Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Summer Backyard Wedding - Warming thing up!

It's getting cold in DC, so I have a fun backyard wedding to share with you from this past August. 

Dan and Shaina were married in late August at Shaina's Dad's house in Haymarket, Virginia. With 200+ guests, a tight budget, and a desire to create a personal, fun, and casual backyard event, we were up to the challenge.  The ceremony was held on the beautiful red roofed porch with a few chairs for the parents and grandparents and blankets for others to lounge on as they enjoyed a drink and waited for the ceremony to begin. It was really like a rock concert when the bride and groom made their way to the front.  A close friend of the couple, officiated the ceremony, with his notes written on a paper towel roll that included jokes and stories about when the Dan and Shaina first met.  Another close friend to the couple, Cliff Owen, was there to capture all the moments and details of the day. 

Fans were provided as favors to keep guests cool, and both the bride and bridesmaids carried silk fans instead of traditional flower bouquets.  Since both the bride and groom share a love for motorcycles and riding, Dan's vintage Honda was displayed and instead of a simple bride and groom signs on their chairs, their signs included logos for their bike of choice, Honda and Ducati.  Red and white plastic TV trays were used as place setting for the sweetheart table and tall candlesticks and pillar candles added to the look. The other guests tables were decorated with vintage glass bottles, candles, candlesticks, shot glasses, cards, and red dice for the guests to use for games throughout the night.  In addition to traditional backyard barbecue food, such as hotdogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and a multitude of salads, guests has a choice of red velvet or double chocolate cupcakes from none other than 
Georgetown Cupcakes Capital Party Rentals supplied the tent, table, and chairs, while Shaina's Dad built and painted the red dance floor. Bar Tender 2 Go supplied bartenders to keep the drinks flowing, and DJ Jeff Mercer provided the beats.  

Dan and Shaina

Dan and Shaina 2


  1. Great shots!!! Looks like a fun wedding to the tattooed back photos!

  2. It was definitely a very fun filled summer wedding!