Micaela & John Michael’s Backyard Wedding Photos
Where do I even start with Miceala and John Michael and their backyard wedding photos? This couple is so sweet you could get diabetes just from looking at them – or knowing them. Tragically, with only a month to go, their entire Colorado mountain wedding plans caved in with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. But these two handled it with such grace and decided nothing could stop them from being married this summer. So they moved the wedding hundreds of miles away to Miceala’s childhood home in the heart of Tennessee. I traveled there to shoot them getting married surrounded by their immediate family (and dogs!) And my gosh, was I treated like family or what! Moms were practically shoving cupcakes in my mouth before they would let me leave. Because “you haven’t tried all the flavors yet!” (I am ok with this!)
Starting The Day With the Guys
I really felt like I’d stepped into the twilight zone with this group of guys. If you’re a wedding vendor, you know a group of groomsmen can be a bit tipsy, rowdy and uncooperative to say the least, so this next paragraph isn’t going to seem real. All the guys calmly and respectfully got dressed, and helped each other out with belts, socks, ties, and jackets. Without being asked and within ten minutes: done. This has never happened in the history of ever. I asked them to kick off the day with a toast but.. they couldn’t find any alcohol. Not even a solo cup could be located!! Eventually, some beer was found in the basement, toasts were raised, and the day was off! Please enjoy these highlights of their southern backyard wedding photos!
Now, a moment of realness about Tennessee. The humidity is a force to be reckoned with – hence why the couple had tried to escape to cooler Colorado for their wedding. The 95 degree day made this the hottest wedding I’ve ever shot in my life. Well, that and the bride. 😉 We kept to the shade for the first look, but sweat was pouring off all three of us in no time. I was glad I’d thought to bring a small hand towel with me that they used to mop the sweat from their faces every five minutes. It was exceedingly romantic. However, we were having so much fun that we barely noticed. I’ll never forget the laughs that we shared that day as we breezed through some beautiful portraits of the happy, always-giggling couple down a tree-lined road.
Family & Backyard Wedding Ceremony Photos
Miceala’s bridesmaids pulled out all the stops by each taking a moment to tell her something they loved about her during their group photos. We ALL cried at their kind words. Luckily, there were no photos of me from this event, because I’m pretty sure that between my tears and the buckets of sweat, I looked like a drowned rat with hair a la 90’s. When it had “cooled off” to 85 degrees, we gathered in Micaela’s childhood yard. The couple’s spaniel Knox tinkled in the grass for good luck during their vows at this beautiful backyard wedding. They signed their marriage license next to a tank of southern lemonade on the kitchen counter, and had a home cooked dinner on the back porch, where John Michael himself had redone the siding. The emphasis of the day was on family, candid and tender moments.