A Crafty Garden-Party Wedding in Hope, New Jersey
Amanda and Daniel
Though Amanda and Daniel met in elementary school, they didn’t begin dating until high school. The pair stayed together through college, and after a year-long break, they reunited and moved to Philadelphia, where they later got engaged. Their June 1, 2012, wedding—held at a bed and breakfast in Hope, New Jersey, was a simple and elegant garden-party celebration filled with many DIY touches and flowers galore.
The couple designed the invitations themselves, opting for a one-piece suite that didn’t require an envelope. They used a perforator so that recipients could detach the map and response card.
The Bride's Bouquet
Amanda carried a clutch of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and sweet peas in soft pink tones.
Amanda complemented her gown (designed and made by her aunt) with her great grandmother’s pearl necklace. The groom looked sharp in a suit from Topshop. He wore the same tie as his groomsmen but had it refashioned into a bow tie.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of various roses.
The couple’s service was filled with personal touches like hand-written vows and readings from family members, including an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit–a book that the bride’s late grandmother read to her growing up–and a poem that Amanda’s aunt and uncle wrote for the big day.
Teal, pink, and white streamers pinned to painted dowels were on hand for guests to wave as the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle.
Coral and gray paper fans kept attendees cool at the ceremony.
The Ring Bearer
The bride’s four-year-old nephew served as the ring bearer. His pillow was made out of leftover fabric from Amanda’s wedding dress.
Upcycled Escort Cards
The escort cards were tied to old keys from a building that Amanda’s aunt manages. Vines from the mother of the bride’s garden completed the display.
Guests sipped on Kir Royales and blood orange Manhattans.
Before the big day, the bride held a craft party where bridesmaids, friends, and family members dyed large coffee filters in different shades of pink and strung them together to serve as décor.
Simple and Elegant
Single pink blooms in white vases were displayed in clusters on the tables.
The couple asked Nic Endicrat of Classic Cake to create a vanilla sponge cake with a layer of lemon curd, mousseline, and fresh raspberries.
Also on the dessert menu was a croquembouche, a nod to the bride’s love of French culture.
Guest posed in front of a photobooth that the couple made themselves from an Ikea sheet attached to stakes and hay bales.