A Colorful Backyard Barbecue Wedding in Rutland, Vermont

Katrina Milo (31 and a speech-language pathologist) and Sandy Lynn (49 and a physical therapist assistant) couldn't have predicted that their long-pla

Katrina Milo (31 and a speech-language pathologist) and Sandy Lynn (49 and a physical therapist assistant) couldn't have predicted that their long-planned wedding—they were engaged for two years—would end up falling just one day after same-sex marriage was ruled legal by the Supreme Court. It was a total coincidence. But that's exactly what happened—making their day feel even more special. 

Even without the monumental news, Sandy and Katrina had planned a day that was special and highly personal, incorporating lots of custom and handmade details. After a intimate ceremony in front of 65 guests, the couple's off-beat reception took place under a tent in Katrina's parents' Vermont backyard. "We wanted our wedding to feel casual and carefree, like we had just invited all of our favorite people for a backyard celebration," Katrina says. "I didn't want it to feel like we were trying too hard. I wanted it feel eclectic and random; I wanted it to feel organic and thrown together." They decided to skip a color palette, instead using a rainbow of kites to decorate the inside of the tent, and going for multi-color Gerbera daisies (purchased the day before from the grocery store) in bright glass bottles atop red gingham tablecloths. Lawn games, Southern-infused picnic foods, and a finishing treat of s'mores helped keep the festivities as laidback and playful as the couple had hoped. -Michelle Thomas

Katrina and Sandy arranged the guests' ceremony chairs in a spiral so that each of their 65 guests had a front-row view for their entrance.
The couple decorated their backyard tent with colorful hanging kites, a nod to a hobby they enjoy together. Kites also appeared on their invitations.
Colorful glass bottles held Gerbera daisies that the couple got from the grocery store. "We wanted the flowers on the table to look unplanned," says Katrina. The red gingham table clothes were sewn by Katrina's aunt.
The wedding reception bar included moonshine (and accompanying moonshine-soaked cherries) alongside the usual offerings.
Burlap was used on the escort cards and tied around the white chairs.
Guests took home mini bottles of Vermont maple syrup and  mason jar shot glasses as favors.
Almost all of the wedding's decorations were hand-made by family members, including this mailbox card holder, which Katrina's mother made.
The brides' bouquets were arranged by Katrina's mother and a family friend using flowers they got at the grocery store the night before the wedding.
Sandy and Katrina arranged for a first look at the Vermont Inn before the ceremony.
Katrina, left, wore a lace dress with a keyhole back. Sandy, right, chose an elegant strapless trumpet-fit gown.
Katrina paired her lace keyhole-back gown with a lace-edged veil, canvas peep-toe wedges and a borrowed pearl necklace.
The couple worked with their officiant, a family friend, to create an intimate, personal ceremony.
The couple's dog, Asa, acted as ring bearer, carrying the rings in a little pouch around his collar.
After the ceremony, the newly married couple danced down the spiral aisle to Brandi Carlile’s “Wherever is Your Heart.”
Sandy and Katrina's wedding took place just one day after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right. This was the day's newspaper.
Katrina's mother constructed a rustic lemonade stand to use as a photo backdrop.
The newlyweds danced to “Answer” by Sarah McLachlan, a song they had picked long before they were officially engaged.
The casual buffet-style dinner featured one of the couple's favorites—barbecue ribs from Big Fatty's—alongside Southern-picnic classics like macaroni and cheese, cornbread, fried okra and coleslaw.
Katrina's sister, a graphic designer, created their wedding invitations.
The colorful cake was decorated with a purple iris in honor of Sandy's late mother, and adorned with a custom cake topper. As a surprise, Katrina arranged for a side of icing "parfait" in a mason jar for her new wife, who loves frosting.
The couple had their DJ play a mix of 2000s hip-hop and feminist anthems during their backyard reception. A s'mores bar finishing things on a sweet note.