A Rustic, Vineyard Wedding at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, Arkansas

With the backdrop of a beautiful chapel and a rustic barn, Lydia Cazzell (27 and communications director at New Life Church) and Seth Flood (27 and a

With the backdrop of a beautiful chapel and a rustic barn, Lydia Cazzell (27 and communications director at New Life Church) and Seth Flood (27 and a CVS pharmacy technician) celebrated their big day two months after getting engaged. Simplicity was the theme, and the goal was to celebrate friends, family and their love. “Overall, we wanted our wedding to be timeless and classic," Lydia says. "We wanted it to reflect who we are as a couple—easygoing and fun. We didn’t want the wedding—as an event—to overshadow the celebration.” 

For the ceremony she relied on Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, Arkansas, to provide the ambiance. “The only decorations at the chapel were a few lanterns and a beautiful shag of florals and greenery over the altar,” Lydia says. “The venue spoke for itself. We wanted to keep it simple and classic.” In keeping things simple, the couple were able to plan their own day. “Both Seth and I were intentionally present for every moment and conversation through our engagement and wedding day. We did the entire process together and had so much fun,” Lydia says. Her laid-back attitude also helped her plan a picture-perfect wedding that fit within her budget. “We had ours on a Thursday afternoon. This made everything less complicated. Photographers were available, my hair stylist was open, the venue had no bookings, the band was free, and everything was much cheaper. I loved it and wouldn’t change it even if I did it all over again. Nearly everyone we invited made it to the wedding, and we had 150 of our closest friends and family,” Lydia says. —Ginger Harris

Lydia designed her own affordable  invitations with the help of a coworker. "I tied rosemary sprigs from a friend’s garden onto the wedding programs," she says.
"We wanted a outdoor venue that was beautiful in and of itself, with little to no extra decor required," Lydia says. "The moment we saw the Chapel at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, we knew this was where we were going to get married. The grounds were so peaceful and almost felt like a getaway."
Lydia achieved the look of her bouquet, which perfectly fit the rustic, outdoor wedding with berries,  spray roses, antique rose pompon, ranunculus, white silver dollar eucalyptus, olive branches and bay laurel.
"My veil was borrowed from one of my best friends, which I loved," Lydia says. "I loved my overall look because I still felt and looked like myself. I felt elegant."
"My bridesmaids were gorgeous," Lydia says. Their long, gray dresses came from H&M for just $35. Their custom furs were a gift from Lydia and turned out to be the perfect accessory for an autumn day.
Relying on shades of gray, navy, white and cream, Lydia kept a cool, easy palette that was soothing and elegant.
"The groomsmen wore navy suits," Lydia says. "Seth gave them their ties from ASOS.com as a gift. We wanted everyone to be in suits, rather than tuxedos. It felt more appropriate for the time and for the vibe we wanted. Seth’s suit was also from ASOS," Lydia adds.
"Both Seth and I agreed we wanted to wait until I walked down the aisle to see each other. I know it’s ubertraditional, but I wouldn’t change it. I loved that moment of seeing my man for the first time on our wedding day at the end of that aisle," Lydia says.
"I found it after trying on only three dresses. The white, strapless bodice had just enough beading to make it ornate, but not overdone. I loved the flowing layers of the dress and the train. It was a perfect fit for an outdoor wedding in a vineyard," Lydia says.
"The reception was fun and enjoyable for everyone. Dancing, quality coffee and my favorite people in the world," Lydia says. She offers this, as well: "Choose what is most important and let go of the other things. You are marrying the love of your life and that is what makes the day perfect."
"Our reception was held in the barn on-site at Sassafras Springs Vineyard. We loved having the ceremony and reception space on the same grounds," Lydia says. "Our family and friends were able to simply enjoy the afternoon. It felt very relaxed, yet celebratory."
"I kept the centerpieces simple, with lanterns and vases from my work filled with baby’s breath," Lydia says.
"My favorite thing at our reception was the mobile espresso bar from Fellow Coffee," Lydia says, explaining how it provided a chance for guests to interact. "Our friends and family love coffee, so this was the perfect addition to an afternoon autumn wedding."
Rick's Bakery provided a plain, white tiered cake for the reception, which is the kind of simplicity Lydia craved.