Our wedding calendar typically is set in place months and months in advance. As luck would have it the calendar had three intimate wedding ceremonies in a row. Ones that had always been planned to be intimate.
For Kaley and Milos, they had planned an intimate backyard wedding ceremony, with just family, and then the plan was to have a huge party later that evening at their favorite brewery (Wiseacre) with all their family and friends. Well the reception got called off due to the pandemic, but the ceremony went on as planned and it was pure perfection!!!
They originally picked their backyard as the ceremony location because of how important it is to them. This is their favorite place in the world and they have spent a lot of time making it perfectly theirs. We know how special a place your backyard can be, especially when you have spent years and years planting each beloved plant. It can be a sanctuary for the soul and a place of rest. They didn’t worry about a fancy venue because this space had more meaning to them than the grandest wedding venue. They knew that they wanted to commit to each other, after six years of being together, in the best place they knew!
And getting married in a backyard has quickly become a favorite place for us to photograph couples and their love. It is about surrounding yourself with those you care the most about in the place you care the most about. It is stripping all the elements away and focusing on what is most important. Grand wedding are amazing, don’t get us wrong! But as we are seeing wedding plans getting changed left and right we are reminded of what matters the most, the purpose of the wedding to begin with! It is about committing your life to another person. Saying that you are willing to walk through life with them, no matter how crazy the world is around you. You are saying I pick you, despite any flaws that you and I might have. Loving through thick and thin. Seeing that the other person makes you a better person than you ever thought possible…
And this is exactly what Kaley and Milos did. They made their wedding day 100% them and about their commitment to each other. As we arrived they were both still setting things up and making sure everything was just right. They shared a first look in entry to their home as their beloved dog Major looked on. We then captured them in their beautiful backyard and we can alive with inspiration seeing all the hard work they had put into this amazing space.
Then Kaley “walked down the aisle” to a dream song, the Olympic theme song! It was perfectly her!! Milos was beaming as she glided in and Major was happy to see his mom,]! Under the trees of their yard, they each said their personalized vows. Ones that revealed their unique relationship and how they promised to help each other navigate this crazy thing called life. They have walked through a lot together, most recently the loss of Admiral the German Shepard. Admiral played a large role in Milos’s life and his last act of love was to help Milos propose to Kaley. Admiral might have been Milo’s first security blanket but Kaley became the next and most important one.
As they danced their way out of their ceremony and into the reception, you could see the joy on their faces! They were married and in a way that could only be described as perfect them! They shared Serbian shots as a tribute to Milos’s heritage and then they enjoyed creating a rainbow of confetti in the backyard. What a great day to be a part of!