I have always wanted to photograph an intimate backyard wedding. This past June I had the privilege of doing so for a close family and friend I have known almost my entire life in the backyard of a house I have spent countless hours playing around in growing up. To come back here and photograph a wedding in the same yard where my friends and I used to make spoof movies of all the Lord of the Rings was slightly surreal (we called them Lord of the Rock in case you were wondering and yes, they were instant classics).
Though an outside wedding ceremony in early June can produce some less than ideal situations with possible rain or even extreme heat, this day carried none of that. The area was nice and shaded by all the trees and greenery around and no rain showed up. I loved the floral decorations that were full of sunflowers and roses giving the surrounding greenery some nice bright colors. The ceremony was touching and sweet and after a short flip to add some tables the reception began under the same trees. The evening consisted of lawn games, friends, family and plenty of food and drink. Amazingly the groom cooked and prepared all the food for the reception! Quite an accomplishment. The night ended with the moon beginning to appear, and the desert being presented. It was a perfect day for Amber and Eli to commit their love to each other in front of their closest friends and family. I am honored that I was able to be a part of it! Check out their day below!