lakefront weddings

Summer may not officially begin until June 21 on the astronomical calendar, but with temperatures rising, schools out for the season, and Memorial Day behind us, it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer to me.

This Memorial Day, I spent the afternoon at the most beautiful lakefront chalet in northern Indiana. Just take a look:

Isn’t it gorgeous?

My host had mentioned in passing before that the property would be perfect for a small wedding, and with some cleanup and preparations, I think he would be right. My passion for weddings being what it is, I couldn’t help picturing the possibilities while I was there. The shade of the trees would aid guests well in the heat. The shoreline across the lake is undeveloped, meaning it would be the ideal backdrop for ceremony photos. An altar arch here, an aisle there…

Lakefront weddings are popular during the summer season, so I decided for today’s post to have some fun dreaming of all the options.

the colors

As with most venues and seasons, a little creativity can make any color scheme work. But for my daydream today, I’m going with sky blues, wildflower purples, and lots of greenery, to capitalize on the natural beauty of the venue. A white base will pull the look together.

the stationary

Summery outdoor weddings can go a lot of different directions. For this event, perhaps a simple look?

Photo from Unmeasured Events.
Photo from Wedding Lovely.

the dress

Outdoor natural venues lend themselves well to soft fabrics, bohemian styles, and natural silhouettes like sheath and A-line. At least, those are my personal preferences.

This is a particularly popular look on Pinterest right now, and perfectly captures the relaxed, ethereal feel I’m picturing:

Photo from Storeenvy.

Or, for a bride seeking to show a little less skin, here’s a similar style with a tulle halter illusion-sweetheart neckline:

Photo from bytezza.

If you want more color in your day, I quite like this casual ensemble:

Photo from Ombre Prom.

the wedding party

In keeping with the colors and bridal gown, I’m opting for relaxed looks in blues, purples, and greens.

There’s a light, dusty sky blue:

Photo from Wildflowers LLC.
Photo from Aisle Planner.

Or varying shades of gentle, delicate purples (my personal favorite):

Photo from Love Tanya.
Photo from Ruffled blog.

If green is more your scene, you could go with a dark leafy green…

Photo from One Fine Day Events.
Photo from Giorgenti New York.

…or mix in a lighter look:

Photo from Lauren Crawford Photography.

the decor

For a small outdoor event like this, seating could be arranged on benches…

Photo from Rocky Mountain Bride.

…or chairs:

Photo from Style Me Pretty.

The simple, rustic look applies to reception tables and seating as well.

Photo from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Or, for a casual event, a gathering of picnic tables would give the venue an idyllic, welcoming scene.

Photo from Style Me Pretty.

Place settings would be simple but elegant.

And any other small tables, such as those used for escort cards, guestbook, or cocktail hour, can easily match with the rest of the setup:

Photo from swankfloral blog.

the cake

In this daydream, I like the aesthetic of a textured white buttercream decorated with a few sprigs of greenery.

Photo from 100 Layer Cake on Bloglovin’.
Photo from HappyWedd.com.

the flowers

Again, nature takes center stage — here especially. The lake property I visited had a lot of wildflowers growing down the hillside, along the shoreline, and around the fire pit. The tiny purple, blue, and white blossoms caught my eye. I wanted to go a similar route with my imaginary event here, focusing on untamed wildflower designs.

Photo from Wedding Sparrow.
Photo from evas-hochzeit.
Photo from Florals by Sadie.
Photo from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal.

Can you picture it? Small rows of wooden chairs around a makeshift aisle, with a rustic arch over the couple at the end. The natural beauty of the lake behind them, the vibrant green grass and tree branches blowing in the breeze. Friends and family mingle around small tables laid with white tablecloths. Oh, what a beautiful day this wedding would be!

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