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June 23, 2020

Raleigh Backyard Wedding – Meredith & Jason

Bride and groom stand in front of their house in North Raleigh

Meredith & Jason’s Raleigh backyard wedding

As I predicted back in early April, Covid19 has really changed the way weddings work. It will be interesting to see how long-lasting the ripple effect is, but for now, I’m focused on my couples who have made the pivot to intimate, micro-weddings, like Meredith & Jason. They celebrated their love with a small group of family and friends at their Raleigh backyard wedding this weekend. 

Though the day was not quite what they’d envisioned since they got engaged (that would have been a larger church wedding followed by a larger house party), it was perfect regardless. Meredith & Jason’s house is in a beautiful tree-filled neighborhood in North Raleigh, and their backyard (plus its lovely deck and terrace), shaded from the afternoon sun, worked out wonderfully as their ceremony backdrop.

Jason and his twin sons suited up after making sure the music was plugged in, Meredith’s parents got all of the catering organized while she finished putting on her gorgeous gown, and once everyone was ready, each family took a turn meeting with the pastor for a prayer before the ceremony. The ceremony itself included involvement from the kids, a blessing from all of the audience, a reading from Meredith’s sister, a little bit of sweat in the summer heat, and plenty of laughter. 

The sky got a bit darker during the ceremony and the wind picked up a bit, but the rain held off until everyone could get under cover, and even then it only rained for about 10 minutes. That rain just served to cool off the backyard, and after Meredith & Jason’s friends set up some tables where the ceremony had taken place just 20 minutes before, everyone enjoyed a bit of BBQ, cake, and donuts in the shade of the house. 

I loved how much time Meredith & Jason had with one another and how much time they had to interact with their closest loved ones. Weddings can feel overwhelming and at times stressful, and I think one benefit of the micro-wedding is that it slows that pace down simply because there are fewer moving pieces to control. 

I’ve got another, even smaller, wedding this week, and I’m really enjoying it! So if you’re thinking about the micro-wedding route, let me know and we can chat about it. In the meantime, some images from Meredith & Jason’s Raleigh backyard wedding:

detail shot of wedding rings at a micro-wedding in Raleigh, NC

Jason’s twin boys were a big part of the day, and I loved how they helped their dad get ready!

Groom ties his light blue tie while his son looks up at him Mother of the bride pins a boutonnière on the groom Bride and her family pray with the pastor before a Raleigh backyard wedding ceremony Bride and her family laugh and embrace before a Raleigh backyard wedding Bride poses with her parents and her sister, the maid of honor

The masks came off for pictures, but everyone had them! Good safety precautions here 🙂

Mother of the bride, wearing a face mask, holding bouquets bride interacts with her baby nephew on her wedding day at a micro-wedding bride interacts with her baby nephew on her wedding day at a micro-wedding Flower girl nervously greets the bride on the morning of this Raleigh wedding

20 percent of those in attendance were kids! And look how sweet these four are. 

Kids at a Raleigh backyard wedding Friend of the groom helps the groom's son get buttoned into his suit coat Bride waits with her father, sister, and flower girl before her backyard wedding ceremony starts

Groom waits with his sons as wedding party begins processing in to ceremony Groom stands with his sons at front of ceremony waiting for bride to walk down the aisle Flower girl walks down the aisle dropping rose petals. She is followed by the bride and the father of the bride Groom smiles as bride walks down the aisle at this Raleigh backyard wedding Black and white image of a bride and groom holding hands and smiling during their Raleigh backyard wedding ceremony A group of friends and family stands in the backyard for a Raleigh wedding ceremony Bride laughs during wedding ceremony Bride laughs during wedding ceremony The groom's twin sons look on during the wedding ceremony Bride and groom listen to pastor speaking about love during wedding ceremony Raleigh backyard wedding ceremony Bride and groom look at one another while they exchange vows during their micro-wedding Groom's sons run by the camera as the couple exchanges rings Groom shows his sons the wedding rings

Bride slides wedding ring onto groom's finger Bride and groom share their first kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony in a Raleigh backyard Bride and groom smile and process out of wedding ceremony at Raleigh micro-wedding Bride and groom smile and process out of wedding ceremony at Raleigh micro-wedding Bride and groom smile and process out of wedding ceremony at Raleigh micro-wedding Bride and groom smile and process out of wedding ceremony at Raleigh micro-wedding

I loved this pure joy and celebration right after the ceremony – that oh my gosh we’re married feeling! And the way the boys were included just makes your heart swell, right?

Bride and groom smile and process out of wedding ceremony at Raleigh micro-wedding

You can’t really tell in these images (maybe a few stray rain drops on suits), but this is when it started raining. We got in some quick portraits outside, but then went in to do a couple around the piano while we waited out the rain. 

Group photo of bride and groom with their families Group photo of bride and groom with groom's twin sons Bride and groom pose with groom's sons at piano bride and groom smile and laugh in their living room wedding portraits indoors Groom looks out the window on his wedding day

Cake & donuts? Yes yes yes! Who even needs dinner first?

wedding cake and krispy kreme donuts Groom's sons look at wedding cake and donuts excitedly

A few more portraits outside, with damp ground, but sunny skies…

Wedding portraits of bride and groom in front of their house in North Raleigh Wedding portraits of a bride and groom at their Raleigh backyard wedding

And then dinner on the lawn with friends!

Photos of guests at a micro-wedding in a Raleigh backyard mother of the bride and sister of the bride hold the bride's baby nephew Wedding day portraits of bride and groom after their backyard ceremony

Congratulations Meredith & Jason!! Your house was such a perfect venue and now that backyard holds some of your most important memories!

Dramatic wedding day portraits of bride and groom after their backyard ceremony

 


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