Stephanie & Aaron | A Homegrown Backyard Wedding

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Some months ago, Stephanie and Aaron buried a bottle of bourbon in Aaron’s childhood backyard, as a gift to the rain gods to keep the weather sunny on their wedding day. The bottle remained at the foot of the quarry even as the weather forecast threatened a 100% chance of precipitation on the week of their wedding. The two tossed the rain plan anyway, and said, “Rain or shine, we’re getting married here.”

With help from the Darling Event, and a ton of elbow grease, friends and family transformed this Roanoke backyard into an amazing venue — tent, homemade dance floor, a ceiling of twinkle lights. Though I love every single wedding I’m fortunate enough to attend, my heart skips a beat when I’m shooting a backyard wedding — because as I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I were married at his childhood home and it’s my favorite type of wedding! The history, the coziness, the familiarity; even the wedding china was from the family. Aaron was lucky enough to grow up in this amazing house with an enormous wilderness behind it, in the middle of a gorgeous city.

I’m really excited to share a giant handful of my favorite images from Stephanie and Aaron’s day, and looking forward even more to showing you some of their amazing portraits among the Blue Ridge Mountains we took the day after. For now, here is this very special, homegrown, backyard wedding in Virginia…

If you are friends and family of Stephanie and Aaron, you can view their gallery and order prints here.

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More credits: The Darling Event (coordination); Tree Gigante (floral); Les Cheveux (hair/MU); BHLDN (dress); catering: friends & family potluck

Jenni & Bryan | Springdale Farm

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You may remember Jenni and Bryan from their pop-up wedding at Zilker Park! June was the original month for their wedding, but after they got hitched in March, they switched their awesome Springdale Farm wedding into their awesome Springdale Farm reception, so this post is goodness from their East Austin shindig. They sang show tunes, noshed cupcakes, and got rained on just a tiny bit — but this party was a lovely outpouring of love from their friends and family.

For all the images from Jenni and Bryan’s two celebrations, plus downloadable photo booth pics, click here.

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The Big Gay Wedding | Austin, TX

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I write this post with a happy heart. On Friday, June 26, same-sex marriage became legal all over the United States, and the first same-sex marriage license in Austin was distributed at 10:30am. I was at the Travis County clerk’s office by noon, and cheered outside with a handful of supporters. (Surprisingly, I didn’t see one naysayer anywhere near the clerk’s office. The entire experience — from what is usually seen as a routine, bureaucratic task — was incredibly buoyant, to the point of ecstatic. People gave out hugs, flowers, and cupcakes donated from local businesses.)

On July 4th, a group of folks organized a giant wedding on the main lawn of the Texas Capitol downtown, and more than forty couples were married en masse. The energy was frenetic! A crowd of 300+ supporters held signs, raised cameras, blew bubbles; cried.

I wasn’t there in any “official” capacity; I was there as just another excited ally in the crowd, but I also snapped a few photos. Here are a handful from both that first historic day, and also the Big Gay Wedding on Independence Day.

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Stephanie & Aaron | Love & Mountains

When I learned that Roanoke was surrounded by mountains, I cajoled the couple into driving out and taking some photos on a mountain with me. I’d say it was worth it. In case you missed it, Stephanie and Aaron’s wedding was blogged here and their full set can be found here.

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