This Southern Backyard Ceremony Is All the Fall Wedding Inspiration You Need

At first glance, you'd probably guess that all the decor from Heather and Matthew's gorgeous backyard wedding was professionally done. But most of the planning and DIYs came straight from the impressive bride and her family. The ceremony entrance, arbor, bar, and dance floor were all built by Heather's father and grandfather, making their big day truly special. Every little detail was made with love and attention, including the Wizard of Oz quotes placed throughout her parents' backyard.

Heather gifted her bridesmaids earrings, a handwritten note, and a forest green shawl to warm them up on the November day. Matthew wore a velvet maroon suit jacket with a fancy little pocket square. As the flower girls walked down the aisle, friends and family showered them with paper airplanes — an important detail for the couple, since the groom is a plane and drone enthusiast.

After the two exchanged vows in front of a sea of candles and a handmade arbor made from stain-glass windows, the party that followed was really one for the books. Chandeliers hung from the reception tent while guests danced to a live band all night and made s'mores around bonfires outside. To top it all off, the couple planned a spectacular fireworks show at the very end. It was the perfect way to wrap up an amazing day.

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Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography // Dress Store: Mikaella Bridal // Invitation Designer: The Copy Shop // Caterer: Hamptons Restaurant & Bakery // Hair Stylist: The Venue Salon // Officiant: Pastor Tim Brown // Band: Virtually Unshockable // Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way // Shoes: Alan Payne // Apparel: C. Anthony's Menswear // Shoes: Halogen // Dress Store: J. Major's Bridal Boutique // Floral Designer: Bloomsbury Floral Designs // Submitted via Two Bright Lights