Shortly before Matt and I got engaged, we bought a house with a stunning park-like backyard, complete with an arch for the ceremony. We planned the wedding in just three months. Our focus was celebrating the new family we were creating with my three sons from my first marriage. To keep it casual, we held a catered backyard barbecue on a Friday evening.
Heather, a self-described “writer, tight-wad, and fantasy nerd” married Nic, an outdoorsman who insists on “building his own everything,” in a lovely forest on a rainy day in Stony Bottom, West Virginia. They’re just a festival-going, nature-loving couple who wanted to throw a rad party with camping, port-o-potties, lanterns, umbrellas, and an outdoor sink made by Nic. Let’s peek at their outdoor wedding shenanigans and get heart eyes.
Did someone say “gorgeous outdoor lawn games and square dancing wedding?” Yeah, I just knew you were thinking about it. Well get on board with this one: croquet, cigars, bow ties, and the couple handing out ice cream. Plus, you’ll love the ceremony structure and big ol’ singalong at the end. To what song, you ask? RING OF FIRE!
Kilts, ring security, games for the kiddos, and a lot of high-fiving — this wedding is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Plus, their hand-written ceremony is tissue-worthy. And just wait until you see the original painting that was created as the ceremony happened!
This pair likes to take the old proverb “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too” as both a personal challenge and an individual goal. Therefore, when they were planning their wedding and couldn’t decide between two drastically different affairs (a free-spirited private destination wedding adventure versus an intricately detailed small community backyard handfasting), they decided to have them both! Prepare for gorgeous scenery and naughty favors ahead!