Beautifully Blue Backyard Winter Wedding

Beautifully Blue Backyard Winter Wedding

With winter only a couple of months away, we’re soaking up as much winter wedding inspiration as possible. Ali and Joseph’s beautiful backyard wedding may have been small in size, but it had everything they asked for. From fur shawls to a stunning blue color palette perfect for the season to a decadent s’mores station.

Despite planning a wedding during COVID and having no wedding planner, the two transformed their backyard into a romantic backdrop, perfect for a micro wedding. But they did have some help from their friends and family! The team came together and tackled some serious DIY projects–including the flowers, the wedding lighting, and even the bride’s hair and makeup. 

Photographer Sopheak Smith did an amazing job of capturing how this ordinary space was converted into the perfect venue for the laid back couple. If you’re searching for creative ways to turn your own backyard into your dream venue, then keep scrolling!

The Couple:

Ali and Joseph

The Wedding:

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Simple Vibes At This Beautifully Blue Backyard Winter Wedding

Our backyard wedding was an eclectic boho chic blend of COVID-friendliness, child-proofness, convenience, whimsy, and low-stress beauty. As it was the second wedding for both of us, our main focus was our seven children becoming family with us. We transplanted a flowerbed, installed fence panels we found on Facebook marketplace, hung a lot of lights, ordered flowers online, and incorporated a lot of personal touches.



DIYing The Decor And Flowers

The florist–Joseph’s sister–could not come due to COVID, so my Matron of Honor stepped in to arrange the flowers and blew me away. Also, it became my Herculean task to hang lights around the backyard leading up to the wedding. I had attempted to hang–and ended up bursting many strands–of lights. The morning of the wedding, I asked my neighbor if we could bum some electricity from his outlet, and then realized we would have to rehang all the lights the opposite direction. I had to get ready, so I asked Joseph if he could do it and–amidst everything else he was doing–he didn’t even hesitate. He and a groomsman created the perfect ambiance for our post-sunset celebration. 

A Team Effort For The Bride’s Look

I love both a classy and earthy style. I ordered the dress online because I loved the look and shape, and I had a tailor add material under the lace because when it came in, it was see-through! I looked like a mermaid and it turned out perfect. I made the faux-fur wraps for the girls and myself because it was a winter outdoor wedding and we needed something warm. One of Joseph’s sisters is a hair stylist and took my naturally wavy hair to another level. And my Matron of Honor created my hair piece with hot glue and leftover flowers about 20-minutes before the ceremony began. I did my own makeup and had to send my sister-in-law to purchase some waterproof mascara for me since I figured I’d need it.

A Wide Selection Of Tasty Foods

Joseph is a taco enthusiast and his friend and business partner catered our reception with amazing tacos from his local restaurant. I own a business making locally-sourced bone broth, and we served it at the wedding, which was perfect for the cooler temperatures. Along with the wedding cake from Ludger’s, our groom’s cake was a cinnamon roll “cake” prepared by the owner of Missy’s Bakery–my family friend (who incidentally was also Joseph’s first boss)–and assembled by my mom. We also had a s’more station around a fire pit that was the kids’ favorite feature.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sopheak Smith
Catering – Taqueria Escondido
Cake – Ludger’s Bavarian Bakery
Officiant – Shane Hatfield
Invitation Design – Templett
Rentals – ABCO Rentals


Congratulations again to Ali and Joseph on their blue backyard winter wedding. And big thank you to Sopheak Smith for capturing the beauty of the day. To nail your own backyard wedding planning, be sure to check out our ultimate guide!

This Spain Ranch Wedding Stuns in Terracotta and Mustard *

This Spain Ranch Wedding Stuns in Terracotta and Mustard *

When you have a wedding planner organizing their own special day, it’s going to be good–Lauren and Josiah’s Spain Ranch wedding is the perfect example. After their venue fell through a month before their “I do’s,” Lauren kicked into planner mode, and the final product turned out totally Insta-worthy. 

The couple’s lovefest featured the warm colors of the sunset contrasted against the venue’s white walls, over-the-top floral and pampas grass arrangements—put together by Anthousai—and two truly unique cakes from Laurannae Baking Co. The beauty didn’t stop at the decor, either. In fact, Josiah’s rust-colored suit perfectly matched the terracotta and mustard decor as well as Lauren’s coral denim jacket she threw on for portraits and their sparkler exit.

Every photo captured by Peyton Rainey Photography will have you feeling inspired, so get ready to save these images because this is one you’ll want to remember.

The Couple:

Lauren and Josiah

The Wedding:

Spain Ranch, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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A Custom-Made Bridesmaid Gift 

Aside from being a wedding planner, I hand make clay earrings on the side. I made a unique pair for each of my bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day that coordinated with their dresses. It was such a sweet surprise for them!

A Memorable First Look

Our first look was such a sweet and raw moment. I was so nervous and excited! Josiah immediately cried, and it was so dang sweet. At that moment, there was so much love in the room and it felt like we were the only two people in the world. I am so grateful to have pictures of that moment to remember the feeling forever.

The Venue Mishap Led To A Spain Ranch Wedding

The absolute craziest thing about our wedding was that we were forced to change venues a month before! Our original venue double booked an art exhibit the same weekend and didn’t inform us until we were 30 days out. We were completely crushed, but I’ve never been more grateful that I chose a career in wedding planning. I immediately reached out to every venue I had connections with and—somehow—Spain Ranch was available for our date. I am so grateful for how accommodating their team was and how amazing our vendors were for adjusting to the last minute change. I essentially had to replan my entire wedding in 30 days. It was so wild but everything truly worked out for the best.

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Modern Yet Earthy Wedding Day Vibes

I am a wedding planner and have been dreaming about my own wedding for so long! After spending the past three years designing weddings for others, it was so surreal to design my own. I knew I wanted a day that felt intentional and authentic to us. Our style is a mix of modern, whimsical, and earthy. Our main inspiration for the day was hues of terracotta, golden mustard, peach, full and textural florals, intentional details, and warm feels.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Peyton Rainey Photography
Event Planning –  Ivory Rose Event Co.
Venue – Spain Ranch
Day Of Coordinator – Ever & Ivory Events
Floral Design – Anthousai
Catering – Dixies Cafe
Cake – Laurannae Baking Co.
DJ – DJ Connection
Videography – French Film Co.
Invitation Design – Laurel and Marie
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Hannah Miller Artistry
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – Express
Rings – Point No Point Studio
Rentals – Telluria

Congratulations again to Lauren and Josiah on their Spain Ranch wedding! Thank you to Peyton Rainey Photography for capturing the day and sharing it with Junebug. Feeling inspired to rock a bridal jacket for your big day? Check out these cool jackets that will warm up your wedding look! 


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