A Classic Outdoor Wedding at a Private Residence in Delevan, Wisconsin

This DIY outdoor wedding was all about tradition. Anna Gaspar (21 and a nurse) wore her grandmother's 63-year-old wedding gown when she walked down th

This DIY outdoor wedding was all about tradition. Anna Gaspar (21 and a nurse) wore her grandmother's 63-year-old wedding gown when she walked down the aisle of her childhood church. Anna and Ben Samuelson (21 and an aircraft mechanic), who met freshman year of high school, went for a classic wedding, with the ceremony at a traditional church. After the ceremony, guests headed to a laid-back reception on a friend's property in Delevan, Wisconsin. Pops of plum with gold accents shone through in DIY elements like handmade peony and wildflower bouquets and delicate star-shape string lights, adding a playful touch to the day. Our favorite detail? Anna's gown. Its long, lace sleeves, intricate beading and layered tulle paired with a floor-length veil were the perfect touch for a traditional wedding ceremony. "Long before we were engaged, I knew what dress I wanted to wear," Anna says. "Sixty-three years earlier, my grandmother had gotten married in a gorgeous dress, which my mother wore 30 years later. I was determined to wear that same dress." Amazing Alterations helped Anna alter the heirloom dress. All of Anna and Ben's beautiful moments were captured by Caynay Photo and can be seen below. A couple of tips from Anna: "It's unlikely that so many of your friends and family will all be in the same place at the same time, so take the time to enjoy that. Also, get a trusted (and organized friend) to be a personal attendant. Let her take your cellphone, deal with all the questions and keep everyone on schedule. I had three incredible friends for that, and I didn't stress at all that day because I knew somebody else was going to take care of anything that came up."

Anna's princess-cut silver engagement ring is accented with small diamonds on a delicate, twisted band.
Anna wore her grandmother's 63-year-old lace wedding dress. "It was so special to wear the dress that my mother and her mother had worn when they married the loves of their lives," Anna says.
"I wanted the bouquets to look full, but a little bit unstructured," Anna says. She collected flowers from the gardens of friends and neighbors, then arranged them with the help of a family friend. The bouquets consisted mainly of pink and fuchsia peonies, Anna's favorite flower.
To match the relaxed vibe of the ceremony and reception, Anna's bridesmaids wore plum-colored knee-length dresses from ModCloth. The lace overlays matched Anna's gown, while the plum color matched the flowers and decor at the reception.
Ben wore a black-and-white Kenneth Cole suit with a skinny tie for a more modern look. The groomsmen wore vests with plum ties, matching the plum-colored bridesmaid dresses.
Intricate lace and beading on the dress's bodice and ephemeral tulle were beautiful details that made Anna's dress extra-special. The long sleeves and high neckline added to the traditional feel of the wedding. Anna also wore a sparkly headband in her hair to match her vintage jewelry—passed down from her grandmother to her mother to her sister and then to her.
Little touches, like chalkboard signs with the reception menu and quotes, added a whimsical touch to the DIY affair. The bride and groom even planned outdoor activities for family and friends to add to the day's laid-back feel. "Before the meal, we had lawn games set up for the guests to play to occupy them while we finished up some family photos," Anna says. "We also had a s'mores bar and a bonfire going later in the night."
A white tablecloth and delicate white plates allowed the gold napkins and pink flowers to stand out in Anna and Ben's table settings at their reception.
Lace Wedding Gown With Long Veil and Traditional Suit
Delicate gold hangings, like these glitter stars, and string lights were a simple way for the couple to deck out the outdoor reception area, which was on a friend's property in Delevan, Wisconsin. Here, the purple and gold theme continued with hand-painted purple vases and gold accents. "We loved that we could decorate the inside of the tent with gorgeous lights, candles, and florals, but still have yard games, a s'mores bar, and a bonfire going outside," Anna says.
This hand-painted dresser showcased photographs of Anna's grandmother and mother in the same wedding dress Anna wore. Pops of fuchsia and gold were introduced with frames, glitter, letters and flowers on the dresser.
Pink peonies were used in the bridal and bridal-party bouquets and as part of the reception centerpieces. Vases were also painted a plum color to match other details like the bridesmaid dresses and DIY picture display.
Instead of a wedding cake, Anna and Ben opted for cupcakes. The assortment included Andes mint, chocolate and vanilla with raspberry frosting and traditional vanilla flavors, all of which were baked by Anna's close friend and her mother, of When In Doubt Catering. The gold and pink foils on the cakes added a pretty splash of color to the arrangement.
Anna wanted something more comfortable for her reception and stumbled upon a gold, sleeveless floor-length gown. "When my bridesmaid and I were shopping and I tried this gold, glittery dress on sort of as a joke, we both knew it was my reception dress," Anna says. "It was very comfortable, easy to move in and a nice contrast to my ceremony dress."