A Simple Summer Backyard Wedding à la Chic Provence

The appeal of the backyard wedding is stronger than ever. Brides today want to have their weddings in unique, personalized and..yes, less expensive settings. So, rather than rent the magnificent hotel ballroom or the caves at the local winery, if the backyard has some nice features and lends itself to a little sprucing up and has enough elbowroom for guests, it’s the perfect solution!

Pear & Pepper Fine Events and Catering asked me to designed this small, intimate and very chic wedding setting for an upcoming bride to see an example of just how charming and effective a backyard wedding can be. She was enchanted, P&P was happy, and she booked us both for the wedding!

For an early evening wedding, nothing is more glamorous than
flickering tea lights casting a soft glow on crystal,
silver, shimmering table linens and beautiful flowers. Don't you agree?

The centerpiece is a simple and elegant arrangement of vintage bottles
on a footed silver tray with a different flower stem in each..
very effective, charming and doesn't cost the earth!

Pear and Pepper designed this pitch perfect menu of delicious
Provencal dishes for the small wedding. The amazing
Provencal wines they chose will accompany each course. Yum!

Because the wedding is small..24 guests..we used gorgeous
dishes, glassware and napkins from Anthropologie for the settings.
The bride is thrilled to keep these lovely items for
her new home. And with the money she saves by having
a backyard wedding, she can keep all 24 settings, or give as
gifts to her bridal party. Notice the plums from the tree?
It's a signature of Chic Provence event design to use things from
nature whenever the opportunity presents itself!

A richness is created by the textures and jewel tones of the
patterned champagne and small tumblers (here used for tea lights), the
Ikat patterned napkins, the rich tones of the flowers and
the plum color of the ..well, plums from the tree!

This version is a little different; the cloches are placed on each plate and
the ikat napkins are hanging to show off their lovely design. We tried this
version earlier in the afternoon and decided the look just didn't work.
That's the fun part of design..it's always a process!

Although I designed the center table only, we Photoshopped in two more
tables to give the bride a realistic view of
three 48" square tables, each seating eight people.

We think we like the
"Louis Ghost" chairs (not sure). Do you?
A sheer lavender layer over old French linen tablecloths
is the perfect color for anchoring our scheme.


inspiration pieces: the rich purple votives,
and the bottle arrangement centerpieces we are designing
for a large fundraiser in the fall


some photos by Kit and the better ones by


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