An Intimate Backyard Wedding on Gulf Pond in Milford, Connecticut

Inspired by their waterfront venue (that was also the  groom's childhood home), Khrysty Griswold (27, a product manager) and Dylan Mark (33, a sailmak

Inspired by their waterfront venue (that was also the  groom's childhood home), Khrysty Griswold (27, a product manager) and Dylan Mark (33, a sailmaker) added nautical flair throughout their outdoor nuptials. But rather than incorporating standard navy and white details, the couple opted for a pastel color palette of pink, blue and green paired with pops of gold. "It was important to us to use softer colors so as not to take away from the natural beauty of the setting," Khrysty says. After exchanging vows in Dylan's mother's backyard, the newlyweds and their guests moved to a tented reception decorated with paper lanterns and DIY details—including fish shaped table numbers, wine bottle centerpieces, and custom "K & D" signs. Strings of white market lights hung throughout the tent and were strung up on nearby trees, along the deck and above the dance floor. Guests were treated to a lobster bake complete with stuffed clams and signature strawberry mojitos before dancing the night away under the stars. As for advice for future to-be-weds, Khrysty suggests keeping things in perspective: "Your dress will get stepped on and a guest will probably spill something on you—both of those things happened to me! But really, who cares? You're marrying the love of your life. If that isn't the best day ever, then I don't know what is."

Khrysty and Dylan’s invitations from Paper n' Peonies on Etsy set the stage for the affair's natural theme. Escort cards and programs were also original: Khrysty wrote the cards with a gold bold tip calligraphy pen and light pink card stock, and a friend drew the program design by hand.
Khrysty chose light pink, peach, and ivory roses of different sizes for her bouquet to complement the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties.
The bride's metallic Sperry wedges were a nod to the couple's subtle nautical theme, and certainly made her first-look photos on a sailboat  easier!
Khrysty decided on a two-piece Rebecca Schoneveld lace bodice and silk skirt, sewn together to create a chic, sleek, one-of-a-kind dress. The bride opted for ivory as opposed to white in order to compliment the day’s pastel color pallet. She accessorized with light pink and gold drop earrings and a rose gold crystal bracelet. Her makeup was natural with simple, neutral eye shadow and a light pink lip.
DIY favors had an extra personal touch: the couple filled seed packets with wildflower, stamped a custom design on the front, and secured the back with decorative tape.
The couple took first-look photos on a sailboat as they cruised through the Milford Yacht Club harbor. The groom wore Bonobos Summer Chinos in light blue, washed navy and white striped suspenders, a peach tie, and a white shirt.
“It was most important to me that they feel comfortable and beautiful all day long,” Khrysty says of her bridesmaids. The special ladies chose their own dresses, shoes, and accessories in shades of off-white, pale peach and pink.
The bridesmaids carried two stems of white hydrangeas tied together with sheer ivory ribbon. The bride carried light pink, peach and ivory roses tied with a similar ivory ribbon to match the bridesmaid dresses.
Khrysty and Dylan's choice of soft pinks, blues, and greens was inspired by the natural lakefront setting and July weather. The groomsmen wore light peach rose boutonnieres, which popped against the navy suspenders and white shirts. The bridesmaids mixed-and-matched in long off-white to pale peach dresses.
The couple added DIY details throughout the ceremony, including signs for the wedding lawn, cocktail tent, and dance floor.
The couple included the best man's black lab, Fiona, as an honorary "best dog." She matched the bridal party with a light pink floral wreath and even pink toenails. "She stole the show when she walked down the aisle!" says Khrysty.
From first look pictures to this creative cooler, the couple had fun incorporating their love of the water into their wedding day. For additional entertainment, they rented a 14-foot boat and hired a driver (who even wore a captain’s hat!) to offer rides around the pond during cocktail hour and through dinner for all the guests.
The couple was sure to keep friends and family in mind when planning their relaxed summer nuptials. "Good food, music, and drinks were at the top of our priority list," the bride says.
Decorating the tables was a family affair: Dylan hand-carved wood into shapes of fish and his sister burned each with the table number. Khrysty and her friends spent months stripping the labels off of and spray-painting wine and beer bottles that were donated by family and neighbors. The table numbers, centerpieces, and candles were spread atop a wooden table runner that the couple stained to look like driftwood.
The couple’s three-tiered naked cake alternated between strawberry and blackberry filling that was mixed with fresh jam. Fresh flowers and two wooden birds topped the cake.
The couple had their first dance song to Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, which was especially sentimental because the groom was named after the singer. Khrysty says, “Dylan and I used to dance to Forever Young in my kitchen when we got home from a night out when we first started dating, and always said it would be our wedding song.”