Peaceful Garden Wedding Reception Ideas

Wherever you’re getting married, we highly suggest finding a venue with a peaceful, beautiful garden. Perfect for hosting an outdoor reception or just for photos, a garden creates a tranquil, romantic setting. Here, a moss-lined brick patio is the ideal spot for an intimate dinner, and we love the fresh palette of cream, grey, green, and touches of caramel selected for the table and floral design. Imagine the evening sun slowly setting as your guests begin to dine, sharing stories and laughing over an incredible meal.

This inspiration shoot was created as a part of the recent photography workshop hosted and taught by Once Wed Premium Vendor, Jake Anderson Photography. Read on for more of what he has to say:

“It was such an honor to host a workshop at the incredible Outing Lodge alongside such truly talented creatives. The ability to pull away from distractions, and fully immerse ourselves in learning as a community was the goal of the workshop, and I truly feel the relationships cultivated through our time together will be lasting and impactful. With building relationships as a goal, we intended to create shoots which reflected and encouraged that mood.

The inspiration for this shoot came from our desires the cultivate lasting relationships, as well as from the venue itself. Upon visiting the Outing Lodge, I felt a sense of strength rooted in establishment as well as subdued sophistication, and we used that to inform the detail decisions. Using the venue’s garden, we created an event befitting an intentionally refined couple whose wedding would include close family and friends gathering around to celebrate and dine al fresco. A couple who intended to use their day to celebrate the momentous change in their lives, yes, but also as a means by which their loved ones could experience, in a tangible way, the nuances of their relationship. The tablescape is the very tablescape the workshop attendees ate dinner upon that evening, so it needed to be practical. Stylist Emilie Szabo and floral designer Danielle Erickson absolutely succeeded in creating an environment in which our attendees felt comfortable, were able to converse freely and enjoy the incredible courses provided by our chef, Brooke of Quince, as well as nurturing a setting fitting of our venue and vibe.”

Photographer: Jake Anderson | Florist: Studio Fleurette | Stylist: Emilie Anne Szabo | Silk: Silk & Willow | Dress: Flora via a&be Bridal | Calligraphy: Layers of Loveliness | Printer: Nightingale Handmade | Rentals: On Solid Ground | Hair: Leah | Venue: Outing Lodge | Models: Bethany & Wes Schrock | Chef: Quince