Private Residence Wedding | Lone Tree
Colorado Backyard Wedding
They made the day their own and the end result was that it reflected them. If you think that Ryan and Hayley had little prep for the day you would be mistaken. We believe the comment during the toasts was that doing a backyard wedding is not as cheap as you might think. They did not have doves, flamingos, ice sculptures, or chandeliers hanging in the tent. They did have a really good flow to the day and well defined spaces that were perfect for their purpose. The family home has a wrapped porch so guests would essentially be shuttled in and walk around the porch. They would sign the wooden D, get some complementary sunglasses if needed, and make their way to . . . the bar. On tap were home brews along with some wines being served. We find that whenever drinks are served before the ceremony the guests have more fun and you have more of a party later in the night. Spoiler alert – history holds true. The ceremony was on the lawn facing the mountains with some white chairs they likely rented for the day. There was an arbor made of Aspen trees with some flowers in the corners. Their friend was officiating the wedding. For us we had 2 photographers plus a 3rd remote camera on the porch. If you wonder how we could be in 3 places at once as she came down the aisle – well that is the how it was done. There were tears and laughter in the ceremony. Some oddly mixed as you see a bridesmaid basically needing to double wipe the eyes and Hayley doing an open mouth laugh. There were some I Do’s and then off to continue the cocktail hour where we got what we really love – candids! Afterward as the food was ready everyone made there way over to the white tent. Under it were long walnut tables with leafy decor. Very classy with a splash of bohemian rustic flare. There was some awesome food, toast, a departure for some sunset photos before getting into the party part of the night. Up by the house they had a dance floor. Over the floor where string lights. If you are thinking of the Christmas size then it would not have worked. We think we remember bringing up the ideal of good string lighting but either way it looked great. When you are doing an open air outdoor reception this does two things for you. It will add some feel to the space so that it is not just dark sky. From a photography angle it will add ambient light allowing you to get sharp images in very difficult shooting conditions. While some might just blast the flash right at you we prefer a more indirect lighting style. Since there is no ceiling to bounce off of we really find the lights over the dance floor to be essential. There was a donut cutting, first dances, and a good party that followed. The beer taps were exhausted by the end of the night and the party went strong till the end.
If you are thinking of doing the private property / family home kind of wedding here are the other backyard weddings on the blog.