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An Intimate Backyard Wedding

Rachel and Leonardo contacted me just a little over a month before their chosen wedding date January 2, 2021. They wanted an intimate backyard wedding with just their closest friends and family but didn't want to sacrifice all the elements of a traditional wedding. We took our inspiration from her home decor and wedding Pinterest boards which clearly showed she is drawn to the "Joanna Gaines" farm style.

With the date, venue and style decided, we got busy. She wanted privacy so they purchased a white tent off of Amazon. Putting it together will make for some fun memories down the road I am sure. Rachel is vegan and requested a mostly vegan menu and a vegan cake. Puff'n Stuff Catering put together a beautiful appetizer display and buffet. To accomplish the farm style, we rented farm tables, cross back chairs, whiskey barrel tables and a wooden arch from A Chair Affair. Blooming Flowers Art added floral sprays to the arch and made the beautiful bouquets. Leonardo asked for some blue flowers as a nod to their baby boy due in May. For the vegan cake, I went start to Dawn at Al'evri & Co. She created a custom flavor for the couple of roasted blueberries and lavender.

Jose with Photo Harp Weddings was the photographer and his wife played the harp during the ceremony. Femmeakoi worked with Rachel on providing "clean" makeup and styled her hair. Rachel's beautiful dress was rented from Azazie.

The day could not have been more beautiful. It is such an honor to be a part of anyone's wedding but these smaller weddings are so special. We were like guests in Rachel's home. Her hair and makeup was taking place in the living room with peaceful music playing while we buzzed around in and out setting up the outdoor space occasionally stopping to laugh and chat with her and her family. She got the unique experience of seeing it all come to life right in front of her while she watched out the sliding doors. All the vendors had an opportunity to speak with her and talk about the day. The guys were hanging out having a few beers and her dogs were roaming around joining in all the excitement. The best part for me was seeing everyone sit for lunch after the ceremony and how intimate that setting was. This was another example of how a smaller wedding (12 people total) can be just as nice as a large wedding and in some ways better. Thank you Rachel and Leonardo for the opportunity to be a part of your family for the day! We can't wait to see that baby boy!!! Congratulations!



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