Weddings

September 24, 2019

Backyard Raleigh Wedding

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Jenny & Alex’s backyard Raleigh Wedding

Who remembers these two from their engagement session at their new-ish property just outside of downtown Raleigh? Well they got married at said house on Saturday and it was a perfectly Raleigh wedding, with mac and cheese from Donovan’s Dish, beer from Bhavana, portraits at Pullen Park, and fireworks to cap off the night. 

Even though Jenny started the day a tad bit hoarse and had almost completely lost her voice by the end of the evening, she was nothing but smiles all day long, and Alex’s grins were wide enough to match. Their energy was completely contagious too; all of their friends and family were clearly having a wonderful time.

I’ve got tons of previews for y’all, but I always like to shout out the awesome vendors first, so check them out and then scroll on through for photos and the wedding day story!

Backyard Raleigh Wedding Team:

Venue: Couple’s home
Photos: Kivus & Camera
Coordination: Karen Blythe with Elizabeth’s Events
Hair & Makeup: Muna Dallal
Bridal gown: Coastal Knot Bridal
Officiant: Heidi Gessner
DJ: Mark McNally with Bunn DJ Company
Catering: Donovan’s Dish and Guglhupf
Beer: Brewery Bhavana
Transportation: Lifestyle Limousine Company
Fireworks: Virginia Skypainters

Backyard Raleigh Wedding Images

Getting ready

Jenny started the day at the main house, while Alex got ready at his own house back in Apex. Now that they’re married, this house you see below will truly be theirs as a family. I find that super romantic and sweet and it’s made even better by how much work they’ve put into transforming the place. 

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First Look and Portraits

Once Alex was ready he headed over to meet Jenny, and they had a first look under the crepe myrtles in their front yard. This great little paved courtyard also served as the cocktail hour space. Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

For group portraits, everyone piled into a party bus for a quick trip to Pullen Park. We found some shade and had some fun with portraits, even stopping by the carousel.  Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

Raleigh Wedding Ceremony

Back to the house for the main event; Jenny & Alex had a beautiful ceremony setup by the pond in their front yard, with Jenny’s sisters and Alex’s kids standing by their sides. Jenny’s brothers and Alex’s sister delivered readings and sang songs, so it was truly a family affair. Love and laughter in spades!Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

I especially loved Alex’s and his kids’ reactions to Jenny to walking down the aisle. Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

You really can’t beat this for a ceremony backdrop, especially with the sun low in the sky behind the trees. Stunning.

They’re married! And quite clearly thrilled!Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

Cocktail Hour and Sunset Portraits

The Bhavana beers started flowing and Donovan’s Dish had some delicious apps making the rounds while guests played lawn games and jumped in front of the DIY photo booth backdrop. Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

We couldn’t let the golden light sink away behind the tree line without getting a few more portraits of these two though. Sunset Wedding Photos, Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

Backyard Raleigh Wedding Reception

Everyone shifted to the backyard for the party, where blue and ivory details decorated everything under a market-light lit tent.

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After toasts and special dances, the party got going, powered by DJ Mark!Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com Raleigh Wedding, Raleigh Wedding Photographers, Wedding Fireworks, DIY Wedding, Backyard Wedding, NC Wedding, NC Wedding Photographer, kivusandcamera.com

And when you’re partying hard, you work up an appetite for sweets, so there was obviously some cake!

But the very end of the night was perhaps my favorite. Jenny & Alex ran through a sparkler tunnel and came out the other end to an incredible fireworks display. PURE MAGIC.

Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day and congratulations to you and your families!!

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