When: May 20th, 2017 | Where: Charlotte, NC | Theme: Garden, Backyard, Outdoor | Colors: |
Keith and Angela wanted their wedding to be about their love story and the 5-year journey they had been on together with their friends and family. They knew immediately that there was no better place to do it then their own backyard.
With a garden theme in mind, this pair strung lights all across the ceremony and reception areas, while placing ornate lanterns throughout the space and serving Pimms to their guests. The soft lighting and beautiful details were a hit with everyone who attended.
Charlotte Backyard Garden Wedding
“We found our perfect home a year before our wedding. When we looked at it the first time we said that we could see ourselves getting married in our backyard. So we did it. We wanted it to feel personal and like our friends and family were coming to our sacred space to celebrate our union with us.
The lights we had strung across the yard looked beautiful. Our theme was “Now I see the light”. Which is a song from the movie Tangled. We wanted the yard to have soft lighting to follow this theme. We accomplished that with lights strung above and lanterns everywhere.
Our dear friend Sue was our wedding consultant and she is British. Since we were having a garden wedding, we wanted Pimms served, like at British garden parties. Her husband Paul made them and they were a huge hit.”
“Keith and I went to Tanzania, Africa in 2015 and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. While there, he purchased and tanzanite stone and had an engagement ring made for me. He gave it to me on the next mountain we were on top of, Pike’s Peak in 2016. Pike’s Peak is the same height as base camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
“My sons and Keith all wore matching suits. They looked amazing. Keith is a huge fisherman and his boutonniere had a fishing lure in it. He loved it. I really wanted a birdcage veil and flowers in my hair. I loved how it turned out.”
“The ceremony was very personal. We created one that reflected our five year journey and the struggles we faced to get to this day, including living on two sides of the country for a year. We mixed traditions, like a hand tying and a blessing with oil that had been blessed by a group of friends.
We wrote our own vows and we made commitments to our children and those had everyone in attendance in tears. The ceremony had laughter and tears.”
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“Make if your own. Do what you want . Have fun. And soak it all in. It will go fast. Our video captured so much that we missed that day. We are so glad we got it.”
Photography: Sunshower Photography | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Event Planning: Queen City Concierge Service | Floral: Lily Bees | DJ: Split Second Sound | Catering: Chef Tillie | Videography: Shoeless Works | Wedding Dress: Poffie Girls