For two people who take pride in being laid-back and easygoing, Lanie Pilnock, 34, and Chris List, 41, faced the ultimate test: a garden wedding threatened by downpours. Lanie, a fashion executive with her own bridal store (lovelybride.com), had just finished converting her dress from two straps to one (a game-day decision), so a quick change of plans when it started to rain? No sweat. Everything was moved to the tent, where a palette of pinks and purples set a happy tone. Friends and family snapped pictures in front of a floral backdrop (made from durable outdoor fabric) with messages written on chalkboards. (One bridesmaid posed with a board that read, spray tan.) The couple even used guests’ umbrellas as impromptu photo props—proof that nothing could dampen their spirits.
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The bride took circles of fabric and burned the edges to create these flower pins, which she gave to family members.
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An Unusual Procession
The photographer and the maid-of-honor scouted the prettiest guest umbrellas and gathered them to use in photos.
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A Hint of Color
Chris bought his striped socks at Paul Smith (his favorite designer). Blue and purple fit right in with the color scheme.
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Chic and Stylish
Lanie added tulle to a dress she bought in London. The center bridesmaid dress was Prada; others were J.Crew.
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An Elegant Headpiece
The bride bought her feather-and-pearl headpiece on Etsy.
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Rainy Day Relief
The setting was the backyard of the groom’s sister in Gladstone, New Jersey. The twinkling chandeliers were from Ikea.
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The couple got chalkboards from eBay and Staples. Ruthy’s Bakery supplied red velvet cupcakes.
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Blooms and Baked Goods
Fluffy peonies and roses were arranged loosely on tables. Favor boxes held favorite waffle cookies from Amsterdam.
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A Playful Photo Station
Instead of using a guest book, the couple had friends and family write messages on chalkboards to hold in pictures.