Wedding Mood: Homespun

Defining characteristic: totally lacking in pretension

Ideal setting: family backyard; local farm with historic bed-and-breakfast inn

Most expensive version would include: rented lakeside estate with guest cottages where all 80 guests could spend the weekend

You'll make do with: clear-top tent

Colors seen: sage green, peach, periwinkle, ivory

Flowers include: peonies, birch twigs, hydrangeas

You'd wear: the Lela Rose gown above, something crocheted, or a tea-length dress, and/or a hat; he'd wear a khaki or navy suit—linen in summer

On bridesmaids: matching cotton sundresses, prints optional

Invitations: "Dotted Scallop" from Spark Stationery

Serving style: buffet

On the menu: lamb shank, tiny spring vegetables, garlic-rosemary mashed potatoes

On tables: linen tablecloths

Reception music: guitar duo, or fiddler

Cake would be: round tiers covered in buttercream with fresh flowers

Extra entertainment: a round of bocce on the lawn after the cake cutting

Favors: jam from local farm

After-party: bonfire

Honeymoon suite: rustic, antiquefilled room (see for inspiration)

Morning-after brunch: fresh biscuits, homemade granola, and yogurt with berries

On their way out the door, guests overheard saying: "That was so sweet."

Photos: Faith West Photography (flowers); Kay Meyer Photography (sign); David Nichols (gown); Anne Ruthmann Photography (fiddler); Emilie, Inc. Photography (cake)
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