A Wedding Reception, A Magical Evening

Welcome to the 176th Tablescape Thursday!

Recently, my friend Maree, who blogs at  Tales from an OC Cottageshared some wonderful photographs taken when her nephew, Joe (son of her sister, Bee) and his sweetie, Katie, were married back in November.  The wedding reception was held in the backyard of Maree’s sister (Kae’s) home.  Maree has posted pictures on her blog in past showing Kae’s gorgeous gardens and landscaping, but I had no idea her backyard was so beautiful!  Add to that a stunningly beautiful wedding, and it must have been an evening not soon forgotten.

Maree said, “The bride (Katie) knew she wanted the cake in the gazebo…the basketball court would be the dance floor and little white lights everywhere like in Stars Hallow {the little town where the Gilmore Girls lived.  We know it’s not real, but we still want to live there one day!”

Maree said, “The grooms only request was the hanging paper lanterns.  He still has NO idea how we had to “MacGyver” them that morning.  The proper instructions were just TOO MUCH…we were already up to our eyes in glasses, napkins and tree branches! So I said we can just bend this to secure it…bend that to hang it…no lights had to be restrung, none fell, and they looked very cool.”
I love the paper lanterns.  They immediately made me think of the paper lanterns hung for the party at Lauren and Harley’s cottage home in the movie, It’s Complicated,  HERE.  (Tour the main house in It’s Complicated, HERE.)

I love the chairs they chose for the event.  The napkins are such a nice pop of color against the white tablecloths and china.  Lots of pretty stemware for happy toasts to the bride and groom.

If you’ve ever visited Maree’s wonderful blog, you know she is the Queen of Glitter.   I designated that title just for her. 🙂 Those skills came in very handy as she created the table numbers for this special dinner.  Maree told me the colors you see in the floral arrangements were chosen to coordinate with the color of the bride’s shoes.  The napkins matched her shoes exactly.  I love that shade of pink…so vibrant and so pretty!  I know the bride was beautiful!

Peonies all the way from Holland!  Gorgeous!

In lieu of favors, the bride and groom made a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project.  Love that…such a a great idea!

Kae’s daughter, Molly, along with her husband, were the photographers for this special day.  It’s my understanding she photographs weddings all over the country.  If you would like more info about how to reach her, I’m sure Maree (Tales from an OC Cottage) will be happy to put you in touch.

This photo made me gasp…soooo beautiful!   Truly, truly a magical night!  Wish I could have been a fly on a lantern, watching it all down below.  Okay, maybe not a fly…how about a beautiful butterfly.  Yep, that’s it.  A butterfly drinking in all the beauty below.


Maree, thanks so much for sharing these lovely pictures.  I want to come live in Kae’s backyard!

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  1. What a simply gorgeous wedding! The setting was pretty all by itself, but all decorated for the wedding, it was amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos and for hosting, Susan!

  2. Looks like a beautiful Wedding! Thanks for hosting, Susan.
    XO Cindy

  3. AshTreeCottage says

    So beautiful~ wish I was planning a wedding! Thanks for hosting Susan, I always have fun at your parties!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. Thank you for sharing this.. Love seeing happy events. What a luscious color of fuchsia. Lofe the round lanterns too. Gorgeous gorgeous! Thanks for hosting xo marlis

  5. Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There says

    OH my goodness! How beautiful and I love the colors! It looks like a gorgeous summer wedding! Who would have guessed it was in November! Her floral arrangements were fabulous! What a special treat to be able to use their yard like that! Very nicely done!

  6. Entertaining Women says

    Such a beautiful, personal setting for the reception. When KC was married, I rolled out clay, cut tiles, painted them with a blue and white pattern and
    table numbers on them, and fired them in my kiln. Each one was displayed on the table on an easel. Afterward, KC chose the numbers that were her address, and David and she used them for their house address on their first home. It turned out to be a nice touch. The peonies are so amazing…my favorite flower. Thank you for inviting us for a peak at this marvelous celebration. Cherry Kay

  7. Coty Farquhar says

    Such a wonderful wedding,
    I just love it!
    Hugs from down under!
    xx Coty

  8. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Just beautiful and definitely magical looking!

  9. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    What a picture perfect spot! Love that last photo….makes me wish our family had an upcoming wedding—as I know that your's does!

  10. What a lovely intimate wedding! The decorations are lovely, love the pop of pink!

  11. Everything looks just lovely for the reception!

  12. A Cottage in the Clouds says

    Very pretty. I love backyard weddings and receptions. This is the second tablescape today to give me peony envy (Alycia Nichols). Such a beautiful flower.
    Thanks for hosting.

  13. The Charmed Life Online says

    The peonies are gorgeous!!! They are my favorite flowers in my garden, but they never last long enough. Thank you for showing us this stunning event, the bride and groom must have loved it!

  14. Beautiful wedding. It does look magical with the gazebo and the sparkling lights. I think weddings in the intimate setting of one's home are truly special. Thanks for sharing this one. ~ Sarah

  15. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    What a fun post, thanks for sharing it with us! A very beautiful wedding, and fabulous photography!

    How nice to do the Wounded Warrior donation!

    Thanks for hosting!


  16. What a beautiful reception. Love the peonies! We have a wedding coming up for our Katie in March. I love that idea of donating money to Wounded Warriors instead of party favors. Our Katie is married to a Marine. They got married before he left for Afghanistan at the Magistrates office and we are having the formal wedding celebration now that he is back from Afghanistan. Fun times!

  17. Great pics and I love the color scheme!

  18. FABBY'S LIVING says

    A gorgeous wedding and where it was held, simply fabulous! I bet you're checking all the weddings, caz I know you're into wedding receptions, ha?!
    Thank you for hosting dear Susan. Hugs,

  19. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful Wedding reception pics. Gorgeous,
    and love the pink and the florals are so wonderful…………..

    Hope all is well with you hon.
    Thanks for hosting as always,
    Blessings for a Happy New Year,

  20. martinealison says

    Une belle manière de débuter une vie à deux… Toutes mes félicitations aux jeunes mariés… Je leur souhaite plein de bonheur…

    Merci pour ces belles photos.
    Gros bisous

  21. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says

    What a beautiful and enchanting wedding. The colors are magnificent. I so love the peonies, a perfect compliment to the decor. Thank you for sharing that beautiful wedding.

  22. Thank you for hosting this event each week, Susan. It is always an inspiration.

    Wow! What a gorgeous reception!!! Absolute perfection.

  23. thesavvyseeker.com says

    Drooling over the pink Peonies!!! Those are gorgeous. And love the the fact that the couple incorporated a donation to such a worthy cause.

  24. Eclectically Vintage says

    What a fantastic wedding – love the pink! Peonies are one of my fave flowers

  25. A Hint of Home says

    Would love to be a guest at that beautiful reception! Just lovely!

  26. What a beautiful way to celebrate the beginning of your married life together! I love the idea of the bride wearing fuchsia shoes — too wonderful. Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the help you gave me when I was a new blogger, trying to figure out how to join this party!


  27. What a darling wedding!!! I will ALWAYS want to live in Stars Hollow too!!

  28. Small Town Girl says

    There is something so sweet and beautiful and yet not overdone and expensive about that reception! Just the way weddings should be but unfortunately most brides get caught up in the "I want the best, most expensive, I want, I want, I want" trend. So happy to see there are some who are still down to earth and creative and don't need or want the biggest and largest! This made this wedding even more beautiful to me (in the pictures). I have 2 daughters who have both said (at 12 and 4!) that they want smaller weddings than all of those wedding shows out there! Thank heavens! 😉
    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Alycia Nichols says

    As a retired wedding designer, this makes my heart SO happy! I am always delighted to see people making the effort to create the most beautiful, welcoming, well-coordinated event for their guests to enjoy. (Especially in this crummy economy!) The colors are magnificent!!! I agree with the chair choice 100%!!! A lot of people would have gone with a plain white, but the chocolate chiavari is absolutely the perfect choice! What a beautiful back yard in which to hold this great event, too! Bravo, and congratulations to the happy couple!

  30. Gorgeous wedding. Aren't weddings the best, the ultimate tablescapes, and DIY project? Your son's wedding sounds like it will be a GRAND event, as well. I love the cake gazebo, and the bottles of wine on the table so that guests can help themselves as if at an intimate dinner party! Thanks for sharing and hosting. ~CJ

  31. hometown girl says

    just lovely! i haven't had a chance to do one in awhile, have to get back to it! hope all is well with you! susan

  32. Jo's This and That says

    Maybe you can help, When I post my new blogs…. they will not pop up in other followers blogs list. I did change the name of my blog back in August from a older blog ….. People say they have a hard time finding my new post .Can you help?
    Thank You Joann

  33. Fiffiga Systrar says

    We just love tablesettings!! This one was a doll… Love the pink napkins and the centerpieces with peonies and roses, the silver details… everything!

    We are now followers of you blog! What a luck to find you!

    Love Emelie & ELin

  34. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Emelie & Elin, thanks so much…so glad you are here!

  35. Victoria Mische says

    That's was a brilliant and magical evening. You impressed me so much by the decors and designs. And the table settings are wonderful.

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