A backyard wedding is perfect for couples who love to be outdoors and want a uniquely sentimental feel for their big day. This particular couple was a referral from another bride whose wedding I photographed two years ago. In fact, both brides were each other’s maid of honours. There are so many benefits to a backyard wedding, including cost and convenience. But with those benefits come a few extra details you need to keep in mind and situations you need to plan for. For example, your home’s bathroom can’t handle 100 guests in one night. And with an open backyard being a fun option, what’s your backup plan for the weather.
Whether your backyard is small or sprawling, you’ll want to pay particular attention to where you set up your ceremony. Large trees make for the perfect backdrop and provide shade from harsh sunlight. If you want to make the house a focal point, you could set up your lawn ceremony so you, your fiance, and the officiant are standing on the back porch with all your guests on the lawn, facing you. Keep in mind that, if you’re getting married in warm months, you’ll want to keep your guests’ chairs out of direct sunlight before the ceremony or, ideally, choose a shaded spot to set up chairs.
This May wedding didn’t have that as an issue. However, the weather report predicting scattered showers did keep everyone on their toes. In fact, the groom didn’t even suit up until twenty minutes before the ceremony. He and his groomsmen were setting up their ceremony site while everyone else crossed their fingers in hopes the rain would hold out. The boy actually built the wooden bridge from the portrait session earlier this week. Considering how many people the bridge held, I’d say they did a fantastic job.
I always give props to couples who marry so soon after their first baby is born. The first month is always the hardest. For this couple, it was even more so when the baby landed up with some tough medical problems and got stuck in the ICU. Between hospital visits and planning a wedding, you could only imagine the level of stress this family went through. But here they are. The baby is home and doing well. And the family is finally whole.
This wedding was a referral from a bridesmaid whose wedding I photographed last year.