An intimate backyard wedding in Palo Alto that reminds me a lot of my engagement party held for my (now) husband and I in my childhood home.  It was a beautiful hot summer day, lanterns hung high, white hydrangeas, white tents and passed hor’ d’oeuvres.  It was a memorable upscale backyard party, that should become a yearly tradition! In any event, this wedding was also held at the bride’s childhood home making the venue meaningful and significant. Also, there is no venue rental fee – a big bonus and win-win for everyone.

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Palo Alto ~ Photographer’s Comments

“I am really excited to share this lovely backyard wedding that took place in California.  The bride got ready in her childhood bedroom. It was just too sweet! The bride’s mom did most of the flower arrangements and the reception was held underneath a beautiful tent in the family’s backyard. Their closest family and friends surrounded them with love and it  was such an incredible day.”

Bride carrying pink roses, white and green foliage bridal bouquet
Bride wearing her hair down getting ready in her bedroom with her mom
Groom wearing grey suit and brown shoes waiting for backyard ceremony to begin with hands in pocketsBride standing on brick path in the garden with peach, white bridal bouquet
groom in gray suit and red, pink, blue floral tiegrooms legs in grey suit and brown ombre shoes
Groom standing next to brick wallbride with bouquet
sign saying "This way to 'I Do's' with a hand pointing
cement urn with white and green floral arrangement for backyard weddingcement urn with white and green floral arrangement for backyard wedding

White folding chair with white hydrangea and baby's breath in mason jar hanging from chairWedding ceremony with White folding chair with white hydrangea and baby's breath in mason jar hanging from chair
groom waiting for bride during ceremony wearing grey suit and floral tieBride walking down aisle with father in backyard wedding
Backyard Wedding ceremonyphoto of bride's parents holding hands during wedding ceremony
bride and groom standing at the front during backyard wedding ceremony.  Groom wearing grey suitbride and groom holding hands during backyard ceremony
bride and groom kissing during backyard ceremony with ivy bush behind Bride and groom wearing grey suit and floral tie walking down the aisle after ceremony
Whit tent for backyard wedding with white paper lanterns White and green floral centerpieces  and small votive candles
backyard wedding reception tent with white paper lanterns hanging White and green floral centerpieces
backyard wedding reception under white tent with white tables and chairs and small white floral centerpieces with white lanterns hanging from ceiling.
white furniture and white floral center piece under white tent for backyard wedding White furniture in backyard tent wedding
live band playing saxophone and guitar in backyard wedding with heater in back yard weddingGrooms arms wrapped around bride's back as they dance in black and white photo
live band playing in backyard wedding with saxophone ribbed plate with cracker appetizers and green floral center piece
White dog statue on red stairs with green and white stripped bow around its neck and a leaf crown3-tier white wedding cake with blue bow
Backyard wedding reception sitting under white tenet with lanterns Bride and groom chair signs with stripped ribbon
Bride and groom dancing on dance floor in backyard wedding under small hanging lightsCheery pie with a slice missing on a green ribbed serving plate
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Vendors

Photographer: Catie Coyle Photography
Event Planner and caterer: McCalls 
Floral: Farmgirl Flowers 
Band: The Speakeasies 
Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes 
Makeup Artist and hair: La Belle Day Spa 
Paper Products: Lark Press 

 

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A lot of couples decide to live together before making the leap towards marriage. Some choose to move in after they get engaged, while others move in while still in the dating phase.  When you decide to move in with your romantic partner, whether you were still living at home or you were living on your, it can be a big change for both of you.

In fact, a survey commissioned by an online art marketplace (UGallery) surveyed 1,000 women aged between 20-40 years old and found that “83% think moving in together with a romantic partner for the first time is a real challenge.”

The top five issues these same women said were potential move-in challenges are:

  1. Dividing chores (77% of respondents)
  2. Sharing expenses (76%)
  3. Sharing a bathroom (65%)
  4. Managing different home décor styles (59%)
  5. Splitting TV time (55%)

This survey tells me that you need to find a place with 2 bathrooms, 2 TVs, and cross your fingers that he can store his favorite freshman wall posters!

The lovely couple in today’s post were engaged the day they moved into their new house. I’ll let them tell you their story below. Captured by Hundreds of Moments LLC, this super cute biking and picnicking engagement session screams summery romantic fun.

Biking and Picnicking Engagement ~ Proposal

Bride’s comments: “Drew proposed on December 13th, 2013. We had just closed on a new home together and this was the day that we moved in. After the movers left, and the house was filled floor to ceiling with boxes and furniture, Drew brought one of the boxes over to Andrea, he then proceeded to get down on one knee, and started going through the box, asking Andrea what could possibly be in there. At the bottom of a very large box filled with packing peanuts was a smaller box with the engagement ring.  Andrea didn’t really catch on to what was going on, as she didn’t even notice he was on one knee and didn’t understand why he was making such a big deal about this one box, when they had so many more to unpack!  Once Drew pulled out the smaller box, she finally realized what was happening, and Drew proposed.  She of course said yes!  They celebrated with champagne, calls to family and friends and some more unpacking in their new home and new life together!”

Green picnic blanket with basket, a bottle of wine, glasses and sign that says, "keep calm and say I do"Green picnic blanket with basket, a bottle of wine, glasses and bunch of pink flowers bunting banner with engagement date
Engaged couple sitting on bench with guy holding a bunch of flowers Engaged couple holding a bunting banner with wedding date
Engaged couple head to head having a picnic with winewine bottle with 3 hearts on the label leaning against a picnic basket  engaged couple laying on their stomachs having a picnic with wine  couple stand on bridge holding bunting banner
engaged couples walking bikes over a white bridgeBiking and Picnicking engagement couple together on a path
pink flowers in basket on bikeengaged couple man looking down and women with his hands on her shoulders
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Vendors

Photography: Hundreds of Moments LLC
Venue/Location: Cypress Grove Estate House

 

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