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A Backyard Wedding with a Family-Focus & Cardboard Cut Out Flowergirls

Like most couples who wed last year, Kayla and William had to make some big changes in order to have a small pandemic-friendly wedding. They were originally planning a big, country club wedding for August, which has now been postponed to 2021. However as the pair have lived apart for 4 1/2 years of their five year relationship (the groom lived in Ohio and the bride in New York), they just wanted to be married already. Their kiss after the ceremony was the first time they had kissed in over 200 days!

They planned a small ceremony in the bride’s bride’s parent’s back garden. Obviously not everyone could attend, including the flowergirls who live in a different state, so their family sent life-sized cardboard cut outs of them wearing the dresses they had bought to wear for the wedding! Neighbours watched from their back porches and even dressed up to celebrate with them from a distance.

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Simple, Intimate Elopement with a Rainbow Glitter Dress!

Carly and Shawn met through their local music scene. They’d been acquaintances for a few years when they ended up crashing a random Christmas party together one night and realised that they were a hilarious team. After denying their feelings for a few more months they finally decided to “ruin” their friendship and start dating. 

They got engaged in late January last year, and decided they would be married in the following summer, so didn’t have a lot of time to plan. “We just knew we wanted our best friends to be there and for us to elope somewhere outside,” the bride told us, “where we could get away for the weekend but still not have to take time off of work. We travel a lot, so getting married somewhere outside of our home city was a given, and thankfully we decided to keep it in the same province and not too far away.”

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Eco-Friendly Covid-Safe Backyard Wedding in Chicago

Rachel and Derrick were married in March in Charlottesville, where they’d just moved the day before. In August they had a second day in the bride’s mother’s garden in Chicago.

“We originally planned a backyard wedding at my mother’s house in the suburbs of Chicago”, the bride explained, “but shortly after our plans were solidified, Derrick accepted a job in Virginia and I lost my job in the hasty mid-quarantine move. Since it’s inadvisable to forgo health insurance during a pandemic, we decided to get legally wed the day after got to our new home”.

Six months later, they went ahead with the Chicago backyard wedding they always wanted. As they were planning from the other side of the country, the bride’s detail-orientated mum planned a lot of the day for them alongside Chicago Vintage Weddings who they rented farm tables, vineyard chairs, Persian rug, and Moroccan poufs from.

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Intimate Al-Fresco Backyard Wedding with a Homemade Taco Bar

With a budget if $5,000, Andrea and Stacey – who met online in 2018 – planned a completely DIY, June wedding in their own back garden. Both in their 50s and both having been married before, they wanted their wedding to feature all things and people they love. They had just nine guests, which included their three grown up children, a bocce tournament, a homemade taco bar and great scotch whiskey bought from a previous trip to Scotland.

“After COVID-19 scrapped our plans for a slightly larger event with all the trimmings, I realised that it would be so much more special to completely DIY a wedding in our lovely backyard”, Andrea told us. “Our house is the house Stacey grew up in and his father built, so it was really meaningful to be married here with his father present. We wanted to capture the gorgeous light and lovely al-fresco feeling of our patio and backyard. We were really committed to combining our Midwestern, simple aesthetic with aspects of our family heritages and things we love to do as a couple.”

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Spooky, Skeleton-Filled Boston Wedding

Elizabeth and Nicholas embraced their wedding being just days after Halloween, on November 3rd, by leaning into a spooky theme. They had a super intimate ceremony with just 10 guests on the stairs of the Dane Estate just outside of Boston, followed by a reception with under 100 guests, Elizabeth wore her mother’s wedding gown which her mum altered into a tea length dress that was more her style. Her veil was even made with left over fabric from the original dress.

“The inspiration for our wedding was to have something a little bit moody, a little bit spooky, a little bit vintage and with whole lot of personalization”, Elizabeth told us. “We had skeletons on our invitations, skeletons sitting at our sweetheart table and a general Halloween moody vibe going on”.

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Low Budget Friday 13th Cave Wedding

Jasmine and Jack wanted to spend as little as possible on their March wedding – £1000 covered everything! The day started with an intimate ceremony for just 15 guests and they chose the Margate Caves as their reception. Not only was it a really affordable to hire for the afternoon, but gave them a really unique location for their photos.

“Our theme revolved around three colours which were black, gold and forest green”, Jasmine told us. “I think our main inspiration for the wedding was us, we’ve been together for a long time and we just wanted to celebrate!”

Jasmine’s £25 dress came from ASOS as did her shoes and jewellery. She added a belt and headpiece, both from Amazon, and wore a jacket she already had in her wardrobe. Jack found his suit jacket at TK Maxx for just £40 ad his shirt and trousers were Primark. The bridesmaids wore Boohoo dresses which were only £15 each!

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