Eugene, Oregon | Caroline + Ryan Backyard Wedding | Amanda Meg Photography

May 5, 2020

The “Backyard Wedding” is gaining popularity as couples are having to make the tough decisions of postponing or downsizing their big day due to Covid-19 restrictions. For those whom the desired date is worth keeping, making the shift to a smaller at-home wedding is the obvious choice. If you had the big garden wedding planned this might sound like a disappointment. That is unless your parent’s backyard turns out to be the most beautiful venue you didn’t know you had. This was the case for Caroline and Ryan.

A Pleasant Surprise

When I showed up to Ryan’s parent’s house I started the now normal regime of putting on my mask and gathering my equipment. While doing so I looked up and noticed one of my grooms from last year all dressed up and walking with Ryan. I then saw Ryan’s step-dad and put it together that I actually do family shoots for his family as well! As more people showed up it became more apparent that I in fact was going to know most people at this wedding. I was thrilled – especially in a time when we have felt so isolated – to be among friends. It took all I had not to hug everyone I saw.

We lucked out on the weather. Being May in Oregon is always a toss-up. There was a 70% chance of rain leading up to their date and the day prior had been bad. But by a miracle, it was warm, dry, and sunny.

Ceremony and Beyond

There was a lot about this wedding that was different from your typical “large wedding.” A homemade arbor was nestled in front of a small grove of trees and chairs for guests sat 6 feet apart. Guests who could not attend could Zoom in on a laptop that sat in the back. Their dogs were able to join the festivities – which I’m always a fan of. Most of all, emotions were running high that day. Maybe we can blame the quarantine, but everyone was crying – including myself.

We had an amazing time doing portraits in the evening and I still can’t believe this was not a real wedding venue. I was obsessed with Caroline’s dress, especially her sleeves. The way the sunset caught her veil was a dream and you could feel the love radiating off of them.

As the backyard wedding becomes more common, I hope other brides take this day as an example. Do not be afraid of an elopement if your plans have to change. The past few I have had the honor to participate in have been amazing. They are relaxing, low stress, and no one feels rushed. It is something to think about for sure.

Dress: Charlotte’s Bridal
Floral: Jodi Iverson Florals
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake

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