Tess and Joe

To say it was a wild night would be an understatement…

This is how a backyard wedding is done right, and done for all the right reasons. I think Tess said it bes; “We didn’t care about traditions, we wanted everything to feel personal. No cake cutting, No lame-o chicken or salmon dish and most importantly no impersonal ceremony.  Joey’s parent’s backyard was such a lovely place to get married. We wanted our ceremony to celebrate all of the people who’s relationships were inspirational to us, so we had friends and families wedding/commitment ceremony pictures hanging from the tree behind our homemade alter. Joey and I really just wanted it to feel comfortable, intimate, fun, and reflective of the things that we like.”

Tess and Joe, your wedding left a mark on me. As I am sure it will to anyone that looks at these pictures. That day embodied everything that weddings should be; A completely unrestrained celebration of love, friends, family, and a new bond. I know that was the goal from the start….

Mission accomplished.

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Venue: Joey’s parents diggs

Ceremony Music; Joey’s sister and Kevin from Two Guns

Catering; Allegria Cocina Latina

Dinner, cocktail and driveway salsa; Cafe Fuego

Recipe for Boozy Snow Cones; basil syrup with blueberry vodka and lemon rosemary simple syrup with hendricks gin… and a snow cone machine.

DJ; Dennis Owens and Patrick Miller of Proper Sound

Ceremony Dress; Davids Bridal embellished with vintage broach from Lulu’s Vintage

Reception Dress; vintage silk evening gown with a vintage Spanish silk piano shawl bought on etsy

Make up artist; Dana Delaney