A summer wedding with peonies and stripes spells preppy and that is exactly what Kara and Jason were looking for on their wedding day. From the striped ribbon on her wedding bouquet to the lovely wedding reception setting on a gorgeous white table with simple chairs, this day will be one to remember.

After all, with deep blues, navies, white and luscious pinks, joy and smiles are par for the course!

Details for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Everything shines ten times brighter in summer. Many people dream of having a summer wedding because of the amazing weather, fantastic locations, and pretty awesome themes. With so many weddings taking place during the summer, you will want yours to stand out! And this is why you should go for a preppy summer garden wedding.

With natural outdoor details, fresh and fragrant flower bouquets, intricately-designed wedding invitations, a cool environment, and primary shades of white, pink, and blue, your outdoor garden wedding will look stunning.

For that whimsical touch, look for classic open-air backdrops that feature vines dripping with blooms, be it the classic white roses, or calla lilies. You could add gorgeous peonies like Kara did, in peach and pink. This, combined with the majestic summer sun, will make for the perfect wedding arrangement that transcends all expectations.


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Colour Palettes for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Summer is the exceptional season, where all kinds of colour schemes combine harmoniously. The best way is to keep with a natural palette that blends wholly with the summer spirit. Think pastel pinks, pops of champagne, or crispy tiffany blue. All of these hues create a stunning backdrop for the quintessential preppy summer garden wedding.

Imagine the sun setting, auburn skies, sage greens, and lakeside views. These themes match the ambiance like a dream and make for the sweetest, most romantic wedding of the summer season!

Wedding Invitations for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Now that you have chosen your wedding date, it's time to break the good news to your guests. Select the style of your wedding invitations, go for tailoring according to your theme and décor, and then add all the important details to your beautiful wedding invitations.

Keep the colour palette neutral and pick a minimal style to match your theme. Champagne rose, dusky peach, with wispy writing, make for the prettiest wedding invitations. Kara and Jason went preppy all the way with crisp navy and white stripes, with their names in block letters, to embody the preppy theme they were looking for.

You can add attractive floral designs to give your guests a hint of what will be welcoming them. Instead of going for the boring ol' wedding invites, you can get your and your partner's names engraved on the front. How exciting!

Food for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

The best part of preppy summer garden weddings is that you can go crazy with the wedding reception menu. You can choose between cushiony macaroons that match the wedding colours, or freshly shucked oysters, loved by guests! Pair these delicious dishes with an endless supply of fresh bubbly champagne that will surely keep everyone on their toes!

Go a step further, put your own seasonal twist on signature drinks. Use edible flowers in tasty mojitos to add a certain oomph. Just a subtle garnish mind you! Another wonderful thing is that in summer you keep things simple, light, and fresh.

To join the summer preppy spirit, use a mixture of artistically arranged fruit platters. Think fruit bowls that coordinate with the theme. Nothing screams more ‘summer wedding’ than a colourful, juicy fruit arrangement!

Ceremony Decor for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Love is in the air, especially in the summer, and romance is the key highlight of any wedding. You can never go wrong with natural and floral scenery! It is not only eye-pleasing but also smells pretty amazing. Add vintage-style props for your tables and chairs. Your guests won't stop gushing about it.

Use floral arches with hints of draping silks and organza, accented by bunches of pastel roses, hydrangeas, or tulips. A huge collection of flowers in your wedding ceremony decor will show your guests what a preppy summer garden wedding looks like. You can either have them all as the same or you can try variations of different colours and kinds.

It is little details and intricacies like these that make your wedding memorable and dreamy. And being surrounded by a neatly organised decor will make you feel like a nature princess!

Table Setting Style for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

When it comes to a garden wedding, you can never go wrong with a long dining table setup. Use metallic silver or gold cutleries that look royal. Lay down a chic table runner and add huge floral centrepieces with fresh flowers, and matching candelabras!

The wedding cake should undoubtedly be the centre of attention. Use strategic placements to make sure your cake gets the attention it deserves!

The table and chairs should also go with the matching theme. Consider plain pearly white for the table and contrasting huge bows for chairs. Leave the ceiling as it is to create a raw look.

Hosting an outdoor summer wedding can be very tricky because of the frequently fluctuating weather, so make sure that you have properly provided shade in the dining area.

Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Wedding bouquets are said to bring joy and happiness to a marriage. And when you are planning a summer wedding, fortunately, you have a lot of options to choose from because summer brings the greatest assortment of flowers.

A combination of pastel and vivid colours lives up to the summertime vibe so why not incorporate them into your garden-fresh wedding bouquet and boutonnieres. You can choose peonies, dahlias, exotic wildflowers, or classic and timeless roses. These flowers are beautiful in every season and can be paired with less vibrant tones for a beautiful yet balanced look.

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Since we're all about flowers in this preppy summer garden wedding, a floral cake sounds like a perfect addition to your summery wedding. Kara and Jason chose navy stripes to decorate the cake as well in keeping with the preppy summer garden wedding theme. There are endless prospects and abundant ideas for floral wedding cake designs and flavors to make the cake look and taste absolutely fabulous.

You can choose cool, popping colours or simply go for a white, minimalistic tiered wedding cake design with a dash of fresh flowers to add to its beauty and colour. You can also incorporate in-season fresh and exotic fruits to make it look even more appealing and go for flavors like vanilla, caramel, or coconut.

Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

With the sun shining bright, you might not want to carry a heavily designed and full-length wedding dress. So, you can try opting for sleeveless, and classic short-trail dresses for a laid-back and relaxed wedding look. And the groom can match the theme by choosing from shades of grey or white paired with floral lapels.

You can go for a full white plain dress and pair it with vibrant colour shoes and accessories as well as in-season wildflowers. Or you can choose a sheer and patterned dress that is easy to wear, and looks super flattering with its floaty and airier summer wedding-appropriate look. If you want to create a combination of modest and modern, then you can go for a backless dress paired with net full-sleeves.

Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Wedding photos are the hardest to perfect, but you can ensure that your journey to married bliss is captured forever with the right setting and the right venue.

Add vintage chandeliers in the open, or blooming wreaths that can be used as background for your photos. Gaze into the eyes of your life partner and feel the world go round. These pictures make for the best of memories, with the hidden smile, the gentlest of touch, all with the nature surrounding you.

Use swings in your photo shoot that provide a romantic visual as well as a respite from all the walking, talking, and dancing. Let your groom stand behind and pose as if you are the queen of his world! All those pastel colours, with a dash of vibrancy, make the bride and the groom, the couple of the day!

Preppy Summer Garden Wedding

Kara and Jason’s Preppy summer garden wedding is just too darling! It was a destination wedding for these two in Franklin, Tennessee and Jenna Henderson was there to capture not only their love, but also all the perfect details so lovingly chosen for their big day!

Pink and navy wedding invitations | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Summer garden wedding reception | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Pink peony bridesmaids bouquet | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy southern wedding | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Pink peony centerpiece | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy escort cards | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Southern wedding | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy wedding ideas | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Striped shoes | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Single bloom centerpiece | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Succulent and peony bridal bouquet | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy wedding invitations | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy southern summer wedding reception | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Cake with striped ribbons | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Mr and Mrs chalk chair signs | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Preppy southern wedding | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Family style wedding reception | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/
Tennessee wedding | Jenna Henderson Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/04/preppy-summer-garden-wedding/

I just adore a bride who coordinates her shoes with her décor! Kara and Jason’s wedding is southern Preppy perfection with its perfectly stripes and big, bright pink peonies. Everything from the cake to the table runners, wedding invitations and ribbons on the bouquets coordinates perfectly. Congratulations you two!

Credits: Photography: Jenna Henderson // Floral Design: The Enchanted Florist // Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental // Catering & Cake: A Catered Affair // Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals // Videography: Little Josh Productions // Ceremony Venue: St. Philip Catholic Church // Reception Venue: CJ’s Off The Square in Franklin, Tennessee.

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