A gorgeous backyard wedding in sunny Florida — with Coke and whiskey on tap? Why weren’t we invited?! But seriously, Leah and Alex’s backyard wedding hit all the right DIY notes and came together in rustic perfection, with a lot of help from handy family members. Get the deets on all of the couple’s creations and styling secrets below for your own DIY wedding ideas. And don’t worry, Leah and Alex — we assume our invite got lost in the mail ;)
1. Mossy Green Accents: Leah wanted a low-key nature theme, so she paired easy-to-care for plants like ferns and ivy with her own collection of natural oddities for centerpiece decor. The best part? She had lots of new houseplants post-wedding!
2. Green Glasses Galore: To go with the green theme and add a vintage touch, Leah began scouring local thrift stores for pretty green bottles and glasses in the months leading up to the wedding. The green glasses pop against the rustic brown reception tables, which — DIY alert! — Leah and her family built themselves.
3. Build-Your-Own Bench: Leah’s fam also put their handyman skills to work to build all the ceremony benches. A touch of baby’s breath added an ethereal feel to Leah’s walk down the aisle.
4. Global Guests: Even this cool cage-y globe has a green sheen going on. Guests signed the globe for a unique wedding keepsake — this is a great alternative to a more traditional wedding guestbook.
5. Sweet Door Swag: Leah and Alex were lucky enough to have a pretty cute backyard to host their shindig in, made all the cuter with some DIY’d greenery hung over this precious turquoise door.
6. Arranged With Love: Think the greenery above is impressive? Check out Leah’s bouquet and Alex’s boutonnière, which were both arranged by Leah’s mom. Her mom totally nailed it — all the wedding flowers looked fantastic (or shall we say, fern-tastic?).
7. In Loving Memory: What a great idea to honor loved family members who have passed on. Leah arranged framed pics among glowing green lanterns so they could party with the newlyweds in spirit.
8. Lots of Pi(e): More green glass at the pie table! Which were all homemade, BTW, courtesy of Leah’s new mom-in-law. Plus, Leah and Alex got married on “Pi Day” — 3.14.15 — so platefuls of pi(e)s only made sense.
9. Rustic Beer and Whiskey Bar: Leah’s favorite DIY wedding project? This super rad beer and whiskey bar, which Leah and co. built out of old wood from her parents’ fence. The beer taps connected to kegs in the back, while the spigot in the middle poured forth a special batch of Coke and whiskey, thanks to an ingenious cooler-and-tube setup.
10. Bathtub O’ Beer: When it comes to beer, it seems that Leah and Alex like choices. Select bottles chilled in an old bathtub, filled with lots of ice to combat the Florida heat.
11. Backyard Pavilion: Talk about DIY dedication. Leah’s dad and Alex actually built this covered pavilion in the backyard themselves for the wedding reception. String lights kept the backyard looking festive as the sun went down.
12. All Fun and Games: No backyard wedding is complete without a few yard games, and corn hole is definitely a classic. A bold block-printed initial and coordinating bean bags (in green, of course!) keeps this fun game looking classy.
Kegs, pies and one sweet couple — what’s not to love? Congrats, Leah and Alex!
Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography
Caterer: Puff n’ Stuff Catering and Events
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