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We’ve had a lot of backyard weddings here on Oh Lovely Day lately, and I’m loving that.  It seems like more and more couples are choosing to get married at a family home, which instantly gives your wedding a warm, homey feel.  I featured this couple’s engagement session way back when – it was actually one of the first e-sessions I published!  So I’m honored to share their lovely wedding with you as well.

rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
{a favorite moment of the day}
I really enjoyed my dad walking me down the aisle and giving me away.  It was a really special moment because the wedding was at my parents’ house and my grand entrance was through the barn in their backyard.  My dad and I had to wait in the barn for about ten minutes before the wedding started and the bridal party came in.  He was fixing my veil and my dress.  It was a very special moment when the double doors swung open and we started walking towards Zach.
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
{special music used in your wedding}
My husband, Zach, is a musician.  He wrote an instrumental song and recorded it on the Piano.  I walked down the aisle to that.  Our first dance was to “Changed by You” by Between the Trees.
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
Don’t you love these portraits take on “American Gothic“?  So cool and clever!
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
The car belongs to our neighbors and we asked if we could do some photos with it.  They were so happy for us and so generous in letting us use it.  They even offered to let us take it on our honeymoon!  It had been their honeymoon car 52 years earlier.  
rustic backyard DIY wedding | session nine photography
{what made your wedding YOU?}
Definitely that we had it at such a personal location and were so involved in every step of planning.  While we had a wedding coordinator, we still chose every item ourselves and executed ourselves.  There was no venue staff to do anything!  The entire wedding was designed from scratch and definitely unique, personal, and one of a kind.  Another thing was picking vendors whom we knew.  Our caterer was the owner of a restaurant that is nearby and that we frequent, our photographers were personal friends, we didn’t know the DJ ahead of time but certainly got to know him over many meetings, had members of the bridal party sing at the ceremony, had a wonderful pastor at our church marry us.  It was all very “us” and personal.

Although this wedding isn’t heavy on details, what I love about it is that you can get a feel for the couple through the photos and the venue itself.  It just shows that when you get married at home, you don’t need anything else to make your wedding personal.  Are any of you planning a wedding at home?

{Vendors} Photographers – Session Nine Photography / Caterer: Miele’s Bistro / Dessert Bar: Serenade Catering / Flowers: DIY & Safeway Floral / Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal / DJ: Jeremy Martoranoof of Karma Promotions / Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Beaver 

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