Two Looks for Your Outdoor Wedding Reception

Two Looks for Your Outdoor Wedding Reception

Whether you’re planning an at-home summer celebration or a destination wedding in year-round sunny climates, a stunning outdoor wedding reception is the ultimate aspiration for many couples. In this post, we delve into the art of styling outdoor wedding receptions, showcasing two of our favourite looks that uniquely celebrate their surroundings. Of course, central to both styles are our inimitable roses, which lead the way in creating visual delight and colour balance throughout. Our expert insights and inspiration will help you transform your outdoor space into a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding reception, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Pastel Outdoor Canopy Wedding Reception

If you are getting married in a garden or large open space, anchoring the area with a beautiful focal point is essential for both receptions and ceremonies. Set against the rolling hills of California, this ethereal reception setup not only perfectly frames the view but also complements the lush and verdant surroundings. While wooden structures might initially seem dominating and angular, stylist Joy Proctor and florist Alicia from Bows & Arrows Flowers have created an organic softness with swathes of translucent fabric and abundant florals which feels endlessly romantic.  Furthermore, the structure is hugely helpful in creating a foam-free, sustainable installation and with some floral artistry will almost completely disappear. You can be certain your guests will be delighted to dine in this space.

Flowers truly take centre stage throughout this outdoor wedding reception styling – with pops of pink, peach and lavender complemented by a plenitude of lush, green foliage. By pairing low-level table arrangements that facilitate cross-table conversation with large-scale floral arbours, there is a harmonious balance where neither competes for the eye’s attention. This considered design draws the eye down the entire length of the table, creating an inviting and cohesive atmosphere. It’s a perfect example of how an outdoor reception can be breathtaking without being overstyled and cluttered with unnecessary and often costly extras.

We particularly love how this luxurious, organic look, featuring refined wooden chairs, soft drapery, and exquisite florals, works triumphantly for intimate, single-table receptions and the same synergetic styling could easily be extended across multi-table receptions. The impactful floral arbours could be used to frame the top table, while harmonious low-level arrangements and soft, organic fabrics adorn all other tables, ensuring a cohesive and beautiful setup.

Outdoor Wedding Reception with Rose Trees

Outdoor Wedding Reception Floral Tree Arrangements

Nestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley, Sunstone Winery in California provides an idyllic backdrop to this beautiful summertime wedding, full of exquisite David Austin Roses.

The beauty of your wedding venue likely played a significant role in your choice, so don’t shy away from highlighting this. Use your venue as the starting point for your styling. Here, the venue’s stone facade, reminiscent of a French chateau, shaped the entire design. Tall, round hand-made rose trees contrast with the sharp architectural angles, while each table is elegantly dressed with champagne-coloured linens that perfectly complement the natural hues of the winery’s stone walls. If you are using a planner and stylist, they will support you in ensuring every element of your styling harmonises seamlessly.

The tall floral centrepieces across this outdoor reception create a grand sense of occasion, while the base of each tree adds further floral impact with a meadow-like design, celebrating our beautiful Constance, Juliet, Keira, Leonora and Miranda roses. The varying heights of the floral elements have been carefully considered to ensure they don’t obstruct guests’ views or conversation. Brass cutlery, classic glassware, and wooden chairs that perfectly match the rustic window frames and doors create a sense that this wedding was meant to be here, blending beautifully into the surroundings while making a stunning impact.


Wedding Roses: David Austin Wedding Roses | David Austin Cut Rose Growers: @alexandrafarms @rosaprimaroses @greenvalleyfloral @agrirose @tambuziroses | Planning: @weddingsparrow | Design & Styling: @joyproctor | Florals: @bowsandarrowsflowers | Photography:  @jessicamangiaphotography | Videography: @annalord | Venue: @sunstonewinery | Hair, Make-up: @pagebeauty | Model: Hannah @hannah.burnard via @notiesmodels | Bridal Gowns: @kimkassascouture @nettabenshabu @ritavinieris via @kinsleyjamescouturebridal | Event Rentals: @theonicollection | Linens: @latavolalinen

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