Their backyard wedding started in wine country Virginia on a June day. I had the opportunity to get to know them through various e-mails and I already knew that I would be good friends with them. Their style, personalities, philosophy on life and marriage were all on point and, for them, eloping and getting married in their backyard fit exactly who they are. To them, it would be memorable and special. They could celebrate the day at their pace and be comfortable. Even better, their dog could join and be their dog of honor and be there for wedding ceremony!
I pieced together some of the e-mails to provide you all the details of the wedding. This may help with planning a backyard wedding of your own.
“We are both non-denominational and will be writing our own vows. The ceremony will be quick and simple. We are thinking of getting ready together in our home and will be seeing each other beforehand. Our dog will join us for the ceremony.
The property in front of our house is completely abandoned and has been for 8 plus years, but in between our two properties is a nice patch of wooded overgrowth that would make for a nice ceremony setting. I think your creative eye could find some other great shots on the property too!
He recently cut down some old trees that were leaning, so we’re going to make a pergola out of them and talk to the florist, Nature Composed (a local, small business, Middleburg florist), about adding some flowers. The flowers will be an ombre colors of pinks with lots of greenery. I will have a bouquet and also be wearing a floral crown. He will have a boutonniere. Even our dog will have a flower necklace! I’ve attached pictures of my wedding dress and his suit! They are both from ASOS.
After that, we can head out to Sky Meadow State Park. We both agree that Piedmont Overlook with make for some amazing shots! Hopefully we’ll be able to catch the sunset. I asked the park ranger what time they consider “dusk”(closing time) and he said 8 PM in early June. We were able to acquire a permit as well. So, we are good to go. So excited!”
A personal thank you for taking that selfie after our session. I know it may not mean much, but I think that was the sweetest gesture. It never felt like work and it really felt like we were friends from way long ago. It was so great to hear your story about you two doing long distance and just deciding that you’d just make it work and move together.
If you are interested in having a backyard wedding or elopement, please feel free to contact me!