A Backyard Wedding That Proves You Can Plan a Gorgeous Celebration in Just Four Months

Turns out, you don't need to spend months pouring over the details to host a gorgeous celebration

Updated 05/17/16
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Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

In May of 2015, four years after they first met at church, Will surprised Darcie with a trip to Costa Rica to visit his brother and sister-in-law. "I'd convinced myself he wasn't going to propose because I didn't want to be disappointed," Darcie says. But she shouldn't have worried. As they walked along the beach to watch the sunset before dinner, Will's family slowed down, and soon it was just the two of them on a group of huge rocks jutting out into the sea. "When the sun was just right, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him!" she says. They celebrated with champagne on the beach, a dreamy start to an engagement if we've ever heard one.

But they didn't bask in the glow for too long, deciding to get married in just four months! "It's possible!" Darcie swears. They chose the groom's family's farm in Toano, Virginia, as the venue, settling on a romantic and bohemian vibe. "I didn't want anything to feel too 'done,'" explains the bride. With a whirlwind engagement and a stunning venue, the wedding was everything the couple dreamed of. See the gorgeous photos, by Chelsea Diane Photography, below!

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Darcie knew she wanted an all-lace wedding dress with straps, and this Martina Liana stunner was the first one she tried on! "I knew it was the one when it was still on the hanger," the bride says. She skipped a veil, opting for a flower crown of white ranunculus, porcelina spray roses, and baby's breath instead. Her bouquet matched the crown, in white and rose hues, and combined roses, waxflower, dahlias, stock, eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and cedar branches.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

William selected the suits that he and his groomsmen wore, choosing for skinny navy designs from ASOS.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

"I really wanted the texture of mismatched dresses," says Darcie of her bridesmaids' blush gowns, which combined lace, beading, and more simple fabrics from shops like Anthropologie and Free People. The flower girl coordinated with the bridesmaids in a lace dress and a baby's breath crown, while the ring bearer donned a bowtie and suspenders.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

The pair took on a number of DIY projects, with Darcie sourcing and painting their chalkboard signs, and William building the couple's wooden altar, which was decorated with white hydrangea, porcelina spray roses, eucalyptus, blush carnations, and myrtle for the traditional ceremony. "The officiant is a pastor from our church, and our wedding day was so special because we had the people closest to us involved," says the bride.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Even one of the groom's family's horses got in on the portrait action. The wooden fences and sprawling forests in the background created a natural, dramatic, and relaxed scene.

As escort cards, the pair purchased succulents and stuck tags directing guests to their tables directly in the dirt.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

Each table was decorated with a slice of wood topped with candles and bud vases full of roses and hydrangeas. A fern was placed over each napkin.

For dinner, guests dined on risotto with spinach and red peppers, a macaroni and cheese bar ("It was a huge hit!" says Darcie), blackened mahi-mahi with mango pico de gallo, and sliced tenderloin on rolls.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

For dessert, the pair served a vanilla almond and chocolate cake, decorated with waxflower, Italian ruscus, and baker ferns.

"Our DJ was amazing. We wanted the whole thing to feel like one big party, and there was tons of dancing!" Darcie remembers.

Photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

After a Costa Rican engagement, the pair decided to honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Says Darcie of planning a wedding on such a short timeline, "There will be stressful moments, but remember that it's supposed to be a celebration, so don't get caught up in it!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Groom's Family's Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Shoes: Anthropologie || Hair: Chelsea Jordan || Makeup: Olivia Atwood || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: ASOS || Florist: Kate Fióre Floral Design || Catering: Custom Culinary Connections || Rentals: Williamsburg Event Rentals || Favors: The Succulent Source || Photographer: Chelsea Diane Photography

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