A Casual, Elegant Wedding at Quailcrest Farm in Wooster, Ohio

Natalie Philips (26 and a teacher) and Michael Skelly (30 and a manager) envisioned a casual yet elegant outdoor wedding with a color scheme of ivory

Natalie Philips (26 and a teacher) and Michael Skelly (30 and a manager) envisioned a casual yet elegant outdoor wedding with a color scheme of ivory and sage, a vision that came to life at Quailcrest Farm in Wooster, Ohio. The couple's original plan to exchange vows in front of a willow tree changed when a storm started brewing 30 minutes before the ceremony. Rather than panic, they moved the ceremony inside the tent and proceeded as they would have outdoors. In retrospect, the rain was a good thing on an otherwise steamy day, Natalie says. “The rain cleared right when we said ‘I do,’ and it cooled everything off—a blessing in disguise.” Special details included lawn games (including a giant Connect Four), a delicious family-style meal catered by a food truck, beverages served out of a charming little bar caravan, caramel corn from their favorite local vendor, cheeseburgers served during the dance and mix-and-match china plates and linens. It was important that their wedding not feel too formal or stuffy. “I wanted it to be super-homey for everyone,” Natalie says. “One big party.” Her advice to other couples is not to obsess over the details. “The most important thing—other than the marriage—is being with the people you care about most,” she says. Other important elements include good music, good drinks and good food, she says. “Have those, and you’re good to go.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Natalie wore silk flats covered in crystal accents with fun blue soles.
Simple white invitations decorated in greenery set the tone for a casual yet elegant garden party.
The couple's motto of the day was “All in,”  showing their love for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and their commitment to each other.
A mix of ivory and white flowers, cascading greens and small berries made up Natalie's lush bouquet. “I never thought I cared about flowers until I saw mine,” she says. “Money well spent.”
Michael wore tan pants, a white button-down shirt, a wool vest, and a green paisley tie. The groomsmen wore the same outfit with tan ties. “No jackets for the groom's party,” Natalie says.
Natalie’s sophisticated silhouette gown featured off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, a delicate lace overlay and silk covered buttons running down the back.
The bridesmaids wore sage-colored dresses from BHLDN and carried ivory and green bouquets similar to Natalie's.
The wedding venue, owned by Natalie's aunt, was selected for its beautiful outdoor space, including a 12,000-square-foot greenhouse.
When it rained before the start of the ceremony, Natalie and Michael moved their ceremony inside a large white tent. Their homemade wooden altar was moved from the original spot by a willow tree to inside the tent, beside dramatic planters overflowing with greens.
For an eclectic look, none of the pretty china plates matched during the reception meal at Quailcrest Farm in Wooster, Ohio.
The elegant three-tier white cake was decorated in greenery.  There were two layers of carrot cake and a layer of vanilla bean with homemade raspberry jam.
Michael's signature drink was a Kentucky Mule made with Bulleit bourbon and fresh mint, served in a copper mug. Natalie's drink was vodka lemonade with fresh blueberries.
Koozies in the same sage color as the wedding party were engraved with “Peace & Love.”
Dinner was served family style with garden salad, three-meat bolognese pasta, summer vegetable pasta, and sauteed green beans.
The family style tables were decorated with floral runners, decorated in greenery, and accented with vintage mercury glass and votive candles.
An oversized Connect Four game was set out on the lawn for guests to play during the cocktail hour.
Guests played lawn games during the cocktail hour.
A charming camper-turned-bar was rented for the outdoor ceremony.