The long-awaited wedding of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux was a Wednesday backyard event that reflected the couple's personalities. Continuing the celebrity trend of weekday nuptials, their intimate affair featured plenty of unique details: lounge poufs in lieu of chairs, Muppet-esque characters on top of the cake, and a honeymoon filled with friends.
Draw inspiration from their neutral color palette, casual seating, and Zen-like feel to design your own backyard bliss.
Hosting your wedding on a weekday can reduce the cost of your location and vendors – just be sure to give your guests ample notice, so they can plan accordingly. Create a cake that is uniquely yours with toppers that look like the bride and groom or have a special meaning.
From L-R (top to bottom): Monogrammed invitation suite by Laura Hooper Calligraphy; "Tuxedo" napkins by Bodrum, gearys.com; Photo of table by Next Exit Photography; "Passion for Love" cake, jiscake.com; "Rustic Wood" place cards by Zenadia Design; Photo of place setting by Samuel Lippke Studios; Photo of lounge by Next Exit Photography
A great investment is a dress that is two-in-one: a gown with a removable skirt. This way, you can wear the minidress to your reception – and after your wedding. Make sure your bouquet seamlessly ties in with your color scheme, theme, dress, and location. For a backyard wedding, you will want to incorporate flowers and greenery for a handpicked look. You may not always wear your engagement ring after your wedding day. Choose a band or bands that you love for an everyday style.
From L-R (top to bottom): "Celine" earrings by Bavna; "Classic Romance" bouquet by Fleurish; Oval diamond ring by XIV Karats Ltd; "Something Blue" Eau de Parfum by Oscar de la Renta; Eternity bands by CvB Paraiso; "Hartley" two-piece gown by Monique Lhuillier; "Jaron" sunglasses by Paul Smith; Lip Gloss and Truly Kissable Lip Crayon by Honest Beauty; "Bora Bora" candle by Arabella Candles; Palter DeLiso "Royale" handbag; Luxe Lotion; "Shandy" gold sandal by Palter DeLiso
Think outside the box with grooms' formalwear. A sleek grey suit can be a dressy-casual alternative to the traditional tuxedo. Encourage your groom to pick accessories that are meaningful to him. You want him to feel as great as he looks.
From L-R (top to bottom): Artisan Wire Aviator sunglasses by John Varvatos; "Flowton" skinny tie by Ted Baker; Retro Classic Cushion Milgrain cuff links by Tacori; Bracelet with onyx and dinosaur bone by William Henry; "Henrique" boots by Feri; Bespoke Heritage three-piece suit by Hickey Freeman; "Buddha" cuff links by Borgioni; Boutonniere by Fleurish; "Apollo Hyacinth" fragrance by Eric Buterbaugh; "Fiesta" tequila shot set, gearys.com; "By the Sea" charcoal soap, loneflag.co
Continue your wedding festivities with close friends by inviting them on your honeymoon. You will still have plenty of one-on-one time with your new spouse, yet able to celebrate your nuptials with friends.
From L-R (top to bottom): Hat Attack fedora; "Andie" sunglasses by Jimmy Choo; "Sunscape" tote, lovetinydevotions.com; "Malak" cuff by Kelly Wearstler; "Center Tie" bikini top and "Cheeky Bottom" by La Marée Swimwear; Photo by Windstar Cruises; "Sheldrake" metal sunglasses by Oliver Peoples; "City Pouch" travel bag by m0851; "Brazilian Tan" airbrush spray by Rodial; "Aloha Sunday" shorts, loneflag.co; "Certosa" sandal by René Caovilla