Hollye & Carter | A Heartfelt Backyard Wedding

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Tears rolled down Carter’s cheeks. As I moved my eye away from the viewfinder for a split second during their ceremony, I saw that everyone in the backyard was openly dabbing at their faces with balled-up tissues. The guitarist strummed on, his voice filling the warm air. Hollye and Carter looked at each other, smiling shyly at their intertwined hands.

I don’t usually play favorites with the weddings that I shoot, but I am always extra excited about backyard weddings. Hollye and Carter’s marriage started in the yard of her childhood home; they both got ready in her old bedroom; no fanfare, no fuss about seeing each other before the big moment. A child of the theatre, the house was filled with mementos of young Hollye through the ages. When Hollye contacted me about her wedding, she only asked that we keep the posing to a minimum: “Carter and I are both actors,” she said, “so we value the candid shots a lot more.”

This wedding was beautiful: warm and full of joy. It’s such a pleasure to share Hollye and Carter’s day with you…

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Comments

  1. what a beautiful wedding. so many lovely emotions captured – wonderful!

  2. Completely in love with all the dancing images!! Awesome job! And that last frame is amazingly beautiful

  3. Holy shit Elissa, you are killing it lately.

  4. Elissa, this is such incredible work!! Those crying hugs are my favorite ever.

  5. The kid .. exhausted. Looks like one hell of a party .. beautiful wedding Elissa!

  6. I mean you kill it every time, but this time you KILLLLLLLLLED IT! great job Elissa you are awesome! Ps. The brides dad looks like Robin Williams.

  7. that last shot is so money.

  8. The emotion on the Groom’s face after the ceremony – WOW. That’s why photography is so powerful.

  9. What a wonderful set of images Elissa!! So many fantastic moments captured forever. Well done!

  10. such a beautiful wedding and you’ve captured so many emotions! amazing job!

  11. You captured so many wonderful moments in this beautiful wedding. You rock, girl!

  12. Sierra F

    Wow you did a wonderful job. My newphew laying in the grass is priceless. He was looking at the stars all night. He loved it. Ty for capturing a beautiful evening so well.

  13. The emotion in these photos is so real and intense, love it!

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