Outdoor Summer Wedding at Sussex Conservatory by Kristina Lee Photography

This outdoor summer wedding hits all the marks! A cheerful and vibrant color palette? Check. A picturesque setting with rustic decor? Check, check. Lots of DIY details all made by the bride? Check, check, and CHECK! This adorable duo’s wedding day was simple, fun, and full of love. Take a peek at the photos captured by Kristina Lee Photography below!

From the bride…The two of us met in 2013, shortly after Billy had started up a side business working on Subaru’s. Coincidentally, I owned one at the time and contacted Billy to have some small work done. So I suppose we have the cars and fate to thank for this adventure, because in 2015 we started dating! Shortly thereafter, we unexpectedly, yet very happily found out that we were expecting our son, and 8 months after his arrival- we were ENGAGED! We got married about a year and a half later. We both wanted an outdoor summer wedding, with beautiful scenery, and lots of open space, which landed us on The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds! The day went beautifully, and the night was filled with lots of laughter & dancing – there were even unplanned fireworks that went off from a nearby event! It was a great day filled with family, friends, and love.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We didn’t necessarily have any specific theme- just wanted a beautiful, colorful, outdoor wedding! I couldn’t give you an exact reason but I knew I wanted some sort of “pop” of yellow, so I had my girls wear yellow shoes! There were no cultural, or religious traditions incorporated into the day, but I did make sure to reserve a seat up front, with a yellow rose, for my Grammie who had passed 3 years prior- yellow roses were her favorite!

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
As far as MY dress went, I knew FOREVER that I wanted a “princess style” dress- you know.. like Cinderella! Absolutely NO mermaid!! Well I tried about 12 dresses that I thought I would like before someone brought me a mermaid. I immediately said “NO!”, but I put it on anyway. Needless to say, I didn’t choose that exact dress, but I did choose mermaid, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! As far as my husband goes- he wanted to wear black, on black, on BLACK! I was able to convince him otherwise, and to incorporate grey into his tux! He didn’t want the “traditional look” and I was fine with that! He and the guys ended up wearing dark grey jacket & pants, black shirts, with lighter ties and vests! I think it was a great compromise. He got his non-traditional look without being dressed in all black! And they didn’t all sweat to death in the sun- which was a great plus!

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
I am a fairly simple girl. I keep most things in my life pretty low key, so while I did want an elegant wedding- I didn’t want to over complicate any decor. That being said- I did DIY a lot of it! Any signs were made by me, the flower girls wagon was decorated by me, and the lighted curtain draped behind our sweetheart table was set up the morning of by myself and a couple of my girls! I was even going to make my own invitations, but with a toddler to tend to all day long- that just wasn’t going to work!

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Like I said, we wanted a colorful, fun wedding. I didn’t want a traditional bouquet, I requested a colorful bouquet full of wildflower-type flowers! I was pleasantly surprised with what our florist created!! As far as centerpieces, I, once again, kept it simple! I did greenery around a lantern- with candles, of course!

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We originally planned to have a photo booth for our guests but it unfortunately wasn’t working when the time came. To be honest, I don’t think it was missed by anyone, as the DJ did a great job keeping our guests entertained with his DJ skills. The part we were most excited for and kept a secret from any of our wedding party was a confetti cannon as we were announced into our reception! Our bridal party all lined up and as we were running in- the confetti shot off- it was very cool to say the least! As the night was winding down, guests were mingling outside and pointed out that it was a full moon! A short while later a nearby event shot off some fireworks that we all got to enjoy- it was magical!

 

Location: Sussex Conservatory / Photographer: Kristina Lee Photography / DJ: Magic Touch DJ’s / Floral Designer: Petunia Bergamot / Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal / Jeweler: Roman Jewelers

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