Friday, July 27, 2012

summer treat: backyard wedding

I am so excited to be joining Ty to his home state of Oregon for one of his long time friend's wedding in August. The affair is an evening ceremony in the groom's backyard... and I have no clue what to wear. 

6 weddings in one year mean that shelling out for an expensive wedding guest outfit just isn't an option! After consulting my favorite site for fabulous dress on my budget, Rent the Runway, I have narrowed down the choices to 3: girlie chic, modern hip, and classic sleek. Which one is your favorite?
{ Girlie Chic: Dress // Earrings // Ring // Clutch // Wedges }
A standout colored lace dress calls for understated neutral accessories

Wedges are a must for a backyard wedding 
(read: I don't want to be that girl getting my stilettos stuck in the grass after cocktail hour), 
but I don't know if a girlie lace dress, modern printed maxi or classically sleek frock is the best choice...
{ Modern Hip: Dress // Clutch // Cuff // Earrings // Wedges }
I love the ombre print of this dress, and pairing it with gold just seems like a natural choice!
{ Classic Sleek: Dress // Earrings // Necklace // Clutch // Shoes }
I adore the fun confetti colors of this dress... pearl and sleek black accessories complete the bill

Today I am linking up with Long Distance Loving Friday's Fancies Favorite Summer Treat, as shopping for wedding wear is quickly becoming my summer treat!
Check out the rest of the treats {here}

Which outfit would you pick? Have you been to a backyard wedding before (help me!)?
Do you have a go-to summer wedding look?


  1. i think you should rule OUT the 3rd dress - it's too flirty and evening for a backyard wedding. because you're in oregon, which is pretty casual already, i'd go with #2. i adore the teal lace dress, but it's a pretty preppy and the maxi just seems more appropriate (and equally fabulous!)

  2. These are all so cute, but I'd probably go with option #1. It's hard to judge how casual/fancy the event will be though since it's in a backyard. I went to a backyard evening wedding when I was in 9th grade I think and it was a VERY fancy affair...these people had a poolhouse than was probably the size of my parents' home, ha.

    I have wedding #5 coming up in September and I think I may need to look into RTR!

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  3. I like the first one.  That one screams summer wedding to me.  I also think the maxi would be stunning on you & is a little more unexpected, yet totally appropriate, for a backyard wedding too.  I still think I'd pick the first one.  It looks so fun & comfy :o)  Be sure to let us know what you decide!

  4. Oh man, tough to choose - they are all beautiful!  I love the lace one, that's definitely a great wedding choice, but I might go with the maxi - seems like the perfect mix of dressy and casual for a backyard wedding!

  5. I LOVE the first and last dress, so pretty :)

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  6. #2 is my favorite for a backyard wedding!  That maxi dress is just gorgeous and I think you can look both classy and casual at the same time with that outfit.  Can't wait to see what you pick!

    xo, Yi-chia



  8. My vote is for the strapless maxi. Perfect for a backyard wedding, for sure!

  9. Number 2 would be my choice for a backyard wedding. It's beautiful, & if it gets a bit chilly towards the evening, you'll be fine! And maxis are so comfy no matter what. Can't go wrong with them... : )


  10. I think my favorite is the second one. So incredibly UNIQUE! I just love the fold upwards on the bust, and I can see it being totally figure-flattering. 

    Looks a bit like a more streamlined Monet painting. So naturally romantic, with just the right touch of whimsy. 

    I know it's tough - because everyone says something different here- but just go with what you feel you'll be happiest in!


  11. I love option 1! That dress is gorgeous, and I think it's the perfect look for an outdoor summer evening wedding. I have definitely been that girl at an outdoor wedding - I really need to remember to pull out the wedges next time. I hope you have a fantastic weekend :)

  12. Anna@happymedleyJuly 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Love the second look! Honestly, I think you shouldn't go too fancy for a backyard wedding and lace just screams fancy... Also, I think black is too formal so the best looks would be #2....
    Have fun picking...lol


  13. Love love love everything about the first outfit! Perfect color combination~chic and stylish!

  14. Absolutely love that first dress!

  15. My favorite is girly chic! They're all lovely though! This has been a crazy wedding season for me too. After today, I have just one left!


  16. Tough decision! I love them all but I think 1 and 2 are my faves. Great options, though - you really can't go wrong with any of them. :)

  17. My favorite outfit is the first set but for a backyard wedding, the 2nd outfit seems the most sensible.  That too is a gorgeous set!


  18. That lace dress is stunning-it would look great on you! I also really adore the second though. 

  19. i especially like the modern-hip dress!

  20. thepreppystudentJuly 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I love the lace dress but think the 3rd dress is a little too formal. What great choices. I love going to weddings and hope you have a great time! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of
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  21. Girlie Chic! That blue color and lace will look so beautiful on you Jess!!! :)

  22. these are such pretty picks! I love the dress in the first collage!

  23. That first dress is so cute! What a great find!


  24. I love the color of the dress! Gorgeous!
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  25. Number 1!!! I'm mildly obsessed with lace at the moment ;)

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  26. That blue dress is stenning! Definitely my favorite of the three!

  27. I love that teal lace - too fun!  Great looks and perfect timing for the summer wedding rush :)


  28. I am in love with that top dress!



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