Rachel and Parker were to be married under the stately oaks of their wedding venue near Austin, Texas this fall but like so many couples, the pandemic altered their carefully laid plans. And even though they will still have their big party next year, they wanted to honor their commitment to each other on their original wedding day. And they did just that with their intimate backyard wedding.
Backyard Elegance in Ivory
The couple decided to have a small wedding at Parker’s childhood home. With the help of Parker’s mother, the couple planned out a tiny gathering where only their parents and siblings would be in attendance. Rachel wore a tea-length dress of perfectly ivory lace and carried a small bouquet of ivory and soft blush – a perfect complement to her auburn hair. Parker surprised his bride in an expertly tailored gray suit, complete with his favorite pair of basketball high tops.
The couple exchanged their personal vows under a beautiful floral arch by Westbank Flower Market on the back deck of the Ainsworth family home just as the sun was setting behind them. After the ceremony they shared drinks and appetizers as the tables were were styled down to the last detail. And as the sun set, we wandered out to the expansive front lawn for portraits in some of the most beautiful light I’ve seen in a good long while.
Rachel and Parker, I know it’s not how you originally envisioned your wedding day, but there is no denying how beautiful your intimate backyard wedding was both in photos and in heart. I can’t wait to celebrate with you again next year, but for now, I’m so glad to have been a part of your sweet beginning, no matter how small. Congratulations to you both!
Joslyn Holtfort is a wedding photographer and hospital pharmacist. She has a real soft spot for rescued animals and has four dogs and two cats. (That’s not a typo.) She and her husband of 21 years are always up for a long hike, a glass of wine or queso – or maybe all three! Joslyn captures the true joy of a wedding day and stands by her clients as a friend through it all.