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Sweet and Simple Garden Party Wedding | Amanda Watson Photography

Big weddings, elaborate backdrops, crazy details – those are all great. But sometimes I just really love a sweet and simple wedding, and today’s garden party wedding is a breath of fresh air. From the bride’s fab retro style, to the simple DIY touches, it gets everything right. And best of all, it was totally and completely representative of the couple getting married. 

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The bride decided to wear a short wedding dress, like her mother and grandmother both did before her.

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Advice for couples planning now? Give yourself plenty of time to plan. Our engagement was about 13 months long, and I needed every minute of it because I was a horrible procrastinator. Make deadlines for yourself along the way and make sure you meet them no matter what. 

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I’ve always wanted a dreamy, vintage garden party. I decided on a color palette of peach, cream, navy and gold, and the rest of the details fell into place. Some of our DIY: We bought an $80 cake from one of our favorite local bakeries, and I decorated it myself. I bought some peach-colored grab and go flowers on the day of the wedding, cut them down and put them in the bottom of each tier. My wedding party and I made to-go bags as wedding favors. We had so many desserts that we knew we’d have plenty for guests to take home. We used craft paper bags, stamps and scrapbooking decorations.

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My favorite moment at my wedding was during our getaway. I hadn’t tried to ride our scooter in my dress, so we got a lot of laughs when my husband and I figured out that I had to drive or we wouldn’t fit on the seat together. 

What made your wedding YOU?

I spent a lot of my wedding planning trying to find details that were vintage and unique. From wearing a short dress, just like my mother and grandmother had, to driving away on our beloved scooter, every single detail and decoration had personal significance to us as a couple. 

I super love that this bride’s family tradition is a short wedding dress – so cool and fashionable, yet timeless and chic at the same time. Also, so funny that the couple didn’t think about the getaway scooter ride ahead of time, and in order for it to work with the bride’s dress, she had to be the driver – just shows you that even when things don’t go exactly as you plan, it makes for great moments and memories! Such a sweet and simple wedding. Congrats to Megan & Aaron! Oh, and you can see their wedding highlight reel below as well.

{Vendors} Bridal Gown: JJ Kelly Bridal / Vintage hair comb: Etsy – AmoreTreasure / Venue + Catering: Gilcrease Museum / Photography: Amanda Watson Photography / Videography: Kipp Chandler and Cassidy Cagle & Post-production by the bride: Megan McCann-McManus Chairs: Party Pro Rents and Events / Bistro Tables and Linens: ABCO Rents / Flowers: The French Bouquet / Cake: Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery / Invitations: Etsy – CheerUpCherup / Milk glass: Etsy – Upcyclesisters / Cake toppers and floral straws: BHLDN / Dog bow tie: Etsy – LADogStore

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