We're in LOVE with this adorable couple and their stunning backyard DIY wedding!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker October 24, 2018

Uber Romantic Backyard California Wedding

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“If you need a tenderness injection today balanced by wild dance moves, I’m coming through for you in a big way. This gorgeous backyard celebration filled with DIY tenderness and gorgeous inspiration, with these immensely lovely people tying the knot in front of all their very favorites—our hearts are full. Glowing and sweet and full of teary moments. So much love here from such wonderful people and an utterly lovely community. Since their last name is Burger, we especially loved the burger theme throughout the day. Collin gave Courtney a sweet burger charm, he wore cheeseburger socks, and they served sliders during the cocktail hour. But our favorite detail of the whole day is that these two sweethearts met in this same backyard while attending another wedding. They came full circle. This romantic, fun, rustic, creative, wild wedding is not to miss!” –Let’s Frolic Together

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

It’s really hard to say that there is one favorite memory. Although looking back, what sticks out the most in my mind was our first dance. It was the calmest moment and we had a chance to gush on just getting married. Then we looked around at the beautiful decor and the faces of our favorite people, that was a feeling that I will never forget. That’s what a wedding day is all about.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

The wedding was in my parents backyard, so really everything from pulling weeds to hanging lights in the trees to planting flowers..it was DIY for months and months leading up to the day. I have to give my husband and all my family a lot of credit here, they put in so many hours getting everything perfect. As far as decor goes, we started collecting old antique copper vessels and vintage candle holders, which my florist did an amazing job using them for the arrangements throughout the entire venue. We hung lanterns and flowers and DIY signs toward the entrance to the venue and at the aisle. Instead of a guest book, we had guests write on a square of fabric and my talented mother is in the process of using the squares to make a quilt for us. We made our own place cards, we painted the “C&C” marquee lights, designed the milk and cookie table with plates collected and borrowed and made signs for each cookie flavor. My amazing step-father made DIY’d cocktail tables out of wine barrels and he made wooden round table toppers that he etched with our initials and wedding date. So incredible, we get to have those forever! I want to take a second to thank my mom Pam and my stepdad Tom for letting us have the wedding in their yard and for all your creativity and hard work! I couldn’t have done it with out you!

Did you have something old, new borrowed and blue?

I had something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in my shoe. If you don’t know that last one, it is a British tradition that has evolved a bit, but is meant to bring good luck. For the old and blue, my Mother stitched the wedding date in the lining of my dress with blue thread and also attached my Grandmother’s pendant that she wore on her wedding day, next to the date. The new was so many things, dress, shoes, under garments etc. As a mix of both borrowed and sixpence in my shoe, my sister let me borrow her sixpence that was given to her on her wedding day. I wore it in my left shoe for the ceremony for good luck.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Get organized early on! Create Google docs or some sort of document initially for everything you want before you start planning in order from the most important to least important, use it for budgeting as it can really help with visualizing cost and what you can and can’t live without. Create files within your email to keep your vendor emails organized, you will have a ton! There are so many moving parts and I would have gone crazy if I wasn’t organized. – Courtney, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Lets Frolic Together // Venue: Private Residence // Wedding Planner: Salt Creative Co. // Florist: Kendra's Floral Design // Invitations: Double Trip Press // Table + Chair Rentals: Farm Tables and More // Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals // Videographer: Audrey Alba Films // Transportation: Wess Transportation // DJ: The Groove // Catering: MIHO Catering Co. // Desserts: The Cravory Cookies // Engagement Ring: Charles Koll // Bride's Attire: The Bustle // Bride's Earrings: The Exquisite Bride // Bridesmaid's Attire: Donna Morgan // Bridesmaid's Earrings: Le Coquetterie Bridal // Bride + Bridesmaid's Robes: J Kraft Plus // Hair + Make-up: Thorne Artistry // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen // Ties: Frederick Thomas // Groom's Cufflinks: Silver Sculptor // Wedding Napkins: Memorable Wedding // Personalized Matchboxes: Gracious Bridal

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