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September 14, 2020

Casual Backyard Wedding in Virginia

An older couple holds hands on their wedding day - inspiration for a casual backyard wedding

A Casual Backyard Wedding for John & Dawn

I’m starting to get used to this micro-wedding thing. This weekend’s fantastic tiny affair was a casual backyard wedding for the lovely Dawn & John. We drove a couple hours north Saturday morning, just over the border into South Boston, Virginia, where the almost-weds were gathering with a dozen or so of their favorite people in John’s grandmother’s backyard.

During the ceremony, it started to drizzle a little bit, but fortunately big drops held off until after lunch mostly done. When the rain did come, Dawn’s kids sprung into action, moving the tents that had been set up behind the tables over the tables, so older relatives could stay seated comfortably. And as these things go, the rain stopped just as soon as the tents had been re-set.

These casual weddings flow a little differently, so there wasn’t really a dance floor and reception in that sense, but Dawn had Uptown Funk queued up for a quick little dance party right at the end of lunch.

We weren’t the only team helping pull their day together though. Show some love to the rest of the team:

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Video: John’s brother!

A little peek at John & Dawn’s day:

I loved their Sunday best style, perfect for an intimate wedding like this.

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The tables they had set up in the backyard were spaced so that family groups could sit together and maintain distancing while everyone was watching the ceremony and then eating. And of course there was plenty of hand sanitizer available!

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The original plan was for the couple to get married at their home church in Durham, but this backyard altar turned out pretty good I think! And I loved how their relatives lined the aisle with flowers before John & Dawn “entered.” And they entered together hand in hand, which is so symbolic and touching.

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I *think* they’re happy to be married…

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Here’s one of the shots I managed to grab during a slightly chaotic 5 minute rainstorm…

Rain on your wedding day is good luck!!

…and the kids moving the tent over John’s mother and grandmother.

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After lunch and sticky buns, Dawn’s best friend, John’s brother, and John’s son all gave heartfelt toasts.

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Then, we had our single song dance part to Uptown Funk, which brought out some hysterical laughter (I’m always a fan of that).

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And that was a wrap. Congratulations John & Dawn! We wish you all the best 🙂

 


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