A Bright Backyard Summer Wedding at the Waterville Community Church in Waterville, Ohio

Alexa Hirschfeld (21 and a nurse) met Addison Hirschfeld (21 and a coach) when they began hanging out with the same group of friends in high school. T

Alexa Hirschfeld (21 and a nurse) met Addison Hirschfeld (21 and a coach) when they began hanging out with the same group of friends in high school. They began dating and attended the University of Toledo together where they led Young Life, a Christian ministry they'd been involved in during high school. Five years later, Alexa was returning from her first day of nursing school when Addison suggested going to dinner. Instead, he drove her to his family's lake house and cooked a steak dinner before taking her for a sunset boat ride. When they returned, he made a bonfire and brought her a paper lantern to send off. As they lit the lantern, Addison proposed. The couple held their wedding at the church they've attended together for years, using the large field behind it to host their reception. The couple wanted to keep their wedding simple and comfortable so they decorated their outdoor tent in gray and yellow. The bright contrast against the neutral created a sunshine atmosphere with lemon candles and blossoming white flowers. Alexa and Addison wanted a dry wedding so instead of a bar, they provided a surplus of food during both the cocktail hour and reception. They catered barbecue including the classics like pulled pork and grilled chicken. At the end of the evening, guests gathered around the bride and groom and were able to participate in a paper lantern sendoff to celebrate Alexa and Addison's new life together.

The bride and groom incorporated lemons into a lot of the design of their reception along with their stationary and styling. The bright yellow color mixed with the sweet refreshing lemons was perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.
The couple like the idea of a yellow and gray color palette because it's cheery and simple. Alexa saw photos of billy balls, the small round flowers seen in her bouquet, on Pinterest and knew she wanted to have them incorporated into her flower arrangements and color palette.
Black and White Groom Getting Ready
The bride chose her gown from Atlas Bridal. The main selling point of this dress for her was how comfortable it was. She was able to dance in it with ease and the illusion neckline and sparkly beading added a touch of glamour.
Alexa wanted her bridesmaids to wear yellow because it's the happiest color. She let them all choose their own dresses within the same yellow hue. The entire wedding was designed to feel laid back so she allowed her bridesmaids to wear whatever shoes and hairstyle they wanted.
The groomsmen's suits fit the theme of bright simplicity. Their light gray suits were a casual fit on top of bright yellow vests and white boutonnieres. To stand out against the groomsmen, the groom wore a white vest and matching tie.
Parents of the Bride Processional
Addison and Alexa felt their marriage rituals were the most important part of the day so wanted to be sure to incorporate their religious beliefs. They washed each others feet during the ceremony to symbolize their faith and their love for one another.
Newlyweds Church Recessional
The main color of the wedding was yellow, which the couple chose for it's bright and sweet qualities. The centerpieces, doubled as table numbers, were mason jars filled with lemon slices and blossoming white flowers.
Much like the bridesmaids dresses, Alexa wanted to allow for variation in the decor. While some of the table numbers featured mason jars and flowers, others were jellied candles full of lemons wedges. The  themes of simple and yellow were kept throughout all of the decorations.
One of the brides favorite movies is Tangled, which has a focus around paper lanterns, so she has been obsessed with the lanterns ever since.  A special part of the night was their floating lantern send off so they made sure to have enough lanterns for every guest to send off.
Wish Lantern Send Off
Inside the tent the couple had string lights and hanging yellow and gray lanterns. They wanted to keep the decor simple and light while still incorporating their themes and color palette as much as possible.