It seems that this year has been the year of the backyard wedding for WFP. I get it. Mom and dad hand you a chunk of change and you think, “whoa, we could have an awesome honeymoon if we do some of the work ourselves when it comes to wedding prep”. Or if you’re on a tight budget this may be the route you decide to go as well. Either way, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do some of the wedding day prep, it makes sense to me why it seems more and more people are choosing to go this route.
Much like the term “trash the dress”, “backyard wedding” is extremely misleading. When I used to shoot backyard weddings, sure, sometimes I’d show up and I didn’t know if I pulled up to an open house or a wedding. However, it seems that more and more people are taking the backyard wedding to the next level. The creativity that people have within them will never cease to amaze me.
At this time I would personally like to thank Pintrest.
Now when I pull up to a backyard wedding I find myself wondering if this location is a popular wedding venue thats seen plenty of ceremonies - just because things are put together so well. From the details of decorations to the dance floor people are putting forth a great effort to make their fairytale exactly what they want it to be: on their terms and all within their budget.
Okay. Moving on. I’ve shot an intimate Aspen wedding with about 50 in attendance, a ritzy wedding with about 150 in attendance, and a cowboy shindig with about 250 in attendance, all taken place in someone’s yard. The point is that no matter the theme, capacity, state, or budget, if you’re planning a “backyard wedding”, I can attest that it can be just as magical as if your wedding were to take place at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. So do it your way. And remember that it’s your day. Don’t forget to enjoy it.