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Backyard Dreamland: Eleni and Juan's Epic Wedding


All photos courtesy of Laffler Photography (Thanks, Todd!)


When you think of a COVID wedding, you probably think of a frame tent, small guest count, and a lot of stress. While we were biting our nails about the restrictions, we were lucky enough that the vaccine had been making the rounds for a couple of months before the wedding in May 2021. As a result, the guests and vendors were all vaccinated- and being outdoors, we got to take off our masks!





Fair warning, there are loads of gorgeous details, so this is gonna be a long one.


Eleni and Juan had a tough COVID, too- Eleni's a nurse, and Juan's family wasn't sure if they'd be able to get to the US for the wedding. Thanks to some serious dedication from all involved and a little luck, they were able to make it.





Eleni's parents opened their gorgeous home for us to use as a blank canvas for creating a bohemian dream. They're nestled in the farmlands of NJ. The gentle slope of the backyard worked well for the tent size, and the grassy fields were perfect for the ceremony.





Right from our first meeting, the one thing Eleni and Juan knew that they wanted, was Carnivale to be the band for the wedding. One of the couple's favorite things to do is go salsa dancing, so the music was extremely important to them. El- the band leader- knew how to keep the dance floor packed. They were on key, on point, and the guests had a blast. (Shoutout to El for going above and far beyond expectations for the vendors, too).





When it came time to build the venue, we had our work cut out for us. We opted for a clear top tent to give as much light as possible, and a floor to even out the ground. The tent gave the feeling of dancing under the stars later in the evening.


Of course, when it comes to making things magical, I called Marlee from DFW Event Design. From draping, to lighting, to ribbon-draped floral installs, they created a tent design to remember. The pièce de résistance (in my opinion) was the vinyl wrap of the dance floor. Not only was it stunningly beautiful, but the artwork was painted by Juan's father.





The ceremony site was custom built by DFW, who decorated it with macrame and florals. We rounded it out with neutral rugs for the aisle runner from White Glove Rentals.


Since I could go on forever about the details, here are some photos of them!

(I dreamt in purple for all of May).
























For their "favor", Eleni and Juan asked their guests to take their escort arrow to the bullseyes you see above- the target with the most arrows, would get a donation to the charity of choice!
























And because this hora loca shot is just too cute:


Vendor Thank Yous!


Venue & Vintage Cars:


Hindle Family Home

Planning: Events By Merida

Photography: Laffler Photography

Videography: New Pace Wedding Films

Catering: Max Hansen Catering

Cake: Simply Sweets by Lauren

Cake Toppers: Cake Topper Art Studio

Design, Florals, Table Settings, Signage, Dance Floor Wrap: DFW Event Design

Band: Carnivale

Officiant: Maura of Journeys of the Heart

Hair and Makeup: Bona Fide Beauty Co.

Airstream Bar: Third Party Bar

Dress: Rue de Seine from Lovely Bride Philly

Invitations: Yonnys Diaz

Rentals:

Tent, Stage, & Floor: EventQuip

Tables and Chairs: Adams Party Rental

Vintage Furniture: White Glove Rentals

Restroom Trailer: United Site Services

Transport: Pat Thomas Tours

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Prallsville Mills

Rehearsal Caterer: Karen Hunter Catering


(Any omissions here are by accident, please contact me if you don't see your name!)


A real life photo of me the next day:






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