed into something otherworldly by flowers and fairy curtains strung in trees…. and by love and community and commitment.

I’m really excited to bring you Eileen and Matthew’s delectable garden wedding today, as shot by one of my favorite wedding photographers Heather Glison of One Love Photo. Heather shot this wedding five years ago, all on film, and she tracked down and scanned all of the film so I could share this wedding with you today…. which makes it extra magical I think…
Eileen and Matthew got married in the backyard of the home they bought three months before the wedding on Bainbridge Island. The man who sold them the house picked them over all the other offers he got, because they he loved that they planned to hold their wedding there. Now, five years later, they still live in the same house with their daughter Violet.
Eileen’s dress was designed by a dear friend Lisa Defrance and has feathers (mmmmm) on one of the sleeves.They were struggling finding the right tulle for the veil, and they ended up ordering vintage fabric from France via ebay. The netting on her veil turned into a wrap for the evening (smartsmartsmart) . All of the flowers were done by another friend, the fantastic Laurie Cinatto who now blogs about crafts ever week at Once Wed. Yes, yes, you’re thinking… but tell me more about her amazing flower tree, I clearly need a flower tree! The flower tree was made with flowers and ribbon and love (also by Laurie), and you can do it in your backyard too.
Lounging, picnicking, puppies… doesn’t this look like a wedding you would like to be at?
And with that, I’m just going to let the photos tell the story. It’s a story I could read a thousand times. Honest, real, lovely, and quite possibly proving once and for all that their are faeries at the bottom of the garden…. alt=”” border=”0″ />Somehow this wedding whispers it’s own sweet story of love, its laughter carrying on the breeze. What more do you need when you have each other and those that you love?
To see more of Heather’s dreamy and evocative work head over to One Love Photo. I really can’t say enough kind things about Heather’s and her husband John’s photographs or about how kind and down to earth they are, so go see for yourself.

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 Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Amanda

    I am bawling. my. eyes. out.
    Fairies? Feathers? A FLOWER TREE and a picnic?!

    And *please* when we are neighbors in real life can we have fairy parties at twilight sometimes? And bring all of our children? And can we twirl in circles with our arms spread out?

  • Marie-Ève

    Absolutely magical.

  • The Professional Bridesmaid

    The bride’s dress is STUNNING. The whole wedding is so whimsical.

  • Laura@trendinozze

    I almost can’t believe that it’s real.
    this is truly magical!

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  • circusliz

    I have been obsessing over this wedding for months! I would love to have the flower tree at my wedding. Any info as to how she made it?

  • LPC

    That photo of the little girl in Peter Pan collar and pixieish haircut could have been taken any time in the past 50 years. Are you sure she was human not fairy herself?

  • Cate Subrosa

    Amazing photography, amazing wedding. Perfect for my brother no.1 or my sister no.6, neither of whom are engaged… yet!

  • Teresa

    I can’t stop staring. These photos are so lovely. Real magic.

  • Indian Summers

    Oh my, those photos are absolutely magical.

  • Meg

    I’m agnosic on the fairy/human debate with regard to the little one. Anyone’s guess, really.

  • Melissa

    This really is a magical wedding and how amazing that they got married where they live :)

  • east side bride

    You are planning to rent some little girls for your wedding, right Meg?

  • christina

    a garden, fairies, flowers, dogs & LOVE. who can ask for more!! thanks for posting, it's GORGEOUS.

    i want to have a party in my backyard just like this! bloggers in la in april, perhaps?

    i love it.

  • YooLa

    Incredible photos, I’m speechless, so much expression.

  • clarysage

    most amazing veil…ever!

  • Amy

    Wow. Stunning. A delicious wedding. I love the ethereal, fairy, light, laid back feel. Striking.

  • Eileen

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments about our wedding. Reading the post and looking at all of Heather’s beautiful photos makes me feel so nostalgic. I’m so grateful to have so many gifted friends that contributed to our magical day.

    I know Meg already mentioned it, but be sure to check out more of Heather, Laurie, and Lisa’s work! They are all lovely and brilliant.

    Thanks Meg for the wonderful post!

  • Sarah Mann

    I LOVE the idea of the flower tree– how cool would it be to create something like that to put the seating chart on? Pin the names between the flowers… Perhaps a lot of work, but would be so amanzing!

  • cevd

    pretty and fun … swooning over here.

  • Laurie Cinotto

    beautiful couple,, beautiful day. it was a thrill to be a part of it all!

  • Wedding Blog

    Simply magical. Wouldn’t be surprised if I was a fairy or two in those pics :)

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    You were right, I love it. A little dose of lovely on a grey day.

  • Wedding Guru

    Very dreamy, quite like a C.S.Lewis novel.

  • Kimberly Julie

    Absolutely divine.

  • Megan

    That very last picture is exactly what I want at my wedding. Mason jar laterns and a bonfire afterward. Awesome!

  • Christy

    That is a gorgeous wedding…so dreamy!!

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